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Murray vs Raonic in Wimby final

London — Andy Murray stormed into his third Wimbledon final as the Scot crushed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Friday to set up a title showdown with Milos Raonic. Murray gave a majestic performance on Centre Court and needed just under two hours to ensure his return to the All England Club final three years after becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. The 29-year-old made just nine unforced errors, in contrast to 30 by the befuddled Berdych, who was powerless to halt Murray’s progress to an 11th Grand Slam final appearance – a milestone which took him ahead of Perry as the British man with the most major finals on his CV. ‘’I’m very happy. To make the Wimbledon final is a good achievement. I’ve …

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Double-faults hurt Federer’s bid

London — There was Roger Federer, so famous for his flawless footwork, flat on his stomach, face down and motionless on the Centre Court grass after jamming the toe of his left shoe and stumbling during what turned out to be the fifth set’s pivotal game in his Wimbledon semifinal. And, a little earlier Friday, there was Federer, so successful through the years thanks in part to such a pinpoint serve, double-faulting two times in a row — What?! Really?! — while getting broken to drop the fourth set. Two miscues of the sort you’re just not used to seeing from him all that often. Two moments that even Federer found hard to fathom. Once seemingly on the verge of a victory that would have given him a record 11th berth in the Wimbledon …

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Huey, partner lose in semis

Fil-American Treat Huey’s childhood dream of playing in the final of a Grand Slam event was again shattered yesterday. He and Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi were a set away from landing a final berth but crumbled at crunch time, giving the French top seed duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut a 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4 win in the semifinal round of the doubles competition at Wimbledon in London. Tied at 4-all in the deciding set, Huey and Mirnyi unexpectedly froze, allowing the French duo to dominate the last two games.

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Serena wins, Venus falls

London — Instead of the ninth all-Williams final at a Grand Slam tournament, there will be a rematch of another sort to determine the title at Wimbledon. And so as Serena Williams again stands one victory from her record-tying 22nd major title, she will need to beat a woman who already stopped her once this year in that pursuit, Angelique Kerber. After Serena needed all of 48 minutes to overwhelm Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-0, at the All England Club, older sister Venus failed to join in the family fun, losing to Kerber, 6-4, 6-4, in Thursday's second semifinal. Since winning her sixth Wimbledon trophy a year ago to raise her career count at Grand Slam events to 21, Serena has come quite close to pulling even with Steffi Graf at 22 — the …

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Huey, Mirnyi in semifinals

Treat Huey and former world No. 1 doubles player Max Mirnyi inched closer to the Wimbledon doubles crown after marching into the semifinals on Wednesday against strong unseeded rivals. Huey and Mirnyi, seeded 12th in the grasscourt Grand Slam, needed an extra set in besting Great Britain’s Jonathan Marray and Canada’s Adil Shamasdin, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3, to move two wins away from their first Grand Slam title as a pair. It was Huey and Mirnyi’s best finish in the Grand Slams so far since teaming up last January, eclipsing their quarterfinal finish at the Australian Open early this year. They finished in the third round at the French Open last May. Their recent feat also matched Huey’s best effort in the Grand Slams since making into the mixed doubles semis with Slovenian partner …

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Federer conjures magic, wins 5-setter at Wimby

London — The match, and Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth Wimbledon championship, essentially should have been over after a little more than 1½ hours Wednesday. Already trailing two sets to none, he was down love-40 while serving at 3-all in the third. Once that problem was solved, his quarterfinal against Marin Cilic really could have concluded 45 minutes later, when Federer faced a match point at 5-4 in the fourth. Or 10 minutes and two games later, when Cilic again was a point from winning. Or another 10 minutes after that, when Cilic held a third match point. Through it all, Federer, a month shy of his 35th birthday, would not go away. And Cilic, who beat Federer in straight sets en route to the 2014 US Open title, could not …

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Venus rising, joins Wimby semis cast

London — In some ways, making it to a Grand Slam semifinal is rather been-there, done-that for Venus Williams. She is, after all, already the owner of seven major titles, including five at Wimbledon. This one, though, is different. She's 36 now, a half-dozen years removed from her last such run. And, in the interim, she has been through the daily struggles of dealing with a disease that can sap energy and cause joint pain. Williams made it to the final four at the All England Club for the first time since 2009, and at any Grand Slam tournament since the year after that, playing mistake-free to beat Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the quarterfinals Tuesday. "Semifinals feels good. But it doesn't feel foreign at all, let's put it that way," said Williams, whose …

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Huey, partner gain quarters

Treat Huey and Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi duplicated their best Grand Slam performance by barging into the doubles quarterfinals in the Wimbledon tournament on Monday. The 12th-seeded Huey and Mirnyi outplayed Oliver Marach of Austria and Fabrice Martin, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (3). The win matched their Grand Slam debut as a pair at the Australian Open last January, where they lost in the quarterfinals. However, Huey was unfortunate in the mixed doubles where he and new partner Alicja Rosolska bowed to No. 13 Rohan Bopanna of India and Anastasia Rodionova of Austria, 6-3, 7-5, in the second round.

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Murray, Federer in quarters

London — Andy Murray racked-up his 50th Wimbledon match win while Roger Federer reached the quarterfinals for the 14th time on Monday as the pair edged closer to a dream title match. Second seeded Murray, the 2013 champion, eased to a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win over fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios and will face French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the semi-finals. Murray leads Tsonga 12-2 in previous meetings. Federer, meanwhile, went equal with Jimmy Connors' mark of 14 quarter-finals at Wimbledon and tied Martina Navratilova's all-time Slam record of 306 match wins by seeing off Steve Johnson of the United States 6-2, 6-3, 7-5. Kyrgios, the 15th seed who defeated Rafael Nadal at the tournament in 2014, did not force a break point on Murray's serve as he slipped to his …

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Serena grabs 300th Slam win

London — Serena Williams needed just 51 minutes to clinch the 300th Grand Slam win of her career on Sunday as the defending champion made the Wimbledon last 16. The 34-year-old American brushed aside Germany’s world number 43 Annika Beck 6-3, 6-0 on the back of 25 winners and seven aces and goes on to face long-time Russian rival Svetlana Kuznetsova. “I thought it was good. I still want to get out to a little bit of a faster start but I was really focused and calm,” said Williams, who is just six wins short of Martina Navratilova’s Open era record of 306 Slam wins. Williams has now won 82 matches at Wimbledon as she remains on course to equal Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam titles with her seventh …

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