ANDY'S ALL STARS; Royalty, Sporting Legends and Top Showbiz Personalities All Flock to the Court of King Andy

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ANDY'S ALL STARS; Royalty, Sporting Legends and Top Showbiz Personalities All Flock to the Court of King Andy


Byline: COLIN DUNCAN

A NDY MURRAY has already put on a command performance for royalty and proved that Britain has definitely Got Talent in front of Michael McIntyre at Wimbledon this week.

Yesterday the Scot raced into the men's singles semi-finals, devouring Feliciano Lopez, left, as a Great White Shark and a former Formula One world champion looked on from Centre Court.

Greg Norman and Lewis Hamilton joined Jack Nicklaus as the latest superstars from the sporting world to hop aboard the Murray bandwagon as his dream of ending the nation's agonising 75-year wait for a male Grand Slam winner lived on.

And Pippa Middleton got in on the act yesterday as well after her sister Princess Catherine had watched the Scot demolish Richard Gasquet on Monday with hubby Prince William.

This was another hugely impressive victory although Lopez was not at the races as the British No.1 cruised to a comfortable 6-3 6-4 6-4 success to reach his third consecutive Wimbledon semi-final.

Murray's clinical destruction of the Spaniard set up another crack at Rafael Nadal, who ousted him from the tournament at the same stage 12 months ago.

However, while this might be familiar territory the fourth seed looks an entirely different animal this time around as he bids to go one better and reach Sunday's final.

Illusions Lopez is a talented player on grass and was making his third appearance in the last eight at SW19, but Murray's sublime shot-making throughout a one-sided contest made him look pedestrian.

Understandably, the Scot was delighted after finishing off in style with an ace, although he is under no illusions as to the difficulty of trying to overcome Nadal tomorrow.

Murray said: "It was good. I think Feliciano was a little bit tired as he had a long match in the last round and struggled a bit with his movement.

"I served well for most of the match. I was a little tentative towards the end of the third set but it was good. I'm playing well. You get pushed more and more as the rounds go on and I'm sure I'm going to get pushed even harder. I'll have to up my game again.

"I have played well so far but I need to play even better. I've played well here pretty much each year I have been here and this year I think I have played better again. I've lost in the semis the last two years so I want to go further this time."

In the build-up to his quarter-final clash Murray practised twice with left-hander Daniel Nestor. It was a move which paid off with the Spanish southpaw failing to lay a glove on Murray.

To be fair Lopez's exertions earlier in the tournament appeared to have caught up with him. …

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