Federer Races Past Raonic to Reach Wimbledon Semifinals
Jul 13 2017 by Lorena Waters
It took seven-time champion Roger Federer just two hours to complete reach his 12th Wimbledon semi-final as he dispatched Canadian big-server Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4). Players who went out in the first round of this year's Wimbledon received £35,000, while the winners of the singles tournament will take home £2.2m. "When you see that they're there for you, it's a bit of an unusual feeling".
Yet winning this year's tournament - his first Wimbledon title in five years - would arguably be Federer's greatest achievement at the All England Club to date.
Roger Federer, as the rest of the "Big Four" tumbled around him, put on another majestic performance, swatting Milos Raonic aside and gaining a measure of revenge after the Canadian had beaten the Swiss in the semifinals a year ago.
Raonic realized that Federer was scampering across the baseline to get to the ball and approached the net to cut off the passing shot. I don't want to say sooner or later these things unfortunately happen but he's played a lot of tennis in recent years. But he kept the pressure on me. "I mean, I'm sure she hits well off all sides". "I feel great, how else could I feel!" his father Zdenko told the Croatian Sportske novosti paper.
The first serve of Federer vs Raonic is more likely to be around 3.30pm, based on our experience, but that's purely an educated guess.
Raonic looked better in the third set, holding serve and taking it to a tiebreak. On the other half of the draw, Federer will face Berdych. "Nobody was very clear in what needs to be done", the world No 4 said. The Swiss player beat Milos Raonic 6/4 6/2 7/6 (4) dominating the match from the beginning to the end.
Ivo Karlovic holds the record with 12,062 aces, and Goran Ivanisevic is second with 10,131 aces.
Federer plays world number 15 Tomas Berdych on Friday in the Wimbledon semi-finals and is now the overwhelming favourite to seal a 19th grand slam title.
Boris Becker believes Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic only have to look at Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's exploits this year to know they could benefit from a break following their Wimbledon exits.
Haris agreed with Federer and highlighted Wimbledon's charitable history in this regard. The result was a stark contrast from a year ago, with a resurgent Federer displaying all the talent, speed and brilliance from the past, but adding some new tricks.
So yeah, anything is possible, but it would still be a massive surprise if Federer doesn't advance to his 11th Wimbledon final. His opening match ended early when his opponent, Martin Klizan, retired with an injury.
Despite being the most successful player in the history of the men's game, there had been little in Federer's play between 2013-16 that screamed he was capable of winning multiple grand slams in the same year again.