Rain stops play at Wimbledon final

Andy Murray in action against Switzerland's Roger Federer

Pippa Middleton and her sister the Duchess of Cambridge watch the final

David and Victoria Beckham were also on hand to support Andy Murray

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Rain stopped play at Wimbledon, as Andy Murray battled through the greatest match of his life.

The 25-year-old is at one-set-all and one game each against six-time champion Roger Federer.

But the covers had to be pulled over Centre Court after two hours and two minutes as rain returned to SW19.

The All England Club had been hit by rain earlier but it cleared in time for the Centre Court roof to be removed and the historic match to start.

If Murray wins this match, he becomes the first British man to win the Wimbledon men's singles since Fred Perry 76 years ago.

Murray prompted a standing ovation as he took the first set in an electric atmosphere on Centre Court, with fans waving Union flags and bursting into applause and cheers.

But the 25-year-old lost the second set 7-5 to six-time champion Federer, though he was still cheered on by applause from the 15,000-strong crowd.

The Duchess of Cambridge and sister Pippa Middleton had front row seats in the Royal Box for the clash, excitedly talking and clapping during the games, along with Prime Minister David Cameron, who put his hand to his mouth in shock at one point as he watched intently. England football star David Beckham and wife Victoria were also in the box for the match.

Each point was greeted by an explosion of cheers and cries of "come on Andy", from a partisan crowd.

The 25-year-old was watched tensely by "Team Murray", including mother Judy, father Will and girlfriend Kim Sears, as well as coach Ivan Lendl, in the players' box. Murray's hitting partner and good friend Dani Vallverdu was seen on the front row of the players' box, rising to his feet at one point.

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