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Michael Taylor 1st Jul 2009 - 16:48

Murray punter on course to cop £16,000

Welsh tennis fan Merfyn Griffiths has moved a step closer to collecting £16,000 from a bet he struck five years ago. The nervous Ruthin resident bet with William Hill that Andy Murray will win Wimbledon in or before 2010, after the Scot moved into the semi final.

Mr Griffiths, who works for the police force, is on holiday in Spain with his wife, but has been keeping in contact with us as Murray moves through the tournament - however, 'he says he prefers to stay on holiday rather than returning to see the Final should Andy reach it' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

'He contacted me in August 2004 when he bet £60 at 200/1 on Andy winning Wimbledon, and a further £40 at 100/1 for him to win any Grand Slam tournament. So, if Andy wins Wimbledon both bets will be won.'

And after seeing Murray batter Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets en route to the first Wimbledon semi-final of his career, few would dismiss the legitimacy of the Scot's Grand Slam title charge.

The Dunblane star rarely looked in danger as any negative thoughts emanating from the Wawrinka match were promptly put to rest.

It now seems only a miracle can stop Murray from becoming the first British man to play in a Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin faced off against Don Budge way back in 1938.

Merfyn Griffiths may want to hold off on the champagne just for now though given Roger Federer's progress in the other half of the draw.

His straight sets romp of big serving Ivo Karlovic in today's quarter final was typically Federer-esque as he barely broke sweat despite the searing heat at the All England Club.

The Swiss master should have little to worry about in his semi final tie against Novak Djokovic's conqueror, Tommy Haas as well.

The German may have been enjoying an Indian Summer on grass courts but even with form and momentum in his favour it seems unlikely that he'll stop Federer from reaching a seventh consecutive Wimbledon final.

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