Roger Federer takes on Milos Raonic in the second semi-final of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the Centre Court of the All England Club, London, on Friday.
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Federer paved his way into the semi-finals for the ninth time at SW19 after 153 minutes of intriguing battle at the expense of his friend and compatriot, Stanislas Wawrinka.
The 32-year-old Swiss maestro succumbed, 3-6, in the first set but emerged, 7-6(5), on top in the second set after tiebreaker. The 17-time Grand Slam winner relatively had lesser trouble in the following sets and won, 6-4, 6-4, to register his 14<sup>th victory in 16 meetings against the world no 3.
Meanwhile, Raonic too sent Nick Kyrgios packing in four sets on Wednesday at the No. 1 Court. The Canadian was facing the 19-year-old Australian for the second time this year in less than two months.
Kyrgios came into the quarterfinal with high morale having sent 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal packing in the fourth round. The 23-year-old fell, 6-7(4), in the first set but remained unfazed to recover, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(4); thus sealing his place in the last four.
Just like Grigor Dimitrov, who sent defending champion Andy Murray packing in the quarterfinal, Raonic had never made it beyond the second round at Wimbledon but has overcome the odds to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final.
The world no 9 has risen steadily and has dropped only two sets till the penultimate round.
However, Federer remains the favourite to progress and unless there is another upset, he will face the winner between top seed Novak Djokovic and 13<sup>th seeded Dimitrov in the final on Sunday.
Click here to read the preview of the first semi-final between Djokovic and Dimitrov.
Federer holds a 4-0 lead over Raonic in overall meetings. The pair have clashed once in a Grand Slam event where the former won comfortably in straight sets.
Federer and Raonic have never faced each other in Wimbledon.
Route to Semi-Final
- First Round: 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 v Paolo Lorenzi
- Second Round: 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 v Gilles Muller
- Third Round: 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 v Santiago Giraldo
- Fourth Round: 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 v Tommy Robredo
- Quarterfinals: 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4 v Stanislas Wawrinka
- First Round: 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 v Matthew Ebden
- Second Round: 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 v Jack Sock
- Third Round: 7-6(2), 7-6, (4), 6-2 v Lukasz Kubot
- Fourth Round: 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 v Kei Nishikori
- Quarterfinals: 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) v Nick Kyrgios
What They Say
Roger Federer: "I've played him in some interesting places like Halle where we basically didn't have any rallies whatsoever. He's got a big serve. Clearly that's what is most visible when you see him play. That's the hardest to deal with, I guess. It keeps him in the match. It doesn't matter almost how he plays his return game."
"He's been serving very well for this entire tournament. On the grass, with a serve like that it's never going to be an easy match. That's where you then sort of go back to your own game and say, 'I'll take care of my own serves and see what I can do on the return.' That's my mindset right now."
Milos Raonic: "I'm going to step out there and I'm not playing the seven-time Wimbledon champion. I'm not playing the guy that's won whatever he's won, which I could probably list quite vividly."
"I'm playing a guy that is standing in my way of what I want to achieve, and I've got to focus on everything that's there, on the situation, how best to deal with it to give myself the best possibilities to achieve what I want."
"It will be a great challenge and one I'm going to relish. I wanted to put myself in this position. I've got to go out there and compete hard, give it my all and who knows what can happen."