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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, who crashed out of Wimbledon on Friday losing a tough five setter to Milos Raonic, has said he has no plans just yet of retiring. It was the first time Federer had lost in a Wimbledon semi-final and after the 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 defeat, the 34-year-old saluted all four corners of Centre Court on Friday, prompting speculation that he might be hanging up his boots.

"To be very clear for you, I hope to be back on Centre Court," Federer was quoted as saying by the BBC on Friday. "It was a thank you for the crowd. That's what I was going through, not thinking that this might be my last Wimbledon."

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Milos Raonic fulfilled a long time dream on Friday as he reached his first Grand Slam final after beating seven-time champion Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in three hours and 25 minutes at Wimbeldon. In a virtuoso display of serving, Raonic had the veteran struggling for timing on his returns and lost serve only once in 27 service games.

Raonic had lost at the same stage to Federer in 2014 but this year has looked a man on a mission after starting 2016 with a fine showing in Australia reaching the semifinals at Melbourne after winning the title at Brisbane.

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Milos Raonic became the first Canadian men's singles tennis player to reach a Grand Slam final after edging Swiss maestro Roger Federer in a Wimbledon semi-final on Friday. 25-year-old Raonic beat the seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer 6-3, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a very memorable encounter at the All England Club.

Sixth-seeded Raonic moves on to Sunday's final to face the winner of the other semi-final between Scot Andy Murray, who won Wimbledon in 2013, and 10th seed Tomas Berdych, a former Wimbledon runner-up.

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Micro-blogging website Twitter started streaming from Wimbledon, one of the most-watched tennis tournaments of the year, a media report said. Wimbledon's official Twitter account tweeted the live feed early Wednesday morning, opening up Twitter plans to stream live sports more broadly.

"Twitter is increasingly a place where people can find live streaming video, and that includes exciting sporting events like Wimbledon. This live stream is an extremely early and incomplete test experience, and we'll be making lots of improvements before we launch it in its final form," recode.net quoted Twitter's statement on Wimbledon stream. 

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A bad day for Indians at Wimbledon worsened as the last remaining Indian hope Leander Paes and his partner Martina Hingis, the defending champions, crashed out in the third round of the mixed doubles event to home player Heather Watson and Finland's Henri Kontinen 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 in an hour and 31 minutes.

After facing an early breakpoint, the Indo-Swiss pairing rushed to a 4-1 lead and then were pegged back to 4-3 but Hingis produced a glorious return winner to break Watson's serve. Paes then held serve authoritatively to close out the opening set 6-3.

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Australian Open Champion Angelique Kerber denied tennis fans the prospect of another All-Williams Wimbledon Final, battling past 5-time champion Venus Williams in the second of today's women's semi-finals after top seed and defending champion Serena Williams had steamrolled Elena Vesnina in the first semi-final.

Starting proceedings on Centre Court, Serena Williams was in terrific form, racing away to a 4-0 lead in the opening set against a third Russian opponent in as many matches in doubles specialist Elena Vesnina.

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Women's Doubles top seeds and defending champions Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis suffered a shock defeat in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on Thursday. The Indo-Swiss pair was knocked out by fifth seeds Hungary's Timea Babos and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-4 in just 68 minutes.

The Hungarian-Kazakhstani pair got off to a positive start, winning 13 of the first 17 serve points and winning each of their two break points to put the top seeds on the back foot.

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