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    Murray books ticket to Wimbledon semifinals  

    Jul 5, 2012

    ANDY MURRAY once again stoked British hopes of a home champion by advancing to the Wimbledon semifinals  for the fourth straight year.

    The fourth-seeded Murray downed seventh-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (4), on Thursday (Manila time), improving his chances of finally giving Britain a local winner after Fred Perry in 1936.

    Murray next takes on fifth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who reached his second-straight Wimbledon semifinal after edging Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

    Roger Federer reached his record 32nd Grand Slam semifinal after whipping 26th seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

    In the last four, he’ll meet world No. 1 and last year’s champion Novak Djokovic, who eased past No. 31 Florian Mayer of Germany, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

    Federer is up 14-12 in the head-to-head, but Djokovic won six of their last seven matches.

    The last time they faced off was in the French Open last month, with the Serb winning the semifinal. The last time Federer won over Djokovic was also in the French Open semis, last year.

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