Federer, Djokovic set up semifinal showdown

ROGER FEDERER and Novak Djokovic set up a colossal semifinal match in Wimbledon after dispatching separate rivals in straight sets.

They’ll meet on grass court for the first time Friday.

Federer earned a record 32nd Grand Slam semifinal berth and moved closer to a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title when he beat Mikhail Youzhny, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Minutes later on an adjacent court, defending champion Djokovic finished off Florian Mayer, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

Federer has a 14-12 edge against Djokovic, who is ranked No. 1. But Djokovic won four of their five meetings in Grand Slam semifinals in the past two years.

With two-time champion Rafael Nadal eliminated last week from the other half of the draw, the Federer-Djokovic winner will be a big favorite Sunday against a first-time Wimbledon finalist.

Federer had been tied with Jimmy Connors for the most major semifinals. He reached the final four at Wimbledon for the first time since 2009, when he won the title for the sixth time.

The No. 3-ranked Federer is seeking to match the record of seven Wimbledon titles set by William Renshaw in the 1880s and tied by Pete Sampras in 2000. If he wins the title, he’ll reclaim the top ranking from Djokovic and tie Sampras’ record for most weeks at the top. Noli S. Cruz


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