Roger Federer reaches 11th Wimbledon semifinal

Ben Rothenberg, Special for USA TODAY Sports
1:22 p.m. EDT July 6, 2016

WIMBLEDON, England — In a hole against a familiar nemesis, Roger Federer found a new escape route.

Federer, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, kept his bid for an eighth title alive with a comeback from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3. He teetered on the edge of defeat several times, and saved three match points in the fourth set before ultimately running away with the fifth.

He closed out the match after three hours and 18 minutes with an ace and his arms raised.

“I knew I was in so much trouble in the third and then again in the fourth,” Federer said in his post-match interview with the BBC. “It was great fun playing against Marin, he’s one of the nicest guys on the tour, so I feel sorry for him. But obviously, the dream continues. I couldn’t be happier, because I thought I fought well, and played super great at the end. Very, very pleased.”

Cilic had won the most recent meeting between the two, when he stunned Federer in straight sets in the…

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