Just a few weeks before turning 36, Roger Federer continues to play majestic tennis and managed to reach the semis at Wimbledon by crushing his opponent Milos Raonic with an emphatic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(4)) victory in just one hour and 58 minutes. The Swiss maestro rolled the years back again and made a fantastic performance, especially in the first two sets, where he managed to eliminate Raonic’s serve hitting extraordinary returns, even though Raonic made 77% of first serves in the first set. His serve, volleys and groundstrokes worked excellently and he seemed so smooth and relaxed as if he was in a practice session. The stats for the first two sets were 27 winners and only 3 unforced errors!
In the third set Roger showed some signs of nervousness and the 26-year old Canadian raised his performance by adding some variety to his serve and being more consistent. The first warning from Raonic came just in the second game with Federer saving a break point. The most impressive and crucial moment though was in the eighth game, where Federer made some serious unforced errors with the forehand and allowed Raonic to enjoy four break points, which seemed like set points. Roger found solutions and managed to hold serve for 4-4, leading the set to a tie-break, where he was obliged to make a small miracle again. Raonic was leading 3-0 in Te breaker but Federer replied with 5 consecutive points for 5-3 playing solidly on those crucial points, hitting an unbelievable passing shot with the forehand. He then made two great serves and completed his triumph 7-4.
The next opponent for Federer in the semifinals will be 31-year old Thomas Berdych, who overcame Novak Djokovic (7-6, 2-0) after the latter retired due to an elbow injury. Andy Murray was also not able to qualify for the semis losing to American Sam Querry in five sets (6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 1-6, 1-6) and Gilles Muller lost to Marin Cilic in five sets as well (6-3, 6-7, 5-7, 7-5, 1-6), so the other pair of the semis will be Marin Cilic versus Sam Querry. A great opportunity to bet on this match, as there is no heavy favorite. You can bet in various online sites and casino games, such as Betfair Casino.
Federer remains undefeated in big occasions in 2017 (only two losses on the year) and for the 12th time in his career is in the semifinals at Wimbledon, where he has a record of 10-1, his only loss was last year to Milos Raonic. If he beats Berdych in the semi-final, it will be the 11th time he qualifies in the final. The king of grass is two victories away from breaking a shared record with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw (7 Wimbledon titles) and becoming the first man to ever win 8 titles at Wimbledon, the most prestigious tournament in tennis with a history of 140 years.