Djokovic sets up Federer semi
July 04, 2012 16:03:04 UK
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.
Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic will face Roger Federer in the semi-finals of Wimbledon after easing past Germany's Florian Mayer.
The Serbian was not hindered by a slight rain delay early on in the match as he broke his world number 29 opponent in the 10th game of the first set, before cruising through the second and a break in the ninth game of the third set sealed a 6-4 6-1 6-4 win.
Djokovic did not have to play at his best, but knows he will have to be firing on all cylinders against Federer as the pair will fight it out for a place in Sunday's final. Djokovic is 1.28 to reach the final, while Federer can be backed at 3.50 to have a chance of securing his seventh title title at SW19.
He's [Federer] been so dominant and consistent in Grand Slams, it's the ultimate challenge on a grass court.Novak Djokovic
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Djokovic said: "It was a little windy, but I'm satisfied with the overall performance. Florian had some opportunities to come back in the third set, as well as chances in the first, but I held my nerve at the important moments."
On Friday's Federer clash, he added: "It's always a pleasure playing against Roger, so I'm looking forward to that.
"He's been so dominant and consistent in Grand Slams, it's the ultimate challenge on a grass court."
Meanwhile, 16-times grand slam champion, Federer, eased his way into the last-four with a comfortable 6-1 6-2 6-2 win against Russian Mikhail Youzhny in just one hour and 32 minutes.
The Swiss star, who was watched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from the Royal box, said: "I think it helps when royalty shows up and other legends of the game see me play.
"It's inspiring. I'm happy they all came and supported me.
"I thought I played great out there today. It was a big occasion for Mikhail. My game suits up well against his.
"He fought hard but maybe it wasn't enough, and I'm extremely happy to be in the semis at Wimbledon."
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