Milos Raonic made history at Wimbledon after beating Roger Federer in the semifinals.
History was made at Wimbledon today with No. 3 Roger Federer losing his first Wimbledon semifinal after falling in five sets to No. 6 Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-7(3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. He won 12 of his last 12 service points and eight of the last 11 games to win in 3 hours and 25 minutes.
Federer had a chance to put away Raonic in the fourth set but he repeatedly failed when faced with break points and he left the door open for the Canadian to make history.
In addition to handing Federer his first Wimbledon loss in a semi, Raonic became the first Canadian man to make a grand slam final.
Raonic will face the winner of the second semifinal match between No. 2 Andy Murray and No. 10 Tomas Berdych on Sunday.
Federer didn’t look to be in top form as age and his health (he withdrew from the French Open) but Raonic seized the opportunity that Federer gave him and improved to 5-23 vs top-3 ranked players with three of those wins coming against Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all-time.
With Federer losing, one has to wonder if this was the last best opportunity for the all-time great to win again at Wimbledon. At 34, Federer is past his prime and is at the age when many men begin to experience a steep decline in play, but at the same time, he was a good serve or two away from advancing to the final.
Conversely, this could be the beginning of Raonic making his impression on the tennis world and he is one match away from becoming the first Canadian male to win a grand slam final.
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