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Roger Federer in record 11th Wimbledon final after victory over Thomas Berdych

16 Julio 2017

He had a couple of opportunities before, in the fifth game, securing the first break on the Berdych serve.

After being defeated by Garbiñe Muguruza in London's 2017 Wimbledon finals on Saturday, Venus Williams sent a heartwarming message to her younger sister, Serena. The Mighty Fed is the Mighty Fed.

Williams had been trying to win her sixth Wimbledon title.

"Roger", Muguruza said with a smile and giggle.

What makes the American's achievements all the more remarkable is the fact that she was diagnosed six years ago, at the age of 31, with Sjogren's syndrome, an incurable auto-immune condition that causes fatigue and joint pain.

Berdych was solid when spectacular would be needed. I haven't. Since the injury (last year), everything has been reset. In his first four matches, he was superb, particularly in crushing the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for the loss of just six games in the fourth round. Now she will be playing in her first Wimbledon final since 2009. Everybody's getting taller. I wonder how the game is going to be like in 50 years. That'll be another record - and more history. He did, but just happened to be up against the Mighty Fed.

"In sport especially, you have injuries. Are we willing to do that?" "This tournament (Wimbledon), helps me to stay on tour longer hopefully".

"I was so nervous in my first match here, it was a total disaster", Williams recalled. "I don't think I could ever be that nervous". I know how to handle it a lot better [now]. "It's just about betting on myself every time", she said.

For Muguruza, it was her second Grand Slam title.

Just two men remain in contention for the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. That can stress you out a tad. "Before, I wasn't very experienced". Throughout his career, Federer always found in Berdych a worthy opponent. It's not a long time ago. But with the crowd on his side, and the memory of those seven previous triumphs, Federer should have enough to get over the line. "I've never played her on grass, so that becomes definitely a different factor", Williams said.

Muguruza said she would not be looking to change anything in her game when she faces Williams. Wehn the rankings will be updated next Monday, he will be sitting in the 15th spot which will allow him to hope for some decent draws at the upcoming events. "I try to have a big one as well".

Sam Sumyk, Muguruza's regular coach, did not come to Wimbledon because his wife is about to give birth. If not, Cilic will most likely be lifting the title. Since 2014, Federer leads the head to head only 2-1, and his two victories were very hard fought affairs. The magic doesn't happen just because somebody comes in and all of a sudden you are incredible. No.

While #Roger Federer will prepare for the battle with Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych will look forward to the upcoming North American hard court swing. None of the answers went much beyond "They're the best - that's it".

Roger Federer in record 11th Wimbledon final after victory over Thomas Berdych