No. 4 seed Roger Federer made it look easy on Friday, knocking off No. 8 Milos Raonic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, in the second men’s semifinal of the day, advancing to his ninth-career Wimbledon Final.
Federer, 32, who was never in any trouble during the match, is already a seven-time champion on the grass courts of the All England Club—currently tied with Pete Sampras—and will play for a record-setting eighth crown on Sunday against No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Raonic, the first Canadian male to reach the Wimbledon semifinal since 1908, started out the match on the wrong foot. His opening serve of the first set went wide, prompting a failed challenge just about two seconds into the match.
That poor decision turned out to be a harbinger of things to come for the 23 year old.
Federer ended up breaking his serve in that opening game, never looking back and never being challenged on his serve for an easy 6-4 first set in just under 35 minutes.
The second and third sets were largely mirror images of one another.
Raonic stubbornly refusing to make any substantial changes to his game—despite it playing right into Federer’s strengths—and Federer doing what he does best, putting pressure on the younger man and forcing him into mistakes.
Federer broke Raonic at 4-4 in both the second and third set, serving out the set and the match in routine, almost clinical fashion.
Djokovic and Federer will meet for the 35th time—Federer holds an 18-16 edge—in Sunday’s final.
It will only be the second match between the two at Wimbledon.
Federer defeated Djokovic in the 2012 semifinal on his way to capturing his seventh championship.