Serbia’s Novak Djokovic tries to shoo a bird from the court during his men’s singles first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: Glyn Kirk

First days and even first weeks can be like a procession of champions tramping down the wannabes. The top seeds and celebs took comfort from that on (...)

Lleyton Hewitt waves goodbye to the fans on Court Two after he was beaten in the first round of Wimbledon by Jarkko Nieminen. Photo: Stefan Wermuth

Lleyton Hewitt battled to the bitter end but was unable to prevent his Wimbledon singles career finishing with a dramatic five-set defeat to Finland’s(...)

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the second set against Philipp Kohlschreiber during the first round men’s singles during day one of the Wimbledon Championships. Photo Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Novak Djokovic was far from his fluent best but the defending champion did enough to beat Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in straights sets and mov(...)

Andy Murray will play Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round at Wimbledon and has also been drawn in the same quarter as Rafael Nadal. Photograph: PA

Andy Murray will play Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round at Wimbledon and has also been drawn in the same quarter as Rafael Nadal. Kuk(...)

Andy Murray reacts during the finale match of the BMW Open at Iphitos tennis club. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Andy Murray was pushed all the way by Philipp Kohlschreiber but came through to win his first clay-court title at the BMW Open in Munich.The 27-year-o(...)

Andy Murray: “I have very high expectations of myself. I put a lot of pressure on myself to play well at these events. These are the tournaments that drive me to train.” Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

At the start of this French Open, one name was consistently ignored in discussions about who might emerge as champion: Andy Murray. The Scot, s(...)

Andy Murray: is back smiling and playing well after his back surgery eight months ago.

Andy Murray is smiling – a lot and disconcertingly. He doesn’t get why people keep asking about it but there is no denying it is there, plastered all(...)

 Roger Federer reacts during his men’s singles match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia on day eight of the French Open at Roland Garros. Photograph:  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

If losing Roger Federer before the quarter-finals of a grand slam is no longer a shock, it remains a surprise to see him beaten by those he would cons(...)

Andy Murray celebrates winning his  singles match against Philipp Kohlschreiber at the French Open. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Andy Murray survived his fifth-set shoot-out with Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the French Open.The Wimbledon champion returned t(...)

Serena Williams of the United States of America plays a backhand during the warm-up before her 6-1 6-3 first round victory over  Mandy Minella of Luxembourg at Wimbledon yesterday. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Issues of parity arise at Wimbledon every year. It normally takes something like a 57 -minute match or better to kick-start the debate and more often (...)

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