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Murray makes it three in a row as final beckons

Jamie Murray servingJamie Murray made it to his third successive Grand Slam final after he and partner Bruno Soares beat the French pair Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-1 in the semi-final of the men’s doubles.

Murray lost at Wimbledon and the US Open last year with former partner John Peers.

Murray and Soares will play Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Czech Radek Stepanek in Saturday’s final.

Johanna Konta’s unexpected run came to an end when she was beaten by the German seventh seed Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles semi-finals.

Konta, the first British woman for 33 years to play in a Grand Slam semi-final, lost 7-5 6-2.

The 24-year-old collects £370,000 in prize money, while her ranking is set to jump from 47 to inside the top 30.

Kerber will play world number one Serena Williams, who took just 64 minutes to thrash Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4.

Williams is chasing a seventh Australian Open and hopes to equal Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam titles.



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