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Raonic, Bouchard get easy starts at Wimbledon

The official draw ceremony for Wimbledon was held early Friday morning. Canadians Eugenie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil, and Milos Raonic will be competing in singles at the third Grand Slam event of the tennis season in London, England.

Raonic posted his best Grand Slam result by reaching the semifinals last year at Wimbledon. The 24-year-old will open against Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Raonic beat the Spaniard, ranked no. 62 in the world, in their only meeting last year at the Australian Open. Seeded no. 7, Raonic is in the top half of the draw and could meet fast rising Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the third round. They played each other last year in the quarter-finals. Raonic is returning from minor foot surgery that forced him to miss Roland-Garros. He played in Queen’s last week and lost in the quarter-finals to Frenchman Gilles Simon.


Djokovic denies Federer in thrilling Wimbledon Final

An incredible 2014 Wimbledon Final finished with Novak Djokovic narrowly edging out the 7-time champion Roger Federer, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 in a shade under 4 hours in a match that seemed to be heading the Serbian's way before the legend that is Federer threatened to write another chapter in his glorious career staging an incredible comeback from match point down in the fourth set. Federer rattled off 5 straight games to comeback from 2-5 down to force a decider and for large periods looked the better player in the fifth set. However, Djokovic got a second wind late in the contest and found the heart necessary to put himself in a winning position again, clinching the contest 6-4 in the fifth.

The match itself was right up there in terms of quality as the Federer - Nadal battles in the last decade with neither player giving an inch and both serving exceptionally well. The opening set saw both men stand toe to toe with not a quarter asked nor given. The set predictably made its way into a tiebreak with Federer taking the early mini break. Djokovic battled back to stay in the contest, but Federer was just that little bit better when it mattered, clinching it 9-7!


Kvitova decimates Bouchard in Wimbledon Final

Wimbledon finals can so often thrill but just as often disappoint, and today was one of those occasions for the latter as 2011 winner Petra Kvitova put her hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish for the second time in her career, thrashing Canadian upstart Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in a one-sided final on Centre Court today.

Bouchard, who became the first Canadian ever to reach a Grand Slam singles final this week, was completely overwhelmed by the occasion and failed to produce her best tennis. However, credit must be given to her Czech opponent, who produced an incredible 28 clean winners in just 15 games of tennis to overpower Bouchard and prevent her from ever really getting a foothold in the contest.


Federer downs Raonic to setup Wimbledon showdown with Djokovic

Milos Raonic was defeated by Switzerland’s Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon on Friday.

Two days after becoming the first Canadian man in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, Raonic stepped onto Wimbledon’s famed Centre Court for the first time in his young career to face one of tennis’ all-time greats. Federer needed one break in each set to come away with a straight sets victory despite Raonic’s 36 winners and 17 aces. The Swiss saved the lone break point he faced in the match and has been in imperious form all tournament, dropping serve just once so far as he chases a record 8th Wimbledon title.


It's Bouchard vs Kvitova for Wimbledon title

Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian in history to reach a Grand Slam singles final on Thursday at Wimbledon thanks to a 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over world no. 3 Simona Halep of Romania.

Bouchard was broken at 1-1 in the opening set, but immediately broke Halep’s serve in the next game to even the score. Halep rolled her ankle in the game. She received treatment from the trainer and was able to continue. The opening set saw some exhilarating tennis being played by both women and eventually made its way into a tiebreak.


Raonic and Bouchard storm into Wimbledon semi-finals

Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic continued their terrific run at Wimbledon on Wednesday allowing for two Canadians to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam for the first time in history.

Bouchard, who easily defeated German Angelique Kerber at Roland-Garros a few weeks ago, posted another victory over the world no. 7 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. This time the score was 6-3, 6-4. The Canadian saved four break points at 3-3 in the first and then broke Kerber in the next game to take a one set lead. She jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set. Kerber fought back to 4-5, but Bouchard converted her first match point to advance to the final four.


Raonic downs Nishikori to advance to Wimbledon quarter-finals

After Eugenie Bouchard yesterday, Milos Raonic joined his compatriot in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday, becoming the first Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the final eight in London.

Raonic earned his first win in three tries over Japan’s Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-3. The 23-year-old was broken for the first time in the tournament in the opening game of the match, but that was all he would give to Nishikori on serve. Raonic broke twice in the second set, hit 14 aces and won 96 percent of his first serve points in the third, and broke Nishikori at 4-3 in the fourth to close out the match in four sets after saving a break point while serving for the match. He advances to his second straight Major quarter-final.

Raonic will face the winner of the fourth round match between Spaniard Rafael Nadal and young Aussie Nick Kyrgios.

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