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Federer vs. Raonic: How The Wimbledon Semi-Final Was Won

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer has lost his serve just once at The Championships this year.

Seven-time former champion Roger Federer has reached The Championships final for the ninth time. The fourth seed beat No. 8 seed Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday afternoon at the All England Club, Wimbledon. The match lasted one hour and 41 minutes.

Federer, who has a 73-8 record at Wimbledon, will bid to win his 18th Grand Slam championship crown in his 25th final against top seed and 2011 titlist Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Earlier today, Djokovic beat No. 11 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(7) for a place in his 14th major final.

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ATPWorldTour.com looks at how Federer beat Raonic in the semi-finals:

FIRST SET

Raonic hit his 148th ace of the tournament on the very first point. But Federer was able to work his way into the opening game and was gifted the break with a double fault. Federer nullified Raonic’s power by working him out wide on his backhand wing to open up the court. Though Raonic hit 13 winners, including five aces, in the 34-minute opener, a nervous start cost him. Federer proved ruthless at times, hitting at Raonic when both players were close to the net. The Swiss struck 14 winners and lost just three of his second service points in a solid start to his ninth semi-final at The Championships.

SECOND SET

RaonicFederer continued to attack the net in the second set, a tactic which his coach, two-time former titlist Stefan Edberg, would have approved of from the players’ box. In the ninth game, a mental lapse from Raonic cost him. The 23 year old did not hit a single first serve into court and a missed smash to drop to 0/40 at 4-4. Federer had done no more than get the ball back and wait for the mistake. He clinched the break with a fine backhand winner down the line on his second break point opportunity. Raonic came into the semi-final having won 88 per cent of his first service points, but through two sets against Federer that figured had dropped to 80 per cent. Noticeably, too, he had won 66 per cent of his second service points. Federer, who had lost serve just once in his five previous matches, had taken his chance and wrapped up the set in 34 minutes.

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THIRD SET

Though Raonic played with greater potency in the third set, Federer was able to pierce his defences once again. At 4-4, Raonic got broken while serving from the Royal Box end for the third time in the match. Two costly errors gifted Federer three break point chances at 0/40, when Raonic struck a forehand long. As he walked to his chair on Centre Court, Raonic had won 50 per cent of his second service points in the match. Minutes later, in a hold to 30 that secured his 40th match win of 2014, 32-year-old Federer became the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Ken Rosewall (aged 39) in 1974. Raonic, who hit 36 winners including 17 aces, will rise to a career-high No. 6 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday.

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