Federer on the brink of Wimbledon greatness

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2017

"Sam likes the conditions here".

"I could never really play quite so freely a year ago just because (now) I'm more focused on how the knee's behaving, rather than how I need to hit my forehand or backhand or what's not going to be good for my opponent".

"I tried", he said.

"When he's standing up on the baseline, hitting forehands, dictating, he's a very risky player".

The third set was the closest of the three and, after an hour and 10 minutes, Raonic earned his first break point. It was the first time at this tournament that Raonic was held under 20 aces.

Raonic is 3-9 all-time against Federer, and 1-1 at Wimbledon heading into Wednesday's semi-final.

Roger Federer dismissed last year's finalist Milos Raonic in dominant fashion on Wednesday, reaching the Wimbledon semifinals for the 12 time in his career with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4) over the sixth-seeded Canadian.

With Rafael Nadal long gone, his suspect knees never at their happiest on grass, and yesterday Andy Murray limping out against Sam Querrey and Novak Djokovic crocked with a gammy elbow, only the soon-to-be 36-year-old Federer was ready for the fight. "It's a stiff task", said Raonic, who defeated Federer in the semifinals previous year before losing to Murray in the final. "The serve and forehand were the shots I could feel it most". And I was actually really looking forward to playing on one of the two big courts.

Federer, who has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon, improved to 254-2 when winning the first two sets of a match.

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Each time, it was enough for Federer to put in what seemed like a faint hint of extra effort to pull out an ace or come up with a groundstroke victor to prevent being broken.

Federer also saved five break points and managed to convert 3 out the 6 break points he had.

Djokovic takes a staggering 25-2 career record over Czech 11th seed Tomas Berdych into his quarter-final as he eyes a potential semi-final duel with Federer.

Federer is the better player on most days, particularly when the court is green. There was a hip injury that prevented Murray from playing at his best in the last two sets.

The victor will advance to the semi-finals of The Championships and face the victor of the quarter-final between Tomas Berdych and Novak Djokovic.

And Muller, the journeyman who had not even won a regular ATP Tour event until 2016, succeeded in carrying his inspired form against the Spaniard into this last eight contest.

50 - The number of Grand Slam quarter-finals contested by Roger Federer.

By reaching his 15th quarter-final here, he overtook Jimmy Connors for an Open era record, and extended his lead to a 50th Major quarter-final overall.

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