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Sir Alex graces Wimbledon as Murray books semis spot

Last updated on: July 04, 2013 10:59 IST

Sir Alex graces Wimbledon as Murray books semis spot

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made a grand entry in the Royal Box on centre court to watch compatriot Andy Murray play Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-final showdown at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Wimbledon: Murray fends off Verdasco to reach semi-finals

Ferguson watched the proceedings in the company of United captain Nemanja Vidic. 


Image: Sir Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic watch the men's singles quarter-final between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Fernando Verdasco of Spain at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on Wednesday
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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The duo wasn't the only football personalities in the stands.

England football team coach Roy Hodgson was also present for the other quarter-final between David Ferrer of Spain and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina. 


Image: Roy Hodgson greets Sir Alex Ferguson in the Royal Box on centre court before the men's singles quarter-final between David Ferrer of Spain and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on Wednesday
Photographs: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

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Hodgson was accompanied by wife Shiela, as Murray won the battle 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.

With the match slipping out of his grasp, Murray muscled his way back into the encounter, taking the third and fourth sets as Verdasco's level dropped and then grabbed a decisive break in the 11th game of the fifth.

He wrapped up the match after three hours and 27 minutes when Verdasco sent a forehand long.


Image: Roy Hodgson with wife Sheila and a friend
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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