Murray to face Federer

Andy Murray celebrates after brushing aside Vasek Pospisil

Andy Murray celebrates after brushing aside Vasek Pospisil

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Andy Murray set up a mouthwatering semi-final clash with seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer after the Scot cruised past Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in straight sets.

Murray had to overcome two rain interruptions on Centre Court but while Pospisil played above his lowly world ranking of 56, the Briton’s victory was never in doubt as he came through 6-4 7-5 6-4.

Federer, who beat France’s Gilles Simon in the last eight, is gunning for a record eighth Wimbledon title.

“I know Roger very well, we’ve played each other many times,” Murray told the BBC.

“We get on well but obviously on Friday it’s a different story and hopefully we can have a great match - we’ve had some good ones in the past.”

Federer has won the pair’s last three meetings, including an Australian Open quarter-final last year, but their most recent match-up on grass remains Murray’s Olympic triumph in 2012.

That career-defining victory came a month after Murray’s tear-jerking defeat to Federer in the Wimbledon final, but the Scot has become a two-time grand slam champion since then and arguably goes into Friday’s match as favourite. Federer will provide an altogether different challenge to Pospisil, but Murray’s performance against the Canadian was assured.

“I felt like I played some good stuff,” Murray said.

“He served very well for periods of the match and I tried to change my return position to make him think a bit and also for myself to try to see the returns better. “That worked but it was difficult. We had to stop a couple of times and coming under the roof is different conditions again so I was pleased.”

Pospisil had never gone past the third round of a grand slam singles event before but benefited from a generous section of the draw, which saw eighth seed David Ferrer pull out through injury and Rafael Nadal lose in the second round.

The 28-year-old Murray, however, was always in control and despite a break for rain was never really under any pressure from Pospisil.

And he could not stop Murray seizing his chance to book a sixth grand slam meeting with seven-time Wimbledon winner 
Federer.