Djokovic glides past Cilic into semi-finals

Wed Jul 8, 2015 3:21pm EDT
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By Ken Ferris

LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic won the battle of grand slam champions by downing

Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 6-4 on Centre Court to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday.

Top seed Djokovic had not lost a match to the Croat in 12 previous meetings and his unbeaten record never looked in danger against the U.S. Open champion who failed to master the Serb's precise groundstrokes.

The holder made it into his 27th grand slam semi with his 50th Wimbledon win, only the seventh man to reach that number of victories, and was surely relieved to have an easy time of it.

The Serb had to recover from two sets down in the last 16 against South African Kevin Anderson but his crisp passing shots ensured big-serving ninth seed Cilic never got a look in.

"I didn't know how my body was going to feel but I was hoping I would play well, which I have done," said Djokovic, who was playing for the third day running after his contest against Anderson spilled over into a second day.

Djokovic broke in the third game of the first set, the ninth game of the second and the seventh game of the final set to wrap up victory inside two hours on a cool London evening.

The Centre Court roof had been closed for the conclusion of Andy Murray's win over Vasek Pospisil but the rain relented and it was opened to reveal blue skies for the second match.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts to breaking serve during his match against Marin Cilic of Croatia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 8, 2015.                           REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett