Wimbledon Day 9: Djokovic, Federer and Murray cruise into semis, Gasquet stuns Wawrinka

Defending champion Novak Djokovic marched on towards the Wimbledon semi-finals on day nine of the action, with the world number one dismissing US Open Champion Marin Cilic in straight sets.

Croatian Cilic did put up a brave fight but eight-time grandslam champion Djokovic was just one better than the ninth seed and it was a single break in each set which proved vital in the Serbian reaching a seventh Wimbledon semi-final after a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.

Novak Djokovic will face Stan wawrinka or Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals image: bbc.co.uk

Novak Djokovic remains on course to retain his Wimbledon crown
image: bbc.co.uk

It was all too easy for second seed Roger Federer as he comfortably booked his spot in the semi-finals at Wimbledon for a tenth time, with Frenchman Gilles Simon proving no match for the seven-time champion, who cruised to a 6-3 7-5 6-2 victory.

The 33-year-old broke the record for the most consecutive unbroken service games in the win over Simon as the grass master faced no major threat from the 12th seed, who failed to find a rhythm on court one as the decorated Federer was too much for the Frenchman to handle.

It is now a semi-final clash with British number one Andy Murray on Federer on Friday, as the third seed also enjoyed a comfortable win dismissing Canadian prospect Vasek Pospisil in straight sets.

Like Federer’s win over Simon, the match was faced with rain breaks but Murray did not let that hamper his progress to the semi’s as he clinched a 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory to set up a repeat of the 2012 final, when Federer last won a Wimbledon title.

With all the top three seeds making it to the final four, Stan Wawrinka failed to make a top four semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 1995 as Richard Gasquet stunned the French open champion to reach his just his third grandslam semi final.

Stan Wawrinka crashed out after a shock defeat to Richard Gasquet image: bbc.co.uk

Stan Wawrinka crashed out after a shock defeat to Richard Gasquet
image: bbc.co.uk

The 21st seed won the first set and when it looked like the Swiss man was set to reach the final four when he fought back to a 2-1 lead, Gasquet broke the two-time grandslam winner in the 11th game of the fourth set to force the match into a decider.

It looked like it was going to be a long night, but at 10-9 in favour of the Frenchman in the fifth set, Wawrinka hit a backhand too long as Gasquet repeated his 2007 success in reaching the final four at Wimbledon with a 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 11-9 victory over the French Open champion.

You can check out more results, including all the doubles action at this link.

One thought on “Wimbledon Day 9: Djokovic, Federer and Murray cruise into semis, Gasquet stuns Wawrinka

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