Simon Reed

  • What we learned from Wimbledon

    This year's Wimbledon was one of the most enjoyable ever with many different storylines coming out from it.

    THE ROOF PLAYED A ROLE IN THE FINAL

    If the final went to five sets I was pretty confident that Murray would be able to dig out the victory as I don't think Federer is the greatest when it comes to that type of situation.  But the rain came and that changed the dynamic of the match.

    To be fair, in some ways Murray had missed his chance before the rain came; he could have gone two sets up but instead it was 1-1, and at that stage you had to leaning a little bit towards Federer.  However,

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  • Murray deserves final crack at Federer

    Only Federer's quest for a record-tying seventh title stands in Murray's path to immortality

    Andy Murray played super really considering all the pressure he was under. I thought he performed really well, got off to a good start and kept his concentration.

    Perhaps he was a litte passive on occasion, but it is difficult to always be on the front foot against a man such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga because he drives you back consistently.

    Murray did really well to get himself two sets up, but then played one bad game to drop serve and Tsonga took advantage. Then in the fourth set it was a really good set of tennis, and Murray did really well to win it because Tsonga was by then looking as if

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  • Only Serena can beat Serena in final

    I've tipped Serena Williams from the start to win Wimbledon. There was nothing I saw from the semi-finals that has changed my mind.

    Her match against Victoria Azarenka was actually a little bit better than I thought it would be.

    After Serena won the first set, I thought it was going to be over quickly and Azarenka would be bludgeoned off the court, but credit to the Belarusian - she really slugged it out in the second set, and stayed with Serena all the way only to lose out in the end.

    It turned out to be a good match.

    I fear for Agnieszka Radwanska in the final though. If Serena is anything

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  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's performance against Philipp Kohlschreiber to make the Wimbledon semi-finals was good in parts. I sensed the Frenchman coasted it slightly when he got in front and he dug himself a bit of a hole in the second set, but he still managed to finish strongly.

    That said, I'm not 100 per cent convinced about his fitness. I think he's got a problem with his back. But when he had to, he did move well, he finished well and his game was altogether too big for Kohlschreiber.

    His next opponent, Andy Murray, had to really battle for his victory, considering how well David Ferrer was

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  • Murray raises hopes, but Tsonga awaits

    What was interesting about Andy Murray's straight-sets win against Marin Cilic is that, when he needs to get a move on, he plays really aggressively. We saw a similar thing when time was running out against Marcos Baghdatis in the last round.

    Although Murray was patient at the start of the resumed match against Cilic, towards the end when the rain threatened again he suddenly upped the ante and was superb. He broke Cilic in half.

    But it will be very difficult against David Ferrer. Ten years ago that kind of match-up would have been heavily weighted towards Murray, but it's a much slower court

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  • Murray raises hopes, but Tsonga awaits

    Andy Murray celebrates beating Marin Cilic at WimbledonWhat was interesting about Andy Murray's straight-sets win against Marin Cilic today is that, when he needs to get a move on, he plays really aggressively. We saw a similar thing when time was running out against Marcos Baghdatis in the last round.

    Although Murray was patient at the start of the resumed match against Cilic, towards the end when the rain threatened again he suddenly upped the ante and was superb. He broke Cilic in half.

    But it will be very difficult against David Ferrer. Ten years ago that kind of match-up would have been heavily weighted towards Murray, but it's a much slower

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  • Sabine Lisicki celebrates beating Maria Sharapova at WimbledonMaria Sharapova was beaten by a very good player on a very good day. It was a similar match to the semi-final last year, but Sabine Lisicki just played extraordinarily well.

    I still think that — while not totally at her best by her own admission — Serena Williams is the best player in the tournament, but on that form Lisicki will be a nightmare even for her.

    Lisicki is a terrific kid with a massive game and that win will have done her a power of good. But she's shown herself to occasionally be vulnerable emotionally, which may still resurface at SW19.

    Still, she held it together well at the

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  • Serena show supplies much-needed drama

    Serena Williams

    It think it is fair to say that the first week of Wimbledon has been all about the men's draw, but Serena Williams finally gave fans of women's tennis some value for money against Zheng Jie.

    After dropping the first set, many people felt she was in danger of suffering a similar meltdown to the one she experienced at Roland Garros - but she gritted her teeth and managed to polish off the victory against a dangerous opponent.

    I picked Serena at the start of the tournament to win the event and this victory gives me hope that she can push on now and rediscover her best form.

    She has an ability to

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  • Big three all get wake-up calls

    The last 24 hours at Wimbledon have produced two of the most dramatic first-week matches in recent years.

    We've got so used to the top three having things their own way that it was a real surprise to see all three men dropping sets.

    In Lukas Rosol, Rafael Nadal ran into an opponent who had the match of his life. What a display it was — the fifth set particularly was nerveless. He was inspired by the occasion, the atmosphere — you name it.

    Nadal was not at his very best, but nor was he far from it. It was simply a freak result.

    If you thought that would be a reminder to Nadal's rivals that

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  • Murray patience pays off

    It was a mixed day for the British contingent at Wimbledon.

    Andy Murray did okay; not spectacularly well, but he got the job done against Ivo Karlovic, a man whose best days might be behind him, but whose serving and sheer size makes him a real danger.

    Karlovic certainly did not make life easy for him, but Murray was admirably patient, and moves on.

    I think he'll probably be happy that possible third round opponent Grigor Dimitrov had to retire, allowing Marcos Baghdatis through instead.

    Baghdatis will not be an easy match — he was a semi-finalist here back in 2006 — but like Murray's

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