Canadian Milos Raonic ensured that an 8th Wimbledon titles eludes Swiss Roger Federer as he beat the former champion in a five setter to reach his very first grand slam final on Friday.
The sixth seed beat the seven time championA 6-3 6-7(3) 4-6 7-5 6-3 on Center Court to set up a finale clash with the winner of the second semi final, that is either Britain’s Andy Murray or Czech player Tomas Berdych.
“There was a little opening and I took it,” said Raonic who looked down and out in the fourth set.
“It’s a big impact for Canada. Hopefully, it will be even bigger if I win on Sunday,” he added.
Raonic survived four set points in the second before losing it on the fifth, the first one in the tiebreak, but after a dominant third set from Federer the Canadian came back in the fourth by converting his second set point.
The penultimate and fifth set showcased complete dominance from the Australian Open semi-finalist as he earned a double break early on to secure an nsailable lead of 4-1.
In the head-to-head record, Raonic has now 3 wins in 12 meetings against Federer and thus served as an impediment for the Swiss master who was gunning for his 18th grand slam crown.