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Murray powers through to semi-final

Murray beats Tsonga

Tennis – Wimbledon: Andy Murray found reserves of strength to power his way into the semi finals after French rival Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took him to five fiercely fought sets.

The Scot won a gruelling opening set 12-10 on the tie-break before coasting through the second and looking on course for a straight sets victory.

But Tsonga, playing some of his best tennis, took the second two sets as the world number two became agitated and appeared to lose his concentration.

But he refocused and played an almost perfect set to triumph 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1.

Afterwards he paid tribute to his opponent: “He’s a good player,” he said.

Murray will play the Czech Tomas Berdych who beat Lucas Pouille 7-6 6-3 6-2.

Roger Federer came back from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic 6-7 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-3.

Milos Raonic, who Murray beat in the final at Queen’s, is also into the semi-finals after beating Djokovic conqueror Sam Querrey.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares have been knocked out of the men’s doubles in five sets by French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

The Australian Open champions fought back from two sets down but lost the quarter-final 6-4 6-4 6-7 (11-13) 6-7 (1-7) 10-8 in four and a half hours.

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Europa LeagueFootball – Europa Cup: Hearts will play in the second qualifying round following a 4-2 win in Estonia over Infonet.

Callum Paterson and Igor Rossi scored early before Alim Ozturk gave the visitors a comfortable half-time lead.

Ozturk then netted an own goal before Rossi scored again to put the result beyond doubt. Vladimir Voskoboinikov pulled a goal back for the home team to complete the scoring.

The 6-3 aggregate win will see Hearts play Birkirkara of Malta next week.

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Euro 2016Football – Euro 2016: Welsh dreams of a final Parisien flourish were extinguished in Lyon after Chris Coleman’s spirited battlers lost to a Portuguese team which finally rediscovered the flowing football that had seen them qualify for the tournament.

After a scoreless first half two goals early in the second half, the first from Ronaldo (50′), the second from Nani (53′), killed the game as a contest and put the outcome beyond doubt. It was Portugal‘s first victory in normal time, and they will play either France or Germany in Sunday’s final.

Reacting to Ronaldo’s headed goal, television pundit Danny Murphy said: “It’s an absolutely incredible leap. Unbelievable. That’s why he’s one of the best players in the world. Big moments. Big players. What a goal.”

Wales, who captured the affections of the footballing world during their unlikely journey to the semi-final, were unable to produce the sort of form that brought a spectacular and historic success against the Belgians.

Despite pressing their opponents in the last 20 minutes, they were unable to break down a Portuguese team determined to protect their advantage by packing the defence.

To complete Welsh misery,  Gareth Bale was booked three minutes from time for a high kick.

 

 

 

 

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