Milos Raonic falls to Roger Federer in Wimbledon semi
Federer will play for record 8th Wimbledon men's title
Milos Raonic's bid to become the second Canadian in as many days to reach the Wimbledon singles finals ended with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Roger Federer on Friday.
Raonic, the No. 8 seed from the Toronto area, was trying to match Montreal's Eugenie Bouchard, who on Thursday became the first Canadian women's singles tennis player to reach a Grand Slam final.
There were only three service breaks in the match — all by the fourth-seeded Federer, who beat Raonic's big serve in the opening game of the match and again to make it 5-4 in both the second and third sets.
Federer will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final. The top-seeded Serb defeated No.11 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) to reach the Wimbledon title match for the third time in four years.
Federer has a shot at winning his eighth Wimbledon singles title, which would move him ahead of American Pete Sampras for the all-time men's record. At 32, Federer could also become the oldest men's Wimbledon champion since the Open era began in 1968.
The Swiss grass-court master's 17 Grand Slam men's singles crowns are already a record.
Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, will be going for his seventh major title.
"We know each other's games," said Djokovic, who is 16-18 in his career against Federer.
Bouchard set for women's final
Playing in his first career Grand Slam semifinal, Raonic had hoped to become the first man playing as a Canadian to reach a singles final at a major. Canadian-born Greg Rusedski made the U.S. Open title match in 1997, but by then he was competing for Great Britain.
Bouchard, seeded 13th, plays for the women's title Saturday at 9 a.m. ET against No. 6 seed and 2011 champion Petra Kvitova.
Canada also has a player in the men's doubles final after Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil and his American teammate Jack Sock won their semifinal match Friday.
Toronto's Daniel Nestor and his mixed doubles teammate Kristina Mladenovic of France have advanced to the semifinals of their draw.
With files from The Associated Press