The Sports Matrix: Monday 9 July 2012


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Masterful Federer ends Murray's dream of victory

Andy Murray's hopes of becoming the first British winner of the men's singles in 76 years were brought to an end after he was beaten by Roger Federer in the final yesterday. The Scot took the opening set before being overwhelmed by his now 17-time Grand Slam-winning opponent, who prevailed 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. At the end, Murray, his girlfriend Kim Sears, above, and his mother Judy were in tears. MORE

Champion Marray to miss Olympics

Doubles champion Jonathan Marray has spoken of his regret at not making the British Olympic team. "Obviously, I'd like to be part of the team," he said. "But they've got an established team with Ross [Hutchins] and Colin [Fleming]. They've been doing great." MORE

Webber wins after late pass on Alonso

Mark Webber took the spoils at Silverstone after a late overtaking move on Fernando Alonso. Sebastien Vettel finished third, while Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button could only manage eighth and 10th respectively. Alonso now leads Webber by 13 points in the standings. MORE

Vertonghen move to Spurs agreed

Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax finally agreed terms for the transfer of Belgian international Jan Vertonghen yesterday. The Ajax captain, 25, will undergo a medical at White Hart Lane this week before sealing a move to England that has been drawn out for over six weeks. MORE

Giggs handed the Team GB armband

Ryan Giggs will captain the British Olympic football team at this month's Games, Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has announced. "Making Ryan the captain was one of the easiest decisions of my life," Pearce said. "He will take this role as a great honour and embrace it." MORE

Wiggins fights back over drug slurs

Race leader Bradley Wiggins last night launched a furious response to Twitter critics who claim it is impossible to win the Tour without being doped. "They are just f***ing w***kers," he said. "I can't be dealing with people like that." MORE

Winners Bradford defy money woes

Embattled Bradford came up with another fine performance to beat London Broncos 44-12 yesterday. Brett Kearney contributed four tries, but Luke Gale was the main inspiration for a club who could face liquidation tomorrow. MORE

Ennis content with final warm-up

Jessica Ennis was satisfied with her final competitive showing before the Olympics. "I was much happier with my run-up and the way I was getting on the board," she said in Loughborough. "Hopefully, everything will come together." MORE

England put down early Ashes marker

So overwhelming has been England's superiority in the present series with Australia, on such a different level are their skills with both bat and ball, that it is impossible not to make them outstanding favourites to retain the Ashes next summer. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

When the rain came, it meant Roger Federer's forensically precise game would make even more remote the dream that Murray would be the first home-grown player to win the title since 1936. MORE