Milos Raonic became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final yesterday afternoon when he defeated No. 3-ranked Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals at Wimbledon. It may have been the last best chance for the 34-year-old Federer to reach a record 11th final and capture an unprecedented eighth title on the lawns at SW19. In addition, it squelched his quest for an 18th Grand Slam trophy. Raonic, ranked No. 7 in the world, appeared to be on his way to defeat after dropping the second and third sets and Federer showing no signs of letup as the fourth set unfolded. But the 25-year-old Canadian, whose serve reached 144 mph and produced 23 aces, dug deep and foiled Federer every time he got an edge from the middle of the fourth set on. “I sort of persevered. I was sort of plugging away,” Raonic said. “I was struggling through many parts of the match. He gave me a little opening towards the end of the fourth. I made the most of it.” Raonic saved two break points to hold for 3-2 in the fourth set and then another — a monumental one — in the ninth game. The Canadian erased that break point with a 139 mph service winner to get back to deuce, preventing Federer from serving for the match at 5-4. Two games later at 5-6, and on course for a tiebreaker, Federer raced to a 40-love lead. After a forehand winner from Raonic the unthinkable happened — Federer double-faulted twice and it was 40-40. The Swiss would be broken and drop the set to deadlock the match. “I can’t believe I served a double fault twice. Unexplainable for me really,” Federer said. “Very sad about that and angry at myself because never should I allow him to get out of that set that easily.” Raonic had smooth sailing in the final set, capturing an early break for 3-1 lead and never facing a break point himself. He closed out the match with two aces, a service winner and a forced Federer forehand error. The Canadian hit 75 winners to 49 for Federer, but committed 40 unforced errors to 14 for the Swiss Maestro. More importantly, Raonic saved eight of nine break points, Federer five of eight. Raonic improved to 3-9 against Federer and will face Andy Murray in tomorrow’s final. Murray won Wimbledon in 2013 and was a finalist in 2012.
Raonic Topples Federer in Wimbledon Semifinals
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