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En route to his place in the royal box, an uber-tanned Sir Alex Ferguson was asked if he had "any words for the Spanish press?" "Yes," replied the multi-lingual Scot, "adios." Smart but not in the razor-sharp class of Gordon Strachan, who used to be a Ferguson protégé before becoming a Ferguson irritant. Strachan was once asked for a quick word and volleyed back the instant response "velocity".

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The Serbian will play Juan Martin del Potro for a place in the final

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 03 July 2013

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The Sport Matrix: Monday 01 July 2013

Williams suffers shock defeat to world No 24 Lisicki

Djokovic disposed of Haas with relative ease

Wimbledon 2013: Novak Djokovic joins Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Del Potro in last eight - and prepare to battle for semi-finals

Amid the chaos and the carnage elsewhere, the top half of the men's draw is the only element that has shown some respect for the form-book. By the end of manic Monday, the four seeds due to reach the quarter-final had all done so.

Wimbledon 2013: Novak Djokovic refuses to underestimate Tommy Haas as second week begins with a bang

Tommy Haas is playing some of the finest tennis of his life, but Novak Djokovic knows that will not be enough if he plays to his best.

Jerzy Janowicz of Poland

Wimbledon 2013: Who can stop Andy Murray? It's about more than just Novak Djokovich

Andy Murray is four victories away from a first Wimbledon title after wins over Benjamin Becker, Lu-Yen-hsun and Tommy Robredo.

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Wimbledon 2013: Novak Djokovic sets the standard with crushing victory over Jeremy Chardy

World number one Novak Djokovic laid down a marker for his Wimbledon rivals as he took apart France's Jeremy Chardy.

Wimbledon 2013: Novak Djokovic's bid to make final looks far tougher than previously thought

When the draw for Wimbledon was made a week ago, the common consensus was that the biggest winner was Novak Djokovic. While Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would have to fight it out in the other half of the draw, the highest-ranked player in the 26-year-old Serb's section was David Ferrer, who has just one quarter-final appearance to show from 10 visits here.

Novak Djokovic celebrates his second round victory over Bobby Reynolds

Wimbledon 2013: Novak Djokovic eases into third round with 7-6 6-3 6-1 victory over Bobby Reynolds

World No 1 continues his good form with victory over American as he avoids the same fate that met rival Roger Federer

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Former US Open champion records his second straight-sets victory of the week defeating Jesse Levine 6-2, 7-6, 6-3

Roger Federer shows his frustration

Wimbledon 2013: So long, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. It used to be the Big Four - now it's Novak Djokovic vs and Andy Murray

Will Roger Federer want to carry with only a bit-part in the world's big events?

Jerzy Janowicz's rise to 22 in the world follows victories over players of the calibre of Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Marin Cilic

Wimbledon 2013: Court 12 offers chance to see Jerzy Janowicz up close - one of stars of the future

Rise to 22 in the world follows victories over players of the calibre of Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Marin Cilic

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 26 June 2013

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