BREAKING: Wimbledon: Djokovic pounds Cilic, zooms into semi-final, Murray sets up Federer clash

By Editor on 08/07/2015

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Novak Djokovic completed a resounding 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over US Open champion Marin Cilic in one hour and 49 minutes to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

After recovering from trailing two sets behind to Kevin Anderson to win a five-set encounter in the last 16 on Tuesday, Djokovic had no such problems with a flawless performance against Cilic on Centre Court.

The Serbian world number one will face French Open championStanislas Wawrinka or Frenchman Richard Gasquet in Friday's semi-finals. Cilic did not play badly, hitting eight aces to four by his opponent, but Djokovic played the big points better. As he tends to do.

Djokovic hit 27 winners and made only 12 unforced errors with Cilic finding 30 winners and throwing in 20 unforced errors.

"It was a very solid performance after a tough five-set match against Kevin. From the beginning, I played well. Tactically, I put a lot of balls back in play," said Djokovic, who is chasing a third Wimbledon title after his wins in 2011 and 2014.

"I'm very pleased with the achievement (of reaching the semi-finals)."

Wimbledon men - Andy Murray sees off Pospisil to set up Federer semi-final showdownMeanwhile, Andy Murray will meet Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals after the British number one enjoyed a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win over Canada's Vasek Pospisil on Centre Court.

Seven-times champion Roger Federer was in imperious form as he demolished Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3 7-5 6-2 on Court One to reach Friday's semi-finals.

Federer leads their head-to-heads 12-11, but Murray won the last of their duels on grass when the Scotsman picked up gold for GB in straight sets at the 2012 London Olympics.

Federer had left Murray in tears only a few weeks earlier by downing the British number one in the Wimbledon final, and he has won the past three matches between the men, the last being a 6-0 6-1 drubbing of Murray at last year's World Tour finals indoors in London.

It is Murray's sixth Wimbledon semi-final, and he said: "I love playing here, and I've always played some of my best tennis here. I hope I can get to another final this year, but is is going to be tough obviously.

"During the matches, there is quite a lot of pressure...I know Roger very well. We've played each other many times. We get on well. We've played some good ones (matches) in the past."

Murray was watched by Prince William, his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and former England football captain David Beckham.

He broke serve for the first time in the third game of the match to lead 3-1 when light rain forced play to be suspended.

He proceeded to see out the set only for another rain delay to force the Centre Court roof to be shut with Murray trailing 4-3.

Pospisil continued to look uncertain under the roof, and dropped his serve at 5-5 in losing the second set.

He earned his first break point of the match with Murray a break up and 5-4 ahead in the third set, but could not convert as the physical demands of going 10 sets in his previous two matches appeared to finally catch up with him.




Posted on July, 8 2015

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