Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic, Wimbledon 2017 men's final

American beaten in Wimbledon semifinal

American beaten in Wimbledon semifinal

From racquet-smashing enfant awful with a bad attitude and ill-advised ponytail to universally respected sporting role model and modern icon, Roger Federer has come a long, long way.

"[Cilic and Federer] met in the Wimbledon quarterfinals a year ago, when Cilic took the opening two sets and even held a match point before Federer came all the way back to win, improving to 6-1 head-to-head".

Federer remains a magician on grass, winning 16 titles on the surface: seven at Wimbledon, and nine at Halle.

Tennis Australia would pay his on-road expenses and a per diem but there was no money for winning grand slams, merely "big bronze stumps" of trophies that would end up "being used as door stoppers".

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But his career and life wasn't always so settled. "So I'm in for a tough one".

Federer famously defeated Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001 but was knocked out in the first round the following year. "Just to stay calm and speak to the team, to take another decision that we were going to sit out and wait", Federer told the BBC after his 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4) 6-4 win.

Born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, to Swiss father Robert and South African mother Lynette, Federer started playing tennis at eight. And, as Reuters notes, she's heading into the final "an nearly unthinkable 17 years after her first" Wimbledon title. Federer previously did so at the 2007 Australian Open.

In his career, he has been at the top of the pile for 302 weeks.

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"Williams will face Garbiñe Muguruza, 23, who had little trouble dispatching Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1, on the strength of a reliable first serve and profitable ventures to the net: Muguruza won 18 of the 24 points in which she approached the net". In 2006, he went on to win the title in four sets against Rafael Nadal, while in 2008, he lost to Nadal over five sets in what many consider the greatest match of all-time. "I've played good matches here since my win in 2012".

Despite those impressive numbers, Federer admits he still battles serious nerves before a big tennis occasion.

Djokovic said, "It's unfortunate that I had to finish Wimbledon, a grand slam, this way [.] I mean, if someone feels bad about it, it's me". I did think of that, and I tried to do the things she would do. "Are we willing to do that?", he said.

Annoyed by an old injury to the right hip, Murray's limping on his way to the press room on Wednesday, and he wondered if the time has not come to rest, as did Federer during the clay season.

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From the ponytailed whippersnapper who won Wimbledon in 2003 to the grand old master on the verge of being crowned the King of Centre Court, time has failed to take its toll of Roger Federer. Berdych sees no indication that Federer is showing any sign of the advancing years.

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