Roger Federer has been impressive in the ongoing Wimbledon 2016, winning matches with good display, which has helped him cruise into the quarterfinals of the third Grand Slam of the year. The former world number one will face Croatia's Marin Cilic in the round of eight on Wednesday.
Though Federer might have been good in the first four matches, winning all of them without dropping a single set, Cilic will be the first seeded player he faces so far. The level of competition might not have been up to the mark for Federer against some unseeded players, but with Ciclic, who is a fighter, one can expect a cracker of a contest; and if Federer loses concentration, the ninth seed will latch onto it.
Federer and Cilic are no strangers to one another, as they practised against each other as build-up to Wimbledon 2016. The Swiss is aware of the strong challenge he faces against Cilic, who is one of the powerful servers in the game.
"I practised with him when I arrived here at Wimbledon. He was playing great, serving, boom, forehand, serving, boom, backhand. He's very aggressive. He blew me off the court at the US Open. I know what I'm getting into," Wimbledon's official website quoted Federer as saying.
"He's really tough to play. He's really improved his serve in the last few years, especially since US Open. I've never seen him serve that consistently well. He can clearly do it here at Wimbledon, too."
Though he praised showers on his opponent, the Swiss ace is confident about his own game as well. Cilic is not someone who can be taken lightly. The Croatian has looked in good form so far, and set up a date with Federer after his fourth round opponent, Kei Nishikori, retired during the match. With both players being strong on grass, the contest will be exciting.
"I'm confident also going to the Cilic match. I think it's a tough one. He likes grass. He's won Queen's before, I think, and has done well here. I'm looking forward to a tough one here," Federer said.
Federer enjoys a 5-1 head-to-head record against Cilic, who will be keen to use his last encounter against the Swiss as inspiration. Cilic knocked out Federer from the US Open in 2014. Will the Croatian once again dump the former world number one out of the Grand Slam Event? The ninth seed has it in him to topple a top-ranked player; for that to happen against Federer, he needs to click in all departments of the game.
Federer, on the other hand, will be keen to come up with a dominating performance, and march into the semifinals, and thus gradually get closer to the title. With Novak Djokovic's exit, the competition has been thrown open, and the third seed is one of the top favourites to win his eight Wimbledon title on Sunday.
That may be a few steps away. So at present, he needs to focus on his upcoming match against Cilic.
Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic is set to begin at 1 p.m. local time (5.30 p.m. IST, 8 a.m. ET) start. Below is the TV and live streaming information.
UK: TV:BBC Two and BBC One. Live Streaming: BBC iPlayer.
France and Middle East: TV: Bein Sports. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
Australia: TV:Fox Sports. Live Streaming:Foxtel.
USA: TV:ESPN. Live streaming:Watch ESPN.
Canada: TV:CTV and TSN. Live Streaming:TSN TV.
Asia: TV:Fox Sports Asia. Live Streaming:Fox Sports Play Asia.
China: TV:Beijing TV, LeTV Sports, Jiangsu TV.
Europe:TV: EuroSport. Live Streaming:EuroSport Player.