Kevin Mitchell at Wimbledon

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Name: Kevin Mitchell at Wimbledon
Date registered: June 27, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/tennis

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  1. Graceful Roger Federer transcends statistics to rebuild mystical aura | Kevin Mitchell — July 17, 2017
  2. Garbiñe Muguruza crowned Wimbledon champion after beating Venus Williams — July 15, 2017
  3. Roger Federer into 11th Wimbledon final with straight-sets win over Tomas Berdych — July 14, 2017
  4. Venus Williams, the great survivor, stays focused for tilt at Wimbledon history | Kevin Mitchell — July 14, 2017
  5. Roger Federer looks untouchable as old injuries do for his younger rivals | Kevin Mitchell — July 13, 2017

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Jul 17

Graceful Roger Federer transcends statistics to rebuild mystical aura | Kevin Mitchell

The numbers may be impressive but they do not reveal the full story behind the brilliant and balletic Swiss who demonstrates such poise under pressureRoger Federer is one of those rare champions for whom numbers cannot gild genius. He loves to win, and…

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Jul 15

Garbiñe Muguruza crowned Wimbledon champion after beating Venus Williams

• Spaniard wins 7-5, 6-0 to earn second grand slam title
• Venus Williams could not match 23-year-old’s high-energy performance

Two years after losing in the final here to Serena Williams, Garbiñe Muguruza broke through for her first Wimbledon title with an ultimately commanding and one-sided win over her sister Venus. It was a strange contest – the first women’s final under the roof – which was rich with fight and vim in a long first set, although beset by a mixture of grinding rallies and elementary errors from both finalists, and virtual surrender in the second as the Spaniard drove on to win 7-5, 6-0 in an hour and 17 minutes.

If the 37-year-old Williams had been struck by the debilitating Sjogren’s syndrome that first hit her six years ago, she had every excuse, because she had put up stout resistance in the first frame. It has been a tough time for her, all round. Twelve days after she broke down in tears when confronted by questions about a fatal car accident that still hang over her, Williams could not find consolation in victory. Her collapse was dramatic, although she took defeat stoically, knowing she had been beaten out of sight by a young opponent who found all her weapons working perfectly at just the time when the energy vanished from the American’s tennis.

Related: Wimbledon 2017: Garbiñe Muguruza overpowers Venus Williams in final – live!

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Jul 14

Roger Federer into 11th Wimbledon final with straight-sets win over Tomas Berdych

• Swiss player wins 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Centre Court
• Federer will face Marin Cilic in Sunday final

Roger Federer has reached his 11th Wimbledon final, but the manner of his straight-sets win over Tomas Berdych left the impression that he could struggle to beat Marin Cilic when he reaches for his eighth title here on Sunday.

Having sailed through the draw as if carried by the yearning of his millions of followers, Federer was uncharacteristically hesitant until the latter stages of a match that lingered two hours and 18 minutes. He put the semi-final to bed 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 when he forced a closing tired return out of his opponent. Cilic earlier beat the American Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5, and looked in decent touch.

Related: Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych in Wimbledon semi-final – live!

Related: Marin Cilic reaches first Wimbledon final with win over Sam Querrey

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Jul 14

Venus Williams, the great survivor, stays focused for tilt at Wimbledon history | Kevin Mitchell

The American will become the oldest champion of the Open era if she beats Garbiñe Muguruza but the 37-year-old wants to keep things low-key

It must be tough having a younger sister who is widely regarded as the best player in the history of the women’s game, yet it has never played a significant part in the parallel careers of Venus and Serena Williams. What rivalry there is resembles that between Andy and Jamie Murray, long-standing but coated in sibling warmth.

Related: Venus Williams into Wimbledon final with smooth defeat of Johanna Konta

Related: Venus Williams vows to beat ‘debilitating’ illness and return to court

Related: Garbiñe Muguruza sweeps into Wimbledon final with win over Magdalena Rybarikova

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/14/venus-williams-garbine-muguruza-womens-wimbledon-final-2017

Jul 13

Roger Federer looks untouchable as old injuries do for his younger rivals | Kevin Mitchell

The Swiss is on course for his eighth Wimbledon title and Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic might benefit likewise from a long break from tennis

Roger Federer wrote the book on survival in the tennis jungle. As the 35-year-old Swiss contemplates the challenge of becoming the oldest finalist here since Ken Rosewall 43 years ago, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, who were cut down so cruelly by injury and the stress of a physical sport in the quarter-finals, could do worse than heed his example and walk away from the game for six months. It is a formula that has worked as no other in the recent history of the sport.

“Last year I had a hard, hard time practising through the clay-court season,” Federer said on the eve of his semi-final on Friday against Tomas Berdych.

Related: Roger Federer’s resurgence shows less can be more on gruelling Tour | Kevin Mitchell

Related: Roger Federer beats Milos Raonic in straight sets to reach Wimbledon semis

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/13/roger-federer-favourite-wimbledon-younger-rivals-falling

Jul 13

Venus Williams into Wimbledon final with smooth defeat of Johanna Konta

• Williams records 6-4, 6-2 straight sets victory
• American defeats British No1 in semi-final

Venus Williams defied time, the odds and Johanna Konta over two ragged sets here on Thursday to reach her ninth Wimbledon final at 37, the oldest contender since Martina Navratilova in 1994.

The American made her Wimbledon debut just three years after that and has been an adornment ever since – and a five-time champion at her favourite tournament.

Related: Venus Williams too strong for Johanna Konta in Wimbledon semi-final – live!

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Jul 12

Johanna Konta’s semi-final with Venus Williams a chance to console the nation

No6 seed has still not quite found what she is looking for but a win against the five-times Wimbledon champion in the last four will get her a bit closer

When asked what it would feel like to be a British champion at Wimbledon alongside Andy Murray, Johanna Konta paused, grinned and, trapped into stating the obvious but unwilling to elaborate, uttered “amazing”.

The world No7, whose star has risen by the day at these championships, was desperate to contain the growing tide of expectations heaped on her. Now she must amaze by herself. In a way, Murray’s exit on Wednesday lightens her burden, although she will try hard to expunge all such thoughts from her legendary process before her semi-final against Venus Williams on Thursday.

Related: Johanna Konta’s inspiring story is about far more than accents and flags | Barney Ronay

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Jul 12

Andy Murray: ‘I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage to hip by playing’

• World No1 hampered by hip injury during Wimbledon defeat to Sam Querrey
• ‘The US Open is weeks away. If it means a few weeks’ rest, then so be it’

With uncanny synchronicity, the electronic scoreboard behind Andy Murray clicked to show that Roger Federer, a monument to longevity, had broken Milos Raonic to lead 4-2 in their Wimbledon quarter-final just as the injured Scot was hinting he might not play again before the US Open, which begins on 28 August – 20 days after the Swiss’s 36th birthday.

Murray, who turned 30 in May, lost in five sets against Sam Querrey, and is feeling the rigours of the game more than he might have imagined after rising to world No1 last November. He was sanguine in defeat, an ordeal stretched over two hours and 42 minutes on Centre Court that clearly strained his throbbing hip to the limit of his pain threshold.

Related: Sam Querrey defeats Mardy Fish in all-American Queen’s final

Related: Novak Djokovic pulls out of Wimbledon quarter-final with elbow injury

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Jul 12

Andy Murray hobbles out of Wimbledon to Sam Querrey in last eight

• Murray is beaten by American 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1
• World No1 appeared to be struggling with hip injury

The end when it came for Andy Murray was drawn out, painful and not entirely unexpected. His quest for a third Wimbledon title evaporated on Centre Court when his aching hip finally gave up on him and Sam Querrey took full advantage of his injury to win their quarter-final 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1.

The affable beanpole is the first American in the men’s semi-finals here since Andy Roddick eight years ago, but his chances of getting past a fully fit Marin Cilic in the semi-finals are probably slimmer than were his prospects against a limping Murray.

Related: Andy Murray: I wasn’t getting enough power to put Sam Querrey in any bother | Kevin Mitchell

Related: Wimbledon: Marin Cilic beats Gilles Müller to set up Querrey semi-final

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/12/andy-murray-wimbledon-quarter-final-sam-querrey-match-report

Jul 11

Andy Murray leads march of 30-somethings into Wimbledon’s last eight

• Federer, Müller, Berdych, Djokovic and Murray are remaining men over 30
• Murray believes his hip injury will last the distance if he reaches final

Perhaps the quote of this 131st Wimbledon fell from the lips of Gilles Müller after he scraped into the quarter-finals with a win over Rafael Nadal that could best be described as beyond his or anyone else’s expectations.

Drinking in the size of his achievement a couple of hours after that dramatic five-setter on a darkening No1 Court on Monday evening, the 34-year-old Luxembourgian said, “It was not easy to keep believing. But on the other hand, I didn’t have any regrets.”

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Jul 11

Johanna Konta first British woman into Wimbledon semi-final since 1978

• Konta beat Simona Halep 6-7 (2), 7-6(5), 6-4
• Virginia Wade, last British woman into Wimbledon semi-final, in crowd

Johanna Konta did more than win a tennis match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. In the performance of her life – which may well lead to many others – she turned doubters into believers and, conquering the nerves that once threatened to strangle her talent, beat the world No2 Simona Halep in three sets of the highest quality to become the first British semi-finalist here since Virginia Wade in 1978.

Wade was on Centre Court to witness the gripping 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 quarter-final win by the sixth seed and, like the rest of the crowd, was aware that two more wins would deliver Konta an even bigger slice of history: the Wimbledon title that Wade lifted 40 years ago.

Related: Wimbledon 2017: Johanna Konta beats Halep to reach semi-finals – live!

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Jul 10

Andy Murray hobbles to 10th straight Wimbledon quarter-final with Paire win

• Andy Murray wins 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 against Benoît Paire
• Murray: ‘That was by far the best I’ve hit the ball in the tournament’

Andy Murray hobbled through to his 10th straight Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday with a mixture of patience and guile to see off the stubborn challenge of Benoît Paire, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes on Centre Court.

And despite the sanguine sentiments of his coach, Ivan Lendl before the match, Murray’s camp will surely be at least mildly concerned about impaired movement going into the next round on Wednesday, where he will face the American Sam Querrey, who wasted four match points in the fourth set before beating Kevin Anderson, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-3 in three hours and seven minutes on the fabled No18 Court.

Related: Johanna Konta first British woman in Wimbledon quarter finals for 33 years

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/10/andy-murray-wimbledon-quarter-final-benoit-paire-tennis

Jul 09

Johanna Konta preserves fiery focus and dares to dream as Caroline Garcia awaits | Kevin Mitchell

The British No1 has sailed into Wimbledon’s last 16 with three displays of steely purpose and goes into the tournament’s final week aiming to make history

Johanna Konta’s biggest challenge as Wimbledon enters its concluding week is not so much the pedigree of her 15 rivals left in the draw – there is no standout favourite – but marrying the intensity of her emotions to the quality of her performance. She has done that with encouraging consistency since breaking into the top 10, most impressively in Miami, where she defeated Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki on her way to the title.

On Monday Konta plays the one-time French prodigy Caroline Garcia on No1 Court in the fourth round and, as her complicated, intense mind oscillates between professional respect for her opponent and her quest to be the best player in the world, her coach, Wim Fissette, has the job of channelling her energy.

Related: Johanna Konta must produce her best to beat Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon

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Jul 09

Ivan Lendl puts faith in Andy Murray’s mental strength to retain title | Kevin Mitchell

The odds are in the world No1’s favour to reach another Wimbledon final and his coach says he is hitting the ball cleaner with every practice session

Andy Murray’s strengths extend some way beyond the wielding of a racket, as his coach, Ivan Lendl, points out on the eve of the Wimbledon champion’s fourth‑round match against the gifted Frenchman Benoît Paire.

From this point on until Sunday, the quality of the tennis will be taken for granted as the candidates are whittled down to the final pair, he says, and the difference will be manifest, as ever, in the mental struggle.

Related: Andy Murray recalls previous win over Benoît Paire as good Wimbledon omen

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Jul 09

Andy Murray recalls previous win over Benoît Paire as good Wimbledon omen

• Murray battled back from a set down to beat Paire in 2016
• World No1 has formidable career 95-14 win/loss record over French players

While Andy Murray has waged a career-long campaign to rip the heart out of French tennis, Benoît Paire is determined to stop the Scot’s victory roll at 25 when he plays the defending champion in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Monday.

Murray is at a loss to explain his dominance over France’s finest – 95-14 overall, with Gilles Simon the last to beat him, in Rotterdam, two years ago – but Paire, who lost their only encounter, on clay in Monte Carlo last year, seems oblivious to either the real or statistical threat awaiting him.

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Jul 09

Johanna Konta must produce her best to beat Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon

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