Jamie Murray

SW19 Diary: High-ranking Roy Hodgson mixes with royalty

So who's better, the England football team or Andy Murray? No contest you might imagine, but as of yesterday Roy Hodgson's boys, like Britain's No 1 tennis player, are officially ranked fourth in the world. Fifa's dubious system has promoted them above those hopeless Italians, Portuguese and Brazilians, on the back of reaching the quarter-final at Euro 2012. A fitting day then for Mr and Mrs Hodgson to be in the Royal Box here, along with Kate and Wills. Tennis royalty meanwhile was represented by Mr and Mrs Andre Agassi, the lady in question remaining in All England Club parlance "Miss Stefanie Graf".

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Team Murray careful to do their homework on little-known Marchenko

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.

Murray rises to royal occasion and swaggers past Nieminen

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.

Murray's Davis Cup dilemma

His close friend Leon Smith is the new team captain, but World No 4 remains reluctant to commit to Britain's cause