Federer overcomes Wawrinka to set up Wimbledon SFs against Raonic

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 Roger Federer

A seven-time Wimbledon title holder Roger Federer, seeded fourth, dropped his first set at this year’s edition of the major grass-court tournament when meeting compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, but he responded in a masterful way to land a spot in the semis after two hours and a half of play. Stan, seed number five, settled into the match sooner than his Davis Cup partner to break in the fourth game and served out the opener by converting the set point number two. The reigning Australian Open champion weathered a small storm to get out of 15-40 early in the second set and stretched Roger to the tie-break which could have gone either way. Wawrinka missed a forehand sitter midway through the breaker to concede a mini-break and FedEx was able to acquire a 6-3 advantage after two successful service points – he capitalized on the third chance to square things up.

Wawrinka, who played his third match in as many days, posed no threat to the 17-time Grand Slam winner’s serve in the set three, so the seventh game break was enough for the Swiss Maestro to get his nose in front in what would always be a tight encounter. Stan fell short again in the beginning of the fourth set as he dropped a crucial serve which allowed Federer to serve for a semi-final ticket. The Centre Court crowd witnessed the longest game of the afternoon which summed up the drama of the entire clash as World no. 3 Wawrinka pulled off some great shots to deny Roger four match points before the latter hit a smash to seal a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Australian wild-card holder Nick Kyrgios was unable to repeat yesterday’s superb performance against Rafael Nadal and was stopped by eighth-seed Milos Raonic who hit top form today to make it to the last four at a Grand Slam event for the first time. The London audience saw a festival of 54 aces with the Canadian scoring 39 of them. He also rescued the single break point he was confronted with to come from a set down and win 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4). He failed to defeat Federer in any of their four previous ATP matches.

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