LeBron provides Andy Murray inspiration

07:26, Jul 05 2012
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Tents are put up as tennis fans camp over night during previews for the Wimbledon Championships.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain serves in a practice session.
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Andy Murray of Great Britain in a practice session.
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Petra Kvitova talks to the media during a pre-tournament press conference at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon.
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Novak Djokovic talks to the media during a pre-tournament press conference at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon.
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Petra Kvitova arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Elena Vesnina arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Li Na arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Caroline Wozniacki arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Maria Sharapova arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Ana Ivanovic arrives at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Venus Williams (L) and Serena Williams (R) arrive at the WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at The Roof Gardens.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland bounces a football at the practice courts at Wimbledon.
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Heather Watson of Britain hits a return to Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles tennis match.
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Ernests Gulbis of Latvia celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their men's singles tennis match.
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Kim Clijsters of Belgium celebrates winning her women's singles tennis match against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.
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Ernests Gulbis of Latvia hits a return to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their men's singles tennis match.
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A general view of Court 2.
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Naomi Broady of Great Britain hits a forehand return during her women's singles first round match against Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain.
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Venus Williams of the US hits a return to Elena Vesnina of Russia during their women's singles tennis match.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Albert Ramos of Spain during their men's singles tennis match.
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Matosevic of Australia serves the ball during his men's singles first round match against Xavier Malisse of Belgium.
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Anne Keothavong of Great Britain returns a shot her Ladies Singles first round match against Laura Pous-Tio of Spain.
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Ashleigh Barty of Australia serves during her Ladies Singles first round match against Roberta Vinci of Italy.
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Andy Roddick of the USA reacts to a play during his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Jamie Baker of Great Britain.
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Urszula Radwanska of Poland in action during her ladies singles first round loss to New Zealand's Marina Erakovic.
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Jamie Baker returns a shot returns a shot during his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Andy Roddick of the USA.
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Robin Haase of the The Netherlands in action during his Gentlemens Singles first round match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Ryan Harrison of the US.
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Sorana Cirstea of Romania celebrates after defeating Li Na of China.
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Maria Sharapovaof Russia serves to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.
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Sorana Cirstea of Romania celebrates after defeating Li Na of China.
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Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic reaches to hit a return to Kim Clijsters of Belgium.
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Tamira Paszek of Austria celebrates after winning the second set in her womens singles tennis match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Fabio Fognini of Italy.
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Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall sit on Centre Court.
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Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic unleashes a serve during his second round win over Rafa Nadal.
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Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic celebrates his win over Rafael Nadal in the second round.
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A security guard stands on Centre Court as the roof is closed.
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A ballboy crouches near the net on Court One.
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Novac Djokovic hits a return to Radek Stepanek in a third round match at Wimbledon.
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Roger Federer serves to Julien Benneteau of France during his third round match at Wimbledon.
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Serbian tennis player Janko Tipsarevic hits a return to Mikhail Youzhny during their third round match at Wimbledon.
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Roger Federer returns the ball during his fourth round match against Xavier Malisse.
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Sabine Lisicki of Germany celebrates after her fourth round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia.
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Serena Williams hits a backhand return during her fourth round match against Yaroslava Shvedova.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland recieves medical attention during his fourth round match against Xavier Malisse of Belgium.
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Viktor Troicki of Serbia slips during his men's singles tennis match against Novak Djokovic.
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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hands to a ball boy feathers that she picked up from the court during her match against Ana Ivanovic.
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France checks on a line judge hit by the ball from a serve by Mardy Fish.
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Spectators shield themselves from the rain showers on day seven of Wimbledon.
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Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland lines up a shot during her Ladies' Singles quarterfinal match against Maria Kirilenko of Russia.
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Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra of France in action during their Gentlemen's Doubles third round match against Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the USA.
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A general view of umpires on day eight.
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Sabine Lisicki of Germany returns a shot during her Ladies' Singles quarterfinal match against Angelique Kerber of Germany
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France celebrates after winning his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Mardy Fish of the USA.
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Serena Williams of the USA celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles quarterfinal match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.
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Mardy Fish of the USA reaches for a shot during his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
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A general view of atmosphere on day eight.
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David Ferrer of Spain in action during his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.
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Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Marin Cilic of Croatia.
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Ipek Soylu of Turkey in action during her Girls' Singles first round match against Maria Ines Deheza of Bolivia.
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Andy Murray waits during a change in ends during his quarterfinal against David Ferrer.
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Prince William (right) shakes hands with former Wimbledon winner Rod Laver as he exits the arena.
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Andy Murray gets airborne as he serves during his victory over David Ferrer.
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An ecstatic Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France leaps in the air after his win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber regroups after his defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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Venus and Serena Williams (foreground) walk off court after their doubles victory against Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova.
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Briton Andy Murray (R) shows no sign of the weight of expectation on him as he shares a joke with coach Ivan Lendl at a practice session.
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Agnieszka Radwanska wins match point against Angelique Kerber to qualify for the Wimbledon final.
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Agnieszka Radwanska (R) consoles beaten opponent Angelique Kerber following their Wimbledon semi-final.
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Serena Williams reacts after beating Victoria Azarenka to qualify for her seventh Wimbledon final.
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Serena Williams in happy spirits during her semi-final defeat of Victoria Azarenka.
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Serena Williams in happy spirits during her semi-final defeat of Victoria Azarenka.
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Roger Federer celebrates his semi-final win over Novak Djokovic.
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Novak Djokovic returns serve during his semi-final against Roger Federer.
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Novak Djokovic congratulates Roger Federer after their semi-final.
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Andy Murray slips during his semi-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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Andy Murray celebrates reaching the Wimbledon final.
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves to Andy Murray during their semi-final.
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Serena and Venus Williams celebrate a point during their doubles semi-final win.
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Agnieszka Radwanska stretches for the ball during the women's final.
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Serena Williams is all smiles after winning her fifth Wimbledon title.
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Serena Williams collapses on the grass after beating Agnieszka Radwanska in the women's final.
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Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska walk onto centre court for the women's final.
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Serena Williams slips on her way to net.
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Serena and Venus Williams celebrate after winning the Wimbledon doubles final.
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Roger Federer salutes the Wimbledon crowd after being presented with his trophy.
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Roger Federer kisses the Wimbledon trophy for the seventh time after beating Andy Murray in the men's final in London.
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Champion Roger Federer (L) poses with beaten finalist Andy Murray after their singles battle on centre court.
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Residents of Scottish town Dunblane, the home of Andy Murray, get excited during the Wimbledon men's singles final.
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Roger Federer collapses on centre court after winning match point against Andy Murray.
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Andy Murray disputes a point during his Wimbledon final loss to Roger Federer.
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Roger Federer steps up to receive the Wimbledon trophy as beaten opponent Andy Murray walks away.

Britain's great Wimbledon hope Andy Murray compared himself with NBA great LeBron James on Wednesday after moving within two victories of his first major title.

The Scot has come tantalisingly close to a breakthrough, reaching three previous Wimbledon semi-finals, two Australian Open finals and one US Open final, but has always come up short in the final shake-up.

James won his first NBA championship with the Miami Heat last season after a few close shaves and Murray, a big basketball fan, said it was inspiring to see.

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SUPERSTAR COMPARISON: "LeBron James would be a good example," said Murray when asked if he could compare his situation to other sportsmen. "He obviously is a great basketball player. He came very close to winning quite a lot of times."

"LeBron James would be a good example," said Murray when asked if he could compare his situation to other sportsmen.

"He obviously is a great basketball player. He came very close to winning quite a lot of times.

"Him winning this year I'm sure was massive. For me as a basketball fan it was nice to see.

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DREAM ACHIEVED: Lebron James won his first NBA championship with the Miami Heat last season.
DREAM ACHIEVED: Lebron James won his first NBA championship with the Miami Heat last season.

"I would say for me I guess it's a similar situation. I've been close a lot of times and not quite made it.

"You know, you just have to keep putting myself in the position, and hopefully it will click."

Murray, who came through a fierce battle with Spain's David Ferrer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, has been criticised for failing to perform in three grand slam finals, albeit losses to all-time great Roger Federer twice and world number one Novak Djokovic.

Often low-key and dour when talking about his tennis matches, Murray warmed to the task when discussing James.

"I follow basketball a lot and watch a lot of the sports news and stuff," he said. "There's a lot of people out there that didn't want him to win.

"There's a lot of people that said he would never win. There's a lot of people who said he never played his best in finals. In the fourth quarter of games he never steps up.

"Then you see how he played the whole of the finals, the whole of the playoffs.

"Sometimes it takes guys a bit longer than others."

Murray will hope James's exploits are an omen as he prepares to do battle with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday when victory would make him the first Briton to reach the Wimbledon men's singles final since 1938.

FOUR-SETTER

Murray reached a fourth consecutive Wimbledon semi-final with a dramatic 6-7 7-6 6-4 7-6 victory over Ferrer in a rain-disrupted quarter-final.

The British fourth seed thrilled the Centre Court crowd by fighting back from a set down to book a last-four meeting with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Murray gradually wore down tenacious seventh seed Ferrer after a nail-biting second-set tiebreak in which he fell 5-2 behind and saved a set point at 6-5 down before taking it 8-6.

He clinched the third set with an ace before a short rain interruption with the score 5-5 in the fourth and he won the decisive tiebreak 7-4, sealing victory in three hours 52 minutes with another ace.

The Scot, who sent down 18 aces altogether, said it was tense in the dressing-rooms during the rain interruption.

"At the break I went for a shower and threw some cold water on my face. It was a very intense atmosphere," he said.

"It was a huge match for both of us. Coming off at a critical stage, if I lost that fourth set it was going to be a very tough match."

In a clash packed with intriguing long rallies, Murray fought back from 5-2 down in the first set after a dominant start by Ferrer, a tenacious performer with four titles to his name this year.

Ferrer, who had previously dropped just one set in the tournament, had a set point in the first set at 5-4 but the Scot fended it off before the Spaniard came through to win the tiebreak 7-5 in a little over an hour.

Each player had a break in the second set with Ferrer setting himself up to serve for a 2-0 lead after Murray chipped wide, one of his few errors at the net.

However, Murray broke straight back as Ferrer uncharacteristically put two successive balls wide playing to his opponent's backhand.

Murray, seeking to become the first British man to reach the Wimbledon final since 1938, was full of praise for his opponent.

"He's a great player, he's number five and doesn't always get the respect.... he's an unbelievably hard worker," Murray said.

Reuters