Andy Murray will face Roger Federer in the semi-finals at Wimbledon after beating surprise package Vasek Pospisil on Centre Court
Andy Murray ended Vasek Pospisil's best run at a grand slam with a ruthless straight-sets victory to reach his sixth Wimbledon semi-final in the last seven years.
Backed by a partisan capacity crowd on Centre Court, the third seed was unperturbed by two rain delays as he outclassed the unseeded Canadian to win 6-4 7-5 6-4 and set up a mouth-watering last-four encounter with Roger Federer.
Murray ended a 77-year wait for a British man to be crowned singles champion at SW19 in 2013 and the Scot is now just two victories away from claiming a second All England Club title in three years.
World number 54 Pospisil, who won the men's doubles title at the All England Club last year, had never progressed beyond the third round of a major singles tournament before this fortnight, but was unable to end Murray's quest to claim a third grand slam on Wednesday.
Pospisil came from two sets down to beat Viktor Triocki in the fourth round on Monday and lost in the men's doubles in a five-setter on the same day, so it was always going to be a tough ask to conjure up a shock two days later.
Murray spoke of the mentally tiring challenge of facing the big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the previous round, but this was a more routine victory as he was forced to save only one break point in a commanding display.
Pospisil was in unchartered territory, but did not appear to be overawed as he held to love in an impressive first service game.
Murray seized the initiative with a break in the third game, though, and stretched his advantage to 3-1 before rain forced a 45-minute delay.
The interruption appeared to benefit Pospisil as he took a 30-0 lead on the Murray serve, only for the British number one to win four points in a row to lead 4-2.
Murray earned two set points when he produced a stunning lob to send Pospisil scrambling to the back of the court before smashing a winner with his next shot.
Despite getting back to deuce, a loose shot into the net handed Murray the set, with the world number three's momentum again halted by rain at 4-3 down on serve in the second, prompting the Centre Court roof to be closed.
Play continued 35 minutes later and the next three games went with serve, though it was Murray who was dictating the rallies and looking the more likely to force a break.
And so it proved in a crucial 11th game, when Pospisil was broken after failing to return a stinging a backhand, with Murray serving out for a two-set lead.
Pospisil produced some resistance to save two break points in the first game of the third set and another two at 3-3 as Murray turned the screw, but was unable to prevent the two-time grand-slam champion from breaking to lead 5-4.
And Murray needed only two match points to finish the job, coming in from the baseline with great effect and lapping up a standing ovation as he cruised into yet another semi-final in his home grand slam.