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SATURDAY might have seen the last three hours and 22 minutes of Martina Navratilova's Wimbledon career, but then with such an irrepressible champion you never quite know.
SOMETIMES there is a touch of tedium about the successful defence of a tennis title, especially when it is by the No 1 seed. Never, however, when the man in question is Roger Federer.
THIS time last year, after another outcome like yesterday's what-do-I-have-to-do? cruelty on Centre Court, the inflicted Andy Roddick summed up how it felt to line up against so extraordinary a foe as Roger Federer: "I threw the kitchen sink at him, but he went to the bathroom and got a tub."
THE obvious conclusion to be drawn from Saturday's women's singles final is that Venus Williams is back with a vengeance. In the aftermath of her gruelling three-sets victory over Lindsay Davenport, however, the No14 seed insisted that, contrary to general perception, she had never really been away.
SOMETHING tells us that Roger Federer is pretty well focused on his Wimbledon final, minor issues like the fight against world poverty being shunted to the sidelines of his life. Which is not, you suspect, particularly good news for Andy Roddick, his opponent in the men's denouement today (or possibly tomorrow given the forecast of rain) for the second year running.
AS THE rain clouds converged over Wimbledon on Friday evening, one thing, at least, was clear. Roger Federer was through to the final. Well, he would be, wouldn't he? Federer owns this place. Centre Court is his back yard.
TO WIN a major championship requires many talents, not the least of which is the ability to get lucky from time to time. Venus Williams certainly has that.
IT'S DIFFICULT to comprehend now but few outwith these shores knew anything about Andy Murray when he won the US Junior title last September and the post-victory press conference was more of a get-to-know-you session than an out-and-out grilling.
JUST as men's tennis is doing its best to rid the world of doubles, Wes Moodie and Stephen Huss did their level best to show it is a discipline worth preserving, tending and saving. Moodie and Huss beat Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 to win the men's doubles championship and prove that, especially at Wimbledon, fairytales can happen and dreams do come true.
MARTINA Navratilova must wait another year and until the eve of her 50th birthday if she is to become the outright record-holder of 21 Wimbledon crowns.
YOU wouldn't want to be a fly on this wall and you really have to pity the neighbours. The sensible souls at ESPN have rented a house close to the gates of the All England Club to accommodate their lead commentators for the duration of The Championships.
IT WAS the longest women's final in Wimbledon history and one of the most heart-stopping epics the old place has seen in a century and more. Right up to the last pulsating point - a tired Lindsay Davenport forehand to the net, which gave victory to Venus Williams and sparked the kind of joy we have not seen on her face for an awful long time - this was extra special, a day to live long in the memory.
SO AMELIE Mauresmo's bottle of vintage red wine survives until at least the first week of September and the end of the US Open but, like an unopened 1937 Chateau d'Yquem, Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams might be supplying evidence that they improve with age.
ON THE surface, they have a few things in common: two combative blondes from Eastern Europe who found Florida more conducive to their temperaments, powering backhands down the line in their quest for another Wimbledon title. The resemblance ends there though. There is a whole deal more than 30 years separating Maria Sharapova and Martina Navratilova.
ANDY Murray yesterday received the news he has been waiting all week for, when Mark Petchey confirmed that he is to become the Scot's full-time coach.
THERE were a few hints of fallibility from Roger Federer yesterday, but almost all came in verbal form from the man himself after his 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 semi-final win over Lleyton Hewitt. During the match the No1 seed was once again imperious and virtually impregnable as he sealed his place in his third consecutive Wimbledon final.
WHEN Andy Murray progressed through two early rounds at Wimbledon, much was understandably made of the Dunblane youngster's sudden breakthrough. The statistics tumbled out as fast as an Andy Roddick serve: he was the first native Scottish male since Colin Baxter, in 1959, to win a singles match; and the first Scot since Winnie Shaw, in 1976, to make any progress at all in the singles competition.
ANDY Roddick and Thomas Johansson will have to come back at noon today to resume their men's singles semi-final after rain prevented them from completing their match on Centre Court yesterday, writes Stuart Bathgate. The women's final between Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams will follow, but not before 2pm.