|Roger Federer (SUI), 4||vs||Milos Raonic (CAN), 9|
ScheduleFriday, 4 July 2014 at 13:30 GMT / 14:30 UK / 19:00 IST
Roger Federer (Switzerland), who is 4th on the ATP ranking list, is playing against Milos Raonic (Canada), who is 9th on ATP ranking list, in the semi finals of Wimbledon Men Singles Championship.
Roger Federer had an easy job against his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, and he won by 3:1 (3:6, 7:6(5), 6:4, 6:4). Roger started the match unconfidently, and many thought that this would have been another great unpleasant Wimbledon surprise, besides Rafael Nadal’s elimination to teen Nick Kyrgios from Australia, and also Andy Murray’s defeat against Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria. The second set turned into quite a struggle since Roger showed the signs of coming back and correcting his mistakes from the 1st set, and he indeed managed to win the 2nd set with 7:6(5). In the 3rd set, Federer was much more dominant than in the first two and that continued on to the 4th set. Roger won both of these sets by 6:4, and this meant that he was about to play the 35th Grand Slam semi final in his career. Federer’s path to the semi final started from the 1st round where he won against Paolo Lorenzi by 3:0. In the 2nd round he played against Gilles Muller, where he achieved the same result, and in the 3rd and 4th round it was time for Santiago Giraldo and Tommy Robredo to suffer a heavy defeat – neither of them managed to win a set against the cold Swiss player. Federer lost only 1 set on this tournament and it was against Wawrinka, and this fact shows his determination to get right back to the top of the tennis world.
Milos Raonic won against the Australian newborn tennis star, the 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios with a result of 3:1 (6:7(4), 6:2, 6:4, 7:6(4)) and ended the Aussie’s hopeful run. The two players seemed to be evenly matched at first, but Kyrgios managed to overpower the Canadian in the 1st set, while in the 2nd we were able to see a completely different scenario play out. Raonic won the 2nd set very easily, by 6:2, and his confidence carried him through the 3rd set as well, where he conceded 4 games to the youngster. In the 4th set, Kyrgios’ game has vastly improved, and the match seemed like it would drag on forever, but Raonic managed to win that set too by 7:6(4) and that won him a hard-earned spot in the semi finals of the Wimbledon Men Singles Championship. Raonic had a much easier path than Federer though, as he won against Ebden, Sock, Kubot, Nishikori and Kyrgios. This is his first grand slam semi final.
Federer and Raonic played 4 times against each other, and Federer won all 4 of those matches (2:0 ATP Indian Wells 2012, 2:1 ATP Madrid 2012, 2:1 ATP Halle, 3:0 Australian Open 2013).
It is more likely that Federer will win against Raonic since he outclasses the player in every possible way, but nonetheless Raonic will be very motivated to reach his first Grand Slam final.