WIMBLEDON, United Kingdom—Milos Raonic has made Canadian tennis history—and he beat one of the game’s best and most decorated players in the process.
The 25-year-old player from Thornhill, Ont., defeated Swiss superstar Roger Federer in a marathon Wimbledon semifinal earlier today to become the first Canadian man to ever play for the singles title at the All England Club.
Raonic edged the seven-time champion 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
The win is especially satisfying for the sixth-seeded Raonic, who suffered a straight-sets semifinal loss to the Swiss star two years ago.
Raonic will face the winner of the other semifinal between local favourite Andy Murray and Czech Tomas Berdych.
Heading into the match, the third-seeded Federer held a 9-2 edge in head-to-head meetings with Raonic.
But the Canadian is showing he can compete with one of the game’s best ever.
He beat the 34-year-old in straight sets in the Brisbane International final to kick off the 2016 season.
Federer blew a chance to close out the match in the fourth set as Raonic broke him in the final game to force a fifth set.