Wimbledon 2011: Liam Broady secures boys' final place

By Phil MaidenBBC Sport at Wimbledon

Britain's Liam Broady reached the Wimbledon boys' singles final with a 6-4 6-3 win over Australian Jason Kubler.

The 17-year-old 15th seed from Stockport earned victory in one hour and 19 minutes and now faces Australian 16th seed Luke Saville in the final.

Nottingham-based Broady, the first Briton to reach the final since 2004, is also still in the boy's doubles.

Broady and Slovak partner Filip Horansky beat Ben Wagland and Andrew Whittington 6-3 6-3 in the last eight.

The fourth seeds will face another Briton George Morgan and Croatian Mate Pavic, the second seeds, in their semi-final which is the third match on Court 18 on Saturday.

Morgan, from Bolton, and Pavic beat unseeded Spanish duo Alvarez Llamas and Oriol Roca Batalla 6-4 6-2 in their quarter-final.

Broady is one of the reigning champions in the doubles after winning it with partner Tom Farquharson last year.

In the singles final he will hope to go one better than compatriot Miles Kasiri, who lost to Gael Monfils in the final seven years ago.

The last British champion was Stanley Matthews, son of the football legend, who won the title in 1962.

Broady, who plays outside the Lawn Tennis Association system, said: "I think I've done a lot better than most people would think to get here already.

Liam Broady
Broady won a marathon quarter-final to set up his tie against Kubler

"So I think I'll just go out there and just play my tennis and see what comes out of it."

The boys' final is the opening match on Court One at 1300 BST on Saturday.

Broady took an early advantage in the first set of his semi-final, breaking Kubler in the fourth game by finishing off a rally with a superb cross-court forehand.

The Australian fought back three games later as Broady struggled with his first serve on the new Court Three.

But the English teenager got the crucial break in the 10th game with his powerful returns proving too much for his unseeded opponent.

The 2010 boys' doubles champion edged closer to a boys' final place thanks to a double fault from Kubler to go 3-1 ahead in the second set.

Just like in the first set Kubler broke back in the seventh game but this time Broady reacted instantly before going on to serve for the match.

Meanwhile, there were mixed results for the other Britons in the boys' doubles quarter-finals.

Oliver Golding, from London, and Czech partner Jiri Vesely, the top seeds, beat Maxim Dubarenco and Vladyslay Manafov 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.

They will play Spanish third seeds Andres Artunedo and Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat British duo Sam Hutt, of Wiltshire, and Joshua Ward-Hibbett, of Nottingham.

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