Federer reaches semi-final

LONDON – Roger Federer says the key to winning majors is making sure his average is as high as possible — every round.

There is nothing average about Federer, though, as he proved again yesterday by turning his 100th Wimbledon match into an exhibition of his magic, outclassing Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2 7-6(4) to reach the semi-finals for a record 12th time.

The Swiss maestro, 36 next month, played his best tennis of the tournament to dismantle the big-serving Canadian – avenging last year’s semi-final defeat in stunning fashion.

With defending champion Andy Murray losing earlier on Centre Court to Sam Querrey and Novak Djokovic retiring with an injury against Tomas Berdych, Federer is now overwhelming favourite to become the first man to win the title eight times.

“I can’t believe it’s 100 matches, it’s a lot but I’m very happy my body has kept me going all these years,” said Federer who will face Berdych in Friday’s semi-finals.

“You have to make sure you average is as high as possible every day and I think I’m doing a great job this week.”

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