Dazzling Federer sets up prime time repeat with Djokovic

Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:16pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - The problem with addictive TV box sets is that when the credits roll on the final episode it leaves a void.

That moment gnaws away at the millions of fans entranced by the magic of Roger Federer down the years, but on Friday he produced a display of such technicolor brilliance to crush Andy Murray in the Wimbledon semi-final that they can rest easy.

This show may run for a while -- starting with Sunday's final against his great rival Novak Djokovic.

Swiss Federer, 34 next month, scaled heights that even his most loyal subjects thought they might only witness again by rummaging through dusty DVDs of his 17 grand slam titles.

British 28-year-old Murray, bidding for his third Wimbledon final, showed incredible resilience but was powerless to prevent a 7-5 7-5 6-4 defeat.

"I don't know if he's close to his peak," Murray, who did not manage to win a single point on Federer's first serve in a gripping second set, told reporters. "But that's definitely the best he served against me."

Murray may opt to watch his brother Jamie in the men's doubles final this weekend while Federer gets the chance to avenge last year's five-set defeat by Djokovic and add a record eighth Wimbledon title to his glittering collection on Sunday.

Top seed Djokovic also won in straight sets on Friday, beating gallant Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6(2) 6-4 6-4 to reach his fourth Wimbledon final.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his match against Andy Murray of Britain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 10, 2015.                                         REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett