Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer pays tribute to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray

Jonathan Hernandez
July 13, 2017

Roger Federer is in the Wimbledon semifinals for the 12th time.

Roger Federer was in his elements as he defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to advance to the semifinals of the Wimbledon 2017 Men's Singles.

Federer walked out on Centre Court after Murray's shock defeat to Sam Querrey and then saw it announced on screen that Djokovic had retired injured from his match against Tomas Berdych.

Raonic made a brilliant start by going 3-0 up but as has been the case throughout this tournament, when Federer is given a challenge me meets it.

After losing to Raonic in the Wimbledon semi-finals past year, Federer shut down his season to rest a knee injury which had already required surgery earlier in 2016. Querrey had only ever once before reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament, and that came at Wimbledon previous year. Andy, I hope by playing he didn't make things worse.

Raonic, who had defeated Federer here past year and had won both of their last two meetings, found himself up against a different man, someone who resembled himself a decade or so ago. It was hard. At first I felt relieved making the decision, but then when it went official and people knew around the world I was not going to play in Paris, I got a little sad, I must admit, because I felt like it was a great record for me to keep going - 65 Slams in a row. At stake now - a chance to reach the final where he could win his eighth Wimbledon title. Everybody thought that past year was the last chance for him, then he had a knee injury and took six months off.

At the end of his news conference, speaking in Serbian and translated through an interpreter, Djokovic alluded to the possibility that he could take a long break.

Raonic might have had the 140 miles per hour serve in his locker, but Federer owns a magic wand that he used to make the world's sixth best player look like a lumbering also-ran. I don't feel ready to go.

"I have a lot of respect for him doing that".

That would be a first for Djokovic, who has been one of the best players on tour for about a decade. "I can look at this quarter-final in a totally relaxed fashion", Federer said. "And I think it's coming along nicely, to be honest". "It's far removed from the last time we played", Raonic said.

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