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Wimbledon: Federer still wary of Cilic's power

By John Skilbeck

Roger Federer hopes Marin Cilic is not in a New York state of mind when he tackles the Croatian dangerman in their Wimbledon quarter-final.

Two years ago at the US Open, a shower of bullet-serving from Cilic floored Federer in a wild semi-final upset.

This time Federer is convinced Cilic won't scale the heights he reached at Flushing Meadows.

And the Swiss master's hopes of a record eighth Wimbledon title may hinge on the battle between the 27-year-old's delivery and his own returning.

"I don't believe he'll play as well again, because that was really extreme," Federer said.

"I at least expect to create chances against him. Of course, he serves powerfully. It can be difficult to create break points. But I must firstly focus on my own serve, and make sure he doesn't get a lot of opportunities. And I have a few ideas about how I want to return to him."

The third-round exit of Novak Djokovic has left Federer as favourite in the top half of the draw to stride into the final.

It came as a relief to the 17-time grand slam winner when the Serbian was blasted out by American Sam Querrey.

Asked if he'd breathed a sigh of relief, Federer said: "Yes, but not just me. Everyone. It's logical. It means you no longer have to overcome someone with so much recent grand slam success.

"It's still a long road. But everyone gave a small sigh of relief. It was quite a surprise."

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