Liam Broady remains on course to provide the first home winner of the Boys Singles at Wimbledon since one Stanley Matthews, son of a somewhat more famous father, triumphed nearly half a century ago.
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First the bad news for Alex Bogdanovic. Yesterday's world rankings saw the Briton fall 86 places to No 378, his lowest position for eight years. The good news for the British No 6 was a recall to his country's Davis Cup squad for next week's Europe Africa Zone Group Two tie against Tunisia at Bolton Arena.
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It might be tempting to suggest that the gap in talent between Andy Murray and Illya Marchenko is as wide as the distance between their respective birthplaces of Dunblane and Dneprodzerzhinsk, but last year's Australian Open runner-up is taking nothing for granted.
Job done, thank you ma'am, and goodnight. The Queen's affection for tennis is probably reflected in the fact that her visit to the All England Club yesterday was her first for 33 years, but at least Andy Murray did her proud. On a day when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut completed their 11-hour marathon, Murray ensured that the monarch would be back in time for tea by winning his second-round match against Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in just an hour and 42 minutes. After a brief conversation with the two men, she was on her way home.
The raw talent and mentality is demonstrably in place, but Laura Robson yesterday had a painful reminder that these assets must still be harnessed to her physical development. Still only 15, Robson surrendered her girls' singles title when a back injury contributed to her third-round defeat by Quirine Lemoine, of the Netherlands.
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Jamie Murray has been left out of Great Britain's Davis Cup team for next month's tie against Ukraine, with fellow doubles specialist Ross Hutchins getting the nod instead.
Amelie Mauresmo does not find herself outgunned by many opponents, but for an hour yesterday the former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion had to fight a rearguard action. Mauresmo recovered to beat Elena Baltacha 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the women's singles second round, but her 25-year-old opponent took justifiable pride in her performance.
Alex Bogdanovic, who meets Jürgen Melzer here in today's opening rubber of Britain's Davis Cup tie against Austria, should be grateful to Patricio Cornejo. But for the 64-year-old Chilean, who lost all eight of his singles matches at Wimbledon, Bogdanovic would share with Russia's Andrei Chesnokov the worst record in the Open era at the All England Club. The British No 2 has been given wild cards for the last seven years and lost on each occasion, winning only three sets in the process.
Home Davis Cup defeats are as rare as vegetarian restaurants in these parts and from the moment Andy Murray pulled out of the British team to play Argentina here this weekend John Lloyd and his team were dead meat. "The bottom line is that with Andy in the side we're a World Group team," Roger Draper, the Lawn Tennis Association's chief executive, admitted before the start of yesterday's play. "Without him we're not."
World rankings more important than 'pointless' Davis Cup tie for Britain's No 1
Britain's chances of progressing beyond the first round of the Davis Cup's elite World Group were dealt a hammer blow yesterday when Andy Murray pulled out of next week's tie against Argentina in Buenos Aires. The British No 1 has a knee injury and has been advised not to risk aggravating it.