Man on a mis­sion

Fed­erer in fine form in elim­i­nat­ing Raonic at Wim­ble­don

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

In a Wim­ble­don re­match, Mi­los Raonic proved to be no match for Roger Fed­erer.

The third-seeded Swiss great, try­ing for a record eighth Wim­ble­don ti­tle, sys­tem­at­i­cally dis­man­tled Raonic in quar­ter-fi­nal ac­tion at the All Eng­land Club on Wed­nes­day with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4) vic­tory.

“I can say with fact that I did ev­ery­thing I could to try to find a way to win,” Raonic said. “And I think that he is just men­tally on top of it. You can see that there’s not much doubt in his mind. He’s feel­ing it.”

Raonic, the tour­na­ment’s sixth seed from Thorn­hill, Ont., de­feated Fed­erer in the Wim­ble­don semi­fi­nals last year be­fore los­ing to Andy Mur­ray in the fi­nal.

Per­haps that de­feat lin­gered in Fed­erer’s mind, be­cause he looked like a man on a mis­sion Wed­nes­day, flum­mox­ing Raonic with his ser­vice game while show­ing no fear of the Cana­dian’s can­non arm. And it was no con­test at the net, with Fed­erer rou­tinely fin­ish­ing off ral­lies with fi­nesse.

“He’s do­ing a lot of things well,” Raonic said. “Could I have been more ef­fi­cient at the net? Yes. But he kept the pres­sure on me.

“It wasn’t like I was just sit­ting there hit­ting vol­leys and there was no­body at the other side of the net. He was do­ing great things to keep pres­sure on me all the time.”

Raonic had five break point op­por­tu­ni­ties – four of them com­ing in one game in the third set – but Fed­erer saved them all. Fed­erer broke Raonic three times in six chances.

Raonic looked bet­ter in the third set, hold­ing serve and tak­ing it to a tiebreak. But Fed­erer set up match point with an ace, then won when Raonic hit a re­turn wide.

“He kept a very high gear the en­tire time with­out giv­ing many real glimpses, and that was the most de­feat­ing thing,” Raonic said.

Both play­ers ended the match with 11 aces. It was the first time at this tour­na­ment that Raonic was held un­der 20 aces.

Fed­erer, who has yet to drop a set at Wim­ble­don, im­proved to 254-2 when win­ning the first two sets of a match.

With Andy Mur­ray, No­vak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all out, Fed­erer is the last of the “Big 4” stars left in the tour­na­ment.

He will next face 11th-seed To­mas Berdych, while the other semi­fi­nal will fea­ture No. 7 Marin Cilic against the sur­pris­ing 24th-seed, Amer­i­can Sam Quer­rey.

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