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The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 28 June 2011
Nick Bollettieri's A-Z of SW19
O is for order of play. The first thing you gotta do when you get through the gates is grab one and plan your day. Yesterday, Magic Monday, was the best one – so many choices. The day of days.
P is for peak performance. Only that is good enough to win here and it requires time to rest and recuperate – that’s why the middle Sunday is so important. MORE
Sharapova and Azarenka win
Former champion Maria Sharapova was one of the few big names in the women’s draw to perform yesterday, easing to a 6-4, 6-2 win over Shuai Peng. Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka also comfortably made the last eight. MORE
Magic Murray into last eight again
Andy Murray produced a superb display on Centre Court to beat Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 and make the quarter-finals for a fourth consecutive year. The Scot faces the unseeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez tomorrow for a place in the last four. MORE
Nadal beats injury and then Del Potro
Defending champion Rafael Nadal suffered an injury scare as he battled to a four-set victory over the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round. Nadal hurt his foot towards the end of the first set but recovered to take the match 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. MORE
Federer recovers to defeat Youzhny
Roger Federer recovered from his first dropped set of the tournament to overcome Mikhail Youzhny and reach the quarter-finals. The third seed lost the first set on a tiebreak before an improved showing earnt him a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory. MORE
Djokovic dazzles against Llodra
Novak Djokovic was back at his best against Frenchman Michael Llodra, playing superbly to take the fourth-round tie 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and secure a 47th victory in 48 matches this calendar year. The Serbian made just six unforced errors during the match. MORE
De Gea smuggled in to finalise move
David de Gea moved closer to his £17.8m switch from Atletico Madrid to Old Trafford yesterday after undergoing a medical in Manchester. The goalkeeper was covered by blankets as he entered a hospital in a bizarre attempt to conceal his identity. MORE
Cook looking to Strauss example
Alastair Cook is taking his Test captain Andrew Strauss as his inspiration as he prepares to lead the England ODI side for the first time today at The Oval against Sri Lanka. “Strauss is a great example,” Cook said. “Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps.” MORE
Opinion: James Lawton
Andy Murray has found an impressive degree of composure at an advanced stage of the tournament. By the final set he was playing some shots of breathtaking conviction and touch. MORE
Williams sisters and top seed go out on day of shocks
World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki and both Williams sisters were knocked out of the tournament within two hours of each other yesterday in the stifling heat of SW19. Defending champion Serena, playing her first major tournament since winning at the All England club last summer, was beaten in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 by Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli to exit Wimbledon at her earliest stage in five years. Her elder sister, Venus, went down 6-2, 6-3 to Tsvetana Pironkova, who also beat the American at the quarter-final stage last year. “This was definitely not our best day,” Venus said. “We rarely lose on the same day.” Wozniacki, still yet to win a Grand Slam tournament in 18 attempts, surprisingly went out 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 to 24th seed Dominika Cibulkova. “I did my best and it wasn’t good enough,” the Dane admitted after the defeat. MORE
England stumble in World Cup opener
Hope Powell’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Mexico in Wolfsburg last night as their World Cup campaign began with a stutter. Everton’s Fara Williams gave England the lead with a 21st minute header, only for Monica Ocampo to level from long range before half-time.
Haye continues war of words
David Haye is preparing for his world heavyweight unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg with his usual swagger. “He is still the same robot from his amateur days,” Haye said of his Ukrainian opponent. “He can’t change or adapt.” MORE
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