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LONDON---The top three
men---Novak Djokovic, Roger
Federer and Andy Murray---
sailed into the Wimbledon
semifinals in straight sets. The
final four lineup has an unex-
pected name, too.
Richard Gasquet outlasted
French Open champion Stan
Wawrinka in a marathon fifth
set yesterday, preventing Wim-
bledon from having the top four
men s seeded players in the
semifinals for the first time in
The 21st-seeded Frenchman
overcame the fourth-seeded
Swiss 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-
9, falling onto his back in relief
after Wawrinka s backhand
sailed long on the third match
point, ending nearly 3 1/2 hours
Gasquet, who failed to serve
out the match at 5-3 in the fifth
set, reached the semifinals at
the All England Club for the first
time since 2007.
"The last game was incred-
ible," he said. "I kept fighting a
lot. And I did it. It s a great
match for me. It would be dif-
ficult for me to lose that one
after (leading) 5-3."
Gasquet will next face defend-
ing champion Djokovic, who
swept past Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-
4, 6-4 to reach the final four
for the sixth straight year.
"Of course, he will be the
favourite of the match," Gasquet
said. "Everybody knows that."
Friday s other semifinal will
pit seven-time champion Roger
Federer against 2013 winner
Despite losing serve for the
first time all tournament, Federer
overwhelmed Gilles Simon 6-
3, 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the
semifinals for the 10th time, and
to the final four of a Grand Slam
tournament for the 37th time.
Murray beat Canada s Vasek
Pospisil 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to reach
his sixth Wimbledon semifinal.
Federer is closing in on a
record eighth Wimbledon title
and his 18th Grand Slam cham-
"The road is long getting
here," Federer said. "But still I
feel like I m fresh and I ve got
energy left in the tank for hope-
fully a great match with Andy
and then we ll see."
Federer has never lost in the
Wimbledon semifinals, holding
a career 9-0 record. He has a
12-11 career edge over Murray,
but the Briton beat him on Cen-
tre Court in the final of the 2012
Olympic tournament---a few
weeks after Federer defeated
Murray in the Wimbledon final
for his seventh title.
"We both like to look back at
that summer---me, not so much
at the Olympics; him, probably
not so much at Wimbledon,"
Federer said. "He played unbe-
lievable in the finals of the
Olympics. I m not going to try
to look back at that too much,
because he really dominated me
in that one." Murray overpow-
ered Federer in straight sets in
the Olympic match, but since
then, Federer has won four of
their last six meetings, including
the last three.
"I know Roger very well,"
Murray said. "We ve played each
other many times. We saw each
other this morning; walked to
the practice courts together and
stuff. We get on well. But obvi-
ously on Friday, different story."
Federer put on another vin-
tage grass-court display
Wednesday to take Simon apart
in just over 90 minutes on Court
1 in a match that was interrupted
twice by rain delays.
"The stop-and-gos are
tough," Federer said. "You never
know how you re going to come
back from them, but I think I
used them to my advantage."
The second-seeded Swiss
served 11 aces, broke five times,
had 36 winners and thoroughly
dominated a player he has now
beaten six straight times.
The only surprise came when
Simon broke Federer---at love
no less---to draw even at 5-5 in
the second set. It was the first
time Federer had been broken
after 67 service games at Wim-
bledon, a streak that stretched
to 116 games when including his
title run at the grass-court tour-
nament in Halle, Germany.
Not to be rattled, Federer
broke Simon in the very next
game. After rain suspended play
at 6-5, 15-0, Federer finished
the set with a service winner,
ace, ace. Federer broke twice in
the final set.
"Reaction was always going
to be important for me once the
streak ended and the serve was
broken," he said. "I think I was
able to do that. Gilles is obvi-
ously a quality return player and
the game I got broken, he was
too good, so no problem to
Djokovic, going for his third
title, was in total control as he
extended his career mastery over
Cilic, the reigning US Open
champion, to 13-0.
Murray never lost serve, sav-
ing the one break point he faced,
and broke Pospisil three times
and had only 13 unforced errors.
He extended his record to 4-0
against the Canadian, all in
Gasquet joins Big 3 in semifinal lineup
Richard Gasquet of France lays on the
court after defeating Stan Wawrinka of
Switzerland during the men's
quarterfinal singles match, at the All
England Lawn Tennis Championships in
Wimbledon, London, yesterday. Gasket
won 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9. AP PHOTO
GULLANE---All the talk at the Scottish Open
is about a player who isn t even here this week.
Rory McIlroy was supposed to be the main
attraction at the tune-up to next week s British
Open at St Andrews. But the golf-loving Scottish
public has been denied the sight of the world s
top-ranked golfer after he injured his left ankle
in a soccer kick-about with friends at the week-
McIlroy pulled out of the Scottish Open at
Gullane on Monday and announced yesterday
he would not be defending his British Open
No wonder he s been the hot topic of con-
versation ahead of the first round today.
"Hindsight is a wonderful thing," said Justin
Rose, the defending Scottish Open champion.
"It s probably the last time he plays football in
the middle of the season."
For Rose and the rest of a strong field, which
includes Americans Phil Mickelson, Rickie
Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Matt Kuchar, the
absence of the four-time major winner boosts
their title chances over the links on Scotland s
Kuchar, however, doesn t think his chances
have been boosted much.
"We are not playing tennis ... it s not like
(Novak) Djokovic is now out of the draw and
now everybody can breathe easier," the 17th-
ranked Kuchar said.
"You ve got a golf course here that everybody
plays against. If you are worried about one guy,
you re probably not going to be around here
Given that the Scottish Open is clashing with
the second week of Wimbledon, tennis is on
players minds. Rose was in the Royal Box on
Centre Court at the All England Club on Sat-
urday, marveling over the mental strength of
Andy Murray and the calmness of Roger Federer,
Rose s sporting idol.
Rose is fully focused on his day job now,
though, and is bidding to become the first player
to retain the Scottish Open title.
The 2013 US Open champion s past two
appearances in Scotland have been mightily
successful---he won the Scottish Open by two
shots at Royal Aberdeen last July after a final-
round 65 and then was the European team s
star player in a Ryder Cup win over the United
States at Gleneagles in September.
Another win this week will be good going---
by late Tuesday afternoon, he hadn t even played
"I ll be relying a lot on my caddie," said the
No 7-ranked Rose.
Gullane is hosting the Scottish Open for the
first time. The 133-year-old course is a short
walk from British Open venue Muirfield, and
this year s event is being played over a composite
of the club s No 1 and No 2 courses, totaling
7,133 yards (6,524 meters) for a par 70.
The past four British Open champions pre-
pared for the third major of the year by playing
the Scottish Open the previous week, perhaps
explaining the depth of the field.
dominates talk at
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