LONDON: Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer beat 12th seed Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to enter his 10th Wimbledon semi-final, setting up a 24th career encounter against 2013 champion Andy Murray, who beat Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
The 33-year-old Swiss, bidding to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open Era, shrugged off two rain delays as well as being broken for the first time at the tournament to complete victory in just 94 minutes.
He will contest his 37th Grand Slam semi-final, for a place in Sunday’s title match.
Meanwhile, Murray illuminated a rainy day at The All England Club with a ruthlessly efficient display, collecting his 150th Grand Slam match victory to move a step closer to his second Wimbledon title.
Murray was playing his eighth successive Wimbledon quarter-final, taking a 3-0 lead into his match-up with world number 56 Pospisil who had never previously got beyond the third round of a major.
All their three meetings have come in the last 10 months with the 25-year-old Canadian unable to win a single set.