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Murray to face Federer in semis

Andy Murray of Britain returns a shot to Vasek Pospisil of Canada during the men’s quarterfinal singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships

Andy Murray of Britain returns a shot to Vasek Pospisil of Canada during the men’s quarterfinal singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships

LONDON: Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached his 10th Wimbledon semi-final yesterday with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 win over French 12th seed Gilles Simon. The second seed will face either Andy Murray or Vasek Pospisil, in what will be his 37th Grand Slam semifinal, for a place in Sunday’s title match. The 33-year-old Swiss, bidding to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open Era, shrugged off two rain delays as well as being broken for the first time at the tournament to complete victory 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. “The stop and go with the rain are always tough but I think I used them to my advantage. They helped me rather than hindered me,” said Federer.

Andy Murray set up a Wimbledon semi-final showdown with Roger Federer as the world number three eased to a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win against unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Murray illuminated a rainy day at the All England Club with a ruthlessly efficient display, collecting his 150th Grand Slam match victory to move a step closer to his second Wimbledon title. The 28-year-old Scot will make his 17th Grand Slam semi-final appearance, and his sixth at the All England Club, against seven-time champion Federer on Friday.

Federer broke for a 3-0 lead in the first set against Simon before rain sent the players off Court One for the first rain delay. Forty minutes later, they returned and Federer swiftly claimed the opener on the back of 15 winners to Simon’s four. The Swiss was 4-3 up with a break in the second and then moved to 5-3 on his 116th consecutive service hold, a streak stretching back to the first round in Halle last month. But that record was shattered in the next game when 30-year-old Simon broke the 17-time major winner, who had only faced two break points at this year’s Wimbledon before Wednesday. Federer took swift revenge, however, by regaining the advantage and he was serving for a two sets lead when the showers returned, causing another hold-up for 40 minutes. It had little effect on the Swiss great as a service winner and back-to-back aces gave him the second set 7-5. Federer breezed through the decider with breaks in the first and seventh games. Murray was playing his eighth successive Wimbledon quarter-final, taking a 3-0 lead into his match-up with world number 56 Pospisil who had never previously got beyond the third round of a major.

All their three meetings have come in the last 10 months with the 25-yearold Canadian unable to win a single set. Pospisil spent more than eight hours on court on Monday, first beating Viktor Troicki in the singles in five sets and then losing a five-setter with Jack Sock against Murray’s brother Jamie and John Peers. Pospisil’s win over Troicki was his third five-set win in four rounds at the All England Club this year. Later Wednesday, defending champion, top seed and 2011 winner Novak Djokovic takes on US Open champion Marin Cilic boasting a 12-0 career lead over the Croatian. Cilic, 26, lost to Djokovic in five sets in the quarterfinals in 2014 despite being two sets to one ahead. The winner of that clash will face either French Open champion and fourth seed Stan Wawrinka or French 21st seed Richard Gasquet. Wawrinka is in the quarter-finals for the second successive year and is bidding to become just the fifth man to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year. Gasquet made the semifinals back in 2007. — AFP

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This article was published on 08/07/2015