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Wimbledon 2010: British boys to contest historic final

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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 Liam Broady and Tom Farquharson

Highlights - GB boys reach Wimbledon final (UK only)

By Ian Westbrook
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Lewis Burton and George Morgan will meet Liam Broady and Tom Farquharson in Wimbledon's first all-British boys' doubles final on Court One on Sunday.

Their match follows the boys' singles and ladies invitation doubles finals.

Burton and Morgan beat fifth seeds Peter Heller and Kevin Krawietz 6-3 3-6 15-13 on Saturday in a marathon match lasting two hours and 37 minutes.

Meanwhile Broady and Farquharson saw off Mikhail Biryukov and Alexander Rumyantsev 6-0 6-7 (4-7) 6-4.

Broady and Farquharson had looked on course for a very rapid triumph when they led by a set and 4-1 before their Russian opponents staged a comeback.

They won three games in a row and the set went to a tie-break in which they hit back from a mini-break down to level the match.

Lewis Burton (left) and George Morgan after their marathon victory in the boys' doubles semi-final at Wimbledon
Burton (left) and Morgan celebrate after their marathon victory

The Britons broke in the first game with their third break point and that was enough to clinch what proved to be a historic victory.

"We're ecstatic that there's two British pairs in the final - good friends and great players as well - so it should be exciting," said Broady from Stockport.

"It feels great but we're just going to go out there and focus on the match."

Londoner Farquharson said: "It's very exciting for both of us. It's such a grand stage but we've just got to view it as another match. We've got to go out there and do the business. It's an unbelievable court and environment but nothing is changing in our minds."

Burton, from Bromley and Morgan, from Bolton, sealed their triumph on their third match point in a final set which lasted one hour, 46 minutes.

The first two sets were mirror images of each other with single breaks in the eighth game of each deciding them.

The unseeded Britons had two match points when leading 12-11 in the decider but they were saved.

But they made no mistake when another pair of match points arrived four games later - taking the first to secure their victory.

The first set lasted just 26 minutes and the second a minute less.

Morgan, the player broken in that second set, dropped his serve again in the third game of the decider but the Britons broke straight back to level the match again.


The British duo saved two break points in the sixth game and one in the 11th as the match went with serve but then had their two chances to win it - only for the German pair to save their two match points with good volleys.

Morgan said he and Burton had learned from watching Andy Murray play.

"We watch him train and he definitely inspires us," Morgan said. "I've hit with him before and it helps a little bit."

The last British pair to reach the Wimbledon boys' double final were Andrew Banks and Ben Riby in 2000 while Andrew Kennaugh also played in the final in 2005 partnered with Australian Samuel Groth.

The last British winners of the title were James Trotman and Martin Lee in 1995.

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