ROGER FEDERER is a keen student of tennis history - and his latest triumph has put him among the sport's immortals.
AMELIE Mauresmo would have remained as No 1 in the world today whatever had happened on Saturday, such are the workings of the tennis rankings system.
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FOUR IN a row now, and maybe more to come. By beating Rafael Nadal in four sets yesterday, 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, Roger Federer equalled Pete Sampras's run of four consecutive Wimbledon championships, and came within one of Bjorn Borg's record for the modern era.
DING dong, seconds out. It's just the next round in the battle for supremacy. Not since Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, or their modern-day equivalents Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, were scrapping for superiority has men's tennis been so compelling, the play been so awe-inspiring.
BOB and Mike Bryan completed their personal career grand slam, beating Fabrice Santoro and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to complete their set of major trophies. As of tomorrow, the American twins will take over at the top of the doubles rankings when the computer acknowledges what everyone has known for a long time - the Bryans are the best in the business.
IT WASN'T just the victory, it was the manner of the win. "I don't want anyone to talk about my nerves any more!" Having just become the 2006 Wimbledon ladies champion, Amelie Mauresmo had every right to start laying down the ground rules. The way she won the title validated the stance.
THOSE who still insist on depicting Andy Murray as a surly Scottish teenager should have been on Court No.2 on Monday evening.
JONAS BJORKMAN looks like he belongs in an ageing Abba tribute band - but, predictably, Roger Federer was the winner who took it all yesterday.
AFTER a fortnight's 'diet' of strawberries and cream, the world's number one tennis player could be forgiven for craving a more substantial dish. For Roger Federer this could mean only one thing: rack of Scottish lamb.
ONE OF the greatest tennis players ever, Roger Federer is usually a joy to watch, such is the grace and variety of his play. But he needs solid opposition to bring out the best in him, and, yesterday, Jonas Bjorkman was unable to provide anything approaching solidity.
IF THE Tale of the Tape were any indication, Amelie Mauresmo would be an unbackable favourite to win the women's singles final this afternoon. If we take history as a guide, however, Justine Henin-Hardenne will surely be the one who takes the Venus Rosewater Dish. In other words, little is certain.
EVOLUTION is usually an incremental affair, but sometimes it speeds up so much you can virtually see it happen. Rafael Nadal's rapid mutation into an all-surfaces tennis player is a case in point.
ANYONE planning a romantic trip to Paris this weekend should think again.
LLEYTON HEWITT can only see one man lifting the Wimbledon crown on Sunday - and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to guess who.
MARTINA Navratilova said goodbye to Wimbledon competition for the final time yesterday, a mere 33 years after she first took part in the tournament.
AMELIE Mauresmo is through to her first Wimbledon singles final after surviving a mid-match slump to knock out Maria Sharapova yesterday.
AMELIE Mauresmo has so often fluffed her lines on the big occasion that, even when she was 4-1 up in the final set against Maria Sharapova yesterday, some seasoned observers were declining to say that she was favourite to win.
RAFAEL Nadal admitted he was amazed to find himself in the Wimbledon semi-finals after brushing aside the challenge of Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets.
JUSTINE Henin-Hardenne is through to her second Wimbledon singles final after beating Kim Clijsters 6-4, 7-6, but her victory owed as much to her fellow-Belgian's frailties as it did to her own virtues.
IT may have started at the All England Club but it could all finish in Hollywood for Maria Sharapova.
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