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It hurts, I was so, so close: Roger Federer

World No 3 Federer goes down to Raonic 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 in semis

London: Milos Raonic became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon yesterday when he stunned punch drunk seven-time champion Roger Federer in a titanic five-set struggle.

 Switzerland’s Roger Federer slips during his semi-final match against Canada’s Milos Raonic in London yesterday.  Pics/Getty Images
Switzerland’s Roger Federer slips during his semi-final match against Canada’s Milos Raonic in London yesterday.  Pics/Getty Images

Sixth seed Raonic triumphed 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. “I pushed him on a few service games, couldn’t get it done,” said Federer. “He hit the lines with the serve and forehand. He did a great job. It’s something I want to forget about.

It was 25-year-old Raonic’s first win on grass against a Top 10 opponent and shattered Federer’s hopes of going on to claim a record eighth All England Club crown and 18th major.

Milos Raonic is ecstatic after his win over Roger Federer yesterday
Milos Raonic is ecstatic after his win over Roger Federer yesterday

“There was a little opening and I took it,” said Raonic who looked down and out in the fourth set.

“It’s a big impact for Canada. Hopefully, it will be even bigger if I win on Sunday.

‘It’s a great feeling’

“I was struggling throughout the third and fourth sets, he was playing some real good tennis. It’s a great feeling to be continuing.”

After weathering an early storm, Federer had been in complete control of the semi-final, his 10th at the tournament, until the tie turned suddenly and dramatically in the fourth set.

The 34-year-old, bidding to become the oldest finalist in 42 years, squandered three break points in the set and slipped from 40-0 up on serve in the 12th game. Federer, whose last Grand Slam crown came at Wimbledon in 2012, had already required five sets to get past Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals, saving three match points in the process. And the effort took its toll on the 17-time major winner in the decider where he needed treatment on his right thigh and jarred his left knee and foot in a worrying fall.

“I hope I haven’t hurt myself,” said the Swiss. Raonic, nine years his junior, pounced for a 3-1 lead while Federer had to save two more break points in the sixth game. The Canadian held his nerve and claimed victory when Federer went wide with a weary forehand which condemned the Swiss star to his first loss in a Wimbledon semi-final.

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