Roger Federer faces Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon semifinals Friday.

  Follow live as Federer closes in on record 8th Wimbledon title (07/14/2017) 
10:14
Geoff Bruce: 

Good morning! Or I suppose for those of you in Europe, good afternoon!

Friday July 14, 2017 10:14 Geoff Bruce
10:14
Geoff Bruce: 

I’m Geoff Bruce and I’ll be covering every single point of today’s potentially historic semifinal match between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:14 Geoff Bruce
10:15
Geoff Bruce: 

We’re only a few moments removed from Marin Cilic finishing off Sam Querrey in the first semifinal, so we would expect to see Federer and Berdych coming out on to Centre Court shortly!

Friday July 14, 2017 10:15 Geoff Bruce
10:17
Geoff Bruce: 

The primary storyline of this match is of course Roger Federer seeking his 8th Wimbledon championship, which would set him on a level of his own.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:17 Geoff Bruce
10:22
Geoff Bruce: 

The head to head between the Swiss and the Czech is 18 to 6 in favor of Federer; however, Berdych has shown the ability to beat Federer in big matches.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:22 Geoff Bruce
10:22
Geoff Bruce: 

He did so in 2010 when he became the first man to beat Federer before the final since 2002 and then in very similar fashion he also knocked the Swiss out of the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2012.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:22 Geoff Bruce
10:25
Geoff Bruce: 

Looks like we’re still a few minutes away from getting under way for this semifinal, but don’t hesitate to join the conversation here! Always happy to take questions and comments. It’s more fun when I don’t just look like a crazy person talking to myself!

Friday July 14, 2017 10:25 Geoff Bruce
10:31
Geoff Bruce: 

And we’re under way, folks! Berdych to serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:31 Geoff Bruce
10:31
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. A quick 1-2 punch off of a strong first serve from the Czech.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:31 Geoff Bruce
10:31
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. After a moderate rally, Federer crushes a couple of groundstrokes and finishes the point with a forehand winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:31 Geoff Bruce
10:32
Geoff Bruce: 

15-30. Berdych hits long on a backhand. Early opening for Federer here.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:32 Geoff Bruce
10:32
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. Berdych plays aggressive and forces Federer to come up with a backhand pass on the stretch. The Swiss’ flick attempt down the line goes just long.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:32 Geoff Bruce
10:33
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. A good serve from Berdych out wide earns him a game point.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:33 Geoff Bruce
10:33
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Lovely from Federer. That’s vintage stuff as he slices a short return and forces Berdych in and then passes him with the forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:33 Geoff Bruce
10:33
Geoff Bruce: 

That was not an easy pass. Berdych did well to get his slice approach right to the baseline.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:33 Geoff Bruce
10:34
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Federer. And it’s an early break point for the Swiss as he slices another return short and Berdych hits his backhand wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:34 Geoff Bruce
10:34
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Federer second serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:34 Geoff Bruce
10:35
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Heavy hitting from both guys but eventually Federer’s forehand clips the tape and comes back to his side.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:35 Geoff Bruce
10:36
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. Federer will have to be careful there. He fires a strong backhand but it’s right into the hitting zone of the Czech who uses the pace to whack a forehand that the Swiss can’t handle.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:36 Geoff Bruce
10:36
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. A good first serve earns a return error from Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:36 Geoff Bruce
10:36
Geoff Bruce: 

0-1. Federer to serve. First set.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:36 Geoff Bruce
10:37
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Berdych hits long.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:37 Geoff Bruce
10:37
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Berdych misses his forehand return wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:37 Geoff Bruce
10:37
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Berdych takes a huge swing at a return and it’s right at the baseline. Federer hits long.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:37 Geoff Bruce
10:37
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. Almost identical to the 15-0 point as Federer’s serve up the middle draws a return error off the forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:37 Geoff Bruce
10:38
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. A solid 1-2. Sliding serve out wide and a forehand into the open court. How many times have we seen that over the last 14 years?

Friday July 14, 2017 10:38 Geoff Bruce
10:38
Geoff Bruce: 

1-1. Berdych to serve. First set.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:38 Geoff Bruce
10:38
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Solid 1-2 from Berdych there. Forehand winner crosscourt.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:38 Geoff Bruce
10:39
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Federer comes into the net on a bit of a prayer and Berdych passes him easily with the forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:39 Geoff Bruce
10:39
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Federer puts in a solid return up the line and Berdych’s slice floats long.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:39 Geoff Bruce
10:40
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. Another good first serve from the Czech. This one out wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:40 Geoff Bruce
10:40
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. Heavy hitting again but Berdych proves the stronger as Federer nets his backhand.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:40 Geoff Bruce
10:40
Geoff Bruce: 

1-2. Federer to serve. First set.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:40 Geoff Bruce
10:42
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Sliding serve from Federer earns a return error from Berdych.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:42 Geoff Bruce
10:42
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Federer shoots a forehand inside out to open up the court and then follows up with an inside-in for the winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:42 Geoff Bruce
10:42
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Strong serve up the T is unreturned.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:42 Geoff Bruce
10:43
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. Another unreturned serve and that’s one of those lightning holds that you see from the Swiss sometimes.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:43 Geoff Bruce
10:43
Geoff Bruce: 

2-2. Berdych to serve. First set.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:43 Geoff Bruce
10:43
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer’s return floats just wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:43 Geoff Bruce
10:44
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. That’s masterful from Federer as he somehow stays in the point with a squash forehand slice and then transitions into the offense with a strong forehand up the line. Berdych’s next slice floats well long.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:44 Geoff Bruce
10:45
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Again Berdych asks the question of the backhand pass on the stretch and again Federer just barely misses. The crowd groans.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:45 Geoff Bruce
10:45
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. Federer gets ahead with a good return but then nets his backhand.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:45 Geoff Bruce
10:46
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. Berdych flies his backhand beyond the baseline.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:46 Geoff Bruce
10:47
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Good hitting again in that rally. Eventually Federer comes up with the goods crosscourt on the forehand. Berdych hits wildly in response but misses.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:47 Geoff Bruce
10:47
Geoff Bruce: 

It’s clear that once the two men get on the run, Federer is superior, but in terms of just slugging it out, Berdych can hang with him and might even be the stronger.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:47 Geoff Bruce
10:48
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Federer. Wow, a bit unlucky for Berdych there as he got a bad bounce, but Federer used the slice masterfully there. Eventually he gets a mistake from the Czech and capitalizes with a forehand winner immediately.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:48 Geoff Bruce
10:48
Geoff Bruce: 

Second break chance for the Swiss.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:48 Geoff Bruce
10:48
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Federer second serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:48 Geoff Bruce
10:48
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Berdych handles a good return very well and eventually Federer nets a forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:48 Geoff Bruce
10:49
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. Federer is wrong-footed a bit and hits another forehand into the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:49 Geoff Bruce
10:50
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Berdych rips a forehand but it’s wide. That’s some impressive power though.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:50 Geoff Bruce
10:50
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Federer. Berdych comes in to the Federer backhand again and the pass clips the tape. The Czech gets the volley back but it gives time for Federer to come up with a forehand pass winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:50 Geoff Bruce
10:51
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. That was a monstrous forehand from Federer on that point. Berdych does well on defense initially but the Swiss turns back the clock to 2006 with a huge injection of pace. He comes up with a swinging volley winner to finish.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:51 Geoff Bruce
10:51
Geoff Bruce: 

3-2. Federer to serve. First set.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:51 Geoff Bruce
10:52
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer will have to be careful about how much he uses the slice today. It has worked pretty well so far today, but Berdych handles the low ball on his forehand pretty well for a big guy and has the footwork to take most slices on that side.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:52 Geoff Bruce
10:52
Geoff Bruce: 

I still remember that 2010 match and a huge part of it was Berdych just gobbling up the slice and dictating with his forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:52 Geoff Bruce
10:52
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Ace up the middle for Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:52 Geoff Bruce
10:53
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Federer tries to wrong foot Berdych but the Czech stays home. Still the forehand is good enough that Berdych can’t do anything with it.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:53 Geoff Bruce
10:53
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Lovely drop-volley from Federer there earns him three game points. First serve and volley of the day.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:53 Geoff Bruce
10:53
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:53 Geoff Bruce
10:53
Geoff Bruce: 

Ace up the middle.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:53 Geoff Bruce
10:53
Geoff Bruce: 

That’s one of those lightning holds that can be so demoralizing after being broken for an opponent.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:53 Geoff Bruce
10:53
Geoff Bruce: 

Sampras used to do that better than anyone, but Federer is a close second.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:53 Geoff Bruce
10:54
Geoff Bruce: 

2-4. Berdych to serve. First set.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:54 Geoff Bruce
10:54
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer tries an overambitious dropshot and it barely even gets to his own service line.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:54 Geoff Bruce
10:55
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Berdych frames a backhand and it flies long.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:55 Geoff Bruce
10:55
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Ace up the middle for Berdych.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:55 Geoff Bruce
10:56
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. Berdych approaches with a strong backhand and Federer misses a difficult pass attempt.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:56 Geoff Bruce
10:56
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. This time it’s Federer’s turn to approach off a good backhand and he puts away an easy volley into the open court.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:56 Geoff Bruce
10:57
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Federer gets a bit lucky with the return as he frames it but it lands on the baseline. The Swiss follows up on the next shot with a beautiful inside-out backhand winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:57 Geoff Bruce
10:57
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. Another good serve up the T for Berdych off the deuce court.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:57 Geoff Bruce
10:57
Geoff Bruce: 

The Czech has served pretty well from that side.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:57 Geoff Bruce
10:57
Geoff Bruce: 

The Ad. side is another story.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:57 Geoff Bruce
10:58
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. This time he gets it done though and stays in touch. Federer nets a forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:58 Geoff Bruce
10:58
Geoff Bruce: 

4-3. Federer to serve. First set.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:58 Geoff Bruce
10:58
Geoff Bruce: 

You’ve got to think that this first set is important for Berdych. Not only is he the underdog, but also just with the way it’s gone. He has been threatened on nearly every service game and he has yet to make any sort of real impression on Federer’s.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:58 Geoff Bruce
10:59
Geoff Bruce: 

Losing the first set in around 30 minutes to Roger Federer is an ominous sign as it’s easy for him to run away with the match. A lot of credit has to be given to Milos Raonic on Wednesday for fighting as well as he did in the third.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:59 Geoff Bruce
11:00
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Strong 1-2 from Federer. Berdych reaches the forehand but has no chance to make the pass.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:00 Geoff Bruce
11:00
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer has won 92 % of his first serve points so far.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:00 Geoff Bruce
11:00
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Federer’s inside out forehand clips the tape and flies wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:00 Geoff Bruce
11:01
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Federer comes up with a backhand pass crosscourt to save himself as Berdych was ahead in the point.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:01 Geoff Bruce
11:01
Geoff Bruce: 

Don’t forget to join the conversation with me guys! Comment with your thoughts on the match so far or anything Wimbledon/tennis related!

Friday July 14, 2017 11:01 Geoff Bruce
11:01
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. Great return from Berdych rushes Federer into an error off his forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:01 Geoff Bruce
11:01
Geoff Bruce: 

I think this is the first time Berdych has gotten to 30 on a return game.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:01 Geoff Bruce
11:02
Geoff Bruce: 

30-40. And now he has a break point! Federer doubles after going for a big second serve. Federer challenges but it was way out.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:02 Geoff Bruce
11:02
Geoff Bruce: 

30-40. Second serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:02 Geoff Bruce
11:02
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Federer hits a couple of strong forehands and eventually approaches the net. Berdych’s lunging pass can’t get over the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:02 Geoff Bruce
11:03
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. Big hitting from the Czech as he comes up with a forehand winner crosscourt to finish a moderately lengthed rally.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:03 Geoff Bruce
11:03
Geoff Bruce: 

Another break chance for the Czech. This has really come out of nowhere.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:03 Geoff Bruce
11:03
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. And as he has done so many times over the years, Federer snuffs it out with an ace up the middle.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:03 Geoff Bruce
11:03
Geoff Bruce: 

Berdych hit a couple of beautiful defensive shots in that last rally.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:03 Geoff Bruce
11:04
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. Another good return from Berdych and Federer mishits. Federer is 1/3 on break chances, can Berdych match it?

Friday July 14, 2017 11:04 Geoff Bruce
11:04
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych second serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:04 Geoff Bruce
11:04
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. Another double from Federer. Again Federer challenges but again it was well out.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:04 Geoff Bruce
11:04
Geoff Bruce: 

We’re back even folks.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:04 Geoff Bruce
11:04
Geoff Bruce: 

4-4. Berdych to serve. First set.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:04 Geoff Bruce
11:05
Geoff Bruce: 

That was a combination of Berdych playing well and Federer suddenly losing his first serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:05 Geoff Bruce
11:05
Geoff Bruce: 

The Czech capitalized and suddenly we’re even.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:05 Geoff Bruce
11:05
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer is a bit out of sorts right now. He frames another forehand well wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:05 Geoff Bruce
11:06
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Federer misses a slice backhand return into the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:06 Geoff Bruce
11:06
[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 

what side was federer serving from

Friday July 14, 2017 11:06 Danny
11:06
Geoff Bruce: 

When Danny?

Friday July 14, 2017 11:06 Geoff Bruce
11:06
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Berdych serves and volleys and suddenly he has three points to get in the lead.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:06 Geoff Bruce
11:06
[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 

when he lost serve

Friday July 14, 2017 11:06 Danny
11:06
Geoff Bruce: 

The right side of the chair umpire.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:06 Geoff Bruce
11:07
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. Ace out wide and now Federer must serve to stay in the first set.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:07 Geoff Bruce
11:07
Geoff Bruce: 

A few minutes ago I said this set was very important for Berdych because of how it had gone. Now I think even if he were to go on and lose it, he would still have plenty of belief based on how he’s been able to get back in.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:07 Geoff Bruce
11:07
[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 

might be a crosscourt wind

Friday July 14, 2017 11:07 Danny
11:08
Geoff Bruce: 

It’s admirable fighting spirit from the Czech who is rarely intimidated by anyone. He’s been known for being able to stand up to the Big 4. He doesn’t win very often, but he’s not one of those players that goes on to the court thinking he’s definitely going to lose.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:08 Geoff Bruce
11:09
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer approaches with a strong forehand and Berdych misses his slice attempt.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:09 Geoff Bruce
11:09
Geoff Bruce: 

Perhaps Danny. It was very windy on court during the Querrey-Cilic semifinal.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:09 Geoff Bruce
11:09
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Federer with a 1-2 punch forehand winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:09 Geoff Bruce
11:09
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Federer wrongfoots Berdych and gets to three game points.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:09 Geoff Bruce
11:10
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. A strong first serve out wide is framed by Berdych and the Fed Express is up and running again.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:10 Geoff Bruce
11:10
[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 

yeah federer is doing much better from that side

Friday July 14, 2017 11:10 Danny
11:10
Geoff Bruce: 

5-5. Berdych to serve. First set.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:10 Geoff Bruce
11:10
Geoff Bruce: 

0-15. Federer mishits his backhand return but Berdych can’t take advantage as he nets his forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:10 Geoff Bruce
11:11
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Federer gets ahead but Berdych comes up with some big shots and the Swiss eventually misses his forehand into the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:11 Geoff Bruce
11:12
Geoff Bruce: 

15-30. Federer plays just enough defense to make it a bit tricky for Berdych, but it was bad footwork from the Czech and he nets a mid court backhand.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:12 Geoff Bruce
11:12
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. Federer hits just long on a forehand after getting ahead with a good return. The Swiss challenges but is wrong again.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:12 Geoff Bruce
11:12
Geoff Bruce: 

30-40. This time it’s Berdych’s turn to miss a makeable forehand though and now Federer has another chance to get ahead.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:12 Geoff Bruce
11:13
Geoff Bruce: 

1/3 so far on break chances for the Swiss.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:13 Geoff Bruce
11:13
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Clutch serve up the middle. A cloud of paint flies up as Berdych strikes the line.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:13 Geoff Bruce
11:14
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Federer. Berdych approaches with a strong forehand but Federer hits an incredible slice to make the volley tough. It sits up and the Swiss rips a forehand right at the body to get another break chance.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:14 Geoff Bruce
11:14
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Another strong first serve from Berdych, this time out wide. 130 mph on that one.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:14 Geoff Bruce
11:15
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. A very good slice approach from Berdych and Federer’s backhand pass flies just wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:15 Geoff Bruce
11:15
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. Another big serve and the Czech holds. Federer will serve to stay in the set again.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:15 Geoff Bruce
11:16
[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 

I think Berdych has the set now even if it goes to tie break

Friday July 14, 2017 11:16 Danny
11:16
Geoff Bruce: 

That’s a bold statement Danny, what makes you think that?

Friday July 14, 2017 11:16 Geoff Bruce
11:17
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer wrongfoots Berdych and the Czech’s flailing forehand is in the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:17 Geoff Bruce
11:17
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Federer serves and volleys but nets a makeable shot.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:17 Geoff Bruce
11:17
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Berdych hits long on a forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:17 Geoff Bruce
11:18
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. Berdych misses his forehand return wide and long.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:18 Geoff Bruce
11:18
[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 

Federer is serving his problem side now and if its a tie break the first 6 points will be that side

Friday July 14, 2017 11:18 Danny
11:18
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. Ace up the middle.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:18 Geoff Bruce
11:18
Geoff Bruce: 

We’ll see Danny, I’m not really sure if one break of serve is really enough of a sample size to draw such a strong conclusion.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:18 Geoff Bruce
11:18
Geoff Bruce: 

Tiebreak. Berdych to serve the first point.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:18 Geoff Bruce
11:19
Geoff Bruce: 

1-0 Berdych. Such strong hitting right now from the Czech. His forehand is really alive. He crushes a crosscourt one and Federer can only net his response.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:19 Geoff Bruce
11:19
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer to serve the next two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:19 Geoff Bruce
11:19
Geoff Bruce: 

1-1. Strong serve from Federer is unreturned.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:19 Geoff Bruce
11:20
Geoff Bruce: 

2-1 Federer. Another unreturned serve from Federer. Berdych to serve the next two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:20 Geoff Bruce
11:20
Geoff Bruce: 

3-1 Federer. The Swiss is aggressive with a deep slice approach and puts away an easy volley into the open court.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:20 Geoff Bruce
11:20
Geoff Bruce: 

Berdych with one more serve to come.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:20 Geoff Bruce
11:21
Geoff Bruce: 

3-2 Federer. Berdych approaches this time and Federer frames his backhand pass attempt. Federer to serve the next two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:21 Geoff Bruce
11:22
Geoff Bruce: 

4-2 Federer. Another first serve, another return that doesn’t make it over the net for Berdych. Federer with one more serve to come.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:22 Geoff Bruce
11:22
Geoff Bruce: 

4-3 Federer. Great slice return from Berdych and Federer overhits his forehand. We’re back on serve. Berdych to serve two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:22 Geoff Bruce
11:22
[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 

That’s why Federer is the Maestro, he figures things out better than anyone!

Friday July 14, 2017 11:22 Danny
11:23
Geoff Bruce: 

5-3 Federer. Berdych gets a hanging ball to rip but he misses it into the net. Federer guessed right, you wonder if Berdych saw him moving and panicked.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:23 Geoff Bruce
11:23
Geoff Bruce: 

5-4 Federer. Berdych finally finds a first serve and Federer nets his return.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:23 Geoff Bruce
11:23
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer to serve the next two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:23 Geoff Bruce
11:23
[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 

They are playing very fast, I don’t know who that favors

Friday July 14, 2017 11:23 Danny
11:24
Geoff Bruce: 

6-4 Federer. Berdych with an excellent return off of a first serve but Federer makes him run and the Czech misses his next forehand. Set point Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:24 Geoff Bruce
11:24
Geoff Bruce: 

6-4 second serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:24 Geoff Bruce
11:25
Geoff Bruce: 

Game and first set Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:25 Geoff Bruce
11:25
Geoff Bruce: 

The Swiss is brave on a deep backhand and Berdych frames his reply.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:25 Geoff Bruce
11:26
Geoff Bruce: 

A very entertaining set of tennis from both men. It started out looking one-sided but Berdych did well to get back in it. It will be important for him not to dip his level of play at the beginning of the second.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:26 Geoff Bruce
11:26
Geoff Bruce: 

Haha yes they are playing very fast Danny. My fingers have been slamming away at the keyboard to keep up.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:26 Geoff Bruce
11:26
Geoff Bruce: 

I think Federer loves to play fast so he’s probably comfortable with it, but there are times – when he’s behind though – that his pace of play can backfire.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:26 Geoff Bruce
11:27
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:27 Geoff Bruce
11:27
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Ace out wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:27 Geoff Bruce
11:27
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Kicker out wide draws a return error from Berdych.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:27 Geoff Bruce
11:28
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Another double fault from Federer. That’s a somewhat worrying trend right now as there have been a lot of those so far for the Swiss.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:28 Geoff Bruce
11:28
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. Yikes. Federer misses a forehand swinging volley attempt horribly.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:28 Geoff Bruce
11:28
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. A strong serve out wide from Federer earns him a game point.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:28 Geoff Bruce
11:29
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. Man, Federer has really crunched some forehands this tournament. There was another monster in that point that opened up the court for a follow-up winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:29 Geoff Bruce
11:29
Geoff Bruce: 

0-1. Berdych to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:29 Geoff Bruce
11:29
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Good start to a key game for Berdych to keep his spirits up. Strong serve up the middle.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:29 Geoff Bruce
11:30
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. But there’s another bad forehand miss from the Czech. As well as he was hitting that shot in the latter half of the first set, it has somewhat left him since the tiebreka.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:30 Geoff Bruce
11:31
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. There’s another bad dropshot attempt from Federer, second of the match to end a moderate rally.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:31 Geoff Bruce
11:31
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. Strong striking from both men in that rally initially but eventually Federer hits cleaner and Berdych’s forehand goes long.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:31 Geoff Bruce
11:32
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. Good second serve from Berdych there, close to the center line and it looked like a kicker. Federer completley frames his return.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:32 Geoff Bruce
11:32
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. A strong first serve earns the Czech his first game of the second set.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:32 Geoff Bruce
11:32
Geoff Bruce: 

1-1. Federer to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:32 Geoff Bruce
11:33
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer approaches to the Berdych backhand and the Czech misses his pass just wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:33 Geoff Bruce
11:33
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Berdych hits a backhand return long.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:33 Geoff Bruce
11:34
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. This time it’s Federer’s turn to have a good second serve kicker up the middle. Berdych’s return is in the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:34 Geoff Bruce
11:34
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. An ambitious attempt at a backhand winner from Federer goes wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:34 Geoff Bruce
11:34
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. 1-2 forehand winner into the open court after a sliding serve out wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:34 Geoff Bruce
11:34
Geoff Bruce: 

1-2. Berdych to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:34 Geoff Bruce
11:36
Geoff Bruce: 

0-15. Great return from Federer almost to the baseline and Berdych’s half-volley attempt goes well wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:36 Geoff Bruce
11:37
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Another good first serve from Berdych and Federer’s slice return is in the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:37 Geoff Bruce
11:37
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Strong serve up the T earns the Czech another free point.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:37 Geoff Bruce
11:37
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. Federer dances around a return to fire a forehand and Berdych’s reply is in the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:37 Geoff Bruce
11:38
Geoff Bruce: 

30-40. Look out here, a break chance for Federer as he strikes another good return and Berdych again misfires on a forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:38 Geoff Bruce
11:38
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. The Czech has found some very good serves in key moments in this match and he does so again to draw a short return and put away a routine forehand winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:38 Geoff Bruce
11:39
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Federer. The Swiss is returning extremely well in this game. He gets another deep one in to seize control and then fires a forehand inside out that the Czech can’t handle.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:39 Geoff Bruce
11:39
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Another clutch serve from Berdych though. This one out wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:39 Geoff Bruce
11:40
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. The Czech serves and volleys and puts away a winner into the open court.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:40 Geoff Bruce
11:41
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Wow, a running forehand pass on the full stretch for Federer. Not too much unlike the one against Raonic on Wednesday. Berdych should have put that volley away but the Swiss got there and made the most of it.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:41 Geoff Bruce
11:41
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. Another first serve earns another free point for the Czech.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:41 Geoff Bruce
11:42
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. That’s a very key hold for the Czech to stay alive there. Heavy hitting from both men in that point but eventually Federer blinks with a forehand into the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:42 Geoff Bruce
11:42
Geoff Bruce: 

2-2. Federer to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:42 Geoff Bruce
11:42
Geoff Bruce: 

0-15. Berdych hits a solid low slice and Federer mishits his backhand well wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:42 Geoff Bruce
11:43
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Federer wrongfoots Berdych with a forehand inside-out winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:43 Geoff Bruce
11:43
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Federer serves and volleys and his first serve just barely catches the line. The Swiss easily puts away the next one.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:43 Geoff Bruce
11:44
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. After a moderate rally, Berdych eventually hits long.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:44 Geoff Bruce
11:44
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. The first serve hits the line and Berdych’s return is sprayed well out.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:44 Geoff Bruce
11:44
Geoff Bruce: 

2-3. Berdych to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:44 Geoff Bruce
11:46
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer misses a return long.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:46 Geoff Bruce
11:46
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Ace out wide for the Czech. Federer’s body language is a bit frustrated by the serving of Berdych I think.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:46 Geoff Bruce
11:47
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Federer gains control of the point with a strong backhand up the line and eventually approaches the net to put away a delicate drop volley winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:47 Geoff Bruce
11:48
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. A second serve ace from Berdych up the middle.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:48 Geoff Bruce
11:48
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. The Czech serves and volleys again and puts away an easy one into the open court.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:48 Geoff Bruce
11:48
Geoff Bruce: 

3-3. Federer to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:48 Geoff Bruce
11:49
Geoff Bruce: 

0-15. Berdych approaches the net and Federer’s lob attempt goes long.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:49 Geoff Bruce
11:49
Geoff Bruce: 

0-30. Federer mishits a deep return badly and suddenly this is a very good chance for the Czech.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:49 Geoff Bruce
11:49
Geoff Bruce: 

15-30. Federer’s sliding serve out wide is just good enough as Berdych takes a rip at it but misses into the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:49 Geoff Bruce
11:50
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. An ace up the middle draws a huge cloud of paint to fly up. Berdych challenges but it seems futile based on the splash.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:50 Geoff Bruce
11:50
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. Ooh. Again the slider wasn’t great and Berdych got his strong forehand return in this time but Federer half volleys it into the open court.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:50 Geoff Bruce
11:51
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Delicate drop volley from Berdych as he comes in behind a strong forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:51 Geoff Bruce
11:51
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. The Czech has a chance to go ahead in the second set. He steps in on a second serve return and whacks a clean winner down the line.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:51 Geoff Bruce
11:52
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. What a shot from Federer. Berdych gets into the rally but the Swiss whacks a forehand with an acute angle for a winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:52 Geoff Bruce
11:52
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Federer. Strong serve up the T is unreturned.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:52 Geoff Bruce
11:52
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. And another good first serve gets the Swiss out of trouble.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:52 Geoff Bruce
11:52
Geoff Bruce: 

3-4. Berdych to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:52 Geoff Bruce
11:54
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Berdych approaches well and puts away a volley.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:54 Geoff Bruce
11:54
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Federer’s slice return floats well long.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:54 Geoff Bruce
11:55
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Forehand 1-2 winner from Berdych off another good first serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:55 Geoff Bruce
11:55
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. The Czech goes body with a second serve and Federer’s bunt is in the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:55 Geoff Bruce
11:56
Geoff Bruce: 

4-4. Federer to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:56 Geoff Bruce
11:56
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Strong serve up the middle for Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:56 Geoff Bruce
11:56
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Federer misses a pretty easy forehand. Might have seen Berdych moving in that direction.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:56 Geoff Bruce
11:57
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Federer approaches bravely and Berdych misses his forehand pass long.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:57 Geoff Bruce
11:57
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. Wow. Classic Federer there as Berdych wrongfoots him and approaches with a good forehand but the Swiss reaches back and just flicks a backhand pass winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:57 Geoff Bruce
11:58
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. Berdych misses a return long and he will serve to stay in the second set.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:58 Geoff Bruce
11:58
Geoff Bruce: 

4-5. Berdych to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:58 Geoff Bruce
11:59
Geoff Bruce: 

You figure this second set is a must-win for the Czech. He’s playing well, but according to ESPN he is 0-37 when losing the first two sets in majors.

Friday July 14, 2017 11:59 Geoff Bruce
12:00
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer a bit slow to get over to a backhand. He takes a big swing and misses long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:00 Geoff Bruce
12:00
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Berdych clips the tape and Federer steps in on the shortball to put away a backhand winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:00 Geoff Bruce
12:01
Geoff Bruce: 

15-30. Berdych overcooks a forehand long and Federer has a glimpse now. Can the Czech come up with more clutch serves?

Friday July 14, 2017 12:01 Geoff Bruce
12:01
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. There’s one. Up the middle, 119 miles per hour on the line.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:01 Geoff Bruce
12:02
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. Great point by Berdych. He has Federer on a string and then comes in to finish the point at the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:02 Geoff Bruce
12:02
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. An ace out wide. And the Czech again comes up with good stuff to fend off a challenge.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:02 Geoff Bruce
12:02
Geoff Bruce: 

5-5. Federer to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:02 Geoff Bruce
12:03
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer approaches with a forehand and Berdych makes him hit a volley but the Swiss has the goods.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:03 Geoff Bruce
12:03
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. A first serve into the body jams Berdych, who hits long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:03 Geoff Bruce
12:03
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Federer’s serve up the T just barely catches both lines. Berdych challenges but is wrong.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:03 Geoff Bruce
12:04
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. Forehand drive volley and Berdych will serve to force another tiebreak.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:04 Geoff Bruce
12:04
Geoff Bruce: 

5-6. Berdych to serve second set. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:04 Geoff Bruce
12:05
Geoff Bruce: 

You have to imagine that Federer does not want this second set to go to a tiebreaker. Berdych is playing strong, aggressive tennis right now. The margins are so slim in breakers.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:05 Geoff Bruce
12:05
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer mishits a return wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:05 Geoff Bruce
12:06
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Berdych comes to net again and Federer can’t pass him. Backhand volley into the open court.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:06 Geoff Bruce
12:06
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Federer’s return sails well long. 3 game points for the Czech.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:06 Geoff Bruce
12:07
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. Federer misses a backhand return into the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:07 Geoff Bruce
12:07
Geoff Bruce: 

Tiebreak. Federer to serve the first point. First set to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:07 Geoff Bruce
12:07
Geoff Bruce: 

1-0 Federer. A “come on” from the Swiss as he strikes a solid backhand and Berdych misses his own long. Berdych to serve the next two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:07 Geoff Bruce
12:07
Geoff Bruce: 

Head-to-head tiebreak record is pretty close: 9-6 Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:07 Geoff Bruce
12:08
Geoff Bruce: 

1-1. Berdych finds an ace up the middle that just caught line. Federer challenges but is wrong.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:08 Geoff Bruce
12:08
Geoff Bruce: 

1-1. Second serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:08 Geoff Bruce
12:09
Geoff Bruce: 

2-1 Federer. The Swiss finally gets a look at a weak second serve and destroys it. Forehand crosscourt clean winner. Federer to serve the next two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:09 Geoff Bruce
12:09
Geoff Bruce: 

3-1 Federer. Another forehand winner. Berdych gets into the point with an excellent return but the Swiss comes up with the goods again to stay ahead.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:09 Geoff Bruce
12:09
Geoff Bruce: 

4-1. Three forehand winners in a row for the Swiss. Berdych gets ahead in the rally and approaches but Federer finds the forehand pass crosscourt.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:09 Geoff Bruce
12:10
Geoff Bruce: 

The Federer forehand is absolutely on fire right now.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:10 Geoff Bruce
12:10
Geoff Bruce: 

Berdych to serve the next two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:10 Geoff Bruce
12:10
Geoff Bruce: 

5-1 Federer. Another massive forehand. Federer lets out an audible grunt as he rips this one inside out and Berdych barely makes contact on his stretch backhand.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:10 Geoff Bruce
12:11
Geoff Bruce: 

The first serve has again left Berdych in this tiebreak, much like the first.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:11 Geoff Bruce
12:11
Geoff Bruce: 

5-2. Berdych serves and volleys on a second serve and Federer frames his return long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:11 Geoff Bruce
12:11
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer to serve the next two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:11 Geoff Bruce
12:12
Geoff Bruce: 

5-3. Federer with another double fault. And suddenly things are a bit tense again.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:12 Geoff Bruce
12:12
Geoff Bruce: 

6-3. Federer approaches bravely. Berdych reaches the first volley and lunges for a forehand but the Swiss covers crosscourt and puts away the volley into the open court.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:12 Geoff Bruce
12:13
Geoff Bruce: 

Berdych to serve the next two points.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:13 Geoff Bruce
12:13
Geoff Bruce: 

6-4 Federer. Berdych’s second serve caught the line and then he puts away the hanging forehand into the open court.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:13 Geoff Bruce
12:14
Geoff Bruce: 

Game and second set Federer. The Swiss puts a backhand return deep into the corner and Berdych’s running backhand is in the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:14 Geoff Bruce
12:14
Geoff Bruce: 

It’s two sets to love for the Swiss Maestro.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:14 Geoff Bruce
12:14
Geoff Bruce: 

Despite how well he’s played, Berdych is going to have to do something that he has never done in 37 previous attempts: Come back from 2 sets down at a major.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:14 Geoff Bruce
12:16
Geoff Bruce: 

Once again, we’re going to have a situation in which it is incredibly important for Berdych to not dip his level to start this set. But now it’s going to be even harder.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:16 Geoff Bruce
12:16
Geoff Bruce: 

He serves to open this third set.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:16 Geoff Bruce
12:16
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Strong serve up the middle for a free point.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:16 Geoff Bruce
12:16
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. STrong serve out wide, missed return.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:16 Geoff Bruce
12:17
Geoff Bruce: 

30-15. Federer moves the Czech corner to corner and eventually Berdych nets his backhand.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:17 Geoff Bruce
12:17
Geoff Bruce: 

Don’t forget that the very first time Federer ever lost after having the first two sets was on this very court to Tsonga in 2011.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:17 Geoff Bruce
12:18
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. Berdych approaches off a forehand and Federer snarls in disappointment as he completely whiffs on a backhand. The Swiss kicks the ball in frustration afterward.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:18 Geoff Bruce
12:18
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. That’s a really good, solid hold from the Czech. 1-2 punch forehand winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:18 Geoff Bruce
12:19
Geoff Bruce: 

0-1. Federer to serve. Third set. Two sets to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:19 Geoff Bruce
12:20
Geoff Bruce: 

0-15. That’s a great point from Berdych as he runs corner to corner and puts up a great defensive lob. Federer can’t put away the smash and eventually the Czech wins the rally when the Swiss hits long on the full stretch.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:20 Geoff Bruce
12:20
Geoff Bruce: 

0-30. The Czech is really not going away here. He’s sending the message loud and clear. Strong return earns a miss.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:20 Geoff Bruce
12:20
Geoff Bruce: 

15-30. Federer finds an important first serve up the middle.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:20 Geoff Bruce
12:21
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. Federer serves and volleys and finds a volley right into the corner.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:21 Geoff Bruce
12:22
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. Berdych will not be happy about that. He misses a very easy second serve return well long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:22 Geoff Bruce
12:22
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. Berdych misses a return long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:22 Geoff Bruce
12:22
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. A forehand winner into the open court for the Swiss.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:22 Geoff Bruce
12:22
Geoff Bruce: 

1-1. Berdych to serve. Third set. Two sets to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:22 Geoff Bruce
12:23
Geoff Bruce: 

0-15. Wonderful return from Federer off the forehand up the line. Catches the baseline.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:23 Geoff Bruce
12:23
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Federer overcooks a backhand long and he seems frustrated still.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:23 Geoff Bruce
12:23
Geoff Bruce: 

15-30. Berdych tries a deep slice return but misses badly.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:23 Geoff Bruce
12:24
Geoff Bruce: 

Pardon me, a deep slice approach.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:24 Geoff Bruce
12:24
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. Federer is caught with the wrong grip on the return and it floats well long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:24 Geoff Bruce
12:24
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. Another strong serve from Berdych and another missed return from Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:24 Geoff Bruce
12:25
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. Again the Czech comes in and again he finishes the point.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:25 Geoff Bruce
12:25
Geoff Bruce: 

1-2. Federer to serve. Third set. Two sets to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:25 Geoff Bruce
12:26
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Ace for Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:26 Geoff Bruce
12:26
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Another ace for Federer, this one up the middle.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:26 Geoff Bruce
12:27
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Federer moves the Czech from corner to corner and eventually Berdych can’t come up with the goods.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:27 Geoff Bruce
12:27
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. Solid 1-2 from Federer and Berdych doesn’t even run for that one.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:27 Geoff Bruce
12:27
Geoff Bruce: 

2-2. Berdych to serve. Third set. Two sets to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:27 Geoff Bruce
12:28
Geoff Bruce: 

It’s amazing how competitive this match has been for such an extended period. It’s very admirable how Berdych’s level has not dropped since he brought it up midway through the first set.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:28 Geoff Bruce
12:28
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Federer’s floating return lands just long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:28 Geoff Bruce
12:28
Geoff Bruce: 

Pardon me, just wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:28 Geoff Bruce
12:29
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Wow. A body serve right at Federer and the Swiss somehow blocks it back. Berdych misses the next forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:29 Geoff Bruce
12:29
Geoff Bruce: 

15-30. Look out now. Berdych mishits a forehand badly and he’ll once again have to find some serves.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:29 Geoff Bruce
12:29
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. Big hitting. Federer chips the return back and allows the Czech to get ahead in the rally. Berdych eventually rips a winner crosscourt.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:29 Geoff Bruce
12:30
Geoff Bruce: 

30-40. And here’s the chance for Federer. He makes Berdych volley up and then eventually puts it away.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:30 Geoff Bruce
12:30
Geoff Bruce: 

30-40. Second serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:30 Geoff Bruce
12:31
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Federer rips a forehand crosscourt but Berdych gets it back. The Swiss nets his next forehand up the line.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:31 Geoff Bruce
12:31
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. Second serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:31 Geoff Bruce
12:31
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Berdych. Backhand approach up the line is a clean winner.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:31 Geoff Bruce
12:31
Geoff Bruce: 

The Czech has come up with two great second serves on the last two points. Both very deep in the box.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:31 Geoff Bruce
12:32
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. And he holds. What a strong effort from the Czech again. Unreturned serve up the middle.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:32 Geoff Bruce
12:32
Geoff Bruce: 

2-3. Federer to serve. Third set. Two sets to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:32 Geoff Bruce
12:33
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Berdych’s return goes long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:33 Geoff Bruce
12:34
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer has been really frustrated for the last set or so. He seems very annoyed at either himself or how well Berdych is playing.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:34 Geoff Bruce
12:34
Geoff Bruce: 

15-15. Federer is forced to back up after a good return from Berdych and his backhand is in the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:34 Geoff Bruce
12:34
Geoff Bruce: 

15-30. Federer comes in with a deep approach but it has no direction and Berdych gets to just stand still and rip a forehand at the feet that the Swiss can’t volley.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:34 Geoff Bruce
12:35
Geoff Bruce: 

15-40. Double break point for the Czech now. Look out. Federer’s frustration could boil over if he’s broken here.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:35 Geoff Bruce
12:35
Geoff Bruce: 

30-40. Ace out wide for the Swiss.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:35 Geoff Bruce
12:36
Geoff Bruce: 

Deuce. And like he’s done so many times, Federer erases the opportunity, at least for now, with another ace.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:36 Geoff Bruce
12:36
Geoff Bruce: 

Adv. Federer. Another first serve and Berdych gets a racquet on it but can’t get the return over the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:36 Geoff Bruce
12:36
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. Another ace. So after so many times that Berdych has served himself out of trouble today, Federer does so this time.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:36 Geoff Bruce
12:36
Geoff Bruce: 

3-3. Berdych to serve. Third set. Two sets to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:36 Geoff Bruce
12:37
Geoff Bruce: 

0-15. Federer lands a good deep return and Berdych’s backhand flies long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:37 Geoff Bruce
12:37
Geoff Bruce: 

0-30. Berdych gets a shortball but misses his backhand into the net.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:37 Geoff Bruce
12:37
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer talking to himself again after that point, trying to fire himself up.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:37 Geoff Bruce
12:38
Geoff Bruce: 

15-30. Federer gets a chance at a lob or pass but his lob attempt goes way long.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:38 Geoff Bruce
12:38
Geoff Bruce: 

30-30. That’s another outstanding second serve from Berdych. Very close to the line out wide. Federer gets into the point but then misses a forehand wide.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:38 Geoff Bruce
12:39
Geoff Bruce: 

30-40. And here’s another chance for Federer. He gets ahead with a great forehand up the line to wrongfoot the big man and then finishes at the net with a volley.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:39 Geoff Bruce
12:39
Geoff Bruce: 

The serve has bailed Berdych out so much today. Will it do so again?

Friday July 14, 2017 12:39 Geoff Bruce
12:40
Geoff Bruce: 

30-40. Second serve.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:40 Geoff Bruce
12:40
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. And there it is. Federer finally breaks through. He’s been seeking that break for almost two full sets, since halfway through the first. Berdych hits wide on a forehand.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:40 Geoff Bruce
12:41
Geoff Bruce: 

The Czech got another good second serve in, it was deep, but Federer blocked it back very well with a backhand and used the pace. Berdych was unable to handle the redirect and missed on an inside-out attempt.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:41 Geoff Bruce
12:42
Geoff Bruce: 

4-3 Federer to serve. Third set. Two sets to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:42 Geoff Bruce
12:42
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. After a short rally, Berdych misses a forehand into the net. You wonder if the Czech’s spirit will finally break now.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:42 Geoff Bruce
12:42
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Ace up the middle for Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:42 Geoff Bruce
12:42
Geoff Bruce: 

Personally I was surprised not to hear a big roar of excitement from the Swiss after finally getting that break.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:42 Geoff Bruce
12:43
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Federer approaches and it takes him two volleys to finish but eventually he does.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:43 Geoff Bruce
12:43
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Federer. Classic 1-2, serve out wide and then forehand into the open court.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:43 Geoff Bruce
12:43
Geoff Bruce: 

3-5. Berdych to serve. Third set. Two sets to Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:43 Geoff Bruce
12:44
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. Berdych clips the tape and Federer gets a shortball but he overcooks the approach beyond the baseline.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:44 Geoff Bruce
12:44
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Federer’s backhand return sails almost to the back wall after a good first serve from Berdych.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:44 Geoff Bruce
12:45
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Federer again nearly whiffs completely on a backhand return.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:45 Geoff Bruce
12:45
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. Federer lands a deep return that Berdych can barely make contact with as he reaches backwards for it.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:45 Geoff Bruce
12:46
Geoff Bruce: 

40-30. Federer with his guile there as he flicks a crosscourt pass with no pace but great angle. Berdych just stands and watches it go by.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:46 Geoff Bruce
12:46
Geoff Bruce: 

Game Berdych. So the Czech holds with a big first serve and Federer will serve for spot in the final.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:46 Geoff Bruce
12:47
Geoff Bruce: 

For Berdych, he’s going to have to hope that Federer misses at least a couple of first serves in this game. Honestly, the Czech has done pretty well returning even off of the first serve today, but not well enough to not need a couple of seconds to have a chance.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:47 Geoff Bruce
12:47
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer will have to continue to play aggressive here. Berdych won’t let up I don’t think.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:47 Geoff Bruce
12:48
Geoff Bruce: 

15-0. And there’s Berdych playing aggressive but getting burned. He approaches off the return but Federer fires a forehand pass by him easily.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:48 Geoff Bruce
12:48
Geoff Bruce: 

30-0. Federer puts in a dropshot and Berdych gets there but his re-drop attempt clips the tape and falls back.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:48 Geoff Bruce
12:49
Geoff Bruce: 

40-0. Classic 1-2 as Federer gets the short ball off of a first serve and then shoots a crosscourt winner behind the Czech.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:49 Geoff Bruce
12:49
Geoff Bruce: 

Three match points for Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:49 Geoff Bruce
12:49
Geoff Bruce: 

40-15. Federer takes a rip at a backhand that flies well long. An ambitious attempt from a somewhat difficult position.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:49 Geoff Bruce
12:50
Geoff Bruce: 

Game set and match Federer.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:50 Geoff Bruce
12:50
Geoff Bruce: 

Berdych misses his forehand return into the net. A warm embrace from the men at the net, mutual respect there for sure.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:50 Geoff Bruce
12:50
Geoff Bruce: 

Federer seems more relieved than pleased right now.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:50 Geoff Bruce
12:51
Geoff Bruce: 

Berdych played extremely well today. I’m tempted to say that Federer will have to play better than today to beat Cilic in the final, but I legitimately think Berdych played about as well as Cilic can from the middle of the 1st through the middle of the 3rd sets.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:51 Geoff Bruce
12:52
Geoff Bruce: 

That being said, it goes without saying that Federer will have his work cut out for him on Sunday. Cilic of course took him to 5 sets and probably should have beaten him last year here at Wimbledon and of course we all remember – except for perhaps some Federer fans who may have blocked it out of their memories – the manhandling that the Croatian put on the Swiss at the U.S. Open in 2014.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:52 Geoff Bruce
12:52
Geoff Bruce: 

John McEnroe continues to say that Berdych played the best he’s ever seen today and I honestly agree, even better than his run to the final here in 2010. The return game, the clutch serving and even the net game were all great today.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:52 Geoff Bruce
12:53
Geoff Bruce: 

But the bottom line is that Roger Federer once again shows what champions are made of. He thoroughly outplayed Berdych on the big points and in the tiebreaks. The Swiss is through to another Wimbledon final and the dream of an 8th title lives on.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:53 Geoff Bruce
12:53
Geoff Bruce: 

Thanks for following the match with me today, folks. It was fun, tense and exciting. Tune back in on Sunday as Tennis-Pulse continues its live coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:53 Geoff Bruce
12:54
Geoff Bruce: 

Until then, have a good weekend. I’m Geoff Bruce signing off.

Friday July 14, 2017 12:54 Geoff Bruce