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Federer edges first set of semi-final against Murray

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Roger Federer has won the first set of his semi-final against Andy Murray, breaking the Scot in his final service match to take it 7-5.

Both players held serve faultlessly in a match brimming with quality in front of a packed Centre Court until Murray served to stay in the set at 5-6.

A magnificent single-handed backhand from Federer gave the Swiss legend hope of breaking, and when Murray planted a shot into the net, he was two points away from clinching the first set.

Federer pounced on Murray's second serve to win two set points, and eventually made the second of those count. The British number one has a mountain to climb if he wants to make Sunday's final.

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Sir Alex Ferguson to support Andy Murray at semi-final

Sir Alex is a big fan of Andy Murray's. Credit: PA

Andy Murray was set to have Sir Alex Ferguson supporting him from the Royal Box in the Wimbledon semi-final against Roger Federer.

Two years ago Murray described advice from Ferguson as "gold dust" as he went all the way to the title.

The former Manchester United manager has attended many of Murray's biggest matches, including during his run to the 2012 US Open title.

Ferguson, 73, was due in the Royal Box alongside a host of major sporting stars, including India cricket favourite Sachin Tendulkar, former footballer Thierry Henry, and Wimbledon past champions Bjorn Borg, Lindsay Davenport and Manuel Santana.

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Andy Murray begins Wimbledon campaign on Centre Court

Andy Murray begins his battle today for a second Wimbledon title amid soaring heatwave temperatures.

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The world number three will be on Centre Court to play world number 58 Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

He arrives in SW19 in what many - including himself - have described as the best form of his life.

Bookmakers have made him the second favourite to go all the way after he conquered a fourth title at Queen's last week in impressive fashion.

Following his wedding to long-time girlfriend Kim Sears in April, Murray, 28, has declared that "marriage works".

Fans gripped by Murray mania will be giving their support inside the All England Club or watching on from the big screen on Murray Mound and TV sets in homes and workplaces up and down the country.

Murray draws Kukushkin at Wimbledon

Andy Murray knows what he has to do now. Credit: PA

Andy Murray will play Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round at Wimbledon and has also been drawn in the same quarter as Rafael Nadal.

Kukushkin is ranked 58th in the world rankings and has lost to Murray on both the two occasions they have previously played each other.

Murray, the 2013 champion, could meet 10th seed Nadal in the last eight but was drawn in the opposite side of the draw to Novak Djokovic, meaning the Scot cannot meet the world number one until the final.

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