The sporting week ahead (03/07/11)

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This could have been it, the day Andy Murray buried the biggest hoodoo in British sport. Instead he'll be slumped on the sofa with the rest of us, wondering what might have been. It wasn't. It never is. But the purists will need no reminding that today's Wimbledon men's final, between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, promises plenty of biff.


With Wimbledon out the way, it's time to saddle up, dust down your polka dot jersey and concentrate properly on the Tour de France. Today's stage is a mere 198km from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon. And if reading about that makes you tired then look away now, because they follow up with 177.5km tomorrow, 164.5km on Wednesday and 226.5km on Thursday. And that's before they start getting going properly. Anyone who missed out in the Olympic lottery can head down to Greenwich Park's equestrian test event and imagine what it would be like had they got tickets for the main event next year.


England's women look good for a quarter-final slot even if they lose to Japan at the World Cup. But victory is important for Hope Powell if her team want to avoid Germany.


It's round four of "England v Sri Lanka: the one day series". Take your pick: either the tension will really be building or we'll all be sitting around wondering when the Indians are going to arrive.


Fulham are well into their new season, with the second leg of the all-important Europa League qualifier against NSI Runavik. Good thing the Faroe Islands are rather nice at this time of year.


Just when you thought that Andy Murray had gone away for another year, he's back... and this time where it really matters, in Glasgow. The Scot will be guaranteed a warm reception as part of the British team taking on the mighty Luxembourg in the Davis Cup.


British motor racing's big weekend begins with qualifying at Silverstone. But loud as the partisan crowd will cheer, the chances of Button-Hamilton scoring a home one-two look about as likely as a Bernie Ecclestone smile.