A pair of victories away from becoming the player with the most Wimbledon titles in history, Roger Federer takes on Milos Raonic in a 2014 men’s singles semifinal match that will be televised (TV schedule) and live streaming (en vivo) on ESPN’s family of networks. According to an SI.com (July 3) preview, fans at Centre Court in The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club will be treated to a great afternoon/evening of world-class action.
The fifth meeting between Federer and Raonic is scheduled to get underway around 11 a.m. Eastern Time (8 a.m. Pacific Time), following the conclusion of the other semifinal clash between top-seeded Novak Djokovic and high-flying (No.11) Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (TV and live stream/en vivo). The seven-time Wimbledon king is undefeated against the 23-year-old Canadian, who, despite playing in his first major semifinal, claims he’s not afraid to play against the man with the most Grand Slam titles in men’s singles tennis history.
“I’m playing a guy that is standing in my way of what I want to achieve,” Raonic told reporters. “I’ve got to focus on everything that’s there, on the situation, how best to deal with it to give myself the best possibilities to achieve what I want.”
Ranked ninth in the world, the hard-serving Montenegrin is looking for his first win versus the Swiss Master, who has avoided the Big Four plague through five rounds. Federer came into the 2014 Championships, Wimbledon ranked fourth behind last-year’s champion, (3) Andy Murray, (2) Rafael Nadal – who were both stunned in the earlier rounds – and of course, the No.1 seeded “Joker”.
“I was able to focus well and play as good as Stan allowed me to play, because he was playing really well right out of the gates,” Federer said following his (3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4) win over Wawrinka. “He came out and was crushing the ball, forehand and backhand and even serve, so it was very difficult for me.”
Can Federer put himself one win away from his eighth Wimbledon title, which would surpass William Renshaw (7) and Pete Sampras (7) in the list of most men’s singles Grand Slams, or will Raonic’s fearless attitude prevail at the All England Lawn? According to tennis oddsmakers, Roger Federer is a -260 betting favorite against a +220 underdog in Milos Raonic, and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 44 games.
Don’t miss what could be a historic turn of events this Friday morning at Wimbledon 2014. TV viewers can tune to ESPN, beginning at 8 a.m. ET to watch Novak Djokovic take on Grigor Dimitrov, followed by the showdown between Federer and Raonic around 11 a.m. ET.
Online/Internet users can also enjoy the action from London via (multiple) free ESPN3 live stream cameras and angles. Much like the TV start-times, live streamers can start watching tennis as early as 8 a.m. ET on ESPN3 (English commentary), while Spanish speakers can launch the 2014 Wimbledon Tennis Championships (Gentlemen’s Semifinals) En Español (en vivo) at 7:45 a.m. ET.