Updated: July 21, 2016 4:36:56 pm
Canadian Milos Raonic recovered to upset seven-times champion Roger Federer 6-3 6-7(3) 4-6 7-5 6-3 at Wimbledon to reach his first grand slam final on Friday. The sixth seed will meet the winner of the second semi-final between Britain’s 2013 champion Andy Murray and Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych, runner-up in 2010, in Sunday’s showpiece match. The World No 8 Raonic had roped in the services of John McEnroe as advisor preceding the grass court season alongside Carlos Moya as main coach and that legendary combination has seemed to have done the trick for Raonic who is known for his big service game. The loss thus hands Federer his very first loss in a Wimbledon semi-final after ten wins in a row and keeps the Swiss players’ quest for an 18th Grand Slam going. Raonic will play the winner of the second semi-final between Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych. Roger Federer was involved in a five-setter against Marin Cilic in the quarter-final and then again against Milos Raonic in the semi-final. Roger Federer had his serve broken from 30-0, 40-0 and 40-30 and 5-6 in the fourth set. Twice there were double faults involved in his break of serves – such small were the margins between win and defeat in the Wimbledon semi-final where Milos Raonic triumphed over the Swiss champion. Sixth seed Raonic triumphed 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and goes on to face second seed Andy Murray, the 2013 champion, or 10th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych.
Here’s who said what on Twitter after Federer’s first loss in Wimbledon semis:
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) 8 July 2016
Hard on a 35 year old, you think, to be playing these 5 setters against big serving young men, all the time?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 8 July 2016
— Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) 8 July 2016
Fatigue’s visibly creeping n2 Federer’s game..not surprisingly really!Power tennis may b depriving us o touch tennis..reckon that’s the way!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) 8 July 2016
If ever in this generation of sports stars there is a crowd favourite, it has to be Roger Federer. Simply outstanding! #Wimbledon
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) 8 July 2016
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) 8 July 2016
— Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) 8 July 2016
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) 8 July 2016
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