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Going the distance: some fascinating stats ahead of the men's singles semis at Wimbledon

The match-ups are pretty intriguing when you look at the numbers.

AND THEN THERE were four.

Today sees the men’s singles semi-finals take place at SW19 and both matches promise to be quite intriguing.

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Up first on Centre Court is Roger Federer against Milos Raonic and that’s followed by Andy Murray’s meeting with Thomas Berdych.

And it’s a pretty nice match-up when you consider the numbers.

Raonic takes on Federer – the powerful, big-serving Canadian against the more considered Swiss.

Raonic, now coached by John McEnroe, is the strongest server in the tournament – hitting 114 aces so far. He also covers the least amount of ground per match – dedicating his strategy around finishing points quickly rather getting involved in longer rallies.

He’s managed to hit 75% of his first serves in too.

Wimbledon 2016 - Day Eleven - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Source: John Walton

Federer doesn’t spend too long on court either – racking up an average of 5.89 miles over his five games so far.

In the other semi, Murray is pitched against Berdych – with both players enjoying the endurance and high-energy approach, averaging over 7 miles per match.

They also know how to hit opponents when it matters most – taking the highest amount of break points in the tournament.

Aces:

Milos Raonic: 114

Roger Federer: 65

Thomas Berdych: 56

Andy Murray: 44

Fastest serve speed:

Milos Raonic: 143 mph

Thomas Berdych: 135 mph

Andy Murray: 130 mph

Roger Federer: 127 mph

Distance covered:

Andy Murray: 7.17 miles

Thomas Berdych: 7.06 miles

Roger Federer: 5.89 miles

Milos Raonic: 5.27 miles

Break points won:

Thomas Berdych: 27

Andy Murray: 27

Roger Federer: 19

Milos Raonic: 13

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