The Sports Matrix: Monday 4 July 2011

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Three Grand Slams? This is just the start, says Djokovic

Novak Djokovic hopes that his first Wimbledon title, five months after winning his second Australian Open, will be the springboard to dominating the world game. The 24-year-old Serb defeated the reigning champion, Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 yesterday, for what he described as “the best day” of his career. But the new world No 1 wants to build on his three Grand Slams so far as he pursues future successes. “This is what I’m born for,” he said last night. “I will definitely not stop here, even though I have achieved the two biggest things in my life in the last three days.” Djokovic described his victory – in a year which he has won two Grand Slams and six other titles – as “the best feeling I ever had on the tennis court”. MORE

Millar sits second after two stages

Reigning world champion Thor Hushovd is currently first after his Team Garmin-Cervélo won the team trial ride on the Tour de France’s second stage. David Millar is second overall, BMC’s Cadel Evans is third and Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas is fourth. MORE

Captain Cook hits ton in losing cause

Sri Lanka have now taken a 2-1 lead over England in the one-day series after a six-wicket win yesterday at Lord’s. Captain Alastair Cook hit a century to help England to 246 but an unbeaten 105 from Dinesh Chandimal ensured Sri Lankan success. MORE

Nash fires with bat and ball for Sussex

Chris Nash inspired Sussex to a six-wicket victory over Gloucestershire after a bowling spell where he took 4 for 7, followed by an unbeaten 36 with the bat. Elsewhere, Nottinghamshire extended their lead at the top of the NorthGroup field with a six-wicket win over Yorkshire. MORE

West Ham sue over stadium claims

West Ham United are taking legal action against Tottenham Hotspur and The Sunday Times over allegations surrounding the bidding process for the Olympic Stadium. The club said it was treating the paper’s claims “with the utmost seriousness”. MORE

Mancini: Fair play rules affect us, too

Roberto Mancini says that Uefa’s “fair play” rules are impacting on Manchester City’s spending. “Fair play is for everyone,” the manager said, claiming that City would not pay inflated fees. Arsenal full-back Gaël Clichy is set to be City’s first summer signing. MORE

Barton: I’m a better player than Parker

Newcastle’s Joey Barton has used Twitter to ridicule suggestions that West Ham’s Scott Parker – the Player of the Year – is a better player than him, after a user said Parker and Jack Wilshere were his superiors. “Parker? Come on,” Barton said. MORE

Huddersfield see off Crusaders

Winger David Hodgson scored three tries to help Huddersfield to a 40-16 win over ill-disciplined Crusaders. Two of Hodgson's tries came when Crusaders were reduced to 12 men by Richard Moore’s sin-binning. MORE

James Lawton

On Saturday night in Hamburg David Haye was inevitably exposed as the counterfeit heavyweight. He simply wasn’t up to it. He didn’t have a plan – or, if he did, it was one he was unable to coherently put into action. MORE

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