Another final, another defeat – but Murray's followers keep the faith

"Och Andy!" wailed Linda Tront, summing up the despair of a nation as Andy Murray was beaten in straight sets at the Australian Open final last night, dashing hopes of an end to Britain's 75-year drought of male grand slam winners.

Murray in the mood to make history

As two 23-year-olds lock horns in today's Australian Open final, the burden of expectation is on Andy's shoulders – but true Brit can take the weight

Murray needs his Sunday best to outsmart old friend Djokovic

Scot in final after four-set win over Ferrer / Hot conditions should work in his favour

The greatest Australian Open moments

The 2011 Australian Open could be a memorable year, or at least a memorable tournament for British tennis fans.

Nadal: 'This will be my only shot at doing the Grand Slam'

Win in Melbourne and the World No 1 will be only the third man to hold all four majors at once. Paul Newman assesses the scale of his task

Ping pong crazy: Three writers explain their lifelong addictions to table tennis

Riding high on a resurgence in table tennis, three writers – our own Booker-winning columnist, one of America's brightest young talents and one newspaper legend – pay homage to the enduring allure of the game, its philosophy, its poetry and its unique innocence...

Farquharson and Broady triumph in all-British final for boys' doubles

Britain did not end this year's Wimbledon completely trophyless after 16-year-old Liam Broady and 18-year-old Tom Farquharson won the junior boys' doubles title.

SW19 Diary: Golding fails to banish spectre of Sir Stan's son

So, 48 years of hurt, then – and counting.

World Cup fever? Not at the All England Club this year

As the fortunes of England's footballers grip vast tracts of the population , there was one corner of the country steadfastly refusing to become swept away by the World Cup.

Vuvuzelas banned from Wimbledon

They are the soundtrack of sport this summer - but vuvuzelas will not be making a racket at Wimbledon.

Don't trust exam results, says marking expert

A-levels and GCSEs are only 'rough guide' to students' ability

The nearly men of British tennis

Andy Murray fell short in his bid to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a grand slam yesterday.

Lesser players can shine, says Lloyd

It is 76 years since a British man won the Australian Open but there will be one former player here from the country that produced Fred Perry who knows what it takes to reach the final of the year's opening Grand Slam tournament. Since Perry beat Jack Crawford in 1934, John Lloyd is the only Briton who has made it to the men's singles final. He did so in 1977, losing in five sets to Vitas Gerulaitis.

Murray ends Fred Perry sponsorship deal

Britain's Andy Murray has signed a "long-term" sportswear deal with German firm Adidas from 2010, ending his long-standing partnership with Fred Perry.

Net Gains: Graveyard of champions goes way of all flesh but it will be rebuilt

As if the unveiling of a £100 million roof and the opening of a new outside court wasn't enough work for the All England Club, bulldozers will be here again first thing tomorrow. They will raze the beloved old Court 2, which was renumbered as No 3 this year after a new No 2 was opened at the south end of the grounds. The old No 2 court, nicknamed "graveyard of champions" because so many seeds lost on it, will be demolished and rebuilt for 2011 and will have 2,000 seats. The delay is unrelated to builders, by the way. It takes a year for a new court to bed in.

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A new American serial killer?

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Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
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Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
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Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
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Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London