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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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links