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Federer Exits Wimbledon, Wins £500,000

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Posted: Jul 9, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Peter Edema
Lagos
Roger Federer lost his semi-final match 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 to Canadian Milos Raonic on Friday and ended his 18th Grand Slam ambition.
But he exited the championship winning £500,000, semi-final prize money.
Raonic , who reached his first Grand Slam final with the victory will play the winner of Andy Murray and Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych, runner-up in 2010, in Sunday’s showpiece match.
Raonic survived four set points in the second before losing it on the fifth, the first one in the tiebreak, but after a dominant third set from Federer the Canadian came back in the fourth by converting his second set point.
This year’s Australian Open semi-finalist then dominated the final set to record his third win in 12 meetings with Federer and dash the Swiss world number three’s bid for a record 18th grand slam crown.
“He hit the lines with the serve and forehand,” Federer would say of his opponent Milos Raonic. “He did a great job. It’s something I want to forget about. It hurts. I was so, so close.”
Federer dropped the first set against upstart Raonic, who recorded the fastest serve (231.7 kilometers an hour) of the event. But tennis’ greatest men’s player stepped up his game to take the second in a tie-breaker. And when he got a crucial break of the hard-hitting Canadian’s serve to win the third set 6-4, he had to feel he was on his way toSunday’s final.
In the fourth set, Raonic had to save three break points to stay on serve. With the score at 5-6 and Federer leading 40-love, the Swiss was one point away from another tiebreaker. But the tennis legend lost the plot, double-faulting twice to hand the underdog the set against the run of play.
From there on in, it was all Raonic, who ratcheted up his serve and left the flagging Fed with no chance. In the end, the Canadian would record 23 aces and 75 winners. The final score was 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
The loss means that Federer remains tied with Jimmy Connors for the most Wimbledon match wins ever (84). The Swiss vowed to return to the All-England Club next year.
Serena Williams will play German Angelique Kerber, for the women title today.