The Serbian maestro, who has been struggling with his form this season, suffered a fresh blow on Wednesday when an elbow injury curtailed his chance to lift Wimbledon title for the fourth time.
When Raonic opened up an early lead in the tiebreak it looked as though Federer might drop his first set of the tournament.
Asked if he had considered taking time off during that period, Djokovic said it had been an option, one he will again have to think about. With a piercing, attractive backhand to boot, the Swiss legend is playing freer and more confidently than ever.
"What can be amusing is that in 2010 I beat Roger and then Novak".
"When he's standing up on the baseline, hitting forehands, dictating, he's a very unsafe player".
He did, though, acknowledge the scale of the task he faced.
The Swiss tennis star is the highest seeded remaining player. "It's a great challenge to have the opportunity to play him".
Venus Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko
But she had no answer to Williams, who played with a self-assured and gangly ease, stepping up the power only when she needed to. Yesterday it was the turn of the talented Jelena Ostapenko , just one month old when Williams made her Wimbledon debut in 1997.
Rafael Nadal clinches record 10th French Open title
Nadal immediately put Wawrinka in the same position on the next game. - Nadal broke Wawrinka to take a 3-0 lead in the second set. As a tired Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.
That's bad news for Berdych, who makes his second straight trip to the Wimbledon semifinals after Djokovic was forced to retire with an injury. I'm aware of that. All nations are very different. "I used to marvel at their rackets and their strings and how they hit shots and now he's at that same position, I loved to hear it", said Roger. However, Wimbledon has this year proved that older players can produce vintage tennis, with the men's semi-finalists comprising the oldest group of players to reach the last four since the beginning of the open era in 1968.
Murray also lost on Wednesday (July 12), yielding to American Sam Querrey in five sets. "As much as you can say about sport, which is one of the least predictable things, he has it in his grasp". I think that's a great bonus. "I guess you can know what you have to do. That's extremely important", he said.
Yes, both men may lose ranking points and places in the standings in the meantime, but if you are playing well enough it does not matter where you are ranked. They've got big serves, big forehands, big hitters really.
Federer's resurgence is all the more impressive given he took six months off a year ago to overcome a knee injury and then sat out the clay-court season in an attempt to hit the summer fresh. "100 matches, I can't believe it, that's a lot", he said on the achievement. I wish him to be able to get back into the game quickly.
The Wall Street Journal found that the cohort of Andy Murray, 30, Nadal, 31, Federer, Novak Djokovic, 30, and Stan Wawrinka, 32, have won all but two of 49 grand slam tournaments since June 2005.
The veteran has played smart, solid tennis throughout the tournament so far, picking his spots instead of overpowering opponents.