Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Gasquet in semis

2015-07-08 21:09
Richard Gasquet. (Pavel Golovkin, AP)

London - Defending champion Novak Djokovic eased into the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday as Roger Federer and Andy Murray set-up a mouthwatering clash for a spot in the championship match.

Top seed and world number one Djokovic, also the champion in 2011, made the semi-finals for a sixth successive year and seventh time in total by demolishing ninth seed and US Open winner Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

It was the 28-year-old Serb's 13th win in 13 matches against the Croatian.

Djokovic goes on to face the French 21st seed Richard Gasquet in his 27th Grand Slam semi-final.

Gasquet battled to eventually win his match against the French Open champion, Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9. 

It will be 21st seed Gasquet's second appearance in the semi-finals, eight years after his first.

Solid performance

Second seeded Federer, the seven-time champion, reached his 10th Wimbledon semi-final with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 win over French 12th seed Gilles Simon.

Murray, the third seed, cruised into his sixth All England Club semi-final with an equally comfortable 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win against unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

Djokovic, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, hit 27 winners and committed just 12 unforced errors without allowing a break point to Cilic.

"It was a very solid performance after a tough five-set match against Kevin (Anderson) in the fourth round," Djokovic said.

"The top players are expected to reach the final stages of these competitions, but still I'm happy to make my way through. Of course I try not to take it for granted."

There were two other significant landmarks for Djokovic on Wednesday - his 650th tour-level match win and his 50th Wimbledon victory.

Gained revenge

Federer, 33, who is bidding to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open Era, will be playing in his 37th Grand Slam semi-final.

He shrugged off two rain delays as well as being broken for the first time at the tournament to complete victory over Simon in just 94 minutes.

Federer fired 11 aces and 36 winners as he secured a sixth win in eight meetings with Simon, who was attempting to reach the last-four of a major for the first time.

Federer holds a narrow 12-11 lead over Murray and has won their last three clashes.

He defeated the British third seed in the 2012 Wimbledon final - their only meeting at the tournament - before Murray gained revenge just weeks later in the Olympic Games final.

"We both like to look back on that summer of 2012. If we knew I would win Wimbledon and him Olympics, I think we both would have taken it. It was a great summer for us," said the 17-time major winner.

The only blip for Federer on Wednesday was dropping serve for the first time at the tournament in the 10th game of the second set which ended a run of 116th consecutive service holds since the first round in Halle last month.

Good matches

Murray, 28, claimed his 150th Grand Slam match victory to make his 17th Grand Slam semi-final appearance, and his sixth at the All England Club.

"I've played Roger many times. I know him well and we get on well, but obviously on Friday it will be a different story," Murray said.

"We've played some good matches here and hopefully this will be a great one."

Bidding to become the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Fred Perry, who lifted the trophy from 1934-1936, Murray has extended his winning streak on grass to 10 matches.

With David Beckham, Prince William and his wife Kate among numerous celebrities packed onto Centre Court, the two-time Grand Slam champion was barely tested.

Pospisil's frustration was summed up by receiving two warnings for exceeding the time limit between serves.

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