Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Murray looks to clinch final place

Andy Murray faces the prospect of a meeting with Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray is hoping to make history as he continues his bid to end Britain's 75-year wait for a homegrown Wimbledon champion.

The world number four faces top seed and reigning champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals with the nation in the grip of Murray mania.

Not since Fred Perry lifted the trophy in 1936 has a Briton won the coveted trophy.

"The chance to make a Wimbledon final is an opportunity to make history and I think every player is interested in that side of the game," Murray wrote on his BBC blog.

"When I'm on the court I'm not thinking about my place in history but when I look back on my career, I'll want to see where I was in the grand scheme of things.

"It's all right being good in your little two- or three-year window, but how that compares to previous eras will be fascinating.

"It's also a big part of why Wimbledon is such a huge event and has people queuing for two or three nights to get a ticket on Centre Court."

Murray, who said he cannot wait to start playing, was mobbed on Thursday as he practised. Hundreds of fans watched and gathered round him as he left Court 17 after preparing for Nadal.

Away from SW19, spectators were desperate to watch him make history - paying £3,000 a ticket for the repeat of last year's semi-final which Nadal won in four sets. One batch of tickets sold on the Ticketmaster website on Thursday were snapped up in just minutes.

Up to 15 million viewers are expected to watch the Centre Court clash which follows Novak Djokovic's tie with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first semi-final.

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