And it seemed like Federer finally met his match - literally - with Nadal, who somehow had the key to the most maddening tennis puzzle ever.
Cilic has incredible grit and determination, and avoiding Murray in the semi-final will be viewed as a huge bonus to his ambitions.
Unlike the champions of today who are used to banking seven-figure sums in prize money from the slams, Rosewall started off in the 1950s when he played for kudos and little else.
"He needs to just believe", said Ivanisevic, the 2001 champion at the All England Club and Cilic's coach in New York three years ago. "You want them to be healthy again". Are his wins what define him, or his ability to learn from his losses?
"I developed my game so that I could play well on any surface".
Victory was his in the 10th game when Berdych netted a weary forehand.
Well, it's Tomas Berdych and the other guy is Federer, that's why. "He's just proving his greatness in our sport". Cilic has been broken 10 times in his last five matches, so there is an opening for his opponent to capitalize, but his serving consistency and constant winners has become overwhelming for his opponent.
He won his first ATP title in Milan in 2001 and has racked up trophies every year since with the exception of 2016 when he shut down his season after a semi-final loss at Wimbledon. He however went on to lose a marathon match by losing the set 15-13 to the big-serving and eerily calm journeyman Gilles Muller, much to the anguish of himself and his millions of fans hoping for the next step of his resurgence after he won the French Open for the 10th time a month ago. In the victory, Federer won 84 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points.
"He has spoken up for women's issues and women's rights, especially in tennis, for forever".
Had he not competed in the same era as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, his trophy collection could have been more impressive - he has lost nine finals at the majors to his two great rivals. Querrey's also played three straight 5-set matches and at some point the body collects.
Despite those impressive numbers, Federer admits he still battles serious nerves before a big tennis occasion.
"I never doubted it. Who knows what will happen in the final?" It's not like going through the motions like careless.
That would be Roger Federer, who keeps defying physics, logic and time.
I can only say it one more time, Federer was my pick to win the Wimbledon before the tournament started, and he's shown me nothing to shy away from that pick. "Are we willing to do that?", he said.
Roger Federer as booked his spot in the Wimbledon final without dropping a single set.