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Jamie Murray reaches doubles final

Jamie Murray upstaged his famous brother today as he became the first Briton to make it into a Wimbledon final at this year's championships.

Andy Murray's older sibling won his men's doubles semi-final in front of a packed Centre Court crowd with Australian partner John Peers. The pair hugged after winning the match in four sets, while Jamie's mother Judy looked emotional in the players' box.

After his win, Jamie, 29, said he was used to people wanting to talk to him about his brother. "I've spent most of my life that way," he said. "People come and talk to me because they want to talk about Andy. That's fair enough. I accept that."

Meanwhile, Peers compared their partnership to being "like a marriage" on court, with the pair occasionally pointing out each other's mistakes. "You've got to enjoy the ride," he told the BBC.

David Beckham, who was in the Royal Box with his mother Sandra, applauded the doubles team as they were cheered off the court following their victory.

Members of England's women's football team, who finished third in the World Cup in Canada, had earlier taken selfies with the former Manchester United star. Beckham, 40, sparked applause during the match when he caught a tennis ball which had bounced off a line judge's chair and in to the Royal Box.

Photographs emerged of Culture Secretary John Whittingdale in which he appeared to have fallen asleep in the Royal Box during Garbine Muguruza's victory in the ladies' semi-final.

Asked about the pictures, a spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport declined to comment.

Serena Williams stormed in to the Wimbledon ladies' singles final in a noisy match on Centre Court as two of tennis's loudest grunters went head-to-head. The 20-time Grand Slam champion beat arch rival Maria Sharapova in straight sets as her powerful serve proved too much for the Russian.

There is no love lost between the pair, with Sharapova dating Grigor Dimitrov, who was previously romantically linked with Williams. Cheered on by rapper Drake and sister Venus, Williams was beaming after winning match point and shook hands with Sharapova at the net.

Prime Minister David Cameron had joked that spectators at Wimbledon would need their earplugs, with both players famous for their loud grunting on court. Sharapova's shrieks have reportedly hit 101 decibels in the past, while Williams's cries are said to have measured as high as 89.

After England's heroic women's football team told Mr Cameron they were attending Wimbledon today, he joked: "Take your earplugs, they're quite loud." Sharapova refused to be drawn on Mr Cameron's comments in her post-match press conference. Asked what she thought about the Prime Minister's remarks, she replied: "Next question please."

Williams, who is aiming to complete the "Serena Slam" by holding all four Grand Slam singles' titles, will play Spanish 20th seed Muguruza in the final on Saturday.

Pippa and James Middleton were in the Royal Box today, a day after their sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, was at Wimbledon.

Comedian Stephen Fry was listed as a guest of Martina Navratilova, the nine-time Wimbledon singles champion. Former ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell and her husband Angus Forbes were also named as guests in the Royal Box, with Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie and House of Commons Speaker John Bercow.

Jamie Murray, who won the mixed doubles title in 2007, will return to Centre Court for the men's doubles' final on Saturday.

Meanwhile, his brother Andy will try to secure his place in the Wimbledon men's singles final when he plays Roger Federer tomorrow.


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