The Latest: Muguruza would pick Federer for a dance partner

The Latest: Muguruza would pick Federer for a dance partner

The match is being played under a closed roof on Centre Court. "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't mean to sound rude", it said, "but the Big 4 has become the Very Big 1".

In both the 2014 U.S. Open semifinals and the 2016 Wimbledon quarterfinals, the last two times he played Cilic, things got thorny.

Federer first won here long, long ago, in 2003, at age 21. "There have definitely been a lot of ups and downs".

Being two sets up, he went over the Czech in the third set forcing him to improvise. Those who were regarded as favorites to advance to the next round did it. Marin Cilic got past Sam Querrey in the first match of the session while #Tomas Berdych couldn't stop Roger Federer from reaching his 11th Wimbledon final.

"I was so nervous in my first match here, it was a total disaster", Williams recalled.

"It makes me really happy, marking history here at Wimbledon". He has combed through Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 11 player in the world; Milos Raonic, the No. 7 player; and Tomas Berdych, the No. 15 player who spent a big chunk of his life camped out in the top 10. How come no-one else had won since 2002? "She has experience. It's everything together - the work that I've been doing with her here and before with my previous team - that is working". So I know it's going to be a huge challenge.

At the Australian Open seven months ago Williams played in her first Grand Slam final for eight years before losing to her sister. "There are moments where maybe you aren't as relaxed as other moments, but it's about handling it". The Mighty Fed is the Mighty Fed.

The last American to win the title was Chanda Rubin in 1992. Just because Federer finds himself in a final without Novak Djokovic (who beat him twice here), Rafael Nadal (who beat him once) or Andy Murray doesn't mean he caught a break. He pushed Federer hard, exploiting Federer's weakness in dealing with power to the forehand side to good effect.

So imagine how they responded when the great man served two double faults to allow Berdych to break back - only the fourth time Federer been broken all tournament?

"But", Muguruza continued, shimmying in her chair as if moving to the music, "I want to see if he's that elegant also dancing". And then would come the shot of the match thus far, a forehand on the run when Berdych must have been convinced he'd put the point snugly to bed. Berdych, however, proved to be no soft touch. He couldn't hang around waiting for more mildly astonishing misfires.

Even he can't be vintage every time and his serve was getting him out of a few holes. Since 2014, Federer leads the head to head only 2-1, and his two victories were very hard fought affairs. Federer's variety is rightly legendary, but the core of his game is his powerful forehand, with which he can strike winners from all over the court. "But I believe I'm ready". "I'm unbelievably excited", he added, "and I hope I can play one more good match".