The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 09 July 2013

Lendl convinced conqueror Murray is the best around

Andy Murray at Downing Street with (from left) Nick Clegg, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and SNP Westminster leader Angus Robinson

Arise Sir Andy? Cameron calls for Murray to be knighted for 'lifting country's spirits'

And he's now regarded as favourite to become BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year

Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with his Trophy during the Wimbledon Championships 2013 Winners Ball (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Wimbledon 2013: How the world press reacted to Andy Murray's victory

Including an embarrassing mistake for the New York Times

Perhaps John McEnroe, left, was indulging Court One with some more knockabout veteran doubles
Fred Perry did things very differently to Andy Murray
The moment of victory

James Lawton on Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory: A triumph never to be forgotten. An inspiration to everyone who watched

The nation had waited 77 tortuous years for this moment and, in  the end, victory came at a canter.  James Lawton reports on a  triumph that defied the odds

Andy Murray won the US Open having lost his previous four finals

Wimbledon 2013: Less pressure for Andy Murray since breaking grand slam duck

Scot ended a 76-year wait for a British male grand slam singles champion at the US Open in New York last September

Margareta Pagano: Banks need to get their boardrooms in order

A radical overhaul of senior management is needed to ensure that we are not overtaken by similar scandals in the future

Brian Viner: And so the long wait goes on

'Feelgood factor' is a nebulous concept. But sport does make life brighter

Misery for Murray as fantastic Federer takes seventh Wimbledon title

Andy Murray was unable to hold back the tears as he assessed his Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer.

'Murray Mania' swept Wimbledon as the rain failed to dampen spirits

Historic, special, spectacular. You could speak to anyone at Wimbledon today - from the great and good of British sport and society to the punters sitting on soggy picnic mats on Murray Mount - and hear the same unrestrained excitement.

Just champion: American Donald Budge, above left, gives a radio interview after his victory over Britain's Bunny Austin, right, in the 1938 Gentlemen's Singles Final

Time, Gentlemen please! It's 1938, and Bunny is the great British hope

It is Friday 1 July 1938, and we are entering the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. In the distance, the Riviera Express can be heard sounding its whistle as it steams through Wimbledon station; while all around us there is the noisy clatter of excited crowds arriving at the club's gates. We have just stepped from a London taxi, giving the driver half-a-crown – an extravagant tip, perhaps, but we are in festive mood. This afternoon, at 10 minutes to two, Donald Budge of the United States and our own British hope, Henry "Bunny" Austin, will walk out on court to contest the final of the Gentlemen's Singles.

Marray ends 52-year wait – and celebrates with tea

As droughts go this one had lasted only the 52 years. Jonny Marray yesterday became the first Briton to make the men's double final since 1960 after he and his Danish partner, Freddie Nielsen, stunned the defending champions Mike and Bob Bryan.

This could be Andy Murray's year

10 reasons why this could be Andy Murray's year at Wimbledon

He's been in the Wimbledon semis before – and it hasn't ended well. But Chris McGrath has found good omens (however spurious)

Kate Windsor with Steffi Graff on Centre Court

Middle England be damned: life at the top is a serious business at Wimbledon

The darling of Middle England was on Centre Court yesterday, but for once Kate Windsor was not the focus of attention. Most of the spectators were there to see someone who is more likely to win Wimbledon than earn that soubriquet.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 12 March 2015
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor