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Wimbledon support driving us on in doubles, says Jamie Murray

By John Skilbeck

Jamie Murray believes he is being driven to new heights at Wimbledon by the fanatical support he and doubles partner John Peers are enjoying.

The Scot had only once gone beyond the third round in a grand slam men's doubles competition before this fortnight.

But now he and Peers, his playing partner for the last two-and-a-half years, are one match away from the Wimbledon final.

Today they tackle Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner in the semi-finals.

Murray is guaranteed strong home support while Australian Peers should have the colourful 'Fanatics' voraciously cheering him on.

Peers is revelling in the backing from all quarters, with the 26-year-old saying: "I get two home slams now."

For 29-year-old Murray the effect has been to bring out his very best form, just as it did when he and partner Jelena Jankovic scooped the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon eight years ago.

The big stage is suiting a man whose younger brother, Andy Murray, is rarely away from the grandest arenas in tennis.

"A lot of the time we're on the road and not necessarily playing in front of huge stadiums and a lot of people," said Jamie Murray.

"For us to play here on big courts, with a lot of people coming out to support us, it's more inspiring to get out there and play some great tennis."

Murray and Peers are already guaranteed a minimum shared prize money of £85,000 which will double should they reach the final, and double again to £340,000 in the event they land the title.

Whatever happens in the semi-final, Murray will not be out of the spotlight for long, given he could have a key role to play in Great Britain's upcoming Davis Cup quarter-final against France at Queen's Club.

The tie, on the weekend after Wimbledon, sees the Murray brothers joined in Leon Smith's team by James Ward, who reached the third round in singles at Wimbledon, and doubles specialist Dominic Inglot.

France will be represented by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Mahut.

"I'm definitely excited," Jamie Murray said.

"It'll be a really great tie I'd imagine.

"France have got a great team with a lot of great players, and we've got Andy who's doing great and Wardy who had a good Wimbledon here."

Murray, who has been superb in the Wimbledon doubles, added: "It'll be an exciting weekend and we like our chances to win.

"We know we'll have to perform well if we want to do that.

"Bbut there's a lot of motivation there to try to get to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup."

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