Wimbledon 2017: US Open victory inspires Marin Cilic

Croatia's Marin Cilic faces Andy Murray's conqueror Sam Querrey in the last four. Picture: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
Croatia's Marin Cilic faces Andy Murray's conqueror Sam Querrey in the last four. Picture: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
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Wimbledon’s dark horse takes on its surprise package as Croatian Marin 
Cilic goes up against Murray’s conqueror Sam Querrey in the men’s singles semi-finals.

Cilic looks the most likely player left to trouble favourite Roger Federer, having taken the veteran to five sets and squandered two match points in their quarter-final here last year.

The fifth seed is also the only other major champion left in the draw and Cilic says his 2014 US Open triumph gives him the belief he can do it again.

“I would say winning the US Open has helped me for all these grand slams I have played so far, and I believe the rest of my career,” 
Cilic said. “Preparation-wise I believe in my own abilities. I believe when coming at these stages of the tournament, I’m going to still be able to play great tennis.

“I know I have it in me that I can win. That’s extremely important.”

Querrey, the world No 28, is through to his first grand slam semi-final in 43 attempts and concedes that he had not expected to go so far. The American said his parents might fly over for his showdown with Cilic although he appeared reluctant to upset his “mojo”.

“They were actually in Europe for a couple of weeks and flew home a week before the tournament started. But they might come back now,” Querrey said.

“Sometimes you don’t want to ruin the mojo, whatever’s going on. But I think they’re going to come out for the next one.”