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Roger Federer vs Milos Raonic

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Wimbledon: Roger Federer vs. Milos Raonic live Stream

In a rematch of their 2016 Wimbledon semi-final as the great Roger Federer takes the huge-serving Canadian Milos prepare to face each other for the 13th time today. With a place in the semi-finals on the line and both players in fine form, an exciting match should await.

History

It’s been a largely one-sided head to head Roger Federer’s favour: he leads 9-3. However, Raonic lost his first 6 meetings with the Swiss, but since then the head to head has been far more even. Raonic scored his first victory in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters in 2014 and has actually won his past two matches against Federer. Their meetings on the Centre Court at Wimbledon have been split with one apiece, both coming in the semi-finals. Their 1st meeting on the lawns of the All England Club in 2014 was a masterclass from Federer. He comfortably defeated a disappointing Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4 6-4. 2 years later and a much improved Raonic gritted past a Federer, who was slightly hampered by injury, in a 5 set classic 6-3 6-7 4-6 7-5 6-3, which was also their most recent meeting. However, a lot has changed since then.

Path to the Quarterfinals

Federer, in short, has been clinical. He is yet to drop a set in the Championships, dispatching Alexander Dolpogolov, Dusan Lajovic, Mischa Zverev in the first three rounds. His serving was fluid and accurate as ever. The footwork was largely flawless. But his groundstrokes were shaky. The setback of a cold and on court nerves created minor doubt in the seven-time champion’s form.

That doubt was swatted away when he faced the talented Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-2 6-4. It was an exceptional display of tennis from Federer, as he utilised his full arsenal, and achieved a level close to how he was playing in the first half of the year. Of course, Dimitrov was very disappointing, but one suspects that even at the Bulgarian’s very best, he could not have stopped Federer from winning.

Raonic has found the going rather harder. His early rounds, whilst not exhausting, were taxing, particularly against Youzhny in the second round where he came perilously close to falling two sets down. However, his greatest challenge arrived in the shape of his fourth round opponent, a man likely to play a huge role in the future of men’s tennis: Alexander Zverev. Raonic eventually defeated in a 5-set tussle 4-6 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-1. The young German had been in the driving seat through much of the match, but the Canadian took advantage of his break point opportunities in the second and fourth sets to keep himself in contention. Then in the decider experience and age told in his favour, as Zverev managed just one game. Raonic may not quite be in the form of 2016, he has had a largely frustrating season due to injury. But he has been battle hardened at Wimbledon and with his huge serve could be ready to go even deeper.

How do they match up?

Milos Raonic, despite his devastating serve, is not a one-trick pony. Under Carlos Moya last year, his blistering forehand and soft touch at the net improved dramatically. In their semi-final match, the powerful Canadian was aggressive to the Federer backhand, a wing where he does not absorb pace as well as many of his peers. He also moved the Swiss star all over the court, and by the fifth set, Federer, who lacked match sharpness and was not fully fit, could no longer commit. He also came to the net and was the one dictating the points and playing with the greater aggressive intent. This won him the match.

However, despite his improvements, the 26-year-old still has kinks in his armour, namely an error prone backhand and fairly lumbering movement. If Federer can regularly extend the rallies beyond 4 shots, particularly in Raonic’s service games, he win’s the match. To win this match, Raonic must bring the form that carried him to the Wimbledon final last year, and most importantly dominate with his serve.

Prediction

Roger Federer likened the match to ‘a penalty shootout’. Breaks of serve will be at a premium as both men will look to dominate with their serves and to win through tiebreakers. One key factor going into this will be how Federer returns against the 140mph bullets being fired by the 6th seed. Expect a closely contested battle between these two players. But Federer is in the terrific form and is playing injury free, buoyed by the belief that comes with winning a grand slam. In contrast, the thunderous server has had terrible luck with injuries this year and lacks match sharpness. He is in effect a lesser version of his 2016 self. Federer to win in 4 tight sets.

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