History-maker Sheffield’s Jonathan Marray targets doubles final

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Jonathan Marray became the first British player to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon men’s doubles since Mark Cox in 1977 after he and partner Frederik Nielsen beat James Cerretani and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

The 31-year old from Sheffield and his partner Nielsen, of Denmark, saw off Cerretani and Roger-Vasselin in a titanic match on Court 3 lasting 4 hours and 14 minutes, the final score being 7-6 7-6 6-7 2-6 6-2.

Marray becomes the first Yorkshireman to make a Wimbledon semi-final since Roger Taylor lost in the last four of the men’s singles to Jan Kodes back in 1973.

Marray will return to action tomorrow when he and Nielsen face the Bryan brothers - Bob and Mike.

“It would be massive for me if we made the Wimbledon final,” Marray said. “I started watching it for two weeks in the summer every year when I was young and that’s what got me into tennis.”

Marray turned professional 12 years ago but a series of injuries forced him to ditch his singles ambitions and turn to doubles.