21st seed Richard Gasquet dashed the hopes of French Open champion Stan Wawrinka as he edged past the Swiss in a thrilling five-setter to reach the Wimbledon 2015 semis. He will meet top seed Novak Djokovic in the last-four stage while Roger Federer and Andy Murray set up a blockbuster semi-final match.
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis in Wimbledon 2015 semis
Women’s doubles top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continued their quest for their first Grand Slam title together as they booked their places in the semi-finals of Wimbledon 2015. The Indo-Swiss pair overcame ninth seeds Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5, 6-3.
Up next for them is the fifth-seeded American duo of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears who shocked the Australian Open and French Open champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile in girls’ doubles, Pranjala Yadlapalli crashed out in the first round. The Indian who had paired up with Chihiro Muramatsu, went down 3-6, 2-6 to Indonesian-Colombian combine of Deria Nur Haliza and Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez.
Stan Wawrinka stunned
Frenchman Richard Gasquet caused a major upset as he held off the reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in an enthralling five-set contest. The result thus denied the prospect of seeing the top four seeds in the Wimbledon semi-finals. Last time the top quartet reached the last-four stage was way back in 1995.
Wawrinka had a two-sets-to-one lead over Gasquet but a crucial double fault on set point sent the match into a fifth set. The Frenchman had a chance to serve it out at 5-3 only to see Wawrinka come roaring back in this battle of beautiful backhands. Gasquet finally managed to tackle the Swiss in the 20th game when Wawrinka made three dreadful errors, thus giving the Frenchman three match points. The 21st seed wrapped it up 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.
“Even if I lost this important game at 5-3, I kept fighting a lot. It was important because I know it’s a great match, playing the winner of Roland Garros in a quarter-final of a Grand Slam, so I need to keep focus, to stay focused and to fight. Of course, it’s a very nice victory for me to win against him 11-9 in the fifth. It’s great,” an elated Gasquet said.
650th career win for Djokovic
Next up for him is the top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic. A day after surviving a five-set encounter against Kevin Anderson, Djokovic did not want a repeat of that ordeal.
He was sharp in every department to notch up a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over the reigning US Open winner Marin Cilic. The Serbian reached a few milestones with this triumph – this was his 50th victory at SW19 while it was his 650th career win overall.
Federer meets Murray
The other men’s singles semi-final is a blockbuster one. In a battle of two former champions, seven-time winner Roger Federer meets 2013 champion Andy Murray.
Both had easy wins on Day 9 of the 2015 Championships. On Centre Court, Murray brushed aside Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 while on Court No. 1, Roger Federer eased past Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5, 6-2. This will be the Swiss legend’s 10th semi-final at the All England Club.
Federer leads Murray 12-11 in their head-to-head record and all eyes will be on that exciting clash on Friday.