It was doubles delight as at least one Briton is guaranteed a spot in a Wimbledon final as reigning mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray and new partner Belarussian Victoria Azarenka set up a doubles date in semi-final with the wildcard British duo of Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke.
Mixed doubles, as is it not played on tour, can often be brushed off as the Cinderella event at Slams, but in both the unexpected rise of Dart and Clarke coinciding with Murray and Azarenka’s dramatics, has set up a fairy tale British semi-final.
Murray and Azarenka despite their pedigrees have forged something of a reputation as the comeback kids of the mixed doubles draw, this being their third successive match where they have gone from a set down to win 4-6 7-5 7-5.
Murray, as well as shouldering British hopes, was also flying the flag for the Murray family with mother Judy watching anxiously from the players’ box as the final game of the match went on for almost 15 minutes with over 25 deuces against all Dutch pairing of Jean-Julien Rojer and Demi Schuurs. The latter also comes from a sporting dynasty with younger brother Perr, a centre-back contracted to Ajax and father Lambert, the Netherlands’ most capped handball player.