·       Serena history again
Roger Federer’s bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title was cut short in the semifinals on Friday by Milos Raonic, a big-serving Canadian who came from two sets to one down to win in five and reach his first Grand Slam final.
Raonic beat the seven-time champion 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Centre Court, handing the Swiss great his first loss ever in the Wimbledon semifinals after 10 straight wins.
The 25-year-old Raonic became the first Canadian man in history to ad­vance to the final of a Grand Slam tour­nament. The only other Canadian to get this far was Eugenie Bouchard, the women’s runner-up at Wimbledon in 2014.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams has his­tory at sight as the defending champion plots to avenge one of the most painful defeats of her career by beating An­gelique Kerber in today’s Wimbledon final.
Williams suffered a stunning loss against Kerber in the Australian Open final in January and the rivals will face off for the first time since then, when they slug it out for the Wimbledon title.
There was further frustration for Ser­ena when she lost the French Open final to Garbine Muguruza last month.
But the 34-year-old has been revital­ised at the All England Club and, after taking just over 48 minutes to crush Elena Vesnina in Wimbledon’s quickest ever semi-final, she has the chance to fi­nally equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 major titles by lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish for a seventh time. - The Authority.