Roger Federer does it again.
Federer has never lost a Wimbledon semifinal match, and he keeps his streak going.
The Swiss tennis pro defeated Great Britain’s Andy Murray at the Wimbledon semifinals, on Friday (7-5, 7-5, 6-4). While England was devastated about the loss, it was clear to the public why Federer holds seven singles titles at the tournament.
Murray, the 2013 champion, was the only one standing in the way of Federer making it to the finals, and the score shows it was a close win. All in all, he nearly doubled Murray in aces and got three-quarters of his deliveries in play (on pace to collect 85% of those points).
“I’m unbelievably happy,” the player told the media. “People maybe expected it to go four or five. Me as well.”
Murray respectfully took the loss, telling the media, “He clearly deserved to win the match. He had more opportunities than me.”
Federer needed to avoid a long, gruesome match. Now he can focus ahead to the finals. The 39-year-old player is the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon singles final, beating Ken Rosewall, who played in 1974, by months.
Murray commends his Swiss opponent for his abilities, “Very few players have been able to play great tennis into their 30s. I don’t know if anyone has played as well as Roger at his age.”
The Britain player admits he hasn’t played a harder game against Federer.
“I don’t know if it was close to his peak, you’ll have to ask him,” he says. “But that was definitely the best he’s served against me.”
The seven-time champion is set to face Novak Djokovic, who defeated him last year, winning the 2014 Wimbledon title. Now, the two face off again, Federer going for an eighth record win and Djokovic defending his title. This time around, Djokovic is No. 1 and Federer is No. 2. Although, we’ll have to see how it plays out.
Federer’s semifinal record started in 2009, and his 26th grand slam singles final extends it. He has now won 30 of 31 sets.
One thing is clear at Wimbledon: The Wimbledon singles final should be a great match to watch.