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Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Wimbledon 2011: Unshaven Andy Murray rolls into semifinals

An unkempt Andy Murray had no trouble advancing to his seventh Wimbledon semifinal. (GLYN KIRK - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
On a day in which the top three players in the world were pushed — and a six-time Wimbledon champion faltered — Britain’s lone title hopeful cruised into the semifinals.

Andy Murray stormed past Feliciano Lopez in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, much to the delight of the partisan fans at Centre Court.

Fans expecting to see a clean-shaven Murray left disappointed, however, as Murray sported the same shaggy Scottish sheep dog scruff that has become as commonplace as Rafael Nadal’s capris.

After Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, watched Britain’s lone championship hopeful from the front row of the Royal Box on Monday, Murray said he would have cleaned up a bit had he known he’d be in the presence of royalty.

On a more positive note I got to meet the duke and duchess of cambridge today, I was fairly tight as I'd just come off court was sweaty andless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

.... Disheveled, couldn't have looked less presentable would have at least had a shave if I'd known they were coming! Got rid of the fluff!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Apparently someone alerted the 24-year-old he was in the clear Wednesday. Or perhaps he’s committed to bringing the playoff beard to the sport of tennis.

Murray has now advanced to the semifinals at the All England Club seven times, the most for a British man in the open era, but the Scotsman is still hunting for Britain’s first Wimbledon championship since Fred Perry’s 1936 title.

But as always-the-bridesmaid-never-the-bride (and always presentable!) Tim Henman will concede , the final hurdle is always the highest.

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