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Sampras: Federer can win Wimbledon

Pete Sampras would not be surprised to see Roger Federer win a record eighth Wimbledon title.

The pair currently share the high mark of seven crowns, with Federer's victory over Andy Murray on Centre Court in 2012 giving him the last of his record 17 Grand Slam trophies.

Federer's struggles in 2013 led to many in the game writing off his hopes of another Slam title, but the 32-year-old began this season looking rejuvenated.

Back problems that dogged him last year appear to be in the past, while he got to grips with a new, bigger-headed racquet and is working with part-time coach and boyhood hero Stefan Edberg.

Sampras believes Federer is capable of winning another Slam.

He said: "Things need to fall into place and he needs to play well but I do think he can do it (win a Slam). I think it is what he's playing for."

Just one of three Cole brothers in the Monkstown squad will be in action this weekend as the Dun Laoghaire club bids to retain the Irish Senior Cup.

David Cole has been a frustrated long-term absentee with a hand problem that has kept him sidelined for a couple of months.

Now he has been joined on the injury list by fellow international Stephen Cole, who has sustained a fractured bone in his foot.

However, the third sibling Lee Cole is all set to represent the family on the pitch at Belfield in Saturday's semi-final against Three Rock Rovers.

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Meanwhile, the Lynch brothers from Cork are primed to participate in the other semi-final – on opposite sides. Jason Lynch is a regular with Lisnagarvey, while Karl Lynch is a stalwart of Pembroke Wanderers in Dublin.

In the women's event, Lurgan have reached the last four for the first time in their century-long history. They play Pembroke Wanderers, who have not won the cup since 1975, while holders Railway Union meet UCD in a replay of last season's decider.

The finals will be staged on Sunday, women first (1.15) followed by the men (3.30).


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