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Tennis: Murray focus solely on Rafa

Andy Murray knows he will not have to overcome the man who has dealt him two doses of grand slam final heartbreak if he is to be crowned Wimbledon champion, but he is not preparing his victory speech just yet.

Roger Federer's quarter-final defeat by Tomas Berdych yesterday was one of the biggest shocks of recent years at the All England Club, while British number one Murray battled into the last four for a second consecutive year with a 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-2 win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Waiting for him on Centre Court tomorrow, though, will be world number one and 2008 Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal, who overcame a poor start to defeat Swedish big-hitter Robin Soderling 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-1.

Murray's two previous major finals, at the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open last January, both resulted in straight sets defeats by Federer, but the Scot insisted there was no satisfaction from him at his rival's demise.

He said: "I don't care whether he's in or out of the tournament. It doesn't affect me unless I win the next round. I'm playing the number one player in the world in the next round, so it would be a bit silly for me to look past him."

It is the first time Federer has not reached the final at Wimbledon since a first-round defeat by Mario Ancic in 2002, and Murray knows how he feels having lost to Berdych in the fourth round of the French Open last month.

He continued: "Berdych is a great player. If he plays his best tennis, he can beat the best guys. He's won against Rafa a few times, he's obviously beaten Roger a couple of times now, and I obviously lost to him at the French Open a few weeks ago. It doesn't look like such a terrible result anymore."

Murray overcame a stern test from Tsonga yesterday, with the Frenchman looking poised to take a two-set lead until a late turnaround in the second- set tie-break.

The 25-year-old is now hoping Murray can go on to lift the trophy, becoming the first British man to do so since Fred Perry in 1936.

"I hope it is going be him," Tsonga said. "I told him at the net it would be a pleasure to see him go all the way. I hope he will win because he's a good player. It's never easy to play in front of his crowd. He's really strong and I hope he will win."

Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova has surprised most people with her run to the last four of Wimbledon but not her semi-final opponent, Serena Williams.

The unseeded Czech has knocked out three seeds on her way to today's Centre Court clash, including US Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki.

The 20-year-old had never been beyond the fourth round of a grand slam before this week and has only once got past the second round of any tournament this year.

But Williams was impressed when viewing some of Kvitova's matches last week, saying: "I actually thought she would get through in the early rounds. I'm not surprised that I'm playing her."


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