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Wimbledon: Tecau/Lindstedt double team in the semis

Fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt (Sweden) and Horia Tecau (Romania) are one victory away from reaching the doubles final at The Championships for the third straight year, after the Swedish-Romanian team defeated on Thursday Italian Daniele Bracciali and Julian Knowle of Austria 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes, according to atpworldtour.com.Lindstedt and Tecau won 40 of their 43 first service points, hitting 19 aces and 23 winners. They did not face a break point.In the semi-finals, the duo will next play 10th seeds and 2010 champions Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner or No. 15 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.In the bottom half of the draw, second seeds and 2006, 2011 titlists Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan meet their fellow Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram in the quarter-finals. The winners will challenge Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen.British hearts were in mouths on Wednesday on Centre Court when World No. 5 David Ferrer opened up a 7-6, 5-3 lead on Andy Murray in The Championships quarter-finals. The No. 4-ranked Briton fought back though, keeping his Wimbledon dream alive with a 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-4, 7-6(4) victory. The 25-year-old Murray is through to the semi-finals at the All England Club for the fourth year in a row and will face France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in four sets. Murray is bidding to reach the final for the first time, having fallen to Andy Roddick in 2009 and Rafael Nadal in 2010-2011. The last British man to win Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936. “Obviously the goal now is to win the next match and try and get through to the final for the first time,” said Murray. “I’m obviously happy. I’ve had a good run here the last few years, but I’m not satisfied with that. I want to try and go further.”World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic set a blockbuster semi-final clash with six-time winner Roger Federer at the All England Club on Wednesday after dismissing Florian Mayer of Germany 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

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