Marin Cilic becomes the first Croatian to reach the Wimbledon final since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001 after beating Sam Querrey 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-5.Photo: Twitter/@Wimbledon

By Oladipupo Mojeed 

Marin Cilic reached his first Wimbledon final with a four-set win over American Sam Querrey on Centre Court after four sets.

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Seventh seed Cilic won 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 in two hours and 56 minutes, and will next face Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych.

The Croatian Cilic won the US Open in 2014 but had never been past the quarter-finals at Wimbledon before this year.


“It’s unbelievable, especially the way this tournament unfolded. I was playing really great tennis from the first round, said the 29 year-old after his triumph over the 24th seeded American.

With this success , Cilic in his 11th attempt become the first Croatian to reach Wimledon final since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.

Marin Cilic in his 1th attempt,reaches the Wimbledon final. Photo: Twitter/@Wimbledon

“Sam was playing high level tennis especially in the first set. I was 4-1 up in the tie-break and didn’t convert. After that I was better in the return games. I thought the level was really high.

“I came out serving huge and hitting big. He was not tight at all. I was definitely glad to get the break back in the fourth set.

“I’m feeling positive on the court. It’s extremely important. My emotions are helping me a little bit.”


On the final, the 2014 US Open winner said he will be ready for either Federer or Berdych.

“It’s definitely going to be a huge semi-final between Roger and Tomas. It’s an open match. Roger is playing the best tennis of his career on this court. Whoever it is I will be ready.”