Roger Federer advances to his 11th Wimbledon final

WIMBLEDON, England — Roger Federer will be in position to win an eighth Wimbledon title after scoring a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 semifinal win over 11th seed Tomas Berdych on Friday.

The third-seeded Federer, who is into his 11th career Wimbledon final, would become the only man in history to win at Wimbledon eight times if he defeats seventh seed Marin CIlic of Croatia in Sunday’s final. Federer leads Cilic 6-1 in career meetings.

Rafael Nadal currently holds the record for most titles won at the same major when he captured his 10th French Open trophy last month.

If Federer, who owns a record 18 Grand Slam trophies, wins the title, he would be at 35 years, 342 days, the oldest man in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon trophy.

Federer reached the final without dropping a set during the fortnight. His record at Wimbledon stands at 90-11.

Armed with 53 winners in the 2-hour, 18-minute match against Berdych, Federer increased his career edge over the Czech native to 19-6 with the semifinal victory. Berdych has lost the last eight matches he’s played against Federer since the 2013 Dubai semifinal.

Federer will be in the hunt for a fifth title this season, his last coming on the grass at Halle ahead of Wimbledon.

In January, after a six-month time-out to recuperate his knee, Federer won his 18th major at the Australian Open.

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