Wimbledon: Roger Federer storms into semis after beating Milos Raonic

Federer broke Raonic three times in six chances.

Federer has won 18 Grand Slam titles and will be playing for No. 19 in his 29th major final.

Djokovic and Mannarino were first up under the Centre Court roof as rain fell on the courts.

"Sam came out serving huge, hitting big", Cilic said.

"I was obviously following them (Nadal and Murray) and following all the rest of the guys", said Cilic, the U.S. Open champion in 2014.

"Preparation-wise I believe in my own abilities".

"I know I have it in me that I can win".

'Sam, I think, played really high-level tennis - especially that first set. I miss her a lot and I look forward to her coming back. The most recent match was in this years Miami Masters, a match Federer won in three sets.

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Raonic saved five break points to force the third set into a tiebreaker but it was only delaying the inevitable and a backhand error from Raonic on Federer's first match point brought things to a close. The 2014 US Open champion will be feeling confident as he has spent lesser time on court in the tournament than his opponent, against whom he has a flawless head-to-head record. Cilic also had 70 winners and only 21 unforced errors. In the last ten matches of Tomas Berdych, he has won eight matches and lost two matches. Muller advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time by beating Nadal in five sets in the fourth round.

I've had some tough grass court losses to him, said the American. "I'm looking forward to doing that".

Part of it's mental, part of it's physical.

"I'll get the best advice I can, then stick with that". Berdych will need all the momentum he can get in his semifinals meeting with Federer. Those two words have incited much pride and love towards Andy from fellow feminists, with his mother even Tweeting out: 'That's my boy'.

The 31-year-old has struggled for form and, after losing in the second round of the French Open, parted ways with coach Goran Ivanisevic.

Exhausted or not, Djokovic should have his hands full with Tomas Berdych, the 11th seed, on Wednesday.

In search of an eighth Wimbledon title, Roger Federer will play for a place in his 11th final at the All England Club.

Speaking after his win over Djokovic, the Czech said: This is the reward. I had a schedule to play all the time. I can't be in a better position before Friday's match. It's a dream come true to be in the semi-finals. "I was making him (play more) on his service games".

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