WHEN Jamie Murray lifted the mixed doubles trophy at Wimbledon last weekend alongside his Serbian partner Jelena Jankovic, it was no exaggeration to say that he was the first Scot in living memory to win a Grand Slam title at the championships.
IN THE end Wimbledon came good, as it usually does, with an enthralling men's final and the happy victory of the Serbo-Scottish pair, Jelena Jankovic and Jamie Murray, in the mixed doubles.
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JAMIE Murray, who became the first Briton to win a senior title at Wimbledon for 20 years when he claimed the mixed doubles title on Sunday, is backing his brother, Andy, to emulate his SW19 triumph.
ROGER Federer's sense of timing has always been exquisite, but perhaps it is his mother, the South African-born Lynette, who must take the credit for delivering her son into a world that was in its halcyon days of tennis competition.
IT was not a determination to beat brother Andy to Grand Slam glory but the prospect of a smooch with his partner that inspired Jamie Murray to Wimbledon glory yesterday.
'MURRAY wins Wimbledon!' The headline was destined never to be written when big British hope Andy Murray succumbed to a wrist injury on the eve of the Championships.
TWINS Bob and Mike Bryan lost their Wimbledon men's doubles title to Grand Slam debutants Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra of France.
WITH AN opponent such as Rafael Nadal dogging his every step, you might expect Roger Federer would wish the Spaniard to go away. But far from it. After defeating Nadal in five sets to win his fifth-straight Wimbledon title, Federer's message to the man from Mallorca was quite the reverse: hang around, and you will win here soon.
LONG after the memories of miserable weather have faded, Wimbledon 2007 will be remembered for the classic it produced on its final afternoon. Watched by the five-time champion Bjorn Borg from the Royal Box, Roger Federer was pressurised nearly all the way by Rafael Nadal before at last emulating the great Swede with a 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 victory.
SO A Scot called Murray took a starring role in this tournament after all - and gave the home crowd a British winner to cheer here for the first time in 20 years. Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic were a scratch partnership for this tournament, but last night they proved they are also a winning combination as they took the mixed doubles title with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win over Jonas Bjorkman and Alicia Molik.
AT THE start of this year Venus and Serena Williams were being widely written off as semi-detached tennis players. "Part-time tourists" they were called, a reference not only to the fact that they pick and choose which tournaments they enter, but also to their supposed greater enthusiasm for other things.
BEFORE the final, she had promised to "kiss him all over" if they won. And when Jamie Murray - the first Scot to win a Wimbledon title in more than a century - lifted the mixed doubles title last night with his partner Jelena Jankovic, he may well have been driven to success by the novel incentive.
GRACE Jones has been a regular fixture all week, sitting just in front of the press box so as to be seen by the world's hacks but while not making herself available for interview.
THE Williams sisters never cease to amaze.
THE youngsters will have to wait for another year. For all their heroics in the past few days, the young guns could not overcome the big men at the top and so Roger Federer will face Rafael Nadal today in the Wimbledon final. Federer was too good, too strong and too experienced for a weary and aching Richard Gasquet, and won his semi- final with consummate ease, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
THEY breed them tough at the top - as the young men currently attempting to challenge Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are learning to their cost. Novak Djokovic pulled up short in his semi-final with Nadal, finally throwing in the towel and succumbing to injury and sheer exhaustion as the Spaniard led 3-6, 6-1, 4-1. It was a disappointing end to what had been a stunning tournament for the young Serb.
WHO would have thought at this time last year that we would all be back in SW19 celebrating a Murray in a Wimbledon final so soon in his career? And who would have thought then that it would Jamie and not Andy who was the first one to reach a major final? But a Murray we had, as Jamie and Jelena Jankovic beat Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the mixed doubles final.
SUBJECTED to a humiliating upset in front of a global audience, many tennis players resort to self-pity, implausible excuses or random nonsense. Not long after losing to Marion Bartoli in the Wimbledon semi-final, however, Justine Henin stared the truth in the face and offered a rational analysis of what had occurred.
IT WAS the biggest upset for years at Wimbledon. It was the greatest win of her life. Now Marion Bartoli faces an even bigger challenge today if she is to win the women's singles title. You can only hope she had a good night's sleep.
SERBIA'S Novak Djokovic battled past the stern challenge of Marcos Baghdatis in an epic five-set quarter-final, while rare sunshine at this year's Wimbledon brought out the ruthless streaks in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
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