Wimbledon 2010

Wimbledon 2010

Spaniard talks of nerves, but no sign of anxiety in another commanding display

HE CLAIMED he was nervous on the big shots, but if that was Rafael Nadal performing with his nerves jangling then it's little wonder the rest of the tour are beginning to view head-to-heads with the World No 1 as an appointment with impending despondency. His second Wimbledon title was won in emphatic style, without the Spaniard having to dig out his peak performance, and it now takes his glory haul to eight grand slam titles.

No coaching changes on horizon for Murray

SOURCES close to Andy Murray have denied a report that the world No 4 is about to part company with coach Miles Maclagan.

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British win in boys' doubles

ANDY Murray can rest easy. Britain has home-grown champions at Wimbledon after all.

Berdych targets top five ranking after acknowledging his failure to exploit rare opportunities

TOMAS Berdych was second best by some way against Rafael Nadal, but after losing his first Wimbledon final the 24-year-old Czech was understandably far from despondent.

An ordinary victory for an extraordinary champion

WE HAVE been spoiled for classics lately. The 2008 Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer was widely hailed as the greatest ever, and the one a year earlier between the same two opponents was also of the highest standard. A little before that, Goran Ivanisevic's 2001 victory, if not quite of the same technical quality, was a moving and memorable drama.

Serena has lost count as latest title takes her closer to record

UNTIL we get round to inventing time travel, arguments about who was the greatest individual in any sport will remain subjective. In women's tennis, for instance, the differences in dress and equipment between eras render a true comparison impossible.

Russian so outclassed it was a major fight to win five games

THE most notable aspect of Serena Williams' 6-3, 6-2 win over Vera Zvonareva on Saturday was not the ease with which the American retained her Wimbledon singles crown. It was how hard the Russian had to fight merely to win that handful of games.

Rafael Nadal wins Wimbledon men's singles title

Rafael Nadal cemented his status as the best player in the world with a 6-3 7-5 6-4 demolition of surprise Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych on Centre Court this afternoon.

Rafael Nadal looks set to subjugate SW19

A YEAR ago, Rafael Nadal sat on his sofa in Mallorca watching Andy Roddick slug it out with Roger Federer, playing for a trophy he wanted. It had been his to defend, having ended the then five-time champion's reign the previous summer, but injury had ruled out the opportunity of back-to-back triumphs. The gold Challenge Cup went to Federer, again, but Nadal felt little anguish. In his mind, it was simply a loan. He would be back.

Andy Murray marked as Rafael Nadal's new foe

WHEN the new world rankings are published tomorrow, there will appear to be a typographical error on page one. Roger Federer, No.3? Surely that cannot be right. The Roger and Rafa Show has closed? No, it cannot be.

Andy Murray, down but not out

TEN minutes had elapsed since Andy Murray had hailed the Centre Court crowd and departed the lawns of SW19 for another year. He knew as he left the arena that he had played well, he was also ready to admit that his opponent had played even better. Sitting in a packed press room he spoke of his disappointment at losing at this nearly-but-not-quite stage of a tournament he deeply wants to win one day.

Tennis: US Open is still Andy's best hope of Grand Slam victory

AND so it goes on. The 74 years of hurt will become 75 after Andy Murray Wimbledon dreams ended and Britain's long sporting nightmare continued.

Tennis: Zvonareva is determined to seize day

VERA ZVONAREVA believes the tortuous route she has taken to reach her first grand slam final will stand her in good stead when she faces Serena Williams on Centre Court today.

Tennis: No complaints from Djokovic as he admits Berdych was better

NOVAK Djokovic admitted he was beaten by the better man after slumping out of Wimbledon.

Tennis: Murray targets US Open

ANDY MURRAY was disappointed but upbeat after his Wimbledon semi-final defeat to Rafael Nadal.

Serena missing Venus but ready for Vera

SERENA Williams heads into her sixth Wimbledon final this afternoon as one of the hottest favourites on record but insists she would much rather be facing the imposing figure of her sister Venus on the other side of the net.

BBC team ensure TV audience feel part of riveting atmosphere

"THOSE of a nervous disposition might want to find a convenient sofa to hide behind," warned Sue Barker at the start of what was being hyped-up as the final-before-the-final. The Grande Dame of SW19 was not joking.

Murray is overwhelmed by superior force of Nadal

SOMETIMES there is no occult meaning to a result; no complex explanation. Sometimes what you see unfolding in front of you is what it appears to be. Sometimes one player is better than another and wins the match.

Serena Williams claims a fourth title at Wimbledon

AS LAUDABLE as their domination is, there is something monotonous about the Williams sisters and Wimbledon. This is the tenth time in 11 years that at least one of the siblings has contested the final and the ninth time in 11 years that one of them walked off Centre Court carrying the sparkling Venus Rosewater Bowl.

Fallen Roger Federer ready for new life after tennis

In PUBLIC, Roger Federer is still in denial; in private, it seems, he knows the score. His quarter-final defeat at the hand of Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, coming hard on the heels of his quarter-final loss to Robin Soderling at the French Open, signalled the end of the Federer era. He would not admit it openly, but deep down he knows that his time at the top is over.

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