Fed­erer scythes way to semis

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LONDON: Roger Fed­erer turned his 100th Wim­ble­don match into an ex­hi­bi­tion as he out­classed Mi­los Raonic 6-4 6-2 7-6(4) yes­ter­day to reach the semi-fi­nals for a record 12th time.

The Swiss, who turns 36 next month, played his best tennis of the tour­na­ment to dis­man­tle the big-serv­ing Cana­dian who knocked him out at the semi-fi­nal stage last year.

Seven-time cham­pion Fed­erer hit two rasp­ing back­hand win­ners and a fore­hand that had Raonic duck­ing for cover to break serve in the fifth game.

Sixth seed Raonic’s be­lief ebbed away at the start of the sec­ond set when he of­fered up an­other break with a care­less fore­hand and Fed­erer went for the jugu­lar with a fur­ther break of the Cana­dian’s de­liv­ery as he es­tab­lished a two-set lead.

Fed­erer was made to sweat a lit­tle in the third set and had to save four break points at 3-4 as Raonic fi­nally be­gan to hit his ground­strokes with more men­ace.

Raonic went 3-0 ahead in the tiebreak too, but 18-time ma­jor cham­pion Fed­erer re­sponded with two ma­jes­tic fore­hand passes as he re­gained con­trol with five points in a row.

An 11th ace brought up a match point and Fed­erer clinched vic­tory when Raonic shunted a back­hand wide.

Fed­erer has yet to drop a set in the tour­na­ment this year and with de­fend­ing cham­pion Andy Mur­ray, No­vak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal all out, he is a huge favourite to be­come the first man to win the Wim­ble­don ti­tle eight times.

He will play Czech To­mas Berdych, the 11th seed, in the last four.

Andy Mur­ray’s ti­tle ti­tle de­fence evap­o­rated on Cen­tre Court in a painful five-set demise to Sam Quer­rey as the hip in­jury that has dogged the world No 1 fi­nally got the bet­ter of him.

Mur­ray’s hopes of be­com­ing the first Bri­ton to re­tain a grand slam ti­tle since Fred Perry in 1936 were shred­ded as he hob­bled help­lessly to a 3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 quar­ter-fi­nal de­feat.

The en­counter ended in al­most bru­tal fash­ion, as Mur­ray strug­gled to move freely in the fi­nal two sets and the big-serv­ing Quer­rey ruth­lessly put him to the sword, wrap­ping up vic­tory with his 27th boom­ing ace.Mean­while three-time cham­pion No­vak Djokovic re­tired in­jured, ap­par­ently with an arm in­jury. The sec­ond seed had just lost the open­ing set and was down a break in the sec­ond when he walked to the net and shook op­po­nent To­mas Berdych’s hand, hav­ing ear­lier re­ceived a med­i­cal time­out. – Reuters

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