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Wimbledon 2017: Federer beats Raonic to reach semi-finals

13 July 2017, 01:23 | Marlene Fleming

Highlights of Wimbledon day nine

Canada's Milos Raonic

Dimitrov, the 15th seed made the semi-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year and lasted nearly five hours against Rafael Nadal, so for Federer to serve at a high percentage, win a majority of net points and blast Dimitrov off the court is impressive to say the least.

But Raonic believes the seven-time Wimbledon mental refreshment is just as important - even though the physical side is much improved too.

"I feel like I'm rested enough", Federer said.

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 was a special outing for Federer as he was playing his 100th singles match at Wimbledon. I just hope that he comes out on the other side now not having to miss much later on. I can look at this quarter-final in a totally relaxed fashion, ' Federer said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Roger Federer brushed aside Milos Raonic as he comfortably avoided following Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic out of Wimbledon.

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Federer told BBC Sport: "I'm very happy that my body kept me going all these years". Querrey had only ever once before reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament, and that came at Wimbledon past year.

Federer next plays Tomas Berdych on Friday for a place in the final after the Czech world No.15 benefited from Novak Djokovic retiring injured midway through their quarter-final earlier on Wendnesday.

"Once you hit 30, you've got to look back and think: How much tennis have I played?" 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.

The second set was even more straightforward as Raonic wafted a forehand wide to concede another early break before Federer's ripped backhand victor caught the line for 5-1. "It's always calibrating the whole thing".

"I have a lot of respect for him doing that". I think it's definitely different ever since my injury. Those months arguably took their toll on all three players, including Nadal who, while not fighting through an injury like Djokovic and Murray, undoubtedly felt the physical effects of the clay-court slog.

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.

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