British hopeful Andy Murray won his quarterfinal Thursday at the Olympics, delighting a Court 1 crowd that featured Prince William and wife Kate.
Murray, seeded No. 3, became the first men's semifinalist at Wimbledon by beating No. 11 Nicolas Almagro of Spain, 6-4, 6-1.
Murray hit 15 aces to one for Almagro and never faced a break point. He had 29 winners and just seven unforced errors.
The Scotsman was runner-up to Roger Federer at Wimbledon last month. He faces No. 2 Novak Djokovic next.
Roger Federer will play Juan Martin del Potro in the Olympic semifinals.
Federer beat big-serving John Isner, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Thursday. The Swiss has 17 Grand Slam titles and won an Olympic gold medal in doubles in 2008, but has never won an Olympic medal in singles.
On the women's side, Serena Williams dominated with her groundstrokes and even hit a left-handed forehand Thursday to beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals at the Olympics.
Williams, seeking the first singles medal of her career, has lost only 13 games through four rounds. She'll face top-ranked Victoria Azarenka on Friday for a berth in the final.
Playing on sun-splashed Court 1 at Wimbledon, Williams swept the first seven games against the No. 8-seeded Wozniacki. Williams kept one rally going with a desperation, off-balance left-handed shot, but lost that point and the game.
Otherwise Williams stuck to the basics. She has won 11 consecutive matches this summer at the All England Club, including her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.
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