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Wimbledon 2016: Roger Federer fights back from the brink

By Henry Young, for CNN

Updated 1958 GMT (0358 HKT) July 6, 2016
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Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer rallied from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic and advance to the last four. Adam Pretty/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
After losing the first set on a tie-break to the Croatian, Federer's customary grace evaded him in a second set fraught with errors. TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Big-serving world No.13 Cilic looked strong, hitting a number of impressive winners. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
But Federer didn't buckle against the 2014 U.S. Open champion, saving multiple match points in the fourth set before a dominant performance in the decider sent him through to the Wimbledon semifinals for the 11th time. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
A whopping 27 aces and zero double-faults got the great man out of hot water when it mattered most. Find out the numbers behind a tennis genius, here. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Look out Andy Murray! Roger's coming. It's the Wimbledon final many fans are hoping for, but first up Federer will have to face sixth seed Milos Raonic -- a man his coach John McEnroe believes can "win Wimbledon." JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Canadian looked in good shape in his four-set victory over Sam Querrey, maintaining first-serve effectiveness above 90% throughout the opening two sets. While the American did rally in the third, Raonic prevailed 6-4 7-5 5-7 6-4. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Having shocked imperious world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the third round, 28th seed Querrey goes home with his head held high. Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Elsewhere, targeting a second Wimbledon title, British hope Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in another five-setter. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The 2013 champion triumphed 7-6 (12-10) 6-1 3-6 4-6 6-1 after his French opponent battled back from 2-0 down to level the match. Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Murray will next play 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych, who reached the semis at SW19 for only the second time since his debut 12 years ago. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The Czech won in straight sets against France's world No. 30 Lucas Pouille. Before this tournament, the 22-year-old had never been past the second round at a grand slam in nine attempts. LEON NEAL/AFP/AFP/Getty Images