DAY 11 MEN’S NOTES
Friday 8 July
No. 2 Andy Murray (GBR) v No. 10 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
No. 3 Roger Federer (SUI) v No. 6 Milos Raonic (CAN)
A quick look at the semifinalists…
|Player||Country||Age||ATP Rank||Best Wimbledon Performance||Best Grand Slam Performance||Grass Court Titles|
|(2) Andy Murray||GBR||29||2||W 13||W US Open 12, Wimbledon 13||7|
|(3) Roger Federer||SUI||34||3||W 03-07, 09, 12||17 titles||15|
|(6) Milos Raonic||CAN||25||7||SF 14, 16||SF Wimbledon 14, 16, Aus Open 16||0|
|(10) Tomas Berdych||CZE||30||9||RU 10||RU Wimbledon 10||1|
- At 13 hours 19 minutes, Berdych has spent the most time on court of the 4 semifinalists while Federer has spent the least – at just 9 hours 53 minutes.
- Federer, who has never lost a Wimbledon semifinal, is bidding to reach his 11th Wimbledon final and his 28th at a Grand Slam, while Raonic is bidding to become the first Canadian man – and only the 2nd Canadian player after Eugenie Bouchard – to reach a Grand Slam final.
- Murray is looking to reach the final here for the 3rd time. If he defeats 2010 finalist Berdych, he will reach his 11th Grand Slam final overall and take sole occupancy of the record for the most Grand Slam final appearances by a British man ahead of Fred Perry.
- Murray and Raonic are bidding to win their semifinals and set a repeat of the 2016 Queen’s final. If both players reach the final here, it will be the first time the Queen’s finalists have met in the Wimbledon final since 1988. That year Stefan Edberg defeated Boris Becker in the Wimbledon final to avenge his loss to Becker in the Queen’s final.
Possible final head-to-heads
|Murray trails Federer 11-14||Murray leads Raonic 6-3|
|Federer leads Berdych 16-6||Raonic leads Berdych 4-2|
Murray and Raonic both feature in the Top 5 list for the most Tour-level match-wins in 2016. Of the 4 semifinalists, Federer has recorded the fewest match-wins in 2016:
2016 match-win leaders*
* through 2016 Wimbledon quarterfinals; Players in bold are still active at 2016 Wimbledon
2 ANDY MURRAY (GBR) v NO. 10 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE)
Head-to-head: Murray leads 8-6
2005 Basel Carpet (I) R16 Murray 64 26 64
2006 Adelaide Hard (O) R16 Berdych 76(2) 46 61
2010 Roland Garros Clay (O) R16 Berdych 64 75 63
2011 Paris-1000 Hard (I) QF Berdych 46 76(5) 64
2012 Dubai Hard (O) QF Murray 63 75
2012 Monte Carlo-1000 Clay (O) QF Berdych 67(4) 62 63
2012 US Open Hard (O) SF Murray 57 62 61 76(7)
2012 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) RR Murray 36 63 64
2013 Madrid-1000 Clay (O) QF Berdych 76(3) 64
2013 Cincinnati-1000 Hard (O) QF Berdych 63 64
2015 Australian Open Hard (O) SF Murray 67(6) 60 63 75
2015 Miami-1000 Hard (O) SF Murray 64 64
2015 Shanghai-1000 Hard (O) QF Murray 61 63
2016 Madrid-1000 Clay (O) QF Murray 63 62
Murray and Berdych have now completed a set of Grand Slam meetings. Murray leads their previous Grand Slam encounters 2-1 and has also won their last 4 meetings. This is their 15th Tour-level meeting but their first on grass.
Possible final head-to-heads
MURRAY v BERDYCH
29 Age 30
6’3”/1.91m Height 6’5”/1.96m
2 ATP Ranking 9
37 Titles 12
170-39 Career Grand Slam Record 130-51
2 titles Best Grand Slam Result 2010 Wimbledon finalist
51-9 Wimbledon Record 37-12
590-171 Career Record 570-295
100-17 Career Record – Grass 58-24
38-6 2016 Record 28-12
10-0 2016 Record – Grass 5-1
23-7 Career Five-Set Record 20-8
9 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 2
168-103 Career Tiebreak Record 192-158
11-5 2016 Tiebreak Record 10-7
Road to the Semifinals
|d. (WC) Liam Broady 62 63 64
d. Yen-Hsun Lu 63 62 61
|d. Ivan Dodig 76(5) 57 61 76(2)
d. Benjamin Becker 64 61 62
|d. John Millman 63 75 62||2:11||3rd round||2:40||d. No. 24 Alexander Zverev 63 64 46 61|
|d. No. 15 Nick Kyrgios 75 61 64
d. No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76(10) 61 36 46 61
|Round of 16
|d. Jiri Vesely 46 63 76(8) 67(9) 63
d. No. 32 Lucas Pouille 76(4) 63 62
|total time on court||11:11||(IBM time)||13:19||total time on court|
- 2013 champion MURRAY is bidding to reach his 11th Grand Slam final and take sole ownership of the record for most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man (since the Challenge Round was abolished at Wimbledon in 1922):
|Player||Appearances in a Grand Slam final|
|Andy Murray||10 – US Open 2008, 2012, Australian Open 2010-11, 2013, 2015-16, Wimbledon 2012-13, Roland Garros 2016|
|Fred Perry||10 – US Championships 1933-34, 1936, Australian Championships 1934-35, French Championships 1935-36, Wimbledon 1934-36|
- Murray is bidding to reach his 3rd Wimbledon final and equal Stefan Edberg, John Newcombe and Andy Roddick in 10th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon finals reached.
- Murray is bidding to equal Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in 14th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era with 11. Only 3 active players have reached more Grand Slam finals than Murray – Roger Federer (27*), Rafael Nadal (20) and Novak Djokovic (20). [*Federer is bidding to reach his 28th Grand Slam final here.]
- If Murray, who has a 170-39 win-loss record at the majors, wins today he will equal Ken Rosewall in 10th place on the list for most Grand Slam match-wins in history. He is the leading British man of all-time in terms of Grand Slam match-wins.
All Grand Slams (all-time)
- Murray has reached his 7th Wimbledon semifinal and equalled Novak Djokovic and his coach Ivan Lendl in 6th place on the Open Era list for most appearances in the last 4 here:
Most Wimbledon semifinal appearances (Open Era)
- Murray has reached his 20th Grand Slam semifinal and taken sole ownership of 8th place on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam semifinals reached. Federer (40 semifinals), Djokovic (30) and Nadal (23) are the only active players to reach the last 4 at a Grand Slam on more occasions than Murray.
Most Grand Slam semifinal appearances (Open Era)
- Murray has reached the semifinals at the Australian Open 6 times, Roland Garros 4 times, Wimbledon 7 times and the US Open 3 times. He has an 10-9 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals and a 2-4 semifinal win-loss record here [see table overleaf]:
Murray’s Grand Slam semifinal appearances
|2008 US Open||Rafael Nadal||d. 62 76(5) 46 64|
|2009 Wimbledon||Andy Roddick||l. 64 46 76(7) 76(5)|
|2010 Australian Open||Marin Cilic||d. 36 64 64 62|
|2010 Wimbledon||Rafael Nadal||l. 64 76(6) 64|
|2011 Australian Open||David Ferrer||d. 46 76(2) 61 76(2)|
|2011 Roland Garros||Rafael Nadal||l. 64 75 64|
|2011 Wimbledon||Rafael Nadal||l. 57 62 62 64|
|2011 US Open||Rafael Nadal||l. 64 62 36 62|
|2012 Australian Open||Novak Djokovic||l. 63 36 67(4) 61 75|
|2012 Wimbledon||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||d. 63 64 36 75|
|2012 US Open||Tomas Berdych||d. 57 62 61 76(7)|
|2013 Australian Open||Roger Federer||d. 64 67(5) 63 67(2) 62|
|2013 Wimbledon||Jerzy Janowicz||d. 67(2) 64 64 63|
|2014 Roland Garros||Rafael Nadal||l. 63 62 61|
|2015 Australian Open||Tomas Berdych||d. 67(6) 60 63 75|
|2015 Roland Garros||Novak Djokovic||l. 63 63 57 57 61|
|2015 Wimbledon||Roger Federer||l. 75 75 64|
|2016 Australian Open||Milos Raonic||d. 46 75 67(4) 64 62|
|2016 Roland Garros||Stan Wawrinka||d. 64 62 46 62|
|2016 Wimbledon||v Tomas Berdych||??|
- Murray has now reached the semifinals at 6 of the last 7 Grand Slam events he has contested since falling to Djokovic in the quarterfinals at the 2014 US Open. The only occasion he has failed to reach the last 4 at a major in that time was when he fell to Kevin Anderson in the round of 16 at the 2015 US Open.
- If he wins today, Murray will take sole ownership of 7th place on the Open Era list for most Wimbledon match-wins.
Jimmy Connors 84-18
Roger Federer 84-10
Boris Becker 71-12
Pete Sampras 63-7
John McEnroe 59-11
Novak Djokovic 54-9
Bjorn Borg 51-4
Andy Murray 51-9
Stefan Edberg 49-12
Goran Ivanisevic 49-14
Ivan Lendl 48-14
*Through the quarterfinals at 2016 Wimbledon
- Murray is on a 6-match winning streak in 5-set matches. He has a 23-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall and a 4-1 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon.
- Murray’s 1st round win over Liam Broady was the first all-British men’s meeting at a Grand Slam since the 2006 US Open when Tim Henman defeated Greg Rusedski in the 1st round. It was the first at Wimbledon since 2001 when Barry Cowan defeated Mark Hilton in the 1st round and Tim Henman defeated Martin Lee in the 2nd round.
- Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Perry, who won the title here from 1934-36 [see Preview page 2].
- In 2013, Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 77 years – since Perry in 1936 – after defeating Djokovic 64 75 64 in the final. The triumph, on his 8th Wimbledon appearance, saw him go 2nd on the list for the most attempts before winning the Wimbledon title behind Goran Ivanisevic (14).
- Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam title since Perry at the 1936 US Championships. He defeated Djokovic 76(10) 75 26 36 62 in the final. He was one of the 2 Grand Slam champions through to the semifinals here from the 6 to start in the men’s main draw along with Federer.
- Murray is on a 10-match winning streak having warmed up for Wimbledon by winning his 5th Queen’s title (d. Milos Raonic), becoming the first man to win 5 titles at the tournament. 7 of his 37 career singles titles have come on grass.
- Murray has won 2 singles titles in 2016. As well as winning the title at Queen’s, he also won Rome-1000
(d. Djokovic). In Grand Slam play this year he reached the final at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, losing to Djokovic on both occasions. He was the first British man since Bunny Austin in 1937 to reach the Roland Garros final.
- By reaching the 2016 Roland Garros final, Murray joined Jim Courier (won Australian Open and Roland Garros, lost Wimbledon and the US Open) and Fred Stolle (won Roland Garros and the US Open, lost Australia and Wimbledon) as the only 3 men in history to have won 2 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finished as runner-up at the other 2.
- Murray helped Great Britain to reach the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals for the 3rd straight time earlier this year. He won both of his singles matches and combined with his brother Jamie to win the doubles in the first round tie against Japan. He has been named in the Great Britain team to face Serbia in the quarterfinals in Belgrade on 15-17 July.
- Murray will defend his singles gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event. He will play in the singles and doubles event (with his brother Jamie). It will be his 3rd Olympic Games after 2008 Beijing and 2012 London.
- Murray reunited with Ivan Lendl, an 8-time Grand Slam champion and a finalist here in 1986 and 1987, at 2016 Queen’s. His assistant coach is Jamie Delgado, who played at Wimbledon 23 times (at any level).
- BERDYCH is bidding to reach the Wimbledon final for the 2nd time and equal his best Grand Slam performance.
- Berdych is bidding to join Ivan Lendl as the only Czech men in the Open Era to reach multiple Wimbledon finals. Jan Kodes is the only other Czech man to have reached the Wimbledon final. Kodes is the only Czech Wimbledon men’s singles champion, having won the title in 1973 by defeating Alex Metreveli 61 98 63.
Czech men in Wimbledon final (Open Era)
|Tomas Berdych||2010, 2016??|
- If he wins today, Berdych will become the 4th Czech man to reach multiple Grand Slam finals in the Open Era.
|Player||No. of Grand Slam finals reached|
- The last 10 seed to reach a Grand Slam final was Kei Nishikori at the 2014 US Open. The No. 10 seed has reached a Grand Slam final 6 times, but never at Wimbledon.
- Berdych is on a 17-match losing streak against Top 2 opposition. The last time he defeated a Top 2 player was at 2013 Cincinnati-1000, when he defeated No. 2 today’s opponent. He has defeated a Top 2 opponent on 2 occasions at the Grand Slams – No. 2 Roger Federer at 2010 Wimbledon and No. 1 Federer at the 2012 US Open.
- Berdych has become the 3rd Czech man to reach multiple Wimbledon semifinals after Kodes and Lendl. Berdych, who has reached 6 Grand Slam semifinals, has equalled Jan Kodes in 2nd place on the list of most Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Czech player behind Lendl (27).
Czech men in Wimbledon semifinals (Open Era)
|Ivan Lendl||1983-84, 1986-90|
|Tomas Berdych||2010, 2016|
- By defeating Jiri Vesely in the round of 16 here, Berdych improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon to 5-0. He has a 20-8 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
- Berdych’s best result here – and at a Grand Slam – came as No. 12 seed in 2010 when he finished runner-up. He defeated No. 1 Federer in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal 63 75 64 in the final.
- Last year here as No. 6 seed Berdych fell in the round of 16 (l. Gilles Simon). This is his 13th consecutive Wimbledon appearance.
- As well as reaching the semifinals here and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open (l. Federer) and Roland Garros
(l. Djokovic), Berdych reached the semifinals at Doha (l. Djokovic) and Marseille (l. Nick Kyrgios) and the quarterfinals at Dubai (l. Kyrgios), Miami-1000 (l. Djokovic) and Madrid-1000 (l. today’s opponent).
- Berdych warmed up for Wimbledon at Halle, where he fell to Marcos Baghdatis in the 1st round.
- One of Berdych’s 12 career singles titles has come on grass – at 2007 Halle (d. Baghdatis).
- Berdych has been a permanent fixture in the Top 10 since 5 July 2010. He has been seeded at every Grand Slam event he has played since the 2005 US Open and sits in 2nd place behind Federer (59) on the list for the most consecutive seedings at a Grand Slam with 44. He plays here seeded No. 10 – his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2010 Wimbledon when he was seeded No. 12.
- Since making his debut at the 2003 US Open, Berdych has played in every Grand Slam event. This is his 52nd straight Grand Slam appearance which puts him in 6th place on the men’s list for the longest streak of Open Era Grand Slam singles appearances.
- Berdych will play in the singles and doubles (with Radek Stepanek) at the Olympic Tennis Event on 6-14 August after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June.
- Berdych is a 2-time Davis Cup champion, having helped Czech Republic to the titles in 2012 and 2013. He was part of the Czech team that defeated Germany 3-2 in the 2016 World Group first round in Hannover in March. Czech Republic will play France in the World Group quarterfinals on 15-17 July.
- Berdych is currently without a coach, having split with Dani Vallverdu following Rome-1000. His fitness coach is Azuz Simcich and his physio is Per Bastholt.
3 ROGER FEDERER (SUI) v NO. 6 MILOS RAONIC (CAN)
Head-to-head: Federer leads 9-2
2012 Indian Wells-1000 Hard (O) R32 Federer 67(4) 62 64
2012 Madrid-1000 Clay (O) R32 Federer 46 75 76(4)
2012 Halle Grass (O) QF Federer 67(4) 64 76(3)
2013 Australian Open Hard (O) R16 Federer 64 76(4) 62
2014 Wimbledon Grass (O) SF Federer 64 64 64
2014 Cincinnati-1000 Hard (O) SF Federer 62 63
2014 Paris-1000 Hard (I) QF Raonic 76(5) 75
2014 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) RR Federer 61 76(0)
2015 Brisbane Hard (O) FR Federer 64 67(2) 64
2015 Indian Wells-1000 Hard (O) SF Federer 75 64
2016 Brisbane Hard (O) FR Raonic 64 64
A 12th career meeting between the 2 players, their 3rd at a Grand Slam and their 3rd on grass.
This is a repeat of the 2014 Wimbledon semifinal, which Federer won in straight sets. Federer also won their only other Grand Slam meeting in straight sets in the round of 16 at the 2013 Australian Open.
Raonic ended a 3-match losing streak against Federer to win their most recent encounter in the final at Brisbane this year. Both of his 2 career wins over Federer have come on a hard court.
Federer will remain at No. 3 in the world regardless of the outcome of today’s match. Raonic will move up to No. 5 if he wins the tournament.
Possible final head-to-heads
FEDERER v RAONIC
34 Age 25
6’1”/1.85m Height 6’5”/1.96m
3 ATP Ranking 7
88 Titles 8
17 titles Best Grand Slam result 3 semifinals
307-50 Career Grand Slam Record 56-21
84-10 Wimbledon Record 15-5
1080-244 Career Record 243-111
152-22 Career Record – Grass 27-14
21-6 2016 Record 36-8
10-2 2016 Record – Grass 9-1
24-19 Career Five-Set Record 7-5
10 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 1
394-215 Career Tiebreak Record 155-92
8-5 2016 Tiebreak Record 20-5
Road to the Semifinals
|d. Guido Pella 76(5) 76(3) 63
d. (Q) Marcus Willis 60 63 64
|d. Pablo Carreno Busta 76(4) 62 64
d. Andreas Seppi 76(5) 64 62
|d. Daniel Evans 64 62 62||1:27||3rd round||2:16||d. No. 27 Jack Sock 76(2) 64 76(1)|
|d. Steve Johnson 62 63 75||1:37||Round of 16||3:03||d. No. 11 David Goffin 46 36 64 64 64|
|d. No. 9 Marin Cilic 67(4) 46 63 76(9) 63||3:18||Quarterfinals||2:32||d. No. 28 Sam Querrey 64 75 57 64|
|total time on court||9:53||(IBM time)||11:42||total time on court|
- 7-time Wimbledon champion FEDERER is bidding, at 34 years 336 days, to become the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon final since Ken Rosewall (39 years 246 days) finished runner-up here in 1974. He would also be the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Andre Agassi finished as runner-up at the 2005 US Open aged 35 years 135 days.
- Federer is bidding to record his 85th match-win at Wimbledon and take sole ownership of the record for most Wimbledon victories. Federer has an 84-10 win-loss record at Wimbledon and is currently tied with Jimmy Connors who has an 84-18 record.
- Federer is looking to reach his 11th Wimbledon final and extend the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2012 Wimbledon.
Wimbledon finals reached (all-time)
|Player||No. of finals|
- Federer is also looking to reach his 28th Grand Slam final, and extend the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon. Federer has a 26-12 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals and has never lost a semifinal at Wimbledon:
Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)
|Player||No. of GS finals|
- Wimbledon is Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of titles won, matches won and finals reached. He has reached just one Grand Slam final away from Wimbledon – at the 2015 US Open – since he finished as runner-up at 2011 Roland Garros.
|Titles won||Win-loss record||Finals reached|
- Federer is on a 3-match losing streak against Top 10 opposition. He has won just one of the 4 matches he has played against Top 10 opponents this year – defeating No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.
- Federer is looking to extend his record for the most Grand Slam singles wins by a man or woman in history. His win against Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals here improved his Grand Slam win-loss record to 307-50 and saw him take sole ownership of the record, ahead of Martina Navratilova (306-49), Serena Williams (303-42) and Chris Evert (299-37).
- Federer’s 5-set win against Cilic in the quarterfinals was his 10th career comeback from 0-2 down, which saw him equal Aaron Krickstein and Boris Becker at the top of the list for most comebacks from 0-2 down. It was his 3rd comeback from 0-2 down at Wimbledon, which saw him equal Feliciano Lopez, Tim Mayotte and Tom Okker at the top of the list for most comebacks from 0-2 down at Wimbledon.
- If he wins the title, Federer will become the first player to save match points and win the men’s singles event at Wimbledon since 1960, when Neale Fraser saved 5 match points in his quarterfinal en route to the title. Federer saved 3 match points in the 4th set of his quarterfinal with Cilic. Djokovic was the last man to achieve the feat at a Grand Slam, saving 2 match points in his semifinal with Federer before going on to win the title at the 2011 US Open.
- Federer’s quarterfinal with Cilic was the first 5-set match he has contested since the 2014 US Open, when he also came from 0-2 down to defeat Gael Monfils. Federer has played multiple 5-set matches at the same Wimbledon just once before – in 2001, when he won 5-setters against Xavier Malisse in the 2nd round and Pete Sampras in the round of 16 before losing to Tim Henman in the quarterfinals. Overall, he has a 24-19 win-loss record in 5-set matches.
- By reaching his 11th semifinal here, Federer has equalled Connors’ record for most appearances in the Wimbledon semifinals.
- Federer has also extended the record he broke at 2012 Wimbledon for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances. This is his 40th Grand Slam semifinal, ahead of Connors on 31 and Novak Djokovic on 30.
- Federer’s 3rd round victory over Daniel Evans was his 150th Tour-level grass court match-win. He is the most successful active player on grass with a 152-22 career win-loss record.
- Federer is in 2nd place for the most consecutive Wimbledon appearances with 18 behind Connors, who has 19 consecutive appearances here. Federer is also 2nd to Connors (21) for most total appearances at Wimbledon.
- Federer is bidding to become the first man in history to win 8 Wimbledon titles. He would become just the second man in history to win 8 titles at the same Grand Slam event. Rafael Nadal became the first man to achieve this feat by winning the 8th of his 9 Roland Garros titles in 2013.
- Federer is also bidding to win his 18th Grand Slam title and equal Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in 5th-place on the all-time Grand Slam singles titles list [see Preview page 4]. He has held the all-time men’s record since winning his 15th title at 2009 Wimbledon.
- Last year here Federer reached his 10th Wimbledon final – and his 26th Grand Slam final overall – but lost to Djokovic in 4-sets.
- Federer holds the Open Era record for the most career grass court titles with 15 titles on the surface. In addition to 7 titles at Wimbledon, his other 8 titles were won at 2003-06, 2008 and 2013-15 Halle.
- In Grand Slam play this year, Federer reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and withdrew from Roland Garros with a back injury. It was the first time he had missed a Grand Slam since the 1999 US Open and ended his record run of 65 consecutive appearances at the Grand Slams.
- Prior to coming here Federer failed to defend his title at Halle, losing 76(4) 57 63 to Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.
- Also in 2016, Federer reached the final at Brisbane (l. today’s opponent) and the semfinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem). It is the first time that he has failed to win a title before Wimbledon since 2000.
- Federer will represent Switzerland at the Olympic Tennis Event this year after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June. He will be one of 2 Swiss men in the singles (alongside Stan Wawrinka) and will also play doubles with Wawrinka. This will be Federer’s 4th Olympic Games – he won individual silver at London 2012 and doubles gold with Wawrinka at Beijing 2008.
- Federer is coached by former world No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic, who reached the 3rd round here 3 times, and Switzerland’s Davis Cup captain Severin Luthi.
- RAONIC is bidding to become the first Canadian man in history to reach a Grand Slam final.
- Raonic is looking to become just the 2nd Canadian player – man or woman – to reach a Grand Slam final. Eugenie Bouchard is the only other Canadian player in history to reach a Grand Slam final – at 2014 Wimbledon.
- Raonic is looking to reach the final on his 6th Wimbledon appearance. Arthur Ashe, Kevin Curren, Stefan Edberg, Jan Kodes, Richard Krajicek and Aleksandr Metreveli all reached their first Wimbledon final on their 6th appearance here.
- Raonic is bidding to become the first non-European male finalist at Wimbledon since Andy Roddick in 2009. The last non-European man to reach a Grand Slam final is Kei Nishikori at the 2014 US Open.
- Raonic is bidding to become the first No. 6 seed to reach the Wimbledon final since Roddick lost to Roger Federer in the 2009 final. Just 5 players seeded No. 6 have reached the Wimbledon final in the Open Era. The last No. 6 seed to go on and win the title here was Michael Stich in 1991. Andy Murray was the last No. 6 seed to reach a Grand Slam final – at the 2015 Australian Open.
- Aged 25 years 196 days, Raonic is bidding to become the youngest man to reach the Wimbledon final since Murray (aged 25 years 54 days) in 2012.
- Raonic is bidding to end a 5-match losing streak against Top 3 opposition. He has not defeated a Top 3 opponent since defeating No. 3 today’s opponent in the final at 2016 Brisbane. He has a 4-23 win-loss record against Top 3 opposition overall.
- Raonic is bidding to defeat a Top 3 opponent at a Grand Slam for the first time. He has a 0-4 win-loss record against Top 3 opposition at the majors. The highest ranked player he has defeated at a major is No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16 at the 2016 Australian Open.
- Raonic is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player on grass for the first time. He has lost all 4 of his career meetings with Top 10 players on grass. The highest-ranked player he has defeated on the surface is No. 11 David Goffin in the round of 16 here.
- Raonic is bidding to become just the 4th man in the Open Era to win his first grass court title at Wimbledon. Michael Stich (1991), Andre Agassi (1992) and Novak Djokovic (2011) are the only men to have won their first grass court title here.
- Raonic has won 9 of his last 10 Tour-level matches. Prior to coming here, he reached his first grass court final at Queen’s (l. Murray). If Raonic wins today and Murray defeats Tomas Berdych in the other semifinal, it will be the first time the Queen’s finalists have met in the Wimbledon final since 1988. That year Stefan Edberg defeated Boris Becker in the Wimbledon final to avenge his loss to Becker in the Queen’s final.
- By reaching his 3rd Grand Slam semifinal, Raonic has equalled Bouchard for the most Grand Slam semifinals reached by a Canadian player – man or woman – in history. Raonic and Bouchard (2014 Australian Open, 2014 Roland Garros, 2014 Wimbledon) are the only Canadian players to reach multiple Grand Slam semifinals in history.
- By reaching his 2nd Wimbledon semifinal, Raonic has become the first Canadian player – man or woman – to reach multiple semifinals at Wimbledon. At 2014 Wimbledon, he became the first Canadian man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Robert Powell in 1908.
- Raonic sits in 2nd place on the list for the most tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016.
Tiebreaks won at Tour-level in 2016
- Raonic is through to his 2nd Grand Slam semifinal of 2016. He became the first Canadian man to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open (l. Murray) and reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros (l. Albert Ramos-Vinolas).
- If he wins today, Raonic will take sole ownership of 4th place on the list of most Tour-level match-wins in 2016:
2016 Tour-level match-wins*
*Through quarterfinals at 2016 Wimbledon
- Last year here, as No. 7 seed, Raonic fell to Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round. This is his 6th straight appearance at Wimbledon and his 22nd appearance at a Grand Slam overall.
- By defeating Goffin in the round of 16 here, Raonic recorded his first career comeback from 0-2 down. It was also the first 5-set match he has contested at Wimbledon and improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches to 7-5.
- Raonic’s 2016 highlights also include winning his 8th career title at Brisbane, where he recorded his 2nd career win over today’s opponent in the final, and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells-1000 (l. Djokovic).
- Raonic plays here at No. 6 – his highest seeding at Wimbledon. His highest Grand Slam seeding came at the 2014 US Open, where he was seeded No. 5.
- Raonic will compete in the singles and doubles (with Vasek Pospisil) at the Olympic Tennis Event this summer after the ITF announced the Rio 2016 entries on 30 June.
- Raonic was born in Montenegro but moved to Canada in 1994. He started playing tennis age 8.
- Raonic added 3-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe to his coaching team at 2016 Queen’s. He also works with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya, who reached the round of 16 here in 2004, and Ricardo Piatti. His fitness trainer is Dalibor Sirola and his physiotherapist is Claudio Zimaglia.
****Statistics provided by the ITF and Grand Slam Media