Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has taken a two-set lead - 6-3, 7-5 - over Gilles Simonfor a place in his 10th semi-final at The Championships.
The Swiss leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 5-2 and has won their past five meetings. Federer won his 17th and most recent Grand Slam championship at the All England Club three years ago, beating Andy Murray in the final.
World No. 13 Simon is bidding to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final at the age of 30.
Set 1 - Federer, 6-3
On No. 1 Court for the first time at the 2015 Championships, Federer raced out to a 3-0 start, before the match was interrupted by a heavy rain shower. Play resumed 37 minutes later, but there was little Simon could do to halt Federer’s progress. With actor Bradley Cooper seated beside Federer’s wife, Mirka, the Basel native claimed the first set in just under 30 minutes, having hit 15 winners and lost only seven points on serve.
Set 2 - Federer 7-5
Federer looked to have made a decisive move in the second set with a service break in the seventh game. But, with Federer serving for the set at 5-4, Simon raised his level to engineer a break back to love. It ended a run of 116 successive service holds for Federer, dating back to his first-round match with Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
But Simon’s fightback was shortlived. Federer immediately recouped the advantage with a break in the 11th game and had won the first point of the 12th game when another heavy rain shower forced the players off court. Play restarted less than an hour later and Federer was ruthless, hitting three service winners to claim the second set.