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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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Djokovic two sets up against Gasquet at Wimbledon

Djokovic is two sets up against Gasquet Credit: PA

Novak Djokovic is two sets up in his Wimbledon semi-final against Richard Gasquet after taking the second 6-4.

The World number one carried on where he left off in the first, breaking his French opponent at the first opportunity, and serving out to put one foot in Sunday's final.

Thierry Henry watches tennis with Man United legend

Great to see these two getting on so well. Credit: BBC

Thierry Henry is sat next to Sir Alex Ferguson for today's men's semi-finals action at Wimbledon, but it didn't seem as though the pair had much to chat about after Novak Djokovic clinched the first set tie-break.

Former Arsenal striker Henry used to come up against Fergie's Man United side on a regular basis during his period with the Gunners in England.

Djokovic wins first set tie-break against Gasquet

Djokovic has taken the opening set. Credit: Reuters

World number one Novak Djokovic has won the first set of his Wimbledon semi-final against Richard Gasquet following a convincing tie-break.

The Serbian clinched the tie-break 7-2 after both men broke early on in an absorbing opening set.

Defending champion Djokovic is hoping to complete a hat-tick of titles at SW19 after victories here in 2011 and 2014.

The winner of today's match will play Andy Murray or Roger Federer, who play each other next on Centre Court, in Sunday's final.

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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Sharapova unimpressed with Cameron grunting joke

Maria Sharapova gave short shrift to Prime Minister David Cameron's joke that England's women's footballers would need "earplugs" to cope with the grunting during her Wimbledon clash with Serena Williams.

Sharapova wasn't impressed with the Prime Minister's joke. Credit: PA

Sharapova lost to Williams for a 17th consecutive time in Thursday's semi-final, the top seed American prevailing 6-2 6-4.

England's footballers headed straight to Wimbledon after attending a Downing Street reception to celebrate their third-place finish at the Women's World Cup.

Mr Cameron told the England stars on leaving Number 10 "take your earplugs, they're quite loud", referring to Sharapova and Williams' on-court grunting.

When asked for her thoughts on Mr Cameron's joke, Sharapova replied: "Next question please."

Murray faces Federer for place in Wimbledon final

Andy Murray will play Roger Federer in a Centre Court semi-final today as he bids for his third Wimbledon final and second title.

Andy Murray during practice on Thursday. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

The British number one will be aiming to avenge his 2012 final defeat to the Swiss, and may be hoping that his brother's success at this year's tournament is a lucky omen.

Jamie Murray and partner John Peers won their match in the men's doubles on Thursday to reach Saturday's final.

Earlier in the day women's favourite Serena Williams comfortably overcame fourth seed Maria Sharapova to set up a final against Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the women's singles.

Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet will face off in the other semi to face the winner of Murray and Federer's match.

Spanish youngster Muguruza reaches Wimbledon final

Muguruza is through to the final of Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Spanish youngster Gabrine Muguruza has booked her place in the final of Wimbledon after beating 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets.

The 21 year-old edged past her Polish opponent 6-2 3-6 6-3 on Centre Court to reach her first ever Grand Slam final.

Muguruza, who hadn't progressed past the second round at Wimbledon before this year's tournament, will play either Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova in Saturday's final.

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