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The Williams sisters arrive on Wednesday

The Williams sisters arrive for their scheduled doubles match on Wednesday to a scrum of amateur photographers

Venus and Serena Williams

But despite making a start to their game against Bethanie Mattek and Sania Mirza, rain suspended play at one-game all

A court coverer gets to work at Wimbledon

The call goes out from the cheery stadium announcer at 1232 BST and the court coverers get to work

A lady protects herself with a plastic rain mac

It's substance over style for one eager spectator on Centre Court when the heavens open

Roger Federer hits a forehand on Wednesday

The rain eventually recedes as Roger Federer entertains Centre Court, taking the first set against Mario Ancic in just 20 minutes

Feliciano Lopez hits a forehand against Marat Safin

Meanwhile on Court One, Feliciano Lopez takes the upper hand against Marat Safin in the first set before rain halts his progress

Fans dressed in macs sit on benches watching the big screen at Wimbledon

But the rain cannot dampen the enthusiasm of Andy Murray's supporters patiently supping their drinks watching the big screen

A sign on Centre Court

The new scoreboard keeps the Centre Court crowd updated on the prospect of future play

Mario Ancic looks forlorn after losing a point to Roger Federer

Play eventually restarts at 1637 BST, but it's the same old story for Croat Ancic, who loses the second set to the defending champion

Roger Federer points a finger in the air after beating Mario Ancic

And Federer lets the Centre Court crowd know who's world number one, booking his place in Friday's semi-finals after defeating Ancic

Marat Safin hits a backhand against Feliciano Lopez

After losing the first set, former world number one Safin fights back to take the second against Lopez to level matters

Andy Murray launches into a forehand against Rafael Nadal

The moment the Centre Court has been waiting for arrives as Andy Murray takes on world number two Rafael Nadal in sunshine

Rafael Nadal powers a double-handed backhand against Andy Murray

But Nadal breaks the Scot's serve in the eighth game before wrapping up the first set 6-4, cue nervous home crowd mutterings

Marat Safin celebrates beating Feliciano Lopez

Meanwhile, Safin sets up an enthralling semi-final encounter against Roger Federer with a 3-6 7-5 7-6 6-3 win over Lopez

Rafael Nadal hits a powerful double-handed backhand against Andy Murray

Nadal has Murray running to all corners of Centre Court, producing an array of breath-taking groundstrokes to take the second set

Judy Murray and Kim Sears offer their support for Andy

Andy's mother Judy and girlfriend Kim Sears offer as much assistance as possible, but their efforts have little consequence on their tyro

Andy Murray shouts in frustration after another Nadal point

Another monumental Murray comeback looks unlikely as Nadal continues to push Murray to the limit

Rafael Nadal sinks to his knees in jubilation after beating Andy Murray

Nadal produces his best performance on grass to dispatch Murray 6-3 6-2 6-4 and book a semi-final place on Friday


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