Another Chance, Same Result
Three different surfaces. Three sets each time.
And still Canada's Milos Raonic is looking for his first victory ever over the great Roger Federer.
This time, it was grass for a quarterfinal tussle in Germany, and again Federer was able to drop the first set to Raonic and then come back and win the next two to advance. The battles have all been tight, but the Swiss master still has too much experience and too much variety for Raonic to get past.
It was a warmup event for Wimbledon in 10 days, and Raonic acquitted himself well, firing 25 aces before losing in the third set tiebreak, 7-6 (3).
Again, Raonic was unable to break Federer's serve, and therein lies the key to future success against the world's No. 3 player. Raonic's return of his serve and ability to stay in points longer is much improved, but it must improve yet more. Raonic made 29 unforced errors compared to 12 for Federer.
Earlier this year, Federer beat Raonic on a hard court in Indian Wells, and then last month on clay in Madrid. Raonic has risen to No. 21 in the world.