Olympic24: Murray targets Wimbledon final, Rutherford defends Euro title
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Olympic24: Murray targets Wimbledon final, Rutherford defends Euro title

08 July 2016 / 07:00

Andy Murray prepares to take on Tomas Berdych in Friday’s Wimbledon semi-finals while Greg Rutherford and Dina Asher-Smith claim European titles in Amsterdam. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • World number two Andy Murray bidding to make his third Wimbledon final
  • Heather Watson into mixed doubles quarter-final
  • Greg Rutherford and Dina Asher-Smith impress at European Athletics Championships
  • Mark Cavendish picks up his third stage win of the 2016 Tour de France to move second on all time list
  • Trio of Brits qualify for European modern pentatathlon final
  • Boxer Josh Kelly describes his road to Rio

Murray set for Berdych clash

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Andy Murray will continue his bid for a second Wimbledon title when he takes on Tomas Berdych on men’s semi-final Friday.

Murray, who won the title in 2013, takes on Berdych second on centre court following the conclusion of Roger Federer versus Milos Raonic semi-final.

Berdych finished as runner up at Wimbledon in 2010, three years before Murray lifted the trophy,

“When we played at the beginning of our careers he was physically much stronger than me,” said Murray.

“He's a big guy, strong and I maybe let him bully me a bit on the court. In the last few times I have played against him I feel I'm much better against him physically compared to what I was even a few years ago.

“Since the back surgery (in September 2013) I have played more offensive tennis with a lot of variety, and making it harder for him to play his game.”

Watson extends 2016 Wimbledon experience in doubles

Heather Watson progressed into the quarter-finals of the mixed open after beating title holder Martina Hingis.

Watson, who will head to Rio later this month for the Olympic Games, was playing alongside Finnish partner Henri Kontinen.

They had received walkovers in each of the first two rounds but came through in the third round 3-6 6-3 6-2 against Hingis and Leander Paes to set up a quarter-final clash with Scott Lipsky and Alla Kudryavtseva.

European gold for Asher-Smith and Rutherford

Dina Asher-Smith admitted she surprised even herself after storming to her first senior major title in the 200m final at the European Championships in Amsterdam on Thursday evening.

The 20-year-old blew away the field around the bend and comfortably held off her rivals to cross the line in a season’s best of 22.37 seconds.

Completing the podium were Ivet Lalova-Collio and Gina Luckenkemper but there was no doubting the star on a great night for British athletics that also saw Greg Rutherford retain his European long jump title.  Read more here.

Cavendish outright second on all-time Tour de France stage wins

Mark Cavendish took sole possession of second place on the all-time Tour de France stage wins list as he emerged from the carnage of the final sprint with victory in Montauban on Thursday.

And the Manx Missile admits the triumph certainly got the blood pumping as he proved once and for all – if anymore persuasion was needed – that he has reclaimed his title as the sprinter to beat in this year’s race.

“The sprint was terrifying. It was like the old days, just wheel surfing,” he said. Read more here.

Trio of Brits through to European final

Kate French, Samantha Murray and Joanna Muir all produced impressive performances today to comfortably qualify for the Senior European Championships final in Sofia.

French finished 2nd in Group A with Muir 3rd in Group B whilst Murray battled to 12th in Group A despite having to borrow other athletes equipment after her luggage was left at a UK airport and didn’t arrive in Bulgaria until late in the day.

The trio will be back in action today as the women’s final gets underway with the fencing ranking round, before the remainder of the final on Saturday.

Kelly still on cloud nine after Rio selection

Josh Kelly
Six months ago, Josh Kelly's career lay in tatters as he drank and ate his way towards early retirement. But now his road to redemption is complete, the Sunderland boxer is targeting gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer.

“I have not come down [from sealing his Rio place] yet. Some of the lads qualified really early but my circumstances were a little bit different. It has all been one big rollercoaster,” he said. Read more here.

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