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Wimbledon: Murray Mania Sweeps Britain
Murray mania is sweeping the nation as bookmakers offer the best odds yet for the Scot to win Wimbledon and tickets to the men's final sell for thousands of pounds.
Andy Murray has now equalled much-loved Tim Henman's tally of four semi-finals.
With Rafael Nadal - the man who has knocked Murray out of the semis in the past two years - out of the contest, Murray has a great chance of reaching the final.
Tickets for the semi-final have been changed hands for up to £4,500, with an average of £3,500.
Online ticket marketplace Viagogo said at one point tickets for Sunday's Grand Slam final were being offered for up to £15,000 each, although prices are fluctuating constantly.
Viagogo said there was a 20% increase in searches on the site for finals tickets after Murray booked himself a place in the semi-finals, and predicted that prices could get as high as £45,000.
William Hill has put the Scot at 4/9 to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to make it into the final.
But the bookmaker also put him at 10/11 to finish the tournament as runner-up.
If the British number one does beat Tsonga, he will become the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin made it 74 years ago.
The 25-year-old Scot said: "When you start each tournament, you want to try and win. Obviously, now that I'm in it, I'm not thinking, 'Great, I'm in the semi-finals.'
"You want to try and go further. But I know how hard it is.
"Everyone kept telling me I had such a hard draw and how tough it was going to be to get through. I managed to do that. I've beaten some very good players. It's been a good tournament so far.
"But I want it to continue. I'd be disappointed if I lost before the final in any tournament, but I don't just expect to get there. It's a very difficult thing to do. You need to make sure you perform properly."
This is Murray's seventh Wimbledon - he remains the nation's best hope of a British champion for the first time in 76 years, since Fred Perry lifted the trophy.
what do you think?
Tickets selling for thousands of pounds. What will this years royal freeloaders pay, to see the final.
Be quiet about the royals for once.They have always gone,just watch the tennis.
It's the touts that make it hard for people to go to these events it's not just the royals that get free tickets all the sponsors and corporates get more than the royals !!!!!! Also there is a waiting list to buy tickets !!!!
Hope he loses. Can't stand the bloke. Dull, self worshiping, arrogant, rude, obnoxious man. Offers no emotion and makes you feel uncomfortable when watching him.
Oh and when he throws his sweaty wrist bands into the crowd! Eww! If they hit me id throw them back.
He cant help his personality.
Wish he would hurry up and get knocked out for another year its getting on me nerves we have this every year if its not murray it used to be henman whens the british public gunna realise our players are simply not good enough to win wimbledoom sorry I mean wimbledon
If his tennis career fails he can always take up ventriloquism, he's halfway there when he speaks he gazes downwards and his lips don't move........perfect material.
He is a tennis player.not an actor or the like. As long as he wins,not everyone smiley and chatty
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As far as the media is concerned Its just a matter of when he ceases being 'British' and reverts to being 'Scottish' !
Oh really, so .... "Andy Murray has equalled the much-loved Henman". Does anyone actually know anyone that loved or even liked Henman or that loves or even likes Murray?
Spot on AB !
Why do you have to love or like them.their personalities dont bother me.i just enjoy the tennis.just hope he wins. He a good sports person.
So much negativity in the country, people always have to have a moan. I will be cheering him on this afternoon. "COME ON ANDY!!" Lighten up everyone, it is also Friday :-)