"I'll need to make sure I'm serving well and not letting him dictate too much". In the opening stages of the second set, the three-time tournament champion refused to continue the fight. Federer, bidding for a record eighth Wimbledon title, faces Grigor Dimitrov boasting a 5-0 record over the man once tipped as his natural heir.
Berdych had control of the first two sets and lost just two of 27 first serve points before Novak retired due to an elbow injury. "I think I had chances in the first three sets". He also had a trainer work on his right shoulder near the end of his fourth-round victory on Tuesday.
Three-time victor Djokovic also exited the tournament as he retired hurt when trailing 7-6, 2-0 to 2010 finalist Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Seventh seed Cilic will now compete in his first Wimbledon semi-final having reached his fourth consecutive quarter-final. However, one thing is certain, and that is #Roger Federer who beat Milos Raonic without breaking a sweat.
Tomas Berdych is coming off a two sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 15 games to decide. In the final throes of defeat, three-time grand slam victor Murray appeared completely bereft of flow and rhythm due to his troublesome hip injury, losing 12 of the last 14 games.
The top seed twice led by a set on Centre Court, but the defence of his title came to an end in a 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1 defeat to the American, who previous year knocked out Novak Djokovic in round three.
Meanwhile, Querrey will face Marin Cilic, with the victor reaching his first Wimbledon final.
American Sam Querrey sent shockwaves through Wimbledon after defeating world No. 1 and fan favorite Andy Murray Wednesday in quarterfinal play.
The defeat for the defending champion had a lot to do with a hip injury that Murray was carrying when he came into the tournament.
Querrey, meanwhile, who hit 70 winners, became the first male American to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon since Andy Roddick in 2009. The US Open's, I don't know, six, seven weeks away maybe, something like that.
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If the rain holds off, the four men's semifinalists will be decided at Wimbledon on Day 9 of the grass-court major.
The American played pretty close to flawless in the final two sets against Murray and in most of the match against Djokovic.
"Physically I'm not fighting anything like a year ago with my knee". He will meet Rafael Nadal or Gilles Muller in the last eight tomorrow. "The second set, I was up 4-3 and then got broken twice there".
Beating Murray was even bigger, as it meant toppling a national hero before a full royal box at Centre Court.