Federer does not lose Wimbledon semi-finals and he produced a display of clinical majesty to down Murray and maintain his bid for a record eighth title with a sparkling 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 win on Saturday morning.
It is not an observation Djokovic or any of his “Big Four” contemporaries of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal or Andy Murray would come out with after missing out on a chance to contest a Wimbledon final. Federer is 4-1 against Murray at the Slams and has beaten Murray in their last three matches.
Its Wimbledon semi final time as Novak Djokovic takes on Richard Gasquet with the match live streaming from Sw19 this afternoon. “I need to keep it up for one more match to really make it the perfect couple of weeks”. He will return to Centre Court with Australian partner John Peers for the match tomorrow.
Federer has typically played the role of aggressor in previous meetings, with Murray using his speed and guile to counter-punch the Swiss, but Bjorkman believes his the Scot should stick to his guns and attack this time around.
“I just feel that people are very happy for me, and at the same time I’m very pleased how well I’m playing”.
Now the 47-year-old has forged a formidable off-court coaching career with Djokovic, propelling the Serbian to five of the seven grand slam finals during their partnership.
Murray has dropped just two sets on route to the semi-finals this year and Bjorkman insists the shoulder injury that proved problematic in round three is no longer causing the Briton discomfort.
It might not be the most obvious rivalry in all of sports, but the matchup between Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the Wimbledon semifinals is quickly becoming one of the most hyped moments of the entire 2015 tournament.
Novak Djokovic is in the Wimbledon final for the fourth time.
“I kept the pressure up”, Federer said.
“It’s definitely one of the best matches I’ve played in my career”.
Murray elected to receive and carved out just one break point, which came in the very first game, but thereafter the match was a showpiece of Federer’s power and artistry. The shot was on full display in the first set against Djokovic when he repeatedly ripped clean winners off that wing – including to break back after falling behind 2-0.
An exquisite backhand pass gave Djokovic the break for 2-0 in the second and he then saved two break points in the fourth game, holding the advantage throughout to double his lead, serving out the set from 15-30 with the help of two aces.
“It was good performance, considering the occasion”, Djokovic told BBC Sports.
He also said that he would “certainly” not be watching his brother Jamie’s doubles final live from the stands.
Roger Federer thrilled after winning a point.
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth). Novak Djokovic of Serbia touches the ground after winning against the Marin Cilic of Croatia after winning the men’s quarterfinal singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday…