ONE day Roger Federer will get bored with the effortless excellence he exhibits on the tennis court. For the moment, though, he shows little sign of deviating from the standard of play which won him the title here in the past two years, and which has maintained his status as the favourite to become champion again.
ANDY Murray's rite of passage was declared officially over at shortly before 6.30pm last night, the Scot's mixed doubles match with his partner Shahar Peer the equivalent of a passing-out ceremony. He knew the work had been done in the single's event and it was a matter of simply turning up to achieve the acclaim which was unaffected by a straight-sets defeat against Lucas Arnold and Emmanuelle Gagliardi.
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IT was back down to earth for Scotland’s Wimbledon sensation Andy Murray today.
THE drama came to an end at 7.42pm. Or was it really just beginning? Jimmy Connors certainly thought so, speaking on BBC1 directly after Andrew Murray's epic third-round match with David Nalbandian had drawn to an agonising close, with agony being the operative word.
IN ADDITION to playing tennis pretty well last week, Andy Murray made a marvellous job of handling the pressure on him. Mental preparation is a critical part of the game and a less assured approach might have seen the young Scot go out in the first round, sunk by a surfeit of anxiety and adrenalin, rather than coming within five points of reaching the last 16.
BRITISH No1 Tim Henman has promised to bounce back from his surprise Wimbledon exit to mount a fresh challenge for a grand slam title.
RETIRING referee Alan Mills is convinced that Britain will produce another Wimbledon champion, even if he is not around to witness it.
SERENA Williams said after losing her third-round match on Saturday night that it had been a mistake for her to come to Wimbledon this year in search of a third title.
PHYSICALLY Andy Murray might have been broken - he struggled into the press conference on legs that had already given out once in the shower room - but his spirit was unbowed.
CLAY-court specialist Juan Carlos Ferrero is confident he has the ability to challenge Wimbledon champion Roger Federer's supremacy on grass.
KIDS today, they grow up so fast. Just 10 months ago Andy Murray was no more than a promising young hopeful in New York City. A week later, he was the US Open junior champion and his name was writ large across the front and back pages of news papers in the land of his birth.
TIM Henman was still in the locker room last year, packing his bags, when Boris Becker hailed the lad who had triumphed over the home favourite. "The future has arrived and his name is Mario Ancic," the German declared.
STRANGER things have happened - but not many. Scotland is now at the forefront of British tennis hopes, thanks to the talent of Dunblane's Andy Murray.
HOW does Britain's current national obsession prepare for the biggest game of his career to date? By sitting on the sofa laughing heartily at Soccer AM then catching up on the latest eviction from Big Brother. But that's what has been so remarkable about Andy all week. He has been totally unfazed by it all. His behaviour hasn't altered despite the fact that the hype has gathered pace. In fact, I've been really proud of the way he has handled himself.
PAT Cash's dulcet tones are gracing Radio Five Live this year rather than the slightly more glamorous airwaves of BBC TV. The Australian rent-a-quote was bumped off the TV gig at the end of last year for being ever so slightly less than professional.
AS THE roars of the Wimbledon crowd died down, the question was being asked in his home town, across Scotland and all over the UK: just how far can Andrew Murray go?
ALL hail the new king of Wimbledon. Tim Henman is gone, forgotten, past it. Andy Murray is the future, the hero and the man of the moment. As his brave and emotional attempt to reach the fourth round ended in defeat, exhaustion and cramp, the 14,000 souls on Centre Court knew they had seen something special.
THERE'S still a few matches for Roger Federer to overcome on the way to winning his third successive men's title but he is making light work of those who have tried to stop him so far. The latest to try - and fail - was Nicolas Kiefer, the 25th seed.
IN FRONT of Sean Connery, who watched from the Royal Box, the nation's latest sporting hero proved, even in defeat, that he is not easily shaken but the country was most definitely stirred.
SIR Sean Connery, high up in the stands, was both shaken and stirred. So was the centre court crowd, the "Murray Field" hordes, the seasoned commentators who were running out of superlatives and the rest of the disbelieving country.
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