SPORT Raonic beats Quer­rey to make Wimbledon last four

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Mi­los Raonic saw off Sam Quer­rey in four sets to reach the semi-fi­nals of Wimbledon.

The Cana­dian did not seem to feel any ef­fects of his five-set match with David Gof­fin in the fourth round and ended up tak­ing the match 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

It ended his Amer­i­can op­po­nent’s fan­tas­tic run - af­ter he beat world No 1 No­vak Djokovic in the third round - and set up a semi-fi­nal with either Roger Fed­erer or Marin Cilic.

The in­flu­ence of John McEn­roe, a new ad­di­tion to his coach­ing team, was ap­par­ent as sixth-seeded Raonic charged into the net be­hind his boom­ing first serves and con­founded Amer­i­can Quer­rey with a suc­ces­sion of deft win­ning vol­leys.

So great was the 25-year-old’s con­trol of the first two sets that he lost just seven points on his serve dur­ing that pe­riod and faced no break points, in a dis­play at times rem­i­nis­cent of Pete Sam­pras in his hey­day.

Quer­rey, for his part, was not able to pro­duce the kind of scin­til­lat­ing form from the base­line that saw him dump Djokovic out of the tour­na­ment. The fe­ro­ciously whipped topspin fore­hand that had served the Amer­i­can so well in pre­vi­ous matches mis­fired at crit­i­cal times against Raonic.

The 28th seed raised his game to fi­nally break the Cana­dian’s serve in the third set and take the match into a fourth. Raonic failed to re­pro­duce the cham­pagne ten­nis of the early stages, but none­the­less re­asserted his dom­i­nance to close out the match and reach his sec­ond Wimbledon semi-fi­nal.

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