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Raonic halts FedEx to proceed to Wimbledon finals, Williams on her way to equal Steffi Graff's record

News Agencies | Updated on: 9 July 2016, 13:51 IST

Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic made his way into the first Grand Slam finals of his career on 8 July, after defeating 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the Wimbledon semifinals. Federer lost to 25-year-old Raonic by five sets, crashing his hopes of ending his four-year-long drought of winning a major title.

Federer was beaten 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 by his Canadian opponent in the nerve-wracking contest that lasted three hours and 25 minutes.

Although the Swiss maestro staged a strong comeback from the first set defeat, he failed to capitalise on it and went on to lose the decider against sixth-seed Roanic.

With the win, Raonic has now stormed into the first finals of his career. He will next face either second-seeded Andy Murray or Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic for the prestigious title.

In the women's single finals set to take place today, defending champion Serena Williams will take on reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. Williams is on her way to fulfill her long-standing quest of equaling Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

It will be a perfect opportunity for defending champion Serena to take revenge for her Australian Open loss by beating Kerber in her ninth Wimbledon final.

Meanwhile, Kerber will seek to claim another upset win over Serena to become the first German woman to clinch Wimbledon since Graf in 1996.

--With ANI inputs

First published: 9 July 2016, 13:51 IST
 
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