Federer in the mood for more Wimbledon joy

FORMER world No1 Roger Federer has his sights set on a record eighth Wimbledon title after coming from behind yesterday to beat Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka in their quarter-final.

Federer dropped a set for the first time in the championships, but victory in a second-set tie-break proved the turning point as he reached a 35th grand slam semi-final with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The 32-year-old said: “I know there’s pressure [to win Wimbledon], but the confidence is there. There is a chance now to go a step further because you trust your game, that’s where I am right now.”

Federer’s last-four opponent will be No9 seed Milos Raonic, who reached his first ever grand slam semi-final with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 win over wildcard Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios had shot to prominence 24 hours earlier with victory over world No1 Rafael Nadal and felt those exploits contributed to his quarter-final defeat.

He said: “I was struggling about halfway through the second set. I had nothing left to give.”

No1 seed Novak Djokovic went the full distance before overcoming Marin Cilic 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

World No3 Simona Halep plays 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard in today’s semi-final following respective wins over Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber.

ORDER OF PLAY

Centre Court (from 1pm)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) [23] v Petra Kvitova (CZE) [6]
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [13] v Simona Halep (ROU) [3]

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