Roger Federer became the second finalist of the Wimbledon 2014 tournament after defeating eighth-seeded Milos Raonic in straight sets. While the Canadian will be happy about playing his debut Grand Slam semi-final at the Centre Court this afternoon, he is yet to record a victory against the Swiss Maestro who improved the head-to-head score to 5-0.
The seed number four used his chances well against the big-serving opponent who was limited to 17 aces (he struck 39 in the quarter-final) and posed practically no threat in return games during one hour and forty-one minutes of play. Roger applied pressure from the very beginning and managed to steal the rival’s serve in the initial game. He nearly extended the lead in the fifth game before having to withstand the single break point danger at 4-3 – he did so in style by producing a service winner and a couple of aces to hold the game. Serving out the opener was a routine job for Roger.
He had little to operate with in the set two as Raonic served solid enough to keep him at bay for most of the time, but he showed efficiency in crucial moments at 4-4 when he picked up a triple break point and converted the second one by executing a fine backhand down the line. It was two sets to love a service game later.
The set number three had an identical course of events as FedEx again broke in the ninth game and prepared a match point before capping off his dominant performance with a strong serve which the Canadian could not return. Federer, who only surrendered one serve throughout the tournament, won 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to set up a classic final against top seed Novak Djokovic. The Swiss triumphed in seven of his eight previous title clashes at The Championships. Meanwhile, Raonic will move up to the 6th place on the ATP Rankings on Monday.
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