Tennis: Roger Federer Takes on Raonic in Wimbledon SemifinalPublished July 8, 2016 by Florin P
King Roger has another Grand Slam crown in his sights (1:00 p.m UK Time).
Roger Federer survived a big scare on Wednesday after dropping the first two sets against Marin Cilic. The former US open champion sank into near irrelevance in the second half of the game and allowed the Swiss to claw his way back and win. Roger now takes on Raonic, an ambitious young player who wields a powerful serve and has proven his quality on grass on many occasions.
No Injury Concerns for Roger Federer
Federer won the Wimbledon tournament 8 times and made it to the final on 10 occasions. He is once again favorite to reach the final act and the good news is that he looks fit enough to go the distance. Back problems have caused him to drop games in the preliminary tournaments and even forced him to retire from Roland Garros.
Against Cilic he started the match rather slow, but gradually improved his game to prevail despite the big deficit. Those were the only sets lost by Roger at Wimbledon and he will do everything he can to avoid another late match thriller. He has the advantage in the head to head record, winning nine times and dropping just two games against Raonic.
Tremendous Pressure on Milos
The Canadian player was outstanding throughout the tournament and dropped very few games on his serve. David Goffin caused him major headaches after winning the first two sets, but Milos found the way to offset that deficit. His biggest problem is that he doesn’t perform well under pressure and has lost most of the games in the final stages of Grand Slam tournaments.
Raonic shows a lot of promise and in a not so distant future he could win a Grand Slam. His game is best suited for the Wimbledon grass, but for the time being he isn’t strong enough mentally to defeat a player of Federer’s caliber. Punters would be wise to back the favorites at full stakes and claim the odds of 3/5 currently offered by bet365 Sports for Roger to reach another Wimbledon final.