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Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych will meet for the 25th time on Friday at Wimbledon.

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Federer looks to reach a record 11th Wimbledon final

The last time Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer met late in the second week of The Championships, Federer could barely be stopped at Wimbledon. The Swiss right-hander was attempting to reach his eighth consecutive final and win his seventh title at the All England Club.

But Berdych summoned some of his best tennis and denied Federer those opportunities, hitting the Swiss off the court during their 2010 quarter-final. Now all Berdych needs to do is repeat that performance under similar circumstances when they take Centre Court following Friday's first semi-final.

“It's hard to compare... After so many years, I have so much more experience from that time and everything,” Berdych said, looking back at his 2010 win. “Let's see. It's going to be interesting.”

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This fortnight, Federer has again looked unbeatable on the grass. The 35 year old has yet to drop a set and has hardly looked troubled. In his closest contest, a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(4) quarter-final win against 2016 finalist Milos Raonic, Federer won 90 per cent of his first-serve points (55/61) and struck 46 winners to only nine unforced errors. Wednesday's match was also the longest he's been on court – only one hour and 58 minutes.

“I'm playing very well. I'm rested. I'm fresh. I'm confident, too,” Federer said.

The third seed will try to check off a variety of historical marks when he plays in his 12th Wimbledon semi-final (10-1). Federer is trying to become the second oldest man to a reach a Wimbledon final in the Open Era.

Oldest men to reach Grand Slam final (Open Era)

Age

Player

Year

39 years 310 days

Ken Rosewall

1974 US Open

39 years 246 days

Ken Rosewall

1974 Wimbledon

37 years 62 days

Ken Rosewall

1972 Australian Open

36 years 306 days

Mal Anderson

1972 Australian Open

36 years 73 days

Ken Rosewall

1971 Australian Open

35 years 342 days

Roger Federer

2017 Wimbledon?

*Player ages are calculated at the end of the tournament

Federer is looking to reach his 11th Wimbledon final and extend the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2012 Wimbledon.

Wimbledon finals reached (all-time)

Player

No. of finals

Roger Federer

10

Boris Becker

7

Arthur Gore

7

Pete Sampras

7

Bjorn Borg

6

Jimmy Connors

6

Rod Laver

6

The right-hander is also looking to reach his 29th Grand Slam final and extend the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon. Federer has a 28-13 win-loss record in Grand Slam semi-finals.

Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)

Player

No. of Grand Slam finals

Roger Federer

28

Rafael Nadal

22

Novak Djokovic

21

Ivan Lendl

19

Pete Sampras

18

One record that Federer has already achieved is most Wimbledon semi-final appearances. The Basel native now stands alone atop the list.

No. of Wimbledon semi-finals (Open Era)

Player

No. of Grand Slam semi-finals

Roger Federer

12

Jimmy Connors

11

Boris Becker

9

John McEnroe

8

Pete Sampras

8

“He's a really exceptional tennis player... I think he's the greatest of them all. It's a great challenge to actually have the opportunity to play him,” Berdych said.

The 6'5” right-hander will be looking to make his own history when he attempts to reach his second Wimbledon final and equal his best Grand Slam performance.

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Berdych is bidding to join Ivan Lendl as the only Czech men in the Open Era to reach multiple Wimbledon finals. Jan Kodes is the only other Czech man to have reached the Wimbledon final. Kodes is the only Czech Wimbledon men’s singles champion, having won the title in 1973 by defeating Alex Metreveli.

Czech men in Wimbledon final (Open Era)

Player

Year

Jan Kodes

1973

Ivan Lendl

1986-87

Tomas Berdych

2010

Berdych has had to battle more so than Federer to make the semi-finals. The 11th seed was pushed to four sets in his first- (d. Chardy) and second-round (d. Harrison) wins. In the fourth round, Berdych needed five sets to upset eighth seed Dominic Thiem 6-3 in the fifth. On Wednesday, though, Berdych competed for only 63 minutes since Novak Djokovic retired down 7-6(2), 2-0 in the second set.

“I'm probably in the best possible situation I can be right now. I had a pretty good run so far... Really, I cannot be in a better position before Friday's match,” Berdych said.

Some notes and statistics courtesy of ITF.

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