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Marray aims to turn dream into reality
Jonathan Marray set his sights on Wimbledon glory after becoming the first Briton to make the men's doubles final in 52 years.
Marray and partner Freddie Nielsen had only played together in three tournaments before Wimbledon, but they defied the odds to pull off a huge upset against 11-time grand slam champions Bob and Mike Bryan on Friday.
The 6-4 7-6 (11/9) 6-7 (7/4) 7-6 (7/5) victory enhanced the feelgood factor around British tennis after Andy Murray progressed to the men's singles final.
Marray, who is based in Sheffield, will take to Centre Court for the first time on Saturday since he visited the most famous arena in tennis to watch Tim Henman lose to Goran Ivanisevic in the semi-finals 11 years ago.
Now after going one better than the former British number one, 31-year-old Marray wants to fulfil his childhood dream of lifting a trophy at Wimbledon.
"Winning a trophy at Wimbledon is why I play tennis," Marray said. "That's what I dreamed of when I was growing up so for it to come true would be the pinnacle of my career."
Marray is the first British person to reach the final of the men's doubles since Bobby Wilson and Mike Davies did so in 1960 and the last time a Briton won the event was 76 years ago.
Marray and Nielsen's progression to the final rarely seemed in doubt during the semi final despite their status as underdogs.
The Anglo-Danish duo broke at the perfect time in the 10th game and then edged two tie-breaks to cause euphoric scenes among the few hundred spectators who had shunned Murray to watch Marray on Court 12.
"It's a big scalp, definitely," Marray said. "They've won all these tournaments many times over so to actually beat them in our first semi-final at Wimbledon is a pretty big thing."