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By Akshay Kohli
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Roger Federer just managed to edge past Milos Raonic of Canada to reach the penultimate stage of the Gerry Weber Open. Federer beat Raonic 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(3) in two hours, much to the delight of the German fans.
Raonic won the first set in 40 minutes(something which is very quick for a set that finishes in a tie-break).The set went on serve till the end and both players did not have any break point chances, indicating how well both players were serving. But in the tie-break, it was Raonic who reigned supreme. With 13 aces, Raonic stepped up the game a bit to take the opening set.
Federer responded with vengance and took the second set, all thanks to the early break he got in the set. He kept concentrating on his serves throughout the set and took the set in 34 minutes. This set was far more competitve than the first one as the servers were not having their way, with the games getting closer. Federer really applied the pressure and needed that break to seal the set and force the match into a third.
The third set was almost a repeat of the first set, booming serves, easy holds for both the players and tough on the returners. It was the final set tie break that was different, with Federer reigning supreme. It was a match of experience against youth and this time it was experience coming over the youth.
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