Roger Federer moved to within one win away from a history-making eighth title on day 11 at Wimbledon, as the Swiss man brushed aside Thomas Berdych to reach his 11th Wimbledon final.
The seven-time champion looks set to end a five-year wait to break Pete Sampras’ Open record of seven Wimbledon titles, as he cruised into a record 29th grand slam final 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 without having dropped a set at the tournament.
Czech Berdych reached a third Wimbledon semi-final after three-time champion Novak Djokovic retired in their last eighth clash, but the 2010 finalist was no match for the dominant 18-time grand slam champion.
The 35-year-old picked up where he left off after his impressive quarter-final win over Milos Raonic, as he scored the early break over his Czech opponent with a fortunate net cord in the fifth game.
However, two double faults from Federer allowed the 11th seed to break back for 4-4 and force a tie-break, but one netted forehand cost Berdych to allow Federer edge the first set.
Berdych had to fend off early break points in the second set, before Federer had to serve his way out of trouble at 3-3 with a magnificent dipping forehand winner as the second set was also decided on a tie-break.
Berdych looked the stronger towards the end of the second set, but Federer cruised to victory in the tie-break with three clean winners putting the third seed one set away from a third Wimbledon final in four years.
Federer broke Berdych for 4-2 in the fourth set with a stunning forehand pass having saved two break points with successive aces, and he served out the set to clinch victory in his 42nd grand slam semi-final when Berdych smashed a backhand into the net.
The Swiss man will face former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday, as the Croatian overpowered Sam Querrey to edge closer towards a second grand slam title.
Cilic becomes just the second Croatian to reach the final after Goran Ivanisevic won the title here 16 years ago, as he came from a set down to seal a 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 win to reach his first Wimbledon final.
24th seed Querrey reached his first Wimbledon semi-final by knocking out defending champion Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, but the American failed to follow-up on one of the biggest wins of his career as he missed out on a first grand slam final.
Querrey faced three successive five-set matches on his way into his first grand slam semi-final and he took the first against Cilic, coming from 4-1 down in a tie-break to take the lead after Cilic hit two backhands wide.
Cilic missed the chance to break his opponent at 2-2 in the second set but he made up for it two games later with a backhand pass, as that single break was enough for the 28-year-old to level the match.
They exchanged early breaks in the third which also had to be settled by a tie-break, but a backhand error and a forehand into the net from Querrey handed the Croatian the third set.
Querrey struck back with an unxpectated break in the fourth set was a wayward Cilic smash gave his 29-year-old opponent a 3-1 lead, but the seventh seed struck back with a booming forehand to pull back to 4-4.
A third tie-break looked to be on the cards but a double-fault at 5-6 allowed Cilic to break his opponent again, sealing his place in the final with a blistering forehand down the line on his second match point.