Defending champion Novak Djokovic and six-time winner Roger Federer are through to the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships.
Federer was the first to emerge out of Centre Court after his quarter-final win over Russian Mikhail Youzhny, who he beat in straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to book a record 32nd Grand Slam semi-final appearance. The match was horribly one-sided as Federer waltzed his way to victory in one hour and 32 minutes.
Youzhny (30) playing his first Wimbledon quarter-final against Federer, the holder of 16 Grand Slam titles, didn’t offer much of a fight.
A back injury from his previous game notwithstanding, the Swiss after sleeping over it for two nights, showed no sign of discomfort as he demolished Youzhny.
Breaking the Russian as early as in the second game of the first set on his fourth break point, Federer didn’t look back. Only the rain could stop him, but the resumption saw Federer in full gusto.
In the second set, it was evident that Federer raised his game when it mattered the most. A fantastic flick-of-the-wrist that broke his opponent’s serve in the opening game stood out.
Federer was truly in complete command when he broke the Russian again in the seventh game and held his next serve with an ace.
“I played great. I was serving hard and I am happy to be through,” said Federer, who won his 64th match here at Wimbledon.
When asked about his next game against Djokovic, he said: “It will be a though match. We are playing each other for the first time on grass since he won here last year, so it will be a good match.”
Djokovic, playing against No 31 seed German Florian Mayer, came up with yet another tremendous performance by beating Mayer, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 44 minutes.
About his semi-final clash with Federer, Djokovic said: “He has great variety in his game. He uses his serve very well. He opens up the court and uses his slice very well. It is always a challenge when you play Roger.”
Tsonga enters semis
Meanwhile, French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the semi-finals with a 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 win over German 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Tsonga will face either Andy Murray or David Ferrer for a place in Sunday’s final.