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Federer Races Past Raonic to Reach Wimbledon Semifinals

13 July 2017

Seven-time champion Roger Federer moved into his 12th semifinal at the All England Club with a straightforward 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic.

Djokovic Adrian defeated Mannarino 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 under the Centre Court roof on Tuesday.

Federer secured two service breaks in the second set as Raonic struggled to contain the 35-year-old's groundstrokes from both wings.

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Murray was cruising at 6-1 but Querrey saved three set points before the Scot took it on the fourth, winning the tie-break 7-4. The final score still results in a convincing win for Murray though, with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory ensuing.

Federer spent 5 hours less on the court and that should come to play too, saving energy for the last 3 encounters, and he will enter this match as the favorite, to at least grab the win in 4 sets, with one or two tie breaks up for grab.

Raonic made a brilliant start by going 3-0 up but as has been the case throughout this tournament, when Federer is given a challenge me meets it. It's a matter of a few points here and there that can make a huge difference. Federer's opponent is Milos Raonic - the third time in four years they'll face each other at the tournament.

That left Federer as the only member of the sport's so-called Big 4 still standing: In addition to the exits for Murray and Djokovic, Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round. Could this be Raonic's year? The top half of the draw will see Marin Cilic take on first-time major semifinalist Sam Querrey. You know, they've got big serves, big forehands, and big hitters really, I mean all three guys are taller and stronger than I am. If there's better matches on the men's side, then that has to go first, as well. "But it's not about six months or whatnot".

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In that second set, Murray broke No. 24 Querrey to take a 4-3 lead but then American broke back, held and broke again for the win. Querrey's path to the Finals won't get any easier - he'll play the victor of Marin Cilic (7) and Gilles Muller (16) next.

"I'm just very happy that I'm still doing so well".

Federer nearly immediately returned to that high level, winning the 2017 Australian Open, but has not beaten Raonic in either of their last two meetings. "It's far removed from the last time we played".

"I was sort of moving on, let's see if he can do it again". But it's not about [the season]. Am I getting out of each week healthy.

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Not only did Federer miss the French Open last year, he has missed three of the past five Grand Slams events heading into this year's Wimbledon and looks completely rejuvenated and reenergized as a result. Andy Murray, the co-favourite to prevail on Sunday, would collide with American Sam Querrey in the first Round of 8 match of the day.

Federer Races Past Raonic to Reach Wimbledon Semifinals