Points won by each set: [ 29-23, 37-38, 24-30, 45-41, 32-25 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
41 % Raonic – 69 of 167
36 % Federer – 58 of 160

The biggest success in Raonic’s career so far – the 25-year-old Canadian [7] reached his first Grand Slam final, defeating the 7-time champion after dramatic, 3-hour 25-minute contest. In the 2nd set Raonic escaped from a triple set point in very good style, but lost the tie-break 3/7, and his 9 years older opponent shifted the momentum. It seemed that Federer’s 4-set win was inevitable, but Raonic showed mental strength in the 4th set, being three times in difficult service games: saved a double break point at 2-all, a mini match point at 4-all (service winner – a bomb at Federer’s body), and erased a 0/30 deficit at 5-all. Everyone expected a 4th set tie-break when Federer led 40/0 in the following game, but then occurred a small catastrophe for him – the Swiss made two consecutive double faults after Raonic’s FH return winner, even though had committed just one before. Raonic stole the set on third set point with a backhand passing-shot winner down the line. Federer was forced to play second five-setter within three days, and it proved that he cannot deceive his age. He wasn’t sharp, stumbled and fell down in game No. 4, he was broken in that game, and had to save a break point at 1:4. He couldn’t read Raonic’s serve at all in the 5th set, and the Canadian held five times without any trouble.

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