Wimbledon 2017: Title favourite Roger Federer eases past Milos Raonic

Canada's Milos Raonic

Highlights of Wimbledon day nine

Veteran Federer only looked in danger of being broken once, saving four break points in the eighth game of the third set as he reached his 42nd Grand Slam semi-final - extending his own record - in a dominant display.

Despite undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in February, the first major surgical procedural of his career, and dealing with lower back pain, Federer insisted on making the trip to Paris to extend his record of playing in 65 consecutive Grand Slam events.

"I feel like I'm rested enough", Federer said.

After his straight-sets defeat of Milos Raonic on Wednesday, Federer is now just two wins away from capturing his first Wimbledon title since 2012.

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"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 think the thing I was most impressed with, at least the years I've been on tour, he was extremely sharp mentally always in the right moments, just always on top of things", he said of Federer.

Djokovic, the three-time victor, quit after two games of the second set of his quarter-final against Berdych with a right elbow injury. It's big for him to step out on court and give it a go, even though maybe knowing, like me a year ago, the chances are slim he was going to defend this title. Querrey had only ever once before reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament, and that came at Wimbledon a year ago.

Federer rose to the occasion on a day that saw both defending champion Andy Murray lose to Sam Querrey while Novak Djokovic retired due to an arm injury against Tomas Berdych.

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The greatest player of all-time had little trouble against last year's finalist Milos Raonic, beating the Canadian 6-4 6-3 7-6. In January, Federer won the Australian Open, the first tournament of his return, and then scored back-to-back wins at Indian Wells and Miami. "Sometimes the body and the mind do need a rest".

The contrast between Federer and Murray and Djokovic on Wednesday was impossible to ignore.

"I hope that Novak is ok with his injury". This year I'm just a normal tennis player again where I can focus on tactics. Though the Centre Court crowd chanted "Roger!", it didn't deter Raonic who opened up a 3-0 lead.

The third set was the closest of the three and, after an hour and 10 minutes, Raonic earned his first break point.

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