Federer takes 3rd set, leads Raonic at Wimbledon

"I hope I didn't hurt myself", said Federer. "It was really so, so close".

Raonic, who becomes the first Canadian man to reach a major singles final, expressed relief at his survival Friday. The only other Canadian to get this far was Eugenie Bouchard, the women's runner-up at Wimbledon in 2014. His opponent will be the Canadian Milos Raonic, who had earlier beaten Roger Federer in a marathon five-set battle.

Raonic will face local favourite Andy Murray on Sunday.

That day will come Sunday when Raonic takes on Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final. Federer played on through that game, but Raonic would break, and then rode his thundering serve through to the finish line.

"I certainly wouldn't be playing at Wimbledon if it hadn't been for wheelchair tennis", Reid said after his doubles match. "I was struggling there through the third and fourth sets".

"He's playing the best grass court tennis of his career".

"I mean, he deserved it. He earned it at the end".

The 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Canadian's serves reached 144 mph (231 kph) and averaged 129 mph (207 kph) on first serves - 3 mph (4.8 kph) faster than Federer's fastest of the day.

The world No 2 will not be the only Scot contesting a Wimbledon final this weekend, after Gordon Reid, a 24-year-old from west Dumbartonshire, secured a place in both the singles and doubles finals of the men's wheelchair competition. The 17-time major champion is still tied with Pete Sampras and 1880s player William Renshaw with seven. "But you never know how anyone's going to deal with the pressures of a Slam final". He lost in the Wimbledon final the past two years to Novak Djokovic, who was ousted in the third round this year by Sam Querrey.

Federer is trying to win a record eighth Wimbledon title, while Raonic is looking for his first.

Murray showed no nerves to record a 6-3,6-3, 6-3 triumph over Berdych on Centre Court in less than two hours to conserve his energy for the big one this weekend. He then served out the set. Eventually, Raonic took advantage of a soft volley to deliver a down-the-line backhand passing victor, breaking for the first time since the match's fourth game - which ended with a double-fault by Federer - and sending the semifinal to a fifth set.

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"I can't believe I served a double-fault twice", Federer said. Unexplainable for me really, yeah. "Very sad about that and angry at myself because never should I allow him to get out of that set that easily".

After that break, Federer called for a trainer on the changeover and had his right thigh massaged.

Raonic served first and third, and leads Federer 2-1 on Centre Court.

As is sometimes the case when Federer loses, he went from the court to the interview room nearly immediately, not wanting to linger, even if he was at his second home.

"The disappointment (of that loss) I've put behind me, or at least I've tried to", Raonic said.

Federer said later he wasn't sure whether he had picked up an injury.

"Roger, I would say he kind of opened the door for Milos to have the chance to come back - and at this stage of the tournament you pay for that", Moya told a group of reporters. "I know how difficult it is to make the finals of these events - and how hard they are to win".

"I hope it's not so bad".

"He's always had great focus", Federer said about Raonic in his post-match news conference.

"Having had my experiences in the past will help me a lot". The attitude kept me in the match and I think that made the difference. "So, yeah, that's different", Murray said. "I'm glad I managed to get through today".

  • Carlos Nash