'13 Wimbledon champ Murray faces new foe in 11th Slam final

Coming up short in his previous two grand slam semifinals - once to Federer at SW19 in 2014 and to Andy Murray at the Australian Open this year as injury surfaced - his time has arrived at the age of 25. I've been quite positive.

There is no risk of Murray being similarly surprised since not only does he ensure he is well briefed on every opponent he plays, but he has the knowledge he acquired personally at Queen's Club and knows Raonic can not be dismissed as in any way one-dimensional.

But now, with Federer on the wane - the great Swiss champion lost to Milos Raonic over five sets in Friday's first semifinal - Murray has a chance to further his claim to being the next person to fill that role. But I persevered, I kept plugging away. So I think he actually likes to play these big guys, just come up with his creative game, try to break the rhythm of the big guys.

There was Roger Federer, so famous for his flawless footwork, flat on his stomach, face down and motionless on the Centre Court grass after jamming the toe of his left shoe and stumbling during what turned out to be the fifth set's pivotal game in his Wimbledon semifinal. I like Murray in four sets, which is priced at +240 on tennis odds.

Having lost to the Brit in the recent Queen's final, he is the clear underdog in his debut Grand Slam final. After a forehand victor by Raonic, the unthinkable happened: back-to-back double-faults to let Raonic back into the game. He led sixth-seeded Raonic 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, but Raonic relied on his serve to win the final two sets 7-5, 6-3.

With the win, Raonic has now stormed into the first finals of his career.

And yet, for various reasons, even Federer himself did not expect to still be in action at Centre Court on the grass-court tournament's second Friday, facing Milos Raonic for a berth in the title match.

Raonic said his thrilling five-set victory over Federer had not taken too much out of him before he prepared to meet a player with whom he has a 6-3 head-to-head deficit.

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The 30-year-old said: "Definitely those are the experiences from 2010 that I will try to look back at". "This one clearly hurts because I felt I could have had it. So close, so close it really really hurts".

Roger Federer and Milos Raonic are headed to a fifth set in the Wimbledon semifinals. "There's many people that are doing well on this stage and the junior stages".

Murray began his campaign against fellow Brit Liam Broady, winning in straight sets before defeating Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round the same way. "There are a lot of things that I'd like to achieve besides winning Wimbledon".

This year's Wimbledon represented the 15th anniversary of his stunning win over Pete Sampras - when Raonic was just 10 years old - although his first All England Club title only arrived two years later. I walked it off. I was able to finish.

"The impact of being Canada's first-ever finalist will be bigger if I can win the title". I've watched him since he was younger and I just think he's brilliant. It was a different fall for me than I've ever had.

Murray and Lendl had worked together previously in one of the best stretches of Murray's career, which included his Olympic gold medal and U.S. Open title in 2012, as well as his Wimbledon triumph in 2013, where he became the first British man in 77 years to win the tournament.

Raonic is the first non-European in the tournament's men's singles final since Andy Roddick in 2009. I don't even want to know.

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