Easy for Murray as Federer goes out
Andy Murray has eased into the semi-finals of Wimbledon for the third year running - but six-times champion Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat.
Murray beat Spaniard Feliciano Lopez on Centre Court in straight sets - winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in just over two hours.
The Scot, who said he is playing better every year at SW19, will now face world number one Rafael Nadal in Friday's semi-final.
The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, cheered on Murray from the stands where she sat with parents Michael and Carole, and City trader boyfriend Alex Loudon.
The Duke of Cambridge's in-laws enjoyed a full day of tennis - earlier watching Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga end Federer's hopes of a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon crown in a hard-fought five-set encounter. It was the first time Federer, 29, had lost from a two-set lead in a Grand Slam.
He will now face second seed Novak Djokovic in the second of the men's semi-finals after the Serbian overcame 18-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic.
Murray and Nadal have played each other 15 times before but the omens for an end to Britain's 75-year wait for a home-grown champion are not good - Nadal has won 11, Murray four. The pair met at the same stage last year when the top seed ended Murray's tournament in four sets. They thrive on the competition between each other, with Nadal saying they even play on computer game consoles together.
Fans desperate to see Murray in Sunday's final are already paying massive sums for tickets in the hope he will be there. One online vendor said the prospect of the Scot winning his first Grand Slam has led to tickets changing hands for £12,000 each.
Edward Parkinson, director of viagogo UK, said: "With just one more hurdle for him to jump, Murray Mania is in full force with tickets to see the men's final soaring, with some now trading for nearly £25,000 a pair. If we continue to see a daily 20% rise, tickets could surpass £40,000 by Sunday."
Murray applauded fans for their support but warned he will have a huge task on his hands to defeat his friend. "I've obviously played Rafa a lot of times at Grand Slams and I've beaten him before at Grand Slams. I haven't done it at Wimbledon. That's something that I'd like to try to change on Friday. But it's still an incredibly difficult, difficult task. I understand that. I know come Friday I'll have to play great tennis if I want to win."