Raonic tips Fed­erer to reign again

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

A CONNOISSEUR of the finer things in life, multi- lin­gual Mi­los Raonic is re­garded as one of the more cere­bral fig­ures in ten­nis.

But ask the Cana­dian who will win Wim­ble­don this year and the an­swer is un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally blunt: Roger Fed­erer.

Blown off cen­tre court by a mer­ci­less Fed­erer, Raonic said quar­ter- fi­nal vic­to­ries by Sam Quer­rey, Marin Cilic and To­mas Berdych vir­tu­ally amounted to noth­ing with the Swiss star still in con­tention.

Fed­erer, seven- time Wim­bel­don cham­pion and win­ner of 18 ma­jors, tow­ers over his three re­main­ing ri­vals.

And af­ter over­com­ing back and knee in­juries, Fed­erer is find­ing ten­nis a sim­ple pur­suit once more.

“This year I’m just a nor­mal ten­nis player again where I can fo­cus on tac­tics. I think that’s the dif­fer­ence,” he said. “I’m play­ing very well. I’m rested. I’m fresh. I’m con­fi­dent, too. Then great things do hap­pen.”

Raonic was stunned by the dif­fer­ence in Fed­erer’s move­ment from last year’s semi- fi­nal to Wed­nes­day’s quar­ter- fi­nal.

“Yeah, he’s mov­ing well. I think the thing I was most impressed with, at least the years I’ve been on tour, he was ex­tremely sharp men­tally al­ways in the right mo­ments, just al­ways on top of things,” Raonic said. “I did ev­ery­thing I could. I tried.”

Fed­erer will tonight face 2010 runner- up Berdych for a place in Sun­day’s fi­nal. Berdych will carry a 6- 18 win- loss tally into the match.

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