LONDON — In a Wimbledon rematch, Milos Raonic proved to be no match for Roger Federer.
The third-seeded Swiss nice, making an attempt for a document eighth Wimbledon title, systematically dismantled Raonic in quarter-final motion on the All England Membership on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory.
“I can say with incontrovertible fact that I did all the pieces I may to attempt to discover a strategy to win,” Raonic mentioned. “And I believe that he’s simply mentally on prime of it. You’ll be able to see that there’s not a lot doubt in his thoughts. He’s feeling it.”
Raonic, the match’s sixth seed from Thornhill, Ont., defeated Federer within the Wimbledon semifinals final 12 months earlier than shedding to Andy Murray within the last.
Maybe that defeat lingered in Federer’s thoughts, as a result of he regarded like a person on a mission Wednesday, flummoxing Raonic along with his service recreation whereas exhibiting no worry of the Canadian’s cannon arm. And it was no contest on the web, with Federer routinely ending off rallies with finesse.
“He’s doing numerous issues properly,” Raonic mentioned. “May I’ve been extra environment friendly on the web? Sure. However he stored the strain on me.
“It wasn’t like I used to be simply sitting there hitting volleys and there was no one on the different facet of the online. He was doing nice issues to maintain strain on me on a regular basis.”
Raonic had 5 break level alternatives — 4 of them coming in a single recreation within the third set — however Federer saved all of them. Federer broke Raonic thrice in six probabilities.
Raonic regarded higher within the third set, holding serve and taking it to a tiebreak. However Federer arrange match level with an ace, then gained when Raonic hit a return large.
“He stored a really excessive gear the complete time with out giving many actual glimpses, and that was probably the most defeating factor,” Raonic mentioned.
Each gamers ended the match with 11 aces. It was the primary time at this match that Raonic was held beneath 20 aces.
Federer, who has but to drop a set at Wimbledon, improved to 254-2 when profitable the primary two units of a match.
With Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all out, Federer is the final of the “Massive 4” stars left within the match. He’ll subsequent face 11th-seed Tomas Berdych, whereas the opposite semifinal will characteristic No. 7 Marin Cilic towards the shocking 24th-seed, American Sam Querrey.
Raonic thinks an eighth Wimbledon title is Federer’s to lose.
“Regardless who’s in or not, I believe (Federer) has been taking part in the very best tennis this 12 months,” Raonic mentioned. “As a lot as you’ll be able to say about sport, which is without doubt one of the least predictable issues, he has it in his grasp.”
Whereas Raonic failed to succeed in a second straight Wimbledon last, he does go away the match along with his well being.
For Raonic, who has struggled with accidents over his previous two seasons, that counts as one thing of a win.
“Till about Paris, the place I performed consecutively (Lyon and French Open), I didn’t actually have an opportunity to consider tennis,” he mentioned. “All the pieces was how am I doing issues? What am I doing? Am I getting out of every week wholesome. So it’s a aid now that with a sure coaching block and restoration block that I’ve the items in place and I can concentrate on tennis.
“It provides me a bit of little bit of psychological aid that I don’t have to fret about how I’m going to finish every week.”