Federer advances to Wimbledon semifinal as Djokovic retires

Esther Moore
July 13, 2017

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 it seems no-one can get close to the seven-time Wimbledon champion as he maintained his record of not dropping a set at this year's tournament. I don't feel ready to go.

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

Kiwi tennis player Michael Venus and his USA doubles team-mate Ryan Harrison have lost their men's doubles quarterfinals match at Wimbledon overnight.

"I was doing fitness with my fitness coach and after like 10 minutes, I looked at him and said, I don't know what we're doing in Paris seriously". He himself won in straight sets, Andy Murray crashed out and Novak Djokovic had to retire. Once you hit 30, you've got to look back and think of how much tennis have I played, how much rest did I give my body over the years, how much training have I done, did I do enough, did I overdo it? Federer, the pre-tournament favourite, is just three wins away from winning an unprecedented seventh Wimbledon title. I don't want to say sooner or later these things unfortunately happen, but he's played a lot of tennis in recent years.

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While the loss was undoubtedly disappointing, Djokovic's retirement later in the day meant the Serb could not overtake Murray as world No. 1. I hope that Novak's OK with his injury.

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

"I think it's just really about taking it one step at a time", Raonic said on facing Federer right after his come-from-behind win over the talented Zverev. "It's always calibrating the whole thing". 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. I think that's a great bonus.

The Canadian was looking for his fourth victory over the Swiss great in their 13th meeting but struggled against an inspired Federer, who only lost one point on his first serve in the opening set. Though the Centre Court crowd chanted "Roger!", it didn't deter Raonic who opened up a 3-0 lead.

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