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  • Top-class Murray taking advantage of draw

    Andy Murray's was very good in his win over Gilles Simon.

    He has been top class all week and I don't think that there is anyone much in the next couple of rounds to challenge him. Unless, of course, his standards drop.

    He has a dream draw and has so far taken full advantage of it. I don't see him having a really tough match until the semi-finals and I'd be very surprised if he doesn't get at least that far.

    Sam Querrey obviously has a huge serve but one of Murray's biggest assets is his return of serve and his all-round game.

    Murray might have one falter but even if he does, I see him winning

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  • Isner to make huge impact on grass

    If there is one man who is set to make a massive impression this grass-court season it is American John Isner.

    The 25-year-old has been very slack over the last few years, but he has finally got his act together under the guidance of coach Craig Boynton, and I believe the Floridian will make some serious waves.

    At 6'9", Isner has an enormous advantage over his fellow players, and he has a serve which will prove to be a real weapon on grass accompanied by his vastly improved groundstrokes.

    Isner has never been the most focused or strong mentally, but the American has really knuckled down over

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  • Henin to get tight against Clijsters

    Justine Henin looked better than in the previous two rounds but Nadia Petrova was very disappointing for me.

    The Russian looked edgy and I'm surprised she didn't offer more of a challenge to Henin.

    Henin's form is still not where it could be and it's definitely not where she would have wanted it to be coming into Wimbledon.

    The graph is on an upward curve but I'm still not sure that she has what it takes in crucial situations.

    I would expect Kim Clijsters to win their fourth-round match. She has more control than Henin.

    She has got her serve working better, which has been a problem in the

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  • Wimbledon shaping up nicely

    What a match! John Isner's truly marathon victory over Nicholas Mahut has done tennis a world of good and proven to any doubters what fantastic athletes there are in the sport.

    For me Isner looked a spent force on Wednesday night so for him to come back and see out such an historic victory was a superb effort.

    I felt sorry for Mahut after the way he hung in there and he certainly deserved the loudest cheers he received from the crowds.

    Amazing stuff. But is it right for the sport? I'm not sure. I don't think it will happen at Wimbledon again, but I'd like to see the final set go to 10-10

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  • Incredible scenes at Wimbledon

    I'm amazed John Isner lasted as long as did against Nicolas Mahut; he looked like he was on his last legs three hours before they suspended it.

    That match was an extraordinary feat of both physical and mental endurance. Congratulations to both of them.

    And they have to come back tomorrow. Whoever wins will probably lose their second round match, I just can't see how they will recover in time.

    But it is quite extraordinary.

    I thought there were better signs from Roger Federer today. But where has Ilija Bozljac been up until now? It was an unbelievable performance from the Serb.

    And that's the

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  • Serena my favourite … just

    I think only six women can win Wimbledon this year: Serena and Venus Williams, Samantha Stosur, Kim Clisjsters, Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin.

    It's not really a huge surprise that I see Serena as the favourite to win it, even though her sister has won the tournament more times and is more at home on grass.

    I think Serena is the likeliest winner, but I would be looking for and expecting an open tournament in the women's draw. Just like at Roland Garros, I don't think anything is nailed down this year, by any means.

    It could be the case that an outsider does extraordinarily well, but it's

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  • Murray solid in opener

    Andy Murray's straight sets win over Jan Hajek was pretty impressive.

    Hajek started hot and definitely looked like a worry early on in the match. Also Murray looked shackled by the pressure; not just the pressure of a nation but also the pressure that he puts on himself.

    But once he had broken back Murray looked like a different player. And by the end he looked like he could be a genuine contender for the title.

    As is always the case with Murray, though, it is all about balance. Can he keep up that level of play when the he meets the really tough opponents?

    His next opponent Jarkko Nieminen is

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  • Roddick good, but not great

    When I
    heard what Larry Stefanki had to say on Andy Roddick's potential to emulate
    Andre Agassi
    in his later career, my initial thought was that it was just the
    natural reaction of a coach talking up his player.

    There is no
    doubt to me that Roddick was starting to slip down the rankings and that his
    role as a contender at Grand Slams was diminishing.

    But last
    year's Wimbledon changed all that. And following his latest win in Miami, it
    seems he's not quite ready to fall down the rankings and I believe he has what
    it takes to go on and win one more Slam.

    But can he
    do what Agassi did and win

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  • Sensational Soderling does it again

    Robin Soderling loves the big occasion.

    Last year against Rafael Nadal couldn't have been bigger and I think that really helped him against Roger Federer.

    I really think his mindset was: 'I've beaten Rafael Nadal on clay so there's no reason why I can't beat Roger Federer on clay?'.

    And it worked, he played really well.

    The crowd were against Soderling, he hasn't got where he is today without enemies. But he is a tough man.

    The heavy conditions in Paris were against his style of play but again he coped with them better and now he is through to the semi-finals again.

    Apart from Rafa, Soderling

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  • Who’s the GOAT? 7-McEnroe v 10-Edberg

    Last week's Greatest Of All Time match-up saw Andre Agassi beat Radael Nadal in our tightest clash so far. Agassi progresses to the quarter-finals, where he will come up against Bjorn Borg.

    This week's match should prove to be another classic encounter, with two of the best ever serve and volleyers in the game going head-to-head as hot-headed American John McEnroe faces ice-cool Swede Stefan Edberg.

    Under our GOAT rules each match is three sets, one on each surface. Here's the rundown on the two contenders.

    John McEnroe

    Nationality: American

    Seeded: 7

    Grand Slam titles: 7

    Australian Open:

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