But Novak Djokovic waits in the path to a seventh Wimbledon title.
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - Motivated by the bitter memory of quarterfinal losses at the All England Club the past two years, six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer bullied 26th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to reach his record 32nd career Grand Slam semifinal.
"Feels great being back in the semis. ... Haven't been here in the last couple years," the third-seeded Federer said. "So this is nice, to be back to a place where I've been so many times before."
He's two victories away from a seventh Wimbledon championship, which would equal a mark set by William Renshaw in the 1880s -- back when the defending champion received a bye directly into the final -- and tied by Pete Sampras in 2000.
Nothing worked for Youzhny, including a kidding plea for help from eight-time major champion Andre Agassi, who was seated next to his wife, Steffi Graf, in the front row.
"I know I'm playing really well," Federer said. "I am aware things are going to get complicated in the next match."
That's because he'll face a familiar foe Friday: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, who didn't have too much trouble beating No. 31 Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.
The other men's semifinal will be No. 4 Andy Murray against No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Murray was one point from facing a two-set deficit before coming back to eliminate No. 7 David Ferrer of Spain 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (4) to get to the semifinals for the fourth year in a row.
Tsonga got to his second consecutive Wimbledon semifinal by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
In the women's semifinals Thursday, 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams plays No. 2-seeded Victoria Azarenka and No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska faces No. 8 Angelique Kerber.
|Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer||1||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: A. Aceves||5|
|NY Mets - WP: M. Harvey||4||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||3|
|Washington - LP: R. Detwiler||2||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Lee||4|
|Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera||3||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: C. Allen||4|
|Colorado - LP: J. Francis||3||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: E. Rogers||8|
|Baltimore - WP: Z. Britton||5||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: J. Verlander||2|
|NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler||6||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: P. Maholm||1|
|Pittsburgh - WP: C. Morton||4||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: M. Latos||0|
|Oakland - WP: J. Parker||6||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: Y. Darvish||2|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Peralta||1||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: A. Bailey||3|
|Chicago WSox - LP: R. Troncoso||5||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: J. Burton||7|
|Milwaukee - LP: A. Figaro||1||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: J. Lyles||10|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Samardzija||4||FINAL|
|St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright||2|
|Miami - LP: C. Qualls||2||FINAL|
|Arizona - WP: D. Hernandez||3|
|Seattle - WP: C. Furbush||3||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: G. Richards||2|
|San Diego - LP: D. Thayer||4||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Machi||5|
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|Edmonton||6/21/13 9:00 PM|
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