James Lawton

James Lawton is Chief Sports Writer for The Independent and Sports Journalist of the Year 2011.

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Novak Djokovic plays an awkward shot during his quarter-final victory over Tomas Berdych

James Lawton: Novak Djokovic faces the big question - can he get any better?

As Andy Murray fought for his life and the hopes of the nation on Centre Court it was just as well he didn't have time to consider the latest measured thoughts of Novak Djokovic.

‘I thought anything was possible before the tournament started,’ said Sabine Lisicki

James Lawton at Wimbledon 2013: Sabine Lisicki stays clear of all the fear and loathing to progress

Conqueror of Williams progresses serenely in what could become enduring love affair

Mikhail Youzhny led 5-2 in the second but still lost the set

James Lawton on Wimbledon 2013: Mikhail Youzhny’s brief glimpse of fantasy win slammed shut by Andy Murray, British master in reality

If Murray’s collapse was quite stunning, his recovery was no less astonishing

The Lions need more of the spirit shown by George North

James Lawton on British and Irish Lions tour: Roar power can secure series for tourists

Melbourne win would have flattered tourists who still have much to do to stand out of the shadows of greats of the past

Power vacuum: Novak Djokovic en route to beating Jérémy Chardy in straight sets last night after other titans fell and were not replaced

James Lawton: Novak Djokovic is the warrior as others go by wayside

Nobody set to replace Big Four, with Dimitrov more famous for his girlfriend and Raonic without a significant Grand Slam performance

Laura Robson volleys a return during her 6-4, 6-1 victory over Mariana Duque-Marino

James Lawton: It is too early to anoint Laura Robson the new queen of Centre Court

There are good reasons to believe in the 19-year-old

Serena Williams runs for a return against France’s Caroline Garcia

James Lawton: Serena Williams tempted by battle of the sexes as latest challenger reduced to a shrug

'Andy Murray is one of the top three people I don't want to play but maybe we can...' says world No 1

Ernests Gulbis enjoys himself during his victory

Wimbledon 2013: Greedy Ernests Gulbis is quick to exploit Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's weakness

Slams should be five sets, blood, fight, all the way until someone is dead

Novak Djokovic takes a tumble during his match against Florian Mayer

James Lawton: Novak Djokovic inhabits a world beyond the reach of doubts

The world No 1 simply reached out for another level of performance

Rafael Nadal was beaten in straight sets by Steve Darcis

James Lawton at Wimbledon 2013: Rafael Nadal badly out of tune as Nowhere Man Steve Darcis seizes his chance

'It happens that this is sport. I tried my best but it was not possible for me'

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter: The man who could have been champion of the world - and the Bob Dylan song that immortalised him

The man who could have been champion of the world

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter and the Bob Dylan song that immortalised him
Didn’t she do well?

Didn’t she do well?

Miranda Hart lined up for ‘Generation Game’ revival
The Middle East we must confront in the future will be a Mafiastan ruled by money

The Middle East we must confront in the future will be a Mafiastan ruled by money

In Iraq, mafiosi already run almost the entire oil output of the south of the country
Before they were famous

Before they were famous

Can you guess the celebrity from these British Pathe News clips?
Martin Freeman’s casting in Fargo is genius

Martin Freeman’s casting in Fargo is a stroke of genius

Series is brimming with characters and stories all its own
How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players