LONDON, July 8: Milos Raonic made Canadian tennis history on Friday by defeating one of the sport�s all-time greats on its biggest stage.
In rallying to beat seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals at the All England Club, the big-serving Canadian became the first player representing his country to reach a Grand Slam men�s singles final.
Canadian-born Greg Rusedski made the 1997 US Open final, but by that time he was competing under the British flag. Canada�s Eugenie Bouchard reached the Wimbledon women�s final in 2014.
The sixth-seeded Raonic, 25, moves on to Sunday�s final to face the winner of the other semifinal between No. 2 Andy Murray, who won Wimbledon in 2013, and No. 10 Tomas Berdych.
�It�ll be a bigger impact (on Canadian tennis) if I can win,� Raonic said. �I�ve got to put my energy into that.�
Raonic�s victory earned him a measure of revenge against Federer, who came into the match with a 9-2 edge in head-to-head meetings, including a straight sets win in the Wimbledon semis two years ago.