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Roger Federer advances to 12th Wimbledon semifinal – is now just two matches away from 8th title

Roger Federer bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title remains alive as he moved into the semifinals earlier today with a 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4) win against Milos Raonic.

Federer, 35, made short work of beating last year’s runner-up and will now play Tomas Berdych in Friday’s semi-final after Novak Djokovic retired with an injury.

With Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal also out, Federer is the only former champion still in the draw and is a huge favorite to take the title.

American Sam Querrey will play Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the other semi-final.

Here’s what Boris Becker, a three-time Wimbledon champion, had to say about Federer’s play:

A masterclass. I can’t believe he is playing at that level at the age of 35. Everybody thought that last year was the last chance for him, then he had a knee injury and took six months off.

Fast forward and he is the dominant player, not only at Wimbledon but throughout the year. It is remarkable, I don’t know how he does it.

He is one of a kind. He needs very little effort to win his service games, he uses all six spots where you can hit the serve, he gives very few chances away.

He is the clear favorite now.

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