Saturday 24 February 2018 / 08:46 PM

Vintage Federer sets up final repeat

Roger Federer turned back the clock, and turned in a flawless performance, to defeat great British hope Andy Murray in straight sets 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in the second semi-final at Wimbledon on Friday. He faced only a single break point – in the first game of the match – which he saved, while winning all three sets by breaking the Scot as he served to stay in the set.

The high point of the match, which is likely to be chiefly remembered for Federer’s virtuoso performance, was a 20-point, 15-minute game with Murray down 4-5 in the second set. Britain’s number one staved off five set points before finally hanging on, only for Federer to reel off the next two games to take a two-set lead.

After that, Murray was surviving on borrowed time, and the break in the 10th game that sent the Swiss through to his 10th Wimbledon final had an air of inevitability about it. As a Murray forehand went long, his hopes of winning a second Wimbledon title vanished, the evergreen Swiss continued his love affair with the lawns of The Championships.

He faces Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday, who earlier dispatched Richard Gasquet in straight sets. It is a repeat of the 2014 final, which the Serb won in five sets. Federer is chasing his eighth Wimbledon crown, last prevailing in 2012.

[YouTube – Wimbledon]

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