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Raonic Rallies to Make Wimbledon Final ; Canadian Bounces Back Late in the 4th Set to Get a Thrilling Win over Federer

Newspaper article International New York Times

Raonic Rallies to Make Wimbledon Final ; Canadian Bounces Back Late in the 4th Set to Get a Thrilling Win over Federer

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Raonic, a Canadian, advanced to his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over the seven-time champion on Friday.

Milos Raonic advanced to his first Grand Slam final, rallying to defeat Roger Federer in a five-set roller coaster on Friday at Wimbledon.

Raonic will face Andy Murray or Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final at the All England Club.

Federer, the No. 3 seed, had won all 10 of his previous semifinals at Wimbledon, a tournament he has won seven times.

For Raonic, a 25-year-old Canadian seeded sixth, the victory -- 6- 3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 -- was a culmination of lessons learned in previous shortcomings on a Grand Slam stage. He lost to Federer in the semifinals here two years ago and to Murray in a five-set semifinal at the Australian Open this year.

"I know what I need to do on court better," Raonic said on Wednesday. "I know how to sort of turn things around to get them on my terms. I know what I'm looking for. I know how to go about it, to try to get to that position as much as I can. And then when things aren't going well, I know what things to look for to change."

That is exactly what he showed on Friday, when Federer seemed to have all the momentum after winning the third set.

After Raonic came out strong, Federer started to make headway on Raonic's potent serve near the end of the second set. Raonic saved four break points at 4-5, which seemed like a crucial turning point in the match.

In the ensuing tiebreaker though, Raonic double-faulted at 3-3, and Federer won the next three points to take the set.

Raonic played a terrible game at 3-3 of the third set to be broken, and Federer lost only six points on his serve in the frame to build a two-sets-to-one lead.

In the fourth set, Raonic fought off two break points at 2-2 and another at 4-4. They appeared headed to a tiebreaker when Federer went ahead, 40-0, while serving at 5-6.

But at 40-15, Federer hit two double faults to bring it to 40- 40. Raonic zoned in on his return and gained three more break points, finally converting the third to take the set. …

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