Tuesday might have been the real Canada Day for our neighbors to the north, but the celebration went all the way to Wednesday, as two Canadians moved to the final four in their respective draws.
Eugenie Bouchard made her third straight Grand Slam semifinal with her stress-free win over Angelique Kerber, while Milos Ranoic leaned on a dominant serving day to fly by Nick Kyrgios, who ended an incredible Wimbledon run in his own regard.
Roger Federer, looking for an 18th Grand Slam title and eighth Wimbledon win, played some great tennis against his countryman Stan Wawrinka to win in four sets, and will now go up against Raonic for a spot in the finals, a matchup that Federer has dominated in the past 4-0.
The best match from Wednesday at Wimbledon came from the top-ranked player on the men's side, as Novak Djokovic was pushed to five sets by Marin Cilic before Djokovic eventually won the match to advance to the semifinals.
Djokovic looked like this match could be a quick one when he took the opening set 6-1, but Cilic won the next two sets to set off another upset alert on grass.
That was the end of the run from Cilic, who saw Novak break him twice in the fourth set to push it to five, and break him two more times in the fifth to move to the semifinals. How good was Novak in that final set? The 2011 Wimbledon champion hit just one unforced error in the deciding set, playing solid tennis as he moves on to his fifth straight semifinal at Wimbledon.
Murray looked great coming into the match, having not dropped a set at Wimbledon before he faced Dimitrov on Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals. The match was all Dimitrov and very little of Murray, who hit just two winners in the opening set where he won only one game, and really was in trouble after falling in the second set tiebreaker.
Murray struggled for most of the day, winning just 31 percent of his second serves and carding 37 unforced errors in the three set match, meaning there will be repeat winner at Wimbledon this year.
Day nine at Wimbledon gives us both semifinal matchups on the women's side, as Eugenie Bouchard takes on Simona Halep for a spot in the final while Lucie Safarova is up against Petra Kvitova.
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- Roger Federer
- Novak Djokovic
- Andy Murray
- Eugenie Bouchard
- Marin Cilic