Roger Federer the heart of a champion and the race against time

- 7/18/2016
When world number three Roger Federer played Croatian Marin Čilić in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, on Wednesday, the Swiss maestro pulled off one of the most remarkable performances in his already remarkable career.
Roger Federer Wimbledon quarterfinal win against Cilic

It seemed as if the gods of tennis were protecting him in this Wimbledon tournament which he has won seven times.

It was as though they were taking care of one of their own tennis demi-god.

First, they gave him a draw to dream of and then, by insuring the improbable upsets of his likely opponents, softened it even more.

In the first round, the gods lined up Guido Pella, an Argentinian who has never won a match on grass. In the second round, they set up a cameo for Federer in the delightful tale of Marcus Willis ranked seven hundred and seventy-second in the world.

 And the Swiss sailed on as in the third round, they sent him
another Brit, Daniel Evans, ranked ninety-first.

In the fourth round, there was an American, Steve Johnson, who had just won his first grass-court title, in Nottingham, but who is best known for his success as a college player.

And then World number one Novak Djokovic was knocked out by Sam Querrey and Roger Federer cruised through his matches under the roof of Centre Court, playing men who were just happy to be there.

When the sky cleared, Djokovic was gone, and Federer had an extra day of rest.

Federer finished the match with Cilic with an ace.

He won by an incredible 6–7 (4), 4–6, 6–3, 7–6 (9), 6–3.

"Somehow, I had to stay in the match,” Federer said afterwards, "and hope he drops his level a little bit.” Čilić did drop his level, hesitating slightly—but Federer was the force that pushed him down.

This time, when he said “somehow,” it seemed like something other than luck.

The feeling was undeniable. It was the kind of match that redeems faith— not in the tennis gods but in the capacity of a man who believes in himself. Roger Federer is in the Twilight of his amazing career, but he still has the ever zealous and unconquerable heart of a champion.

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