Murray marches on at Wimbledon

Andy Murray will face Roger Federer on Friday at SW19
Andy Murray will face Roger Federer on Friday at SW19
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Andy Murray set up a mouth-watering Wimbledon semi-final against Roger Federer with a straight sets win over Vasek Pospisil.

Murray will now go on to face seven-time winner Federer in the semi-finals following another supremely confident performance by the Swiss against Gilles Simon on Court One.

The 2013 champion came out all guns blazing, breaking his opponent in the third game of the match before holding serve to solidify his dominant position. However, the decision not to put the roof on Centre Court held him back, with a light shower forcing the players off for half an hour.

Pospisil came back after the break with renewed vigour but could not get the better of Murray, who eventually took the first set when his opponent fired into the net.

The early part of the second set was again an enjoyable affair but with both players looking solid on serve, rain again stopped play after the seventh game. This time, however, the roof was closed bringing an end to the uncertainty.

As the rallies continued to get longer, Murray soon reasserted his authority with Pospisil growing more frustrated and fatigued with every game before a break allowed the Scot to go 5-6 up. He then served out to double his advantage and move within touching distance of the last four.

The Canadian, who had been taken to five sets in each of the last two rounds, then showed good spirit to avoid losing his serve early in the third. Pospisil continued to battle all the way but Murray often seemed to have the advantage and finally made his breakthrough in the ninth game of the third.

Despite a few loose shots, he proceeded to serve out the match to reach the last four of Wimbledon for the sixth time in his career with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 triumph.

Afterwards, Murray admitted he had been tested by the unseeded Canadian, while conceding that the disjointed nature of the early part of the contest negatively affected him.

"I felt I played some good stuff," he told the BBC. "He served extremely well for periods, I tried to change my return position at the end of the second for myself to see the returns better. It was difficult stopping a couple of times and coming out under the roof."

Murray will now go on to face seven-time winner Federer in the semi-finals following another supremely confident performance by the Swiss against Gilles Simon on Court One.

Well timed breaks in each of the first two sets before a couple in the third, allowed the 33-year-old to ease through without really breaking a sweat against the Frenchman, who just could not find any sort of luck.

Federer has dropped just a single set this year at Wimbledon and was again supreme against Simon, triumphing 6-3 7-5 6-2 in an hour and 34 minutes. It means the second seed is now through to an incredible 10th SW19 semi-final.

Perhaps the most famous pair of meetings between Federer and Murray came in 2012, when the world number two was victorious at SW19 before the Scot clinched Olympic gold.

The veteran knows he faces a tough match in the last four on Friday against the home favourite but says he is looking forward to the challenge.

"We both like to look back on that summer of 2012," he told the BBC. "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.

"I am happy for him, he is doing so well after back injury. People forget how hard it is to get back. It will be a tough one for me but I am obviously looking forward to it."

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