Federer is a seven-time champion at the All England Club and one of the fan favorites. After taking time off following that loss, Federer has returned rejuvenated and looking like a 25-year-old, but just how much he has improved from 2016 will be put to the test when he runs into Raonic again, this time in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2017.
Federer won the Australian Open seeded 17th, beating four top 10 players on his way to his 18th major.
Dimitrov, the 15th seed made the semi-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year and lasted nearly five hours against Rafael Nadal, so for Federer to serve at a high percentage, win a majority of net points and blast Dimitrov off the court is impressive to say the least.
While Wednesday was a day of shocks at Wimbledon, with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic exiting the men's competition, the manner of their departures was somewhat anticlimactic.
Following the Murray-Querrey match, Roger Federer of Switzerland will be back in action at Center Court as he battles Milos Raonic of Canada for a spot in the Wimbledon Semi-finals. I think the Swiss man will do what he has done for the two weeks.
Raonic had five break point opportunities - four of them coming in one game in the third set - but Federer saved them all.
The No3 seed was sensational, winning 90% of his first-serve points, thumping 46 winners to nine unforced errors, and moving like a panther around the court.
"I've not had the most toughest matches". At the end I have to take the court I get scheduled on. He is a two-time Wimbledon champion, but maybe more important, he is British and in 2013 became the first homegrown player to win the men's title in 77 years.
Federer will return last year's result with a positive one and go through to the semi-finals. I think our match was a very interesting match for the people to watch.
Federer snatched a break for 3-2 with a whipping forehand victor and served out with an ace after just 31 minutes.
Federer spends a little more time with the awestruck youngster, who is absolutely enamoured by the star's down-the-line backhand.
"I never had a rest throughout my career".
Federer first reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2001 and then won the first of five straight titles in 2003.
"Last year I had a hard, hard time practising through the clay-court season". I'm confident, too. Then great things do happen.
"This year I'm just a normal tennis player again". He is playing the role of the aggressor and preventing very aggressive opponents from getting the first strike in the rallies.
Cilic led him by two sets to love here a year ago before losing in a dramatic three and a quarter hour battle.
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