The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 2 July 2014


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Wildcard Kyrgios knocks out Nadal

Nick Kyrgios produced the biggest shock of Wimbledon, as the Australian wildcard, ranked 144 in the world, overcame world No 1 Rafael Nadal 7-6 5-7 7-6 6-3 on Centre Court. The 19-year-old’s astonishing victory set up a quarter-final with Canadian rising star Milos Raonic. MORE

Sharapova’s dream hit by Kerber

Maria Sharapova followed Serena Williams and Li Na in crashing out of Wimbledon, as she simply made too many  errors to overcome the ninth seed, Angelique Kerber, losing 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. “I’ve got to get back on the horse and work hard,” reflected Sharapova. MORE

England head into series with worries  

England’s selectors have several  concerns ahead of the main Test series of the summer against India. They include whether or not to pick Ben Stokes, whether they can find a specialist spinner and whether Alastair Cook might find form. MORE

Murray ready for duel with Dimitrov

Andy Murray feels ready for his quarter-final against his in-form friend, Grigor Dimitrov. “I feel good,” said the Scot, who won his first four matches without dropping a set. “I haven’t played too many long matches. I’ve been moving well.” MORE

Chelsea seal £32m deal for Costa

Chelsea last night confirmed the £32m transfer of striker Diego Costa after agreeing to meet Atletico Madrid’s buy-out clause. Chelsea, meanwhile, released Ashley Cole and Samuel Eto’o but Mark Schwarzer signed a new one-year deal. MORE

Match-fixer Vincent is handed life ban

The self-confessed match-fixer Lou Vincent issued a grovelling apology after being banned for life from playing cricket. In a statement in New Zealand, he said: “My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat.” MORE

Nick Bollettieri 

Grigor Dimitrov has it all, but Andy Murray is just full of it at the moment. He has the strut of the champion and looks a better player than last year. It has the makings of a classic contest today. MORE

Di Maria strikes late as Argentina see off Switzerland

Argentina progressed to the quarter-finals after Angel di Maria’s goal three minutes from the end of extra time defeated a defiant Switzer- land 1-0.

For 117 minutes, Switzerland’s precise organisation was beyond Alejandro Sabella’s Argentina team. But then the winner arrived, as winger Di Maria was set up by man of the match Lionel Messi in the dying moments to score, as the South Americans avoided a penalty shoot-out.

However, there was still time for the Switzerland defender Blerim Dzemali to hit the post in extra-time injury time and then agonisingly miss the  rebound. MORE

Liverpool to talk to Barça about Suarez

Liverpool chief executive, Ian Ayre, will meet a Barcelona delegation today in London today for the first talks over the sale of Luis Suarez, with the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez a key part of the Premier League club’s demands. Liverpool have set an £80m valuation on their banned striker. MORE

Germany hit by critics and bug

Germany’s unconvincing round-of-16 win over Algeria was not well received in their homeland, with Mesut Özil and Philipp Lahm among those coming in for heavy criticism. There were other factors, as an influenza bug hit their camp, confining Mats Hummels to the sidelines with a sore throat. MORE

Colombia restore Escobar’s legacy

Andres Escobar, the Colombian defender whose own goal against the US helped eliminate his nation from the World Cup, was shot dead 20 years ago today. The current side, featuring James Rodriguez, are helping the nation come to terms with that savagery, as they prepare for their tie with Brazil. MORE