Andy Murray: Roger served up a classic show to beat me
Andy Murray admitted there was little he could do to combat the awesome power of Roger Federer as the Swiss cruised to a straight-sets win over the British number one to reach a 10th Wimbledon final.
Murray was bidding this fortnight to win his second title at the All England Club and looked in excellent form heading into the semi-finals.
However Federer outclassed the Scot to win 7-5 7-5 6-4 and book a Sunday showdown with Novak Djokovic.
Federer was aggressive from the outset and served brilliantly on Centre Court, offering Murray only one break point in the opening game, before breaking his opponent at the end of each set.
"I definitely don't feel like I played a bad match," Murray said. "He served fantastic, apart from the first game where I had the chance there.
"I didn't really have any opportunities. That puts pressure on you. The pressure builds throughout the set that way.
"Obviously I got broken right at the end all of the sets but I didn't actually play a bad match. I played pretty well."
Federer set a new record by reaching 116th consecutive service holds in the previous round, before being broken for the first time in the tournament but to no avail by Gilles Simon.
And the number two seed was dominant again, producing 20 aces against Murray, who is considered one of the best returners in the sport.
"That's definitely the best he's served against me," Murray said.
"Sometimes the stats come up on the court. He was serving like 80 per cent in the first set, then he was in the high seventies for most of the match.
"When he was missing the first serves, I was winning over half of the points.
"But I don't know how many times in the match he missed two first serves in a row, it wasn't very often.
"It's tough to gain much momentum that way.
"I'll have to have a think about it, because maybe I could have returned better, but it did feel like he served extremely close to the lines."