Murray aiming to follow City's lead
- Thu 30 Jun 2011, 11:12AM
- Posted by David Clayton
So can Andy Murray finally end British tennis’ long wait for a Wimbledon men’s champion?
With City ending a 35-year wait for silverware in May, perhaps the omens are good!
Murray will aim to beat Spain’s Rafa Nadal in the semi-final on Friday and go on to lift the coveted trophy on Sunday. If he does so, he’ll finally lay the ghost of failure that’s haunted men’s tennis in this country since Stockport's Fred Perry last won in 1936.
Murray was a decent football prospect, turning down Rangers' school of excellence at 15, and supports Edinburgh outfit Hibernian.
No.1 seed Nadal will be looking to add to his 2008 and 2010 titles, but the Majorca-born player will also be keeping in touch with what's going on transfer-wise back at the Bernabeu.
Nadal has a soft spot for hometown RCD Mallorca but is a Real Madrid fan, even though his uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, played nearly 500 games for great rivals Barcelona, winning 62 caps for Spain along the way. No doubt David Silva will be shouting Nadal on this weekend.
In the other semi-final, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will take on No.2 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia – the latter could well be a friend of City defender Aleksandar Kolarov while Tsonga is a cousin of Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia.
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