Raonic defeats Kyrgios to reach Wimbledon semifinal

Milos Raonic of Canada reacts after defeating Nick Kyrgios of Australia in their men's singles...

Milos Raonic of Canada reacts after defeating Nick Kyrgios of Australia in their men's singles quarter-final tennis match against at Wimbledon on July 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Max Rossi)

MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET

Milos Raonic has put a cap on what just might be the best day in Canadian tennis history.

The Thornhill native, 23, became the second Canadian to reach the Wimbledon semifinals with a 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over upstart Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday. Earlier, Montreal's Eugenie Bouchard earned a berth in the women's semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany.

It is the first time in history two Canadians have advanced to the same Grand Slam semifinal.

While it's the third straight Grand Slam semifinal for Bouchard, this is a long-awaited breakthrough for Raonic, who overcame a first-set loss for the second day in a row.

Kyrgios, coming off a shocking win over world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, carried that momentum into the quarters and certainly gave the eighth-seeded Raonic a scare. But after losing a first-set tiebreak, the hard-serving Raonic elevated his game while Kyrgios opened the door with some loose play. Apart from one break, Kyrgios could do next to nothing against Raonic's serve.

The Canadian, who won 36 points in a row on serve at one point, has lost just two service games all tournament.

Raonic next faces one of the giants of the sport, No. 4 seed Roger Federer of Switerland, in a semifinal on Friday.

Bouchard gets No. 3 Simona Halep of Romania in a semifinal on Thursday (10 a.m. ET, approximately, TSN).


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