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Federer ends Murray's title dreams

Published 10/07/2015

Andy Murray is hoping for good crowd support in his semi-final clash with Roger Federer
Andy Murray is hoping for good crowd support in his semi-final clash with Roger Federer

Andy Murray's hopes of winning a second Wimbledon title will have to wait another year after he crashed out in the semi-finals.

Britain's top player was no match for seven-time SW19 winner Roger Federer, who dispatched the local crowd's darling in three sets.

Murray's wife Kim Sears and mother Judy looked desperate at times in the players' box, while a host of showbiz, sport and fashion stars watched on from the Royal Box.

Fans could be seen with Union Jack and Scottish Saltires in the stands, although the ever popular Federer was also well-supported.

The painful defeat means Murray and his brother Jamie will miss out on being the first two brothers to play singles and doubles finals at the same Wimbledon for 109 years.

Federer, who is on track for a record eighth title in his tenth final at the All England Club, will face reigning champion Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

The Swiss star said: "I'm unbelievably happy, I couldn't show it as much because the crowd went silent a little bit.

"People maybe expected it to go four or five (sets), me as well, so I think I played so well in the biggest occasion today and that's probably why I got it."

Murray mania took hold inside the grounds of the All England Club before the start of his match against 33-year-old Federer.

Stewards temporarily closed Murray Mound for health and safety reasons as hundreds of fans waited to get on the grass.

Actress Sienna Miller, 12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and Game Of Thrones star Charles Dance were among those who joined the Duke of York and the Duchess of Kent in the Royal Box.

Murray fan Sir Alex Ferguson and ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who is friends with Federer, also watched on.

Dame Shirley Bassey and Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour brought some glitz and glamour to the exclusive Centre Court box.

Wimbledon champions Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, Lindsay Davenport and Manuel Santana were among the guests, as were former India cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar and current India skipper Virat Kohli.

Earlier in the day they saw Djokovic breeze past France's Richard Gasquet in three sets.

A disappointed Murray told reporters that losing at Wimbledon is tougher than anywhere else.

He said: "I feel like this is my best chance to win a slam. When I play here, I feel like it's my best surface.

"I played consistently well here throughout my career. So it's tough in that aspect.

"All losses hurt, obviously, especially in the major events, but here is always tough."

Murray questioned claims that support had been divided between him and Federer.

He said: "Out there I felt like the crowd were getting pretty pumped at the end of the second set.

"That's how it felt to me on the court. Any time I fist pumped in their direction, they responded very well.

"But he's earned all of the support that he gets everywhere around the world. And also when you don't have any breakpoints or opportunities, really it's tough to get the crowd involved."

He also said that he would "certainly" not be watching his brother Jamie's doubles final live from the stands.

"I may come and be here and see what the score is," he said. "If it's close to finishing, I'll maybe try to go out and watch the last game or two."

"But I find it very, very difficult watching. I would love to but I get extremely nervous.

"I'll maybe ask Jamie if he would like me to come, if he feels like he would rather I wasn't there or I was there. I'll see what he wants."

Jamie will play the doubles final tomorrow with Australian partner John Peers on Centre Court.

Second seed Federer said that he had not been surprised by how evenly the crowd was split.

He said: "They're always going to cheer for a close match. I think it would have been the same maybe going my way a little bit.

"But I always expected the crowd to be maybe a little bit more on Andy's side because he's from around here, I'm not.

"People might not know how many more opportunities I'm going to have, so they're going to be emotionally attached to me maybe more as well, as they were to (Andre) Agassi at the end of his career and other players.

"Of course, I appreciate that. It definitely also gave me a lift to see that the crowd was actually evenly split."

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