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Sunday 28 December 2014

Wimbledon: Belfast City Hall pulls the plug before Andy Murray's final set

Scot Andy Murray reacts as Championships' referee Andrew Jarrett explains a decision
Scot Andy Murray reacts as Championships' referee Andrew Jarrett explains a decision
Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland
Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates defeating Poland's Jerzy Janowicz during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 5, 2013. See PA story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation. No use with any unofficial third party logos.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Jerzy Janowicz of Poland buries his head in his towel during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Andy Murray booked his place in the Wimbledon men's final
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Jerzy Janowicz of Poland smashes the ball during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Jerzy Janowicz of Poland looks dejected during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates a point during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts as Championships' referee Andrew Jarrett explains the decision to close the roof during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Spectators watch a giant TV screen showing Andy Murray of Great Britain's men's singles semi final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at Murray Mount at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Pippa Middleton applauds as she watches the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: A tennis fan waves a Union Jack during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Fans of Andy Murray of Great Britain hold up a banner which reads "Will You Murray Me?" during his men's singles semi final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves under a closed roof on Centre Court during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Andy Murray's gripping Wimbledon semi-final came to a premature end for some tennis fans in the city centre last night as the council switched off the City Hall big screen just before the final set.

A spokesman for Belfast City Council told the Belfast Telegraph the gates "always close at 9pm unless an event has been advertised".

Second seed Murray beat Polish player Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 in a thrilling display of sporting excellence to reach his fourth consecutive Grand Slam final.

The Scotsman now faces world number one Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon men's final on Sunday.

Around 100 people were watching the match on the big screen in the grounds of Belfast City Hall yesterday but they had to leave as the gates were closed and the plug was pulled.

Andreas Alm, a teacher from Sweden, was among those left to make their way home.

"I would have liked to stay on a little longer to watch the game," he said.

"I'm cheering for Murray.

"He was in difficulties but came back strong."

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