Djokovic, Federer will meet in Wimbledon semis

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic and six-time winner Roger Federer will duel in Friday's men's semifinals at Wimbledon.

The world No. 1 Djokovic cruised past 31st-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 on Court 1, while the third-seeded former top-ranked great Federer carved up 26th-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in 92 minutes in quarterfinal action Wednesday on Centre Court at the famed All England Club. Both matches were interrupted by a brief rain delay.

Djokovic disposed of Mayer in 1 hour, 45 minutes, striking seven aces and breaking his German counterpart five times, compared to only one break for Mayer. The Serbian star tallied 36 more winners (50-14) on Day 9.

Mayer was appearing in his second Wimbledon quarterfinal (0-2), with his first one coming in his first Wimbledon appearance back in 2004.

The 25-year-old Djokovic is now 32-1 over his last five majors and 44-2 over his last seven Grand Slams. He reached his first-ever Wimbledon final and captured his first-ever title here with a victory over Rafael Nadal a year ago and has won four of the last six major finals overall.

The reigning Wimbledon, Australian Open and U.S. Open titlist Djokovic will play in his 16th career Grand Slam semifinal (8-7).

Federer, meanwhile, played in front of British royalty -- Prince William and his wife Kate -- as well as some tennis royalty -- Andre Agassi and his fellow racquet legend wife Steffi Graf, and the great Rod Laver.

The 30-year-old Federer held his serve throughout while breaking the helpless Youzhny six times in the Day-9 rout.

The two-time U.S. Open semifinalist Youzhny was playing in his first-ever Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Federer, who reached seven straight Wimbledon finals from 2003-09, is still seeking his first Grand Slam title since the 2010 Australian Open.

In addition to his six titles here, Federer was the 2008 Wimbledon runner- up to Nadal.

Federer will appear in a record 32nd Grand Slam semifinal, as he passed Jimmy Connors for that distinction on Wednesday.

And only Connors (84) and Boris Becker (71) have won more matches than Federer (64) at the All England Club.

Djokovic and Federer will meet for a 27th time, but, remarkably, it will mark only their first-ever Wimbledon matchup. The Swiss icon leads their all-time series 14-12, but the Serb has won six of the last seven. They've split 10 career Grand Slam meetings.