Roger Federer staged a dramatic fightback from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic and advance to the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Seven-time champion Federer saved three match points in the fourth set on Centre Court on Wednesday before coming through 6-7 (4-7) 4-6 6-3 7-6 (11-9) 6-3.

Roger Federer saves three match points and comes from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic and reach 11th Wimbledon semi-final.

The victory means Federer is the first player to win 307 Grand Slam┬ásingles matches, breaking Martina Navratilova’s all-time record.

This is the 10th time in Grand Slam career that Federer has come back after being two sets down.

“A lot happened out there, Marin is such a wonderful player, I was in so much trouble in the third and then again in the fourth,” Federer told the BBC after the match.

“I couldn’t be happier because I fought well and played super great at the end so I’m very, very pleased.”

 

However, all those expectations appeared to be heading for the dustbin as Cilic stood one point away from victory — not once, not twice but three times in a pulsating fourth set that had everyone on the edge of their seats.

Three huge serves kept Federer alive — just — and he then produced the kind of form, and outrageous shots, that has made him the most successful man in tennis by stealing the tiebreak 11-9. An ace on his first match point finished off the job and carried him into an 11th Wimbledon semi-final, and 40th overall in the majors.

He will face in Friday another big-server, Canadian Milos Raonic, for a place in Sunday’s final.