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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Murray books semi-final spot

5th July 2012

Andy Murray powered into the semi-finals at the Wimbledon championship following a thrilling match.

The Scot beat David Ferrer 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 7-6 (7/4) in a match that lasted just under four hours and included one delay due to the rain.

"At the break I went for a shower and threw some cold water on my face. It was a very intense atmosphere," said Murray.

"It was a huge match for both of us. Coming off at a critical stage, if I lost that fourth set it was going to be a very tough match."

Murray will now face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday in a bid to win a place in the final on Sunday.

The Frenchman defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in four sets 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 in two and a half hours hours and admitted that the next match could prove difficult.

“Andy's one of the guys I don’t like to play, because he's returning really well and can make some great passing shots,” said Tsonga, who is seeded number five in the tournament.

“He's quick, and all the time he's on the ball, so it's tough for me.”

Meanwhile, there was less success in the junior Wimbledon championship. Both Luke Bambridge and 2011 runner-up Liam Broady lost their third round boys' singles matches and fellow Brit Katy Dunne lost in the girls' tournament.

Bambridge lost to the top seeded junior player Luke Saville, while Broady was beaten by Enzo Couacaud and Dunne was defeated by Nigina Abduraimova in straight sets.

Next year's Wimbledon will take place from June 24th until July 7th and anyone hoping to see Murray possibly defending his SW19 crown should consider booking their luxury accomadation in London as soon as possible so they do not miss out.

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