Federer makes Wimbledon semifinals for 12th time; Djokovic retires with injury

Highlights of Wimbledon day nine

Federer will next face Tomas Berdych on Friday in the semifinals. I'm rested. I'm fresh.

Federer, who is yet to lose a set in this year's tournament, regained some form of revenge for last year's defeat to the Canadian at the semi-final stage in emphatic fashion with a 6-4 6-2 7-6 win in under two hours.

Previously these two players have met before in 12 matches in Wimbledon, Brisbane, Halle, Paris Masters, Madrid Masters, etc.

"I guess as much as you can say about sport, which is probably one of the least predictable things, but he has it within his grasp, let's say".

"I went there, and I was doing fitness with my fitness coach, and after like 10 minutes, I looked at him and said, 'I don't know what we're doing in Paris".

Roger Federer brushed aside Milos Raonic as he comfortably avoided following Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic out of Wimbledon.

"Then the matches, I could never really play quite so freely previous year just because, you know, I'm more focused on how the knee's behaving rather than how I need to hit my forehand or backhand, or what's not going to be good for my opponent". Querrey had only ever once before reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament, and that came at Wimbledon a year ago.




In another upset Berdych made it to the last four after his opponent Novak Djokovic was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. "Roger's been the best player I think this year, hands down, when he's been on court".

Federer has already trimmed back his schedule, skipping the 2016 and 2017 French Opens which were won by Djokovic and Nadal.

"I think it's just really about taking it one step at a time", Raonic said on facing Federer right after his come-from-behind win over the talented Zverev. "Sometimes the body and the mind do need a rest".

This kind of run didn't seem possible a year ago when Federer was limited to just seven tournaments and failed to qualify for the ATP Finals. "It's always calibrating the whole thing".

Defending champion Andy Murray will open play on Centre Court against Sam Querrey. I think it's definitely different ever since my injury.

The Canadian was looking for his fourth victory over the Swiss great in their 13th meeting but struggled against an inspired Federer, who only lost one point on his first serve in the opening set.

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