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Wimbledon 2015: Big three advance in men's draw

Updated 1039 GMT (1839 HKT) July 9, 2015
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Roger Federer, left, and Gilles Simon were all smiles before their quarterfinal at Wimbledon. Federer would be the one smiling at the end. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
He took control with an early break in the first set and never really let go, even though he was broken for the first time in 117 service games. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Simon struggled to cope with Federer's array of shots and his serve. When he was broken at 5-5 in the second set, his chance was realistically gone. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Federer downed Simon for the sixth time in their eight matches. Up next for the 17-time grand slam winner is Andy Murray in a blockbuster semifinal. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Murray saw off Canadian Vasek Pospisil in straight sets to avoid being upset in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the second straight year. Ian Walton/Getty Images
Murray, a tremendous mover on the court, chased everything down and won the important points against Pospisil. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Defending champion Novak Djokovic went to five sets against Kevin Anderson in the fourth round but had an easier day against Marin Cilic on Wednesday, winning in straight sets. Ian Walton/Getty Images
Djokovic breezed on serve -- not facing a break point -- as he improved to 13-0 against the reigning U.S. Open champion. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Federer's countryman, Stan Wawrinka -- the French Open champion -- couldn't join his pal in the last four. He fell 11-9 in the fifth to 21st seed Richard Gasquet, who made his second Wimbledon semifinal. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
This was the moment of victory for Gasquet. He crumpled to the grass after Wawrinka's backhand went long. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
After glorious weather for most of Wimbledon, light rain affected both of the early quarterfinals. The delays were minimal, though, and play was completed well in time. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images