Raonic vs. Federer
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 12, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Roger Federer and Milos Raonic meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 75 percent of his first serve points and 74 percent of his second serve points. Federer has yet to have trouble in any of his matches and is coming off a contest in which he gave himself 10 break chances and had just 11 unforced errors. Federer has everything working for him right now and should have a lot in the tank with his matches being decided in under two hours. Federer hopes to make the grand slam semifinals for a sixth straight try and his 12th career Wimbledon semifinal appearance. Federer has lost in the quarterfinals of a grand slam three times since 2012. Federer has won nine straight matches on grass court.
Milos Raonic is coming off a five sets win over Alexander Zverev that took 51 games to decide. In the victory, Raonic won 76 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Raonic was able to pull away in his fourth round victory, but he had 42 unforced errors and gave his opponent 17 break chances. Raonic has combined for 91 aces in his last four matches and keeps coming away with the big points, but the young Canadian knows he’s capable of playing better than what he just showed. Raonic hopes to make his fourth career grand slam semifinal and third in the Wimbledon. Raonic is 3-3 in his career in grand slam quarterfinal appearances. Raonic has won won 10 of his last 12 matches on grass court.
These two have played 12 times and Federer has won nine of those meetings. The most recent match was in last years Wimbledon, a match Raonic won in five sets. Raonic has beaten Federer the last two meetings overall, but Federer is 2-1 against him on grass.
Again, I picked Federer to win this tournament before it started and I’m not backing out of that pick until I see a reason to. The guy has played flawless tennis up to this point and has possibly the fewest wear and tear of anybody left in the tournament. Yes, Raonic has beaten Federer in the last two meetings, but he also struggled with his serve a bit in his last match and just played five long sets. Federer may lose a set for the first time this tournament, but he should prevail.
I like Federer to get to the semifinals of the Wimbledon yet again.