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Day 4: Muguruza and Ferrer Out, Nishikori Survives Scare

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June 30, 2016

David Ferrer crashed out of Wimbledon at the hands of Nicolas Mahut, making it a difficult period for Spanish men’s tennis. Just as well Spain has the biggest rising star in the women’s game! Rafa Nadal’s absence through injury has been balanced out by the fact that Spain is still basking in the glory of […]

Wimbledon Day 3: Federer Tested By Plucky Willis

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June 29, 2016

Roger Federer didn’t want to spoil the script – he was as fascinated by his opponent as everyone else. And in a way the great man really didn’t spoil anything for Marcus Willis. Even in victory, the Fed only added to the romance of the occasion. ‘Marcus had nothing to lose, he came out to enjoy […]

Wimbledon Day 2: Maximum Magic…Beating The Rain

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June 28, 2016

Here’s the beauty of having a No1 Court ticket and a Centre Court ticket for the same day. You can make the short walk between the two great show courts pretty much whenever you like. You can see how the matches are developing and be in the right place at the right time. And if […]

Wimbledon Day One: A Tale of Two Serbs

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June 27, 2016

Novak Djokovic didn’t have it all his own way during his opening match of Wimbledon 2016. And his compatriot Ana Ivanovic was knocked out by the Russian qualifier, Ekaterina Alexandrova. The 23rd seed was stunned by her unfancied opponent in the opening set – and blown away 6-2 before she had even found her feet. […]

Murray Avoids Federer…At Least Until Final

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June 24, 2016

Andy Murray has avoided a potential semi-final showdown with Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2016. Federer will face Novak Djokovic in the other half of the draw, should both men progress to the semi-final stage. The British hope has Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Richard Gasquet in his half of the draw. And Murray will be […]

Federer Aims To Make Wimbledon Rivals Squirm

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June 21, 2016

Roger Federer has vowed to make his opponents feel as uncomfortable as possible at Wimbledon 2016. The entire world is relishing the prospect of Federer demonstrating his effortless grace on grass one more time. But Roger is hoping to create the opposite effect in his rivals. And he aims to be in top shape for […]

Lendl Beats McEnroe (And Murray Beats Raonic)

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June 19, 2016

For John McEnroe, it must have felt like 1984 all over again. Just when he probably thought victory was within his grasp, that daunting Ivan Lendl willpower came into play and poor old Superbrat ended up the loser. Nowadays they are just coaches, using brainpower to slug it out – unlike during that extraordinary final […]

Can Lendl Help Murray Win Wimbledon 2016?

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June 13, 2016

At last, Andy Murray is about to leave his comfort zone once more. You know, that cocoon, the private place he enjoyed for the last two or three years, where it appeared that no one gave him a hard time, no one fundamentally challenged his mindset, no one dared to disagree with him too much. […]

Novak is king of Roland Garros at last !

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June 5, 2016

Salute the History Man. Novak Djokovic enjoyed what he described as ‘perhaps the greatest day of my career’ – as playing time finally caught up with Andy Murray. Now Djokovic has done what not even Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal did in their prime. He holds all four Grand Slams at the same time. No one […]

Muguruza is queen of Roland Garros!

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June 4, 2016

In the end, she was the last to know. Her wondrous lob had bounced just inside the baseline but Garbine Muguruza looked confused. Could it really be? Had she really defeated the great Serena Williams for a second time at Roland Garros, this time in the final itself? Was she a Grand Slam champion at the […]

Rampant Murray Will Play Novak In Final

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June 3, 2016

Andy Murray’s performance against defending champion Stan Wawrinka was so good for the first two sets, it had to be seen to be believed. Poor Stan didn’t know what had hit him as he was forced to relinquish his crown somewhat unceremoniously, though he did at least salvage some pride in the third. For the […]

Roland Garros Day 13: Can Muguruza Beat Serena In Final?

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Could this be the changing of the guard? Or will Serena Williams make history while she still can? Saturday’s final at Roland Garros between the rising star, Garbine Muguruza, and the already-great Williams promises to be a cracker. The purest tennis has been played by Muguruza at Roland Garros this year. It has now earned […]

Roland Garros Day 12: Djokovic to meet Thiem, Serena survives scare

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June 2, 2016

Novak Djokovic overcame Tomas Berdych in straight sets and controversial circumstances at Roland Garros. Meanwhile Serena Williams was involved in a surprising battle for survival against the unseeded Kazakh, Yulia Putintseva. Serena prevailed – but only just. She will now play Kiki Bertens, the Dutch star who beat Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-2. Of the two […]

Roland Garros Day 11: Murray Through To Face Stan In Semis

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June 1, 2016

Andy Murray will face Stan Wawrinka in the Roland Garros semi-finals – but his victory over Richard Gasquet came at what price? The Brit adopted an expensive drop-shot strategy to exhaust his opponent. In doing so he cost himself the first set and almost the second too. The Scot admitted: ‘I was using a lot […]

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