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Stars make their mark

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ANDY Murray and Roger Federer have laid down significan­t Wimbledon markers with key victories ahead of next week’s championsh­ips

World No.2 Federer pocketed a record eighth Gerry Weber Open crown with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 margin over Italian Andreas Seppi in Halle, Germany, to claim his 86th career title. And world No.3 Murray swept to a record-equalling fourth Aegon Championsh­ips victory at Queen’s Club with a 6-3, 6-4 win over South African Kevin Anderson.

The Scot was in predictabl­y good spirits after pulling a double shift with a delayed semifinal win over Viktor Troicki providing a perfect warm-up for the final.

“I hope to take that form to Wimbledon,” Murray said.

Federer was also clearly satisfied with his form.

“Of course it’s a special moment for me, to win here for the eighth time before Wimbledon,” Federer said yesterday. “It doesn’t happen without making an impression.’’

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