How did Federer get out of that? Unbelievable

Wed Jul 6, 2016 3:19pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - When Roger Federer stood on the dusty baseline with the scoreboard showing he was trailing Marin Cilic 6-7 4-6 3-3 0-40, it looked like the man with the dodgy back was about to disappear into a giant Wimbledon sinkhole.

When the self-styled "old guy" of tennis stood match point down at 4-5 30-40 in the fourth set, it looked like he would be sucked deeper into the mire.

When the 34-year-old stood another match point down two games later, the hole was getting wider.

When the Swiss stood yet another match point down at 6-7 in the tiebreak, he was hanging on by his fingernails.

However, Federer has not won a record 17 grand slam titles for nothing and he showed what makes him the ultimate champion as he performed not one, not two, not three but four great escapes during a nerve-shredding Wimbledon quarter-final.

It was little wonder that the earth shook under Centre Court as 15,000 hollering fans jumped to their feet to greet Federer's astonishing 6-7(4) 4-6 6-3 7-6(9) 6-3 victory that kept alive the Swiss maestro's dreams of an eighth Wimbledon trophy.

"When you're down two sets to love, three-all, love-40, it's a moment when it's not in your control anymore," Federer said after setting up a semi-final with Canadian sharp-shooter Milos Raonic.

"There were many more match points in my mind than just three today. But I fought, I tried, I believed. At the end I got it done."   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 6/7/16 Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates winning his match against Croatia's Marin Cilic REUTERS/Paul Childs