Roger Federer primed to re-write history books with Wimbledon 2017 victory

Posted July 13, 2017

In contrast Raonic was struggling on his second serve, managing to win just one of eight points where he failed to get his first serve in. Goes for his shots.

I said it once and I'll say it again, Federer was my pick to win the Wimbledon before this tournament started and he's done nothing in five matches to change my mind.

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

Federer despatched last year's runner-up Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4) in the quarter-finals and is now clear favourite to eclipse the legendary Pete Sampras by lifting the trophy on Sunday.

"I'm very pleased with how I'm playing".

"You can't produce your best every day, but you want to keep your average as high as possible", the 18-time grand slam victor said.

Federer is now the even-more obvious favorite for a record 19th Grand Slam title.

The 35-year-old Federer, who has yet to drop a set in this tournament, needed nearly two hours to carve out a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory late on Wednesday evening, reports Efe.

Murray's injury flared up during the match and he went down in a thrilling five set match to the American.

"I have a lot of respect for him doing that". The Federer-Raonic victor will take on either three-time champion Novak Djokovic, 30, or 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych, 31, in the semifinals.

A sloppy volley presented Federer with the chance to take the first break of the match in the fifth game of the opening set.

"I credit him for not wanting to use the hip injury as an excuse for his defeat but he needs to get a couple of opinions from doctors before he thinks about coming back". From there, Federer raced ahead to a two sets to love lead in just under an hour.

He has reached seven grand slam semi-finals - second only to Ivan Lendl among Czech men.

He also claimed a hole had opened up on the service line on the Centre Court.

And when Australian Hewitt looks at the 35-year-old now, and compares him to the player who succeeded him as Wimbledon champion in 2003, he senses no slip in standards. Following suit, Novak Djokovic, also dealing with an injury lost the first set tie break in his match against Tomas Berdych.

The Luxembourg player's only other Grand Slam quarter-final came in 2008 when he lost to Federer at the US Open.

Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, is in the quarter-finals for a fourth successive year.

This match was supposed to provide a real test for Federer considering he lost to Raonic at the semi-final stage here past year.