LONDON - Entering Wednesday, Australian wild-card Nick Kyrgios was on a roll as he had shocked No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon. Entering his quarter-final matchup against Milos Raonic, the Aussie wanted to continue his impressive run. Unfortunately for Kyrgios, Raonic had other ideas.
Milos Raonic entered this quarter-final matchup with a great deal of his own momentum and defeated Kyrgios 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The 23-year-old Canadian may have fallen on the short end of a marathon opening set, but he rebounded splendidly, winning the next three sets to clinch the match.
With the win, Milos Raonic became the first Canadian man to reach the semis at Wimbledon since Robert Powell did it, wait for it, 106 years ago. To all of you baseball historians out there, Powell made the final four at the All-England Club in 1908, the same year the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series. I'll give you a second to let that sink in.
For Kyrgios, he was vying to become the first wild-card to win Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic accomplished the feat in 2001. Unfortunately, 2014 will not have that in store for the Australian.
As for the match itself, Raonic clinched his spot into the semi-final with his 39th ace on his fourth match point. But now, it only gets tougher for the Canuck as he will next face seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a match that should have all the makings of a classic.
"I've always wanted to play well here, to change my luck around like this is pretty special. It's another step forward," Raonic said following his win. "My goal is to be the best in the world and this is one of the steps you have to take toward that goal It's what I dream of -- achieving on the big stage."
Previously, Raonic and Federer met four times with the Swiss veteran winning each time. The only Grand Slam meeting between these two, however, came during the fourth round at the 2013 Australian Open where Federer won in straight sets.
Federer is coming off a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 victory in his quarter-final matchup with fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka.
"This will be another big challenge for me, one that I'll relish," Raonic said. "I want to put myself out there in these positions. I'll give my all and we'll see what happens."
Will this be the time when the No. 8 seed Milos Raonic proves that he belongs among the elite in men's tennis? We will see.