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Wimbledon: Andy Murray blown away by Roger Federer

By Tom Allnutt

Published 10/07/2015

Roger Federer celebrates victory over Andy Murray during day Eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Roger Federer celebrates victory over Andy Murray during day Eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Andy Murray and Roger Federer at the end of the match during day Eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Toby Melville/POOL/PA Wire.
Andy Murray and Roger Federer at the end of the match during day Eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Toby Melville/POOL/PA Wire.
Andy Murray looks dejected during day Eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Andy Murray reacts after losing to Roger Federer during day Eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates beating Britain's Andy Murray AFP/Getty Images

Andy Murray's hopes of winning Wimbledon for a second time were blown away for another 12 months as Roger Federer rolled back the years with a sublime display to reach his 10th final.

Federer is closing in on a record eighth Wimbledon title and on this evidence, the 17-time grand slam champion will take some stopping as he outclassed Murray to win 7-5 7-5 6-4.

It means Federer will face defending champion Novak Djokovic on Sunday in a rematch of last year's final.

Roger Federer struck the first blow in his Wimbledon semi-final against Andy Murray as the Swiss clinched a pulsating opening set 7-5.

Murray, bidding to claim a second Wimbledon crown, had lost his last three consecutive meetings with the world number two and Federer remained on course to continue that streak as he seized the early advantage.

Murray would need to be at his resilient best against the Swiss master, who has never lost a semi-final at the All England Club and is showing the kind of form in this tournament to suggest he can secure a first major triumph in three years.

The last came against Murray, on Centre Court, in the unforgettable final of 2012, a match which proved so definitive for both players as the Briton turned tears into jubilation at the Olympics one month later and never looked back.

Crucial to his gold-clinching success was a raucous British crowd but Murray was in white, not red, white and blue, this time around and the fans' loyalties seemed more ambiguous when the pair walked out to a packed arena.

Tension filled the air at the start of the match as the crowd wavered between who to cheer louder and even the umpire's voice squeaked as he read out the first game score.

The players, however, were more assured in their strategy and early battle lines were drawn as Federer swarmed the net from the very first point while Murray darted about the baseline, unleashing lobs and passes wherever he could find a gap.

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Gentlemens Singles Semi Final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Gentlemens Singles Semi Final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Andy Murray looks dejected during day Eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 10, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates beating Britain's Andy Murray during their men's semi-final match on day eleven of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2015. Federer won the match 7-5, 7-5, 6-4. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning the Gentlemens Singles Semi Final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning the Gentlemens Singles Semi Final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Andy Murray of Great Britain looks dejected as he leaves court after losing the Gentlemens Singles Semi Final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Fans watch the action on Murray mound as Andy Murray of Great Britain and Roger Federer of Switzerland play in the Gentlemens Singles Semi Final match against during day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in the Gentlemens Singles Semi Final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

A break point arrived for Murray just five points into the contest but Federer produced two strong serves to snuff out the chance.

It was the Briton's only opportunity in the first set to crack the Federer serve, which was as potent as it was consistent, and in the 12th game the Swiss seized the decisive break himself.

Murray had been happy to counter-attack early on, trying to lengthen the points wherever possible, but after a rare foray forward, Federer ripped a backhand into the Scot's feet to take a one-set lead.

Federer was enjoying one of his golden spells and Murray could do little but hang on, saving a break point early in the second set to maintain parity.

The Scot scrambled his way to 5-4 but with the set in sight, Federer stepped up again, whipping a scintillating forehand cross-court to open up 0-40 and three set points.

Murray saved all three but Federer was not done yet as a mammoth game ensued in which the players slugged out 17 minutes worth of exhilarating tennis.

Two more set points were saved by Murray, who for those moments at least won unerring support from the Centre Court crowd, as he chased Federer's booming groundshots before finally snatching the game with an ace.

Lesser players would struggle to bounce back but Federer showed no lasting signs of disappointment as he served out to love in two minutes to pile the pressure instantly back on Murray.

A limp forehand into the net gave Federer his sixth set point and this time the number two seed made no mistake, outmanoeuvring Murray at the back before punching away the volley to take the second set 7-5.

Murray tried to adjust his strategy in the third set, stepping inside the baseline to attack his opponent but it only opened up more gaps which Federer exploited with ruthless efficiency.

Just as he had in the first two sets, Federer waited for his moment to strike as Murray again served to stay in the set at 5-4.

The Swiss attacked Murray's serve and when he opened up a match point, he took his opportunity at the first time of asking as a Murray forehand drifted wide to give Federer a surprisingly rapid victory in just two hours and seven minutes.

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