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Andy Murray‘s stint as a pundit for the BBC has got off to a good start as the Scot was voted less boring than Tim Henman in a poll that was suggest by the pair themselves.

Murray, who pulled out of Wimbledon before the tournament started as he continues to regain his full fitness from a hip surgery he underwent early this year, was in the BBC studio at Wimbledon on Tuesday, joined by Henman and Sue Barker, and will be commentating on the men’s quarter-final matches on Wednesday.

Henman started things off by asking Murray: “If there was an opinion poll and the public were asked, who do they think is more boring, me or you, who do you think they’d go for? It’s tight isn’t it?”

Murray replied: “It would be tight. Well could we do it? Could we sort that out?”

Barker promised the poll would go on the BBC website and the results are in. They’re not as tight as they thought it would be with Henman voted more boring than Murray by 65 per cent of the people who took part in the poll.

Poll via BBC Sport

Poll via BBC Sport


Murray, a self-professed tennis nerd, is exactly the stats geek we thought he was.

From nailing Serena Williams’ Grand Slam semi-final appearance count, to the number of tiebreaks and sets Milos Raonic and John Isner have played against each other.

His analysis on Tuesday ranged from breaking down Angelique Kerber’s mental struggles last season, to saying Novak Djokovic can beat everyone left in the tournament.

It’s only a couple of days of work but it’s fair to say that Murray has already outperformed many pundits who have been doing this for years.

THE SERENA SHOW

Meanwhile, Serena Williams has been asked in nearly every press conference this fortnight when her friend, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, would be coming to watch any of her matches at Wimbledon.

Williams, who attended the royal wedding, joined Markle at a polo match before the tournament and has been saying she needs to keep winning matches in order for her friend to come down to SW19.

Now that the American is in the semi-finals, will Markle make an appearance in the Royal Box?

“I don’t know. Just stay tuned, right?” said Williams with a smile.

She then tapped her hands against the table, mimicking a drum roll, and added: “Stay tuned for the next episode, Serena Williams: Centre Court.”

That’s a show I would binge-watch on Netflix.

Serena at the royal wedding.

Serena at the royal wedding.

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The women’s quarter-finals delivered four nail-biting encounters at Wimbledon on Tuesday, with Serena Williams coming back from a set down to defeat Camila Giorgi 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and set up a semi-final against Germany’s Julia Goerges.

“This is only my fourth tournament back, so I don’t feel pressure. I don’t feel I have to win this, I don’t feel I have to lose this. I’m just here to prove that I’m back. I still have a long way to go to be where I was,” said Williams.

Goerges also had a fightback of her own as she overcame her good friend, Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 to reach her maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the age of 29.

“It’s never easy playing a friend, especially when you know each other so well. I don’t know what to say right now. I’m just very happy with my performance today and I’m looking forward to the next one,” said the 13th-seeded Goerges.


The German lost to Williams in the third round at the French Open last month and will be searching for a better outcome this time around.








Latvian Jelena Ostapenko found the fire that earned her the French Open crown last year and battled back from a break down in the opening set to skip past Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4.


“It was a very tough match but I was just trying to enjoy it because it’s really great to be here in the second week and in the quarter-finals, now I’m in semis. I’m really happy the way I played, I was down in the first set but I was fighting till the end and I think I finished kind of confident,” said the 21-year-old.


Her reward is a semi-final showdown against 2016 runner-up Angelique Kerber, who needed seven match points, and a 10-minute final game to defeat crafty Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5.


Watch highlights above from a memorable day eight at Wimbledon.



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Juan Martin del Potro in familiar territory as he takes on Rafael Nadal for third time in last four Slams

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Ever since the Wimbledon men’s draw was revealed, a possible quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro was flagged as a blockbuster everyone wanted to happen.

Although Del Potro fell tamely to Nadal in the Roland Garros semi-finals five weeks ago, grass is a whole different ball game.

Del Potro overcame Gilles Simon in a two-day match that was suspended for darkness on Monday with the Argentine leading by two-sets-to-one, and it was resumed on Tuesday. The fifth-seeded Del Potro was pushed to his limits by Simon but ultimately came through 7-6(1), 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5).

Del Potro will face off with Nadal in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, in what will be their first grass-court showdown since 2011, which, incidentally, was the last time the Spaniard had made it this far at Wimbledon.

Nadal is 2-0 head-to-head against Del Potro on grass, 10-5 overall.

But such numbers won’t matter much on Wednesday, with Nadal knowing all too well how dangerous his opponent can be, especially with a monster serve that has given Del Potro 69 aces so far this tournament, compared to Nadal’s 22.

“He always has a chance,” Simon told reporters of Del Potro’s threat level for Nadal.

“He already beat him. He was able to beat all the top guys. That’s why also many people like to watch him play, because you feel something can happen. He has a lot of strengths in his game.”

Simon is spot on. The reason people will always look forward to a match between Del Potro and a member of the ‘Big Four’ is that you never know who will win, which is rarely the case for these players against the majority of the field.

Del Potro’s best Wimbledon performance came in 2013 when he reached the semi-finals, and he also won Olympic bronze at the All England Club in 2012.

This fortnight, he was won 81 per cent of his first-serve points, has been broken eight times and has been broken just once, by Simon in the fourth round.

The 29-year-old returned to the top-four in the world rankings last month, for the first time since 2014, and has made the quarter-finals in three of his last four majors. He was stopped by Nadal in the 2017 US Open semis and the French Open semis, with the Mallorcan going on to win both tournaments. Del Potro will attempt to leave with a different outcome this time around.

“It will be a different match that we played in Paris few weeks ago. I will try to hold my service games most of the time. If I want to beat him, I have to come to the net very often and play hard with my forehands, with my backhands, and try to take all the chances,” said Del Potro on Tuesday.

Of course playing for three consecutive days won’t help Del Potro’s cause, especially that his fourth round against Simon lasted 4h 14 min.

Nadal enters the match carrying a 16-match winning streak and hasn’t dropped a set yet this tournament.

He’s looking to add an 18th Grand Slam title to his trophy cabinet, and close in on Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20.

After making five finals in a row at Wimbledon between 2006 and 2011, the Spaniard has struggled to get back to that position since. His knee troubles hindered his performances on the grass, and he also wasn’t able to find solutions against big-hitters who could blow him off the court.

But he’s back in the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time in seven years and could hit 50 match-wins at the All England Club if he lifts the trophy on Sunday.

“Everybody admires him as a competitor,” says Del Potro of Nadal. “He’s a fighter. He is always trying to be positive and thinking in the next ball. Doesn’t matter if he misses or not. It’s too tough to see a guy in front of the net when they are always positive during the game.”

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