Roger Federer wins in straight sets, while Novak Djokovic retires

Rachel Hardy
July 13, 2017

Federer will face Berdych in Friday's semifinal with Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey contesting the other, leaving the 35-year-old looking a strong bet to make history and claim a record eighth title at the All England Club - especially in this form. I'm rested. I'm fresh.

One year and three days ago, Milos Raonic became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final when he beat an ailing Roger Federer, then 34, in five sets in the semis at Wimbledon.

It means Federer has now reached more Wimbledon semi-finals - 12 - than anyone in history.

"I guess as much as you can say about sport, which is probably one of the least predictable things, but he has it within his grasp, let's say".

Roger Federer's quarter-final fixture would be Wednesday's second match on Centre Court. It's big for him to step out on court and give it a go, even though maybe knowing, like me previous year, the chances are slim he was going to defend this title. Not only did Federer miss the French Open last year, he has missed three of the past five Grand Slams events heading into this year's Wimbledon and looks completely rejuvenated and reenergized as a result.

The victor will face either 12-time major champion Novak Djokovic or the 11th seed Tomas Berdych while in the top half of the draw it is Andy Murray and Marin Cilic who are due to meet in the semis.

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The contrast between Federer and Murray and Djokovic on Wednesday was impossible to ignore. I don't want to say sooner or later these things unfortunately happen, but he's played a lot of tennis in recent years. I hope that Novak's OK with his injury. I'm just very happy that I'm still doing so well. In January, Federer won the Australian Open, the first tournament of his return, and then scored back-to-back wins at Indian Wells and Miami.

Federer served out the set comfortably and managed to save a break point as Raonic finally made some inroads on his opponent's serve early in the third.

"Sometimes maybe the body and the mind do need a rest".

Yet to drop a set this tournament, Federer stepped up the heat in the first set when it was level 4-4 to reel off the next two games.

There was a slightly subdued atmosphere on Centre Court after home favourite Murray had hobbled to defeat against Querrey. "And I think it's coming along nicely, to be honest".

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