Lleyton Hewitt

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".

Federer hands Tomic a lesson

Because of a major systems failure there was no internet access around Melbourne Park for more than four hours yesterday. Officials here at the Australian Open had to stay in touch via walkie-talkies, umpires had to record scores with pen and paper.

Soderling survives thriller with Hewitt

Fifth seed Robin Soderling came back from the brink of becoming the biggest casualty so far at this year's Wimbledon as he recovered from two sets down to beat Lleyton Hewitt in a thriller under the Centre Court roof.

Connolly the court jester backs fellow Scot for glory

One of the spectators in Andy Murray's courtside box during his win over Jürgen Melzer had a funny turn here last night. Billy Connolly, who is on a tour of Australia, performed at Melbourne's State Theatre after spending the afternoon watching Murray, having accepted his fellow Scot's invitation to join his entourage in Rod Laver Arena.

I was horrendous, admits Roddick after he loses five-set thriller to

There seems only one way to beat Andy Roddick here, and that is deep in the fifth set. But the notion that there is also only one man who could beat him was dismissed in breathtaking fashion last night, when the son of a Taiwanese chicken farmer knocked out the No 5 seed as the afternoon heat finally ebbed into dusk.

Murray ready for Grand Slam assault

Andy Murray believes skipping his title defence in Doha this week will better prepare him as he aims to claim his first grand slam title at the Australian Open.

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Hewitt thriving on return from the brink

Andy Roddick made the profoundest acknowledgement when he declared that there is no way he will break Lleyton Hewitt mentally when the two face each other for the first time at Wimbledon today. "A lot of guys you can get on top of, you can get on top of their game, you can look for holes in it," Roddick observed. "Lleyton doesn't really have a lot of holes... you're definitely not going to get on top of him mentally. He's as sound there as anybody."