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July 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM   |   Comments

Federer, Murray reach Wimbledon final

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- Roger Federer and Britain's Andy Murray posted four-set victories Friday to advance to the championship match at Wimbledon.

Federer knocked out defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The Swiss star will be bidding for his seventh Wimbledon and 17th Grand Slam titles -- and a return to No. 1 in the world rankings.

Murray, 25, became Britain's first male Wimbledon finalist in 76 years with a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 decision over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

Federer, seeded third, and the fourth-seeded Murray will meet Sunday for the title.

If Federer wins, he'll replace Djokovic as No. 1 in the world.

Federer and the defending champion battled for just under 2 1/2 hours -- playing under the roof on Center Court because of rain.

After swapping sets, Federer took the pivotal the third set with an overhead smash, seized a 2-0 lead in the fourth and won on his first match point when the 25-year-old Serb hit a forehand into the net.

Federer had only 10 unforced errors to 21 for Djokovic and slammed 12 aces.

"I was able to play some fantastic tennis today," Federer said. "I hope I can play a good match on Sunday."

Scotland native Murray and Tsonga played on Center Court, with the roof open under sunny skies.

Murray will try to give Britain its first male Wimbledon winner since Fred Perry took the title in 1936.

After his win over Tsonga, Murray told the BBC he felt "a bit of relief ... excitement."


Serena, Radwanska clash Saturday

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- American Serena Williams, seeking a fifth Wimbledon title, and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska clash Saturday in the 2012 women's final.

Williams is in her 18th Grand Slam final; Radwanska in her first.

The 30-year-old American defeated Radwanska in their only two matches, one of them in the Wimbledon quarterfinals four years ago.

Williams topped Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) and Radwanska beat German Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 in Thursday's semifinals.

Radwanska, who has been bothered by a respiratory illness at Wimbledon, is the first Polish finalist in a Grand Slam event in 73 years.

Williams has won three WTA titles this year and 41 in her career.

She and her sister, Venus, have combined to win nine of the last 12 Wimbledon championships. Serena won the event in 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010.

The 23-year-old Radwanska is bidding for her 11th WTA title. She also has won three events this year.

The winner will collect $1.8 million.


49-year-old Moyer released by Jays

TORONTO, July 6 (UPI) -- The Toronto Blue Jays cut 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer from their organization -- the third club to release him this season.

Moyer had signed a minor-league contract with the Jays in late June. He had pitched twice for Class AAA Las Vegas, posting an earned-run average of 8.18.

The veteran lefthander also was released this season by the Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles.

Moyer has a 269-209 record with eight different teams in parts of 25 seasons in the major leagues.

He became the oldest pitcher ever to win a major league game while with the Rockies in April.


PARIS, July 6 (UPI) -- San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, who suffered an eye injury is June, is cleared to play for France in the London Olympics, officials in Paris said Friday.

The Games begin July 27.

Parker was given the go-ahead to play by the Spurs medical staff, a report from the French Basketball Federation said.

Parker, who led the Spurs with an 18.3-points-per game average this season, was injured by flying glass during a fight involving entertainers at a New York city nightclub.

The player later sued the club, alleging it was negligent in its security.

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