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Basle 1 Chelsea 2: David Luiz strikes winner after shocking penalty decision

Basle 1 Chelsea 2: Luiz strikes with last kick of the game after Swiss side level with questionable penalty… but the Brazilian shouldn't have been on the pitch

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20:58 GMT, 25 April 2013

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21:15 GMT, 25 April 2013

David Luiz scored a free-kick at the death to earn a crucial Europa League away win against Basle in the first-leg semi-final.

Moments earlier he had committed a late, high lunge, which should have seen him red carded.

It followed a shocking decision by referee Pavel Kralovec, when he adjudged Cesar Azpilicueta to have committed a foul in the area when it was clear he had not.

Fabian Schar struck from the spot to cancel out Victor Moses' first half header and seemingly earn Basle a draw.

Last gasp: David Luiz struck with what proved to be the final kick of the game

Last gasp: David Luiz struck with what proved to be the final kick of the game

Pure delight: Luiz celebrates wildly after scoring with a low free-kick

Pure delight: Luiz celebrates wildly after scoring with a low free-kick

Tucked away: Fabian Schar converted after a penalty was awarded for very little at all

Tucked away: Fabian Schar converted after a penalty was awarded for very little at all

Match facts

Basle: Sommer, Philipp Degen, Schar, Dragovic, Park, Fabian Frei, Salah, El-Nenny, Die, Stocker, Streller.

Subs: Vailati, David Degen, Diaz, Cabral, Sauro, Steinhofer, Zoua.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Luiz, Hazard, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Torres.

Subs: Turnbull, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Cahill, Benayoun, Bertrand.

Ref: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)

More to follow.

Away goal: Victor Moses' (right) header opened the scoring for Chelsea

Away goal: Victor Moses' (right) header opened the scoring for Chelsea

Topsy-turvy: The Nigerian winger celebrated in style

Topsy-turvy: The Nigerian winger celebrated in style

Topsy-turvy: The Nigerian winger celebrated in style with some of his trademark acrobatics

Aiming high: Rafa Benitez wants to take Chelsea to Europa League glory this season

Aiming high: Rafa Benitez wants to take Chelsea to Europa League glory this season

Magic man: Until he was substituted, Eden Hazard was the star of the show

Magic man: Until he was substituted, Eden Hazard was the star of the show

Frustration: Marco Streller reacts after missing a good opportunity as Chelsea sat back

Frustration: Marco Streller reacts after missing a good opportunity as Chelsea sat back

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Bayern Munich v Barcelona – live Champions League

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Bayern Munich v Barcelona – as it happens from the Allianz Arena

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25min: GOAL! BAYERN MUNICH 1-0 Barcelona

It's been coming and finally the German side's pressure pays off. A corner eventually finds Dante inside the area and his headed effort back across goal is powerfully nodded home by Thomas Muller.

22min: Bayern are slightly fortunate to win a corner as Jordi Alba was adjudged to have failed in keeping the ball in play, but Robben's set-piece is punched clear by Valdes before the visitors win a free-kick for an infringement inside the box.

19min: The home side continue to look dangerous as they go forward but whether it's by handball or other means, the Barcelona back-four isn't struggling too much to cope with the German side. Going forward though it's a different story as Lionel Messi and Co have yet to get into the game.

Clash of the titans: Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery fight for the ball

Clash of the titans: Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery fight for the ball

16min: A strong penalty claim from Bayern Munich, as Philipp Lahm's shot is clearly blocked from a raised Pique arm. It's very subtle from the defender but he is very fortunate to get away with that.

14min: From InfostradaLive:

Bayern have never lost a CL semifinal match at home (5W – 1D). Their only draw was in April 1995: 0-0 against Ajax.

11min: A very even opening to a game which neither side has yet to take control of. Barcelona's passing looks better at this stage but it's Valdes who has had to make the only save of the match so far.

Aiming low: Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben sees a shot saved by Barcelona's Victor Valdes

Aiming low: Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben sees a shot saved by Barcelona's Victor Valdes

8min: In fact one or two players are slipping on other areas of the watered pitch as Barcelona win their first corner, which is headed wide by Gerard Pique.

5min: The home side have settled now but we have the bizarre case of a waterlogged pitch.

There's been no rain in Munich today but the centre-circle is holding standing water from what is most likely from the sprinklers that watered the pitch before the game.

2min: It takes nearly 80 seconds for Bayern to touch the ball but they carve out the first opportunity. Arjen Robben's through pass feeds in Javi Martinez, and after the forward returns the favour with a cut-back, the winger's low shot is well blocked by Victor Valdes.

Ready to go: The players arrive on the pitch at the Allianz Arena

Ready to go: The players arrive on the pitch at the Allianz Arena

Kick-off: Away we go at the Allianz Arena as Barcelona possession is immediately jeered by the home crowd.

19.41: Both sets of teams are on the field, as the home fans raise red and white cards to represent Bayern Munich's colours.

19.36: From InfostradaLive:

Bayern are the first German team to play two consecutive Champions League semifinals since 1998/1999, 1999/2000 and 2000/2001, when they themselves achieved this feat.

Preparing: Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer saves a shot warming up

Preparing: Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer saves a shot warming up

19.31: Viktor Kassai is in charge of tonight's game – with the Hungarian a lucky charm of some sort for Barcelona.

He oversaw their 4-0 win over AC Milan at the Nou Camp earlier this year and was also in charge of the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley where the Spanish side defeated Manchester United 3-1.

Bayern Munich last had the official in their 2-1 defeat at Real Madrid in last year's semi-final.

19.26: They may be stars everyone wants to see but Barcelona were greeted by jeers from the home fans as they took to the pitch for their warm-up.

19.23: Whatever you think of this current Bayern Munich team there is no denying how impressive their current form is. They have won 19 of their last 20 matches in all competitions – with that one blemish being the second-leg defeat against Arsenal in the last 16.

Jupp Heynckes' team have won all 13 Bundesliga games this year and are on course for the treble having reached the final of the German cup following a 6-1 semi-final win over Wolfsburg.

Club legend: Bayern president Uli Hoeness arrives at the Allianz Arena

Club legend: Bayern president Uli Hoeness arrives at the Allianz Arena

Flying the flag: Bayern Munich and Barcelona fans gathered outside of the Allianz Arena

Flying the flag: Bayern Munich and Barcelona fans gathered outside of the Allianz Arena

Flying the flag: Bayern Munich and Barcelona fans gathered outside of the Allianz Arena

19.18: From InfostradaLive:

Victor Valdes plays his 48th CL KO match, overtaking Ryan Giggs (47) as player with most CL KO appearances.

19.13: Full line-ups from the Allianz Arena:

Bayern Munich v Barcelona
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba, Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Gomez. Subs: Starke, Van Buyten, Shaqiri, Rafinha, Pizarro, Gustavo, Tymoschuk.

Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Sanchez, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Fabregas, Villa, Thiago, Montoya, Abidal, Song.

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

19.08: From OptaPaolo:

25 – Bayern have always scored at home in the Champions League against Spanish opposition (13 games), scoring 25 goals in total. Assurance.

Way back when: Bayern Munich's Stefan Effenberg (right) tracks Barcelona's Sonny Anderson

Way back when: Bayern Munich's Stefan Effenberg (right) tracks Barcelona's Sonny Anderson

Revenge: First leg goals from Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o and Thierry Henry helped Barcelona thump Bayern Munich 5-1 on aggregate in the 2009 Champions League quarter-finals

Revenge: First leg goals from Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o and Thierry Henry helped Barcelona thump Bayern Munich 5-1 on aggregate in the 2009 Champions League quarter-finals

Revenge: First leg goals from Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o and Thierry Henry helped Barcelona thump Bayern Munich 5-1 on aggregate in the 2009 Champions League quarter-finals

19.05: Bayern Munich won two Champions League group stage meetings in 1998, but Barcelona finally triumphed over the German side when they strolled to a 5-1 aggregate victory in the Champions League quarter-finals four years ago.

In fact they effectively won the tie by half-time of the first leg at the Nou Camp, following a brace from Lionel Messi and strikes from Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o.

19.00: Despite their regular participation in Europe's top competition – these sides have only clashed in three previous seasons.

The first was in the 1996 UEFA Cup semi-final when Bayern edged through 4-3 on aggregate – a tie where in the clash at the Nou Camp, Sergio Busquets' (who starts tonight) father Carles featured – as did Pep Guardiola.

18.55: Mario Mandzukic is suspended for Bayern, so therefore Mario Gomez plays up top. The more agile Jerome Boateng starts in front of Daniel van Buyten.

French following: A fan holds a France flag with Bayern's Franck Ribery on the front

French following: A fan holds a France flag with Bayern's Franck Ribery on the front

18.50: So Messi returns for Barcleona and will lead an attack along with Pedro Rodriguez and Alexis Sanchez. Marc Bartra starts in defence in place of injured pair Javier Mascherano, Carlos Puyol and the suspended Adriano.

18.45: Barcelona starting XI:

Valdes, Alves, Bartra, Pique, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Alexis.

18.40: Bayern Munich starting XI:

Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Martinez, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Gomez.

On the move: Mario Gotze (centre) will join Bayern Munich this summer

On the move: Mario Gotze (centre) will join Bayern Munich this summer

18.35: Bayern Munich have already been making headlines today, after it emerged Mario Gotze will join the club from Borussia Dortmund for 32m in what will be Pep Guardiola's first signing when he takes over at Munich this summer.

A huge statement of intent that, with the 20-year-old midfielder one of Europe's most highly sought after players.

18.30: From OptaJean:

1 – Barcelona have only won one of their 6 competitive encounters with Bayern Munich (D2, L3). Stress.

18.25: The fact that Barcelona are not huge favourites (if they are favourites at all) to win tonight shows just how far Bayern Munich have come this season.

They continue to shine in Europe of course but their domestic form has been nothing short of devastating – it should be quite a contest.

Back in business: Lionel Messi is poised to return for Barcelona

Back in business: Lionel Messi is poised to return for Barcelona

18.20: It's been a lovely sunny St. George's Day in the UK, and the weather is looking good in Munich too ahead of tonight's game. It's 16 degrees at the Allianz Arena where fans are already arriving.

18.15: No full team news yet but it seems Lionel Messi is fully fit for Barcelona, having not featured since coming off the bench in the quarter-final win against Paris Saint-Germain in the last round. That's a big boost for Barca who have stuttered at times on their travels around the continent this term.

18.10: There may be no English teams left but what a final four we have in this season's Champions League!

As it turns out it will be a double dose of Spain v Germany, and while Real Madrid are favourites to edge past Borussia Dortmund, it appears much closer between Bayern Munich and Barcelona – the latter of course, the main event this evening.

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On the ball: Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger trains in preperation for the semi-final

On the ball: Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger trains in preperation for the semi-final

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Arsene Wenger fears Bayern Munich in Champions League draw

Wenger fears Bayern bite and hails huge progress of German sides

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22:30 GMT, 20 December 2012

Arsene Wenger’s relief at escaping yet another Champions League clash with Barcelona was short-lived as Arsenal were left with a daunting trip to Germany.

The Gunners will face last season’s runners-up — and Bundesliga leaders — Bayern Munich for a place in the quarter-finals.

Barring a third meeting in four years with Barcelona, a match against Jupp Heynckes’s side is arguably the worst-case scenario.

And speaking ahead of the draw in Nyon, Wenger, who has piled the pressure on contract rebel Theo Walcott to sign a new deal, admitted his preference was to avoid the Catalans and any German side.

Mixed emotions: Arsene Wenger was happy to avoid Barcelona but was hoping to miss out on any German teams too

Mixed emotions: Arsene Wenger was happy to avoid Barcelona but was hoping to miss out on any German teams too

Wenger said: ‘If I had a choice I would want to avoid Barcelona. Also, the German clubs have made a big, big leap forward. The Spanish clubs are traditionally there and in England we have a little deficit because usually at this level we have four but now we are only two.

‘You have the French, Paris Saint-Germain, coming in, traditionally Porto are always in there. But especially I believe the Germans have improved.’

And when discussing the draw, Germany international Lukas Podolski admitted the Gunners will find it difficult against Bayern.

‘It’s a big club but we have the chance to win against Bayern Munich,’ said Podolski, who used to play for the German giants.

‘They have a very good team with big players. They have [Mario] Gomez up front, they have [Franck] Ribery, [Bastian] Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer. But both teams have the chance to win.’

The significant strides German football has taken in recent seasons has not gone unnoticed by Wenger and his backroom team.

Sportsmail highlighted in October how the Gunners, led by influential chief talent-spotter Steve Rowley, had expanded their German scouting network as a result of the country’s flourishing game.

Arsenal have already lured Serge Gnarby, 17, and Thomas Eisfeld, 19, from Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund respectively, and Wenger hopes the club’s increased presence in Germany will lead to further acquisitions. Wenger is also interested in Bayern midfielder Luis Gustavo and Dortmund prospect Mario Gotze.

Of the forthcoming clash, Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: ‘We enter this match as the slight favourites, but we can’t make the mistake of underestimating them.

Out of the hat: Arsenal have a tough draw in the Champions League

Out of the hat: Arsenal have a tough draw in the Champions League

‘Arsenal have struggled at times in the league over the last few months, which a look at the standings in the Premier League will tell you. But by no means will this be an easy game for us.’

Meanwhile, Wenger has urged Walcott, 23, to repay the faith Arsenal have shown in him by signing a new contract. Walcott has rejected a five-year deal worth 75,000 per week but, as Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday, both parties have held talks geared towards persuading him to sign fresh terms.

And in his most forthright interview on the long-running saga yet, Wenger indicated that Walcott owes the Gunners.

He said: ‘I believe what is important is to keep the young players together and that at some stage I have stood up for them.

Watch out: The likes of Franck Ribery will pose a real threat to Wenger's side

Watch out: The likes of Franck Ribery will pose a real threat to Wenger's side

‘I played them at 17, 18, 19 years of age and I know I took a gamble. It is easier to take a player of 25 and put him in the team. You know what you are getting. If you put them in at 17 or 18, you have to stand up for them. You know you risk losing games while they are learning their job.

‘Once you have produced them, you want to say, “OK, let’s stay together and win together”.

‘Somewhere along the line they need to give back to the club what the club has given to them.After, when a guy gets to 30, you can understand it is his last contract and if he feels he wants a change, I can understand that.’

Wenger added: ‘Robin van Persie was 29 when he left. Theo is 23. It is important we keep him. I don’t want to compare him to Robin, but it would be a big loss. I want him to stay and have been consistent on that.

Sign up: Wenger hopes Theo Walcott will put pen to paper on a new deal

Sign up: Wenger hopes Theo Walcott will put pen to paper on a new deal

‘I am happy to pay Theo the money he deserves. But I feel as well that I bought him at 17 and spent a lot of money on him.

‘I am a big supporter and I believe he is happy here. He has always looked to me like he is an Arsenal man.’

Arsenal have put a 5million price-tag on flop defender Andre Santos, despite telling the Brazilian he is free to leave.

Santos arrived in the summer of 2011 from Fenerbahce for 6m, but the left back has failed to live up to expectations. Galatasaray have made a 2.5million enquiry but the offer has been rejected by Arsenal, who want the Turkish side to double their offer.

Santos, 29, is out of favour and angered Wenger by making a beeline for Van Persie’s shirt at half-time during the Gunners’ defeat at Manchester United.

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Jonny Marray ready for ATP World Tour Finals at London 02 Arena

Here's Jonny! British doubles star Marray ready for rare taste of the high life in London

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22:00 GMT, 30 October 2012


No place like home: Marray roars with delight on his way to winning the Wimbledon doubles title last summer

No place like home: Marray roars with delight on his way to winning the Wimbledon doubles last summer

The Ford Fiesta is still parked in the garage and the 130,000 prize is still in the bank – becoming the most unlikely Wimbledon champion in years has yet to prove a material life-changer for Jonny Marray.

As if to prove the fact, he could be found plying his doubles trade in the converted ice rink that is used as the smallest court inside the tired old Palais de Bercy where, in front of some 150 diehard spectators, he and Paul Hanley reached the second round of the Paris Masters.

It will all be different next week at London’s O2 Arena when he teams up at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals alongside Frederik Nielsen, with whom he created one of the year's great sporting fairytales, even by the standards of the headiest summer.

The 17,000-strong crowds will be bigger than those of the Centre Court which saw them carry off the All England Club title, having barely played together previously and only entered courtesy of a wildcard.

That success has gained the 31-year-old from Sheffield entry to the elite season-end jamboree for the year’s top eight, and it will be only the second time he has set foot inside the old Millennium Dome.

‘Two years ago I had to attend an educational course for ATP players in London and we got taken along to a session at the O2, but that’s my only experience of it. Having felt the atmosphere, I can’t wait,’ he said, after excelling in a 7-5, 6-1 win over top Germans Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer.

It will be a rare brush with the high life for the resolutely down-to-earth Marray, who has hardly felt the impact of sudden fame because he has barely been in the UK since July.

Champions: Nielsen and Marray celebrates their memorable victory in SW19

Champions: Nielsen and Marray celebrates their memorable victory in SW19

‘One nice thing was that Freddie
(with whom he shares a passion for Liverpool FC) and I had pieces done
on us in the Anfield programme and official magazine. But I haven’t had a
chance to see them this season because I’ve been away. They are playing
at Chelsea a week on Sunday so depending on how things go we might be
able to get along.

‘I get recognised a bit since Wimbledon but I haven’t been at home much. The money is still in the bank but once this season is over I’ll sit down with someone knowledgeable and decide what to do with it.

‘I haven’t had a financial cushion before with the level I’ve been at in my career so that is all a bit new. As for the Fiesta, I don’t really see much point changing because I don’t get to drive much anyway.’

The most pressing thing on his mind is trying to find a regular partner for next year as Nielsen, whom he first met playing German Bundesliga club tennis in Hamburg, has told him he wants to concentrate on his singles career in 2013.

Net gains: Marray's touch around the net has seen him excel in doubles

Net gains: Marray's touch around the net has seen him excel in doubles

It is the time of year when there is much horsetrading done in the two-player code and Marray, ranked 22, really needs to find someone inside the top 35 to ensure they gain entry to the biggest tournaments. He said: ‘I’ve spoken to a few people and I’m hoping to get something sorted out because next week is the last time I will play with Freddie as a regular partner. I quite understand the decision he has made.’

What Marray’s new team-mate will get is his major attribute of being one of the sweetest volleyers of a tennis ball you will see. His touch around the net was always known within the small parish of British tennis but only this year has it fully flowered.

‘Twelve months ago if you’d told me this was going to happen I’d have been both surprised and very happy,’ he said. ‘It helped seeing a few other British lads doing well in doubles (such as the world’s No 10 pairing Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins) and it made me think I could push on from the level I had been at for so long.’

So next week he will be among the elite, such as his near namesake Andy Murray, although even then a certain apartheid exists with doubles players in a communal dressing room, while the eight singles stars get private quarters.

Murray plays his opening match at the Paris Masters on Wednesday, against France’s world No 64 Paul-Henri Mathieu.

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US Open Tennis 2012: Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski stun defending champions

Brits Delgado and Skupski stun defending doubles champions

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British pair Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski stunned defending champions Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner to reach the third round of the men's doubles at the US Open.

Skupski and Delgado, who reached the same stage last year with Wimbledon champion Jonny Marray, prevailed in two tie-breaks, winning 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (9/7) against the Austrian-German partnership.

Upset: Jamie Delgado stunned the champions

Upset: Jamie Delgado stunned the champions

There was also success for 14th seeds
Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, quarter-finalists last year, who beat
American pair Brian Baker and Rajeev Ram 7-5 6-3.

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London 2012 Olympics: Tomas Berdych crashes out

Darcis bounces Berdych out of singles as Czech's Wimbledon woe continues

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13:16 GMT, 28 July 2012

Tomas Berdych's miserable summer on the Wimbledon grass continued as he was knocked out in the first round of the Olympics by Belgium's Steve Darcis.

The Czech sixth seed lost his opener on Centre Court at the Championships to Ernests Gulbis, and it was deja vu as he slumped to a 6-4, 6-4 defeat against world No 75 Darcis.

Shocker: Belgium's Steve Darcis was too good for Tomas Berdych in the first round of the men's singles

Shocker: Belgium's Steve Darcis was too good for Tomas Berdych in the first round of the men's singles

Berdych reached the final of Wimbledon two years ago, losing to Rafael Nadal, and had been expected to provide a challenge to home favourite Andy Murray in the quarter-finals here.

Seventh seed Janko Tipsarevic had no such problems against Argentina's David Nalbandian, the Serb coming through 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Germany's Philipp Petzschner, while Darcis next faces Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.

More to follow…

Down and out: Tomas Berdych's bid for singles glory at the Olympics is over after a first-round defeat

Down and out: Tomas Berdych's bid for singles glory at the Olympics is over after a first-round defeat

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Wimbledon 2012: Jonny Marray into men"s doubles final

There is something in Wimbledon water! Jonny is first Brit into men's doubles final for 52 years

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17:57 GMT, 6 July 2012

Jonny Marray became the first Briton to reach the men's doubles final at Wimbledon in 52 years after he and partner Freddie Nielsen pulled off a remarkable victory over American brothers and defending champions Mike and Bob Bryan.

Sheffield-based Marray and Denmark's Nielsen had only played together at three tournaments before Wimbledon, but they outclassed the 11-time grand slam winning duo with a 6-4 7-6 (11/9) 6-7 (7/4) 7-6 (7/5) victory.

History boy: Jonny Marray (left) and Freddie Nielsen celebrate their path to the men's doubles final

History boy: Jonny Marray (left) and Freddie Nielsen celebrate their path to the men's doubles final

Marray, 31, follows in the footsteps of Bobby Wilson and Mike Davies who were finalists for Britain in 1960.

He and Nielsen will face Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau or Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner in the final.

Giantkillers: Marray and Nielsen were shock winners over American pair Bob and Mike Bryan

Giantkillers: Marray and Nielsen were shock winners over American pair Bob and Mike Bryan

The victory did not come without controversy, however, as the Bryans were angry at being moved to Court 12, where Hawk-Eye was not available and they vented frustration at the umpire on several occasions.

Volley good show: Nielsen (left) and Marray in action at Wimbledon on Friday

Volley good show: Nielsen (left) and Marray in action at Wimbledon on Friday

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Wimbledon 2012: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Philipp Kohlschreiber

Tsonga finds his feet to beat Kohlschreiber and vows to go one better than last year

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18:08 GMT, 4 July 2012

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga marched through to his second Wimbledon semi-final and this time hopes to go one step further.

The Frenchman came through a tight battle with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, finding his best form in the fourth set to survive 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2.

He's flying: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates victory in exuberant style

He's flying: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates victory in exuberant style

He lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic at the last-four stage in 2011 and will tackle Andy Murray or David Ferrer on Friday.

'For me it's going to be a second chance after last year,' Tsonga said.

'I will try to pay my best tennis. I enjoyed this moment again and I will try to win of course.'

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Wimbledon 2012 Andy Murray insists title is not on his mind

Murray reaches for the sky with Ferrer up next, but Brit ace insists title is not on his mind

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23:26 GMT, 3 July 2012

Andy Murray looks to the heavens as he contemplates his Wimbledon quarter-final against David Ferrer.

But he refuses to dream of the ultimate prize, despite Grand Slam nemesis Rafael Nadal being removed from his path.

The 25-year-old Scot dodged the Court No 1 rain to finish off Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-2, 6-3, but is desperate not to get ahead of himself despite being just three victories from the title.

Heavens above: Andy Murray toasts his passage through to the last eight

Heavens above: Andy Murray toasts his passage through to the last eight

‘I’m sure it would mean a lot but it’s so far away,’ he said. ‘I’m not feeling the sensations you get when you’re close to winning a major right now, because I’m playing the No 5 player in the world and I lost to him just a few weeks ago at the French Open. It’s just too far to think about it now, I’ve thought about it in the past, but during this tournament it’s not something on my mind.’

Of the five quarter-finals Murray has played at Wimbledon — an open era record for a Briton, overtaking Tim Henman — Spain’s Ferrer is his toughest opponent since Nadal beat him in 2008.

Tough task: Murray must be at his best against David Ferrer who beat him at the French Open in June

Tough task: Murray must be at his best against David Ferrer who beat him at the French Open in June

But the stakes are higher as the world No 2 does not stand in his way in the semi-finals, as in the past two years.

Instead the winner will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Lying in wait: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the likely opponent for the winner - should the Frenchman beat Philipp Kohlschreiber

Lying in wait: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the likely opponent for the winner – should the Frenchman beat Philipp Kohlschreiber

Murray brushed aside any controversy about being forced to play a match off Centre Court.

He said: ‘I don’t think I should get preferential treatment. I don’t deserve to play all my matches on Centre. Just because I’m from this country I don’t think I should get special treatment. But I hope I play my next few matches on Centre.’

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Wimbledon 2012: Philipp Kohlschreiber beats Brian Baker in straight sets

Kohlschreiber brings an end to Baker's remarkable run in straight sets

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16:41 GMT, 3 July 2012

German Philipp Kohlschreiber halted Brian Baker's remarkable 12-month journey which has taken the American from tennis oblivion to the second week of Wimbledon.

Kohlschreiber has taken advantage of Rafael Nadal's absence from the bottom of the draw, making largely untroubled progress since a five-set victory over compatriot and Halle champion Tommy Haas in round one.

Malek Jaziri, Nadal's second-round conqueror Lukas Rosol and now Baker have fallen in straight sets to the number 27 seed, who in his eighth Wimbledon has now reached his first quarter-final.

Roaring through: Philipp Kohlschreiber celebrates beating Brian Baker

Roaring through: Philipp Kohlschreiber celebrates beating Brian Baker

A 6-1 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 success over Baker was an impressive performance by the Switzerland-based 28-year-old, who until this year had not gone beyond the third round at Wimbledon.

Baker, 27, was a promising youngster but feared he was a spent force on the professional circuit when a string of injuries halted his promising career.

He had five operations and took a job as an assistant tennis coach at Belmont University in his native Nashville.

But after almost six years off the tour Baker has returned and found the form of his life, winning through qualifying before taking down Rui Machado, Jarkko Nieminen and Benoit Paire on his march to the fourth round on his Wimbledon debut.

Dumped out: Brian Baker is heading home after the defeat

Dumped out: Brian Baker is heading home after the defeat

Baker saw his serve broken early by Kohlschreiber before rain caused a delay to the Court 12 tussle.

Once they returned, Kohlschreiber sped through the rest of the opening set.
The next was far tighter, neither man able to make a breakthrough against serve until the tie-break when Kohlschreiber scuppered Baker's hopes of drawing level. Baker had failed to take break chances during the set, and going two sets behind left him with little chance.

Briefly it seemed the theme of the second set would continue, but then Kohlschreiber broke through and the end was in sight for Baker.

That's it: Kohlschreiber is congratulated by Baker after the match

That's it: Kohlschreiber is congratulated by Baker after the match

Twelve months ago he did not have a world ranking but he is assured of breaking through to the top 100 on Wednesday, but his Wimbledon is over.

Kohlschreiber, meanwhile, becomes the fourth German to reach the quarter-finals.

Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber, who were preparing to face each other on Centre Court on Tuesday, claimed fine wins in the fourth round, with Florian Mayer and Kohlschreiber today following them through.