Six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will face defending champion and current world number one in what promises to be a mouth-watering semi-final after both men breezed through their respective quarter-finals.
Number three seed Federer was back to his best as he crushed the challenge of Mikhail Youzhny 6-1 6-2 6-2 in a match that lasted ninety minutes. Showing no signs of back problems that have re-surfaced again earlier in the week, the Swiss star cruelly punished a number of back hand errors from the Russian. The opening set was just 28 minutes, and Federer’s relentless serving was a visibly wearing down his opponent. After saving three match points, Federer finally finished Youzhny off to set-up a showdown with Djokovic.
The defending champion was equally impressive in disposing of Florian Mayer 6-4 6-1 6-4 in a game that lasted an hour an forty-four minutes. He has built up a great deal of momentum coming into the semi-final, and it will be the sixth time in the last eight Grand Slam tournaments that Djokovic and Federer have met in the final four, with the Serb edging the battle with four wins. It will be however the first time they will have faced off on grass of Wimbledon. The world number one is relishing the challenge that awaits. “I am looking forward to it. It’s always a pleasure playing him. He is a great champion. “He has dominated for so long. He is so consistent and for me it will be the ultimate challenge.”
Andy Murray is through to his fourth consecutive semi-final after a 6-7 7-6 6-4 7-6 victory over his friend David Ferrer. The fourth seed finished the game with an ace, his eighteenth of the match in another tie hampered by the rain. The win now sets up an encounter with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last four after the Frenchman saw off brave resistance from the German Philipp Kohlschreiber to win his quarter-final 7-6 4-6 7-6 6-2. While never at his best, the fifth seed still produced 17 aces and conjured up a whopping 43 winners. The Frenchman was delighted to make the last four and will be looking to avenge last year’s semi-final defeat. “I’m so happy I have a second chance in a semi-final at Wimbledon. It was difficult today. Philipp played well, he served well, he was better than me on the baseline, he was very aggressive. But I’m through, and I’m happy”.
Tomorrow is women’s semi-final day, with four of the top eight seeds left in the competition. First up on Centre Court is Angelique Kerber against Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Then it is the clash of possibly the two form players of the tournament thus far, with the heavy hitting Serena Williams against number two seed Victoria Azarenka.