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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Federer, Berdych, Cilic and Querrey make up final four: Wimbeldon Day 9 round-up

World No 28 becomes the first American since Andy Roddick in 2009 to reach a grand slam semi-final.

Sam Querrey, right, waves to the crowd after his five-set win over Andy Murray in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Will Oliver / EPA
Sam Querrey, right, waves to the crowd after his five-set win over Andy Murray in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Will Oliver / EPA

A round-up of all four men's quarter-finals matches from Day 9 at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.

Querrey topples injured Murray

Sam Querrey sent hobbling defending champion Andy Murray crashing out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, reaching his first grand slam semi-final at the 42nd attempt. One year after knocking out 2015 champion Novak Djokovic in the third round, 29-year-old Querrey won 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1. World No 1 Murray's challenge petered out when he began limping off his right leg, his movement severely compromised by a recent hip problem. Querrey will face either Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, who stunned Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, or former US Open champion Marin Cilic for a place in the final. "I'm still in a state of shock. I'm glad I hit that last serve in," said Querrey who finished with 27 aces and 70 winners. "I didn't start the best but I just kept swinging away and found my groove in the last two sets." Querrey is the first American man in the semi-finals of a grand slam since Andy Roddick finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 2009. "It feels great. It's a dream come true to be in the semi-final at Wimbledon, it's very special," Querrey added.

Cilic taken the distance by Muller

Marin Cilic reached his first Wimbledon semi-final with a 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 victory over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller. Cilic had lost in the quarter-finals on his last three visits to Wimbledon, but the former US Open champion finally made it to the last four at the expense of the man who stunned Rafael Nadal in the last 16. World No 6 Cilic, in his first major semi-final since the 2015 US Open, faces Querrey. "It means a lot. It's an amazing achievement, three times I got stuck in the quarters," Cilic said. "It was a real hard fought battle, Gilles was serving unbelievable. It was just a couple of points deciding the match. I kept my cool. It was a relief to finally do it." Cilic, hoping to reach his second major final, has won all four of his meetings with 24th seed Querrey, including three at Wimbledon in 2009, 2012 and 2015. The second of those encounters was the second longest match in Wimbledon history at five hours and 31 minutes, something Cilic doesn't want to experience when he faces Querrey again on Friday. "Hopefully it's not the longest one ever," he said. "Sam plays really well, especially this season. Hopefully I can get into my rhythm and play good tennis."

Federer exacts revenge on Raonic

Roger Federer turned his 100th Wimbledon match into an exhibition as he outclassed Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2 7-6 to reach the semi-finals for a record 12th time. The Swiss, 35, played his best tennis of the tournament to dismantle the big-serving Canadian who knocked him out at the semi-final stage last year. Sixth seed Raonic's belief ebbed away at the start of the second set when he offered up another break with a careless forehand and Federer went for the jugular with a further break of the Canadian's delivery as he established a two-set lead. Federer was made to sweat a little in the third set and had to save four break points at 3-4 as Raonic finally began to hit his groundstrokes with more menace. Raonic went 3-0 ahead in the tiebreak too but 18-time major champion Federer responded with two majestic forehand passes as he regained control with five points in a row. Federer has yet to drop a set in the tournament this year and with defending champion Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all out he is a huge favourite to become the first man to win the Wimbledon title eight times. He will play Czech Tomas Berdych, the 11th seed, in the last four.

Berdych through as Djokovic retires

Novak Djokovic crashed out of Wimbledon after being forced to retire from his quarter-final against Tomas Berdych due to a right arm injury. Djokovic needed treatment on the area around his elbow at the end of the first set and was already dealing with a long-term right shoulder problem. The three-time Wimbledon champion, who would have regained the world No 1 ranking if he had won the tournament, was trailing 7-6, 2-0 when he called it quits on Court One. Czech world No 15 Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up, goes on to face Roger Federer for a place in Sunday's final.