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Spain's Rafael Nadal (top) consoles Great Britain's Andy Murray after defeating him in their Semi Final match during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Spain's Rafael Nadal (top) consoles Great Britain's Andy Murray after defeating him in their Semi Final match during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01:  Rafael Nadal of Spain shakes hands with Andy Murray of Great Britain after winning his semifinal round match against  on Day Eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Rafael Nadal of Spain shakes hands with Andy Murray of Great Britain after winning his semifinal round match against on Day Eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Clive Mason

Great Britain's Andy Murray leaves the grounds after his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Great Britain's Andy Murray leaves the grounds after his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Sean Dempsey

Great Britain's Andy Murray leaves the grounds after his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Great Britain's Andy Murray leaves the grounds after his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Great Britain's Andy Murray leaves the grounds after his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Great Britain's Andy Murray leaves the grounds after his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Sean Dempsey

Great Britain's Andy Murray during a press conference following his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Neil Tingle/AELTC/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Great Britain's Andy Murray during a press conference following his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Neil Tingle/AELTC/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01:  Andy Murray of Great Britain wave to the crowd after losing his semifinal round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Day Eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Andy Murray of Great Britain wave to the crowd after losing his semifinal round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Day Eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Clive Mason

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01:  Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his semifinal round 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 1, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his semifinal round 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 1, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Michael Regan

Great Britain's Andy Murray appears dejected in his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Great Britain's Andy Murray appears dejected in his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Anthony Devlin

Great Britain's Andy Murray appears dejected in his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Great Britain's Andy Murray appears dejected in his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Anthony Devlin

Great Britain's Andy Murray appears dejected in his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Great Britain's Andy Murray appears dejected in his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Anthony Devlin

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Great Britain's Andy Murray during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Great Britain's Andy Murray during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Anthony Devlin

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Great Britain's Andy Murray during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Great Britain's Andy Murray during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Anthony Devlin

Great Britain's Andy Murray sits dejected following his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Great Britain's Andy Murray sits dejected following his defeat to Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Anthony Devlin

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Great Britain's andy Murray during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Great Britain's andy Murray during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Anthony Devlin

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Pippa Middleton

Anthony Devlin

Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton

Anthony Devlin

Great Britain's Andy Murray appears dejected in his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Great Britain's Andy Murray appears dejected in his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal (top) consoles Great Britain's Andy Murray after defeating him in their Semi Final match during day eleven of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 1, 2011. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44(0)1158 447447 for further information.

Murray mania turned to Murray misery at Belfast City Hall yesterday evening.

Hundreds gathered in the city centre to watch the British tennis star take on Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-final on the newly-installed giant screen.

However, the Scot's supporters were left disappointed as he was overpowered by the brute force of his Spanish opponent.

In the July sunshine families, young couples and a fair smattering of pigeons took advantage of the City Hall's latest open-air attraction.

The giant screen, which will show sporting and cultural events, drew a large crowd who were left wowed by the sizzling tennis action. But the gasps of excitement as Murray took the first set were soon replaced by groans of disappointment as Nadal raced into the final.

The Magner family from Newry stopped off to watch the semi-final.

Peggy Magner and her two daughters, Susan (17) and Catherine (13), nestled on a bench to enjoy the tennis.

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Peggy said: "Catherine has been following the tennis right from the start, we came in to see the result, the fact the screen is a permanent feature in Belfast is a brilliant idea."

Damien Sarsfield (34) from Carryduff was impressed with the new addition to Belfast.

"The screen is very impressive, it is a lot better than I thought it would be, I was passing and I am glad I stayed to watch the tennis.

"There is a great mix of people here, it is very relaxed."


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