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Federer is still the daddy


federer2All eyes will be on new dad Roger Federer at the U.S. Open next week to see if he really can combine nappy changing duties with a successful run to another grand slam title.

The five-times Flushing Meadows champion, whose wife Mirka gave birth to twins Charlene Riva and Myla Rose last month, will be aiming to become the first parent to win a tennis major since 2003.

While parenthood has effectively ended the careers of many professional athletes, former world number one Stefan Edberg believes Federer’s pedigree sets him apart from everyone else and will allow him to buck the trend.

“Statistics tell you something of the past, it doesn’t tell you the future,” six-times grand slam champion Edberg, who will be competing in The Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London in December, told Reuters.

Roddick gatecrashes Murray’s Wimbledon party


roddickThe build-up to Friday’s second Wimbledon semi-final was all about Briton Andy Murray but the man of the hour was the fearless American Andy Roddick.

Sat on a packed and sunny Centre Court, the prospect of Murray’s party being gate-crashed did not take long to dawn on a crowd who did not seem sure who they should be cheering for.

Murraymania keeps on building … but Andy’s unimpressed



Andy Murray’s brutal straight sets victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero took him through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time in his career on Wednesday but while the centre court fans and the Henman Hill mob did their Mexican waves one man was singularly unimpressed by the Murraymania.

Murray himself is doing his best to let the media frenzy pass him by. He may have received notes of encouragement from the Queen, Sean Connery and Cliff Richard, and he knows he will be all over the front and back pages of the newspapers again on Thursday, but to say the Scot is staying cool would be a massive understatement. Here’s what he said after the 7-5 6-3 6-2 win over Ferrero:

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Will Murray success at Wimbledon be RBS’s best return?

Royal Bank of Scotland is not best known for backing winners.


So the Scottish bank must be savouring Andy Murray's run at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

World number three Murray is one of the "sports personalities of present and past" sponsored by RBS during the heady days of Sir Fred Goodwin.

Murray Mound replaces Robson Green at Wimbledon


murraywinThe world famous Aorangi Terrace at Wimbledon, for so long known as ‘Henman Hill’ after SW19′s favourite son, was restored to ‘Murray Mound’ on Tuesday after flirting with a new name on Monday.

Young Briton Laura Robson, at 15 the youngest female in the main draw since Martina Hingis in 1995, opened up the tournament by losing to Slovakia’s Daniel Hantuchova, though by winning the first set there were once again delirious scenes prompting the terrace’s short-lived name change to Robson Green.

Cold, damp and on the losing side: A British sporting summer



If you were being uncharitable you’d call it a typical scene from a British summer: a few hundred hardy fans braving the cold, the damp and the threat of travel chaos to stay on long after the TV cameras had packed up and watch Andy Murray partner Lleyton Hewitt in a meaningless doubles match at Queen’s.

“Come on Andy!” “Come on Muzzah!” they shouted from deep within their coats and under their blankets but the chants seemed more to encourage themselves on another gloomy evening than for the British number one.

French Open exit a missed opportunity for Murray


The French Open quarter-finals were as good as it got for Briton Andy Murray as the number three seed was ousted by Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 6-3 3-6 6-0 6-4.

While an improvement on last year’s third round Roland Garros exit will be encouraging for the 22-year-old, who has previously struggled on clay, Murray will view a final four absent of top seed Rafael Nadal as a missed opportunity for his first grand slam title.

Murray may never find magic French formula … but so what?


murrayDefine the perfect claycourt tennis player.

How about: The patient counter puncher who’s happy to trade blows from the baseline until his opponent makes an error then pounces with an angled drive or pinpoint passing shot.

But hang on a sec … Couldn’t that describe Andy Murray’s game? The player whose passive style has brought so much success on hardcourts and yet the same man who looks about as at home on a clay court as I do on the Cresta Run?