Wimbledon round-up: Semis have been too predictable

For the first 10 days of this year’s Wimbledon, it was shaping up to be a classic tournament.

There were stellar performances, dramatic upsets and thrilling deciding sets to secure a place in the next round.

But the semi-finals in both the men’s and women’s draw have been distinctly ordinary. The favourites in each of the four matches have prevailed in comfortable fashion. There’s been no hint of an upset whatsoever.

Tomas Berdych didn’t play particularly poorly against Roger Federer and if one of the tie breaks in the opening two sets had gone in the favour of the Czech player, the semi would have had an entirely different complexion.

But Berdych didn’t win either. Federer triumphed in all too familiar fashion and he ultimately swatted aside the 31-year-old routinely to reach a record 11th final.

That’s the been the story throughout Federer’s tournament. While his fellow aging ‘big four’ players have fallen by the wayside, the Swiss maestro hasn’t even lost a set.

Federer deserves huge praise for such a run at 35, yet it doesn’t necessarily make for absorbing tennis. Fans want to see a four or five set thriller. They will just have to hope that one is on the horizon when he faces Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.

Cilic had more of a testing afternoon than Federer after Andy Murray’s conqueror Sam Querrey took him to four sets.

Yet it was a tough road to the semi-finals for Querrey and perhaps there just wasn’t enough left in the tank to go one step further.

Cilic at least knows what it takes to win a Grand Slam and has the serving power to put pressure on Federer.

That was the case in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-final when Cilic won the first two sets and had match points before ultimately succumbing to Federer.

Perhaps it will be a shock to the system for Federer if a player can take a set against him and let him get a little hot under the collar.

But like Venus Williams in the women’s draw, Federer is so experienced that it will be nothing that he hasn’t experienced before.

It will be no surprise if the pair are both lifting the respective trophies this weekend. All we can hope for is some more absorbing encounters than the semis.

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