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Murray excited to boost mixed doubles tilt but British duo await

By Andy Sims

Jamie Murray remains on course to defend the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon - but a British pair could ruin his hopes.

The Scot and his partner, former Australian Open singles winner Victoria Azarenka, reached the semi-finals with a 4-6 7-5 7-5 victory over Dutch duo Jean-Julien Rojer and Demi Schuurs on Court One.

Murray, who won the title with Martina Hingis last year, said: "We did well to come back. There were a lot of great rallies. It was epic. We don't make it easy for ourselves but we got there and we are excited."

They will face British youngsters Jay Clarke and Harriet Dart after the wildcards beat 10th seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia and American Abigail Spears 7-6 (12-10) 7-5.

There was disappointment for Britain in the men's doubles, though, with Dominic Inglot and partner Franko Skugor bowing out in the semi-finals.

And in the other semi-final, Britain's Joe Salisbury and Danish partner Frederik Nielsen were beaten by 13th seeds Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Jack Draper became the first British junior to reach the semis since Kyle Edmund five years ago with a 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-1 victory over Italy's Lorenzo Musetti.

He will face either Nicolas Mejia of Colombia or Brazilian Gilbert Soares in the last-four.

There was defeat, though, for fellow Briton Anton Matusevich, 7-5 6-1 to Mu Tao of China.

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