Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer FREE live stream: Wimbledon final – talkSPORT coverage, TV channel and start time

13 Jul

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic go head-to-head in the 2019 Wimbledon final today as the tennis superstars look to add to their legacies with another crown at SW19.

Reigning champion Djokovic beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in a four-set semi-final clash and will go into the final as favourite.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic go head-to-head in the Wimbledon final today
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But Federer produced one of the best displays of his career to see off great rival Rafa Nadal in the final four.

The two living legends of the game have won 12 Wimbledon titles between them but who will come out on top in 2019?

Djokovic vs Federer: Date and start time

The Wimbledon final will take place on Sunday, July 14 and, as always, action will commence on Centre Court at 2pm.

That’s 3pm in both Serbia and Switzerland.

Djokovic vs Federer: On talkSPORT

There will be extended coverage of the final on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 throughout the day and to tune in, click here of the live stream or click the radio player below.

Djokovic vs Federer: TV channel and live stream

The showpiece match will be live on BBC One with build-up coverage commencing at 12.45pm.

BBC is free on TV and online for all UK viewers with a TV licence and to live stream the match, head to the BBC iPlayer.

In Switzerland, SRG hold the rights while viewers in Serbia can watch Wimbledon on RTS and Sport Klub.


Simona Halep claims Wimbledon title by storming past Serena Williams in straight sets


Djokovic vs Federer: Head-to-head

Djokovic edges Federer 25-22 in the head-to-head stakes and also lead his rival on the grass 2-1.

Both times the pair have met in Wimbledon finals, the Serb has run out winner, while Federer picked up his victory in the 2012 semi-final.

Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final in 2015
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Djokovic vs Federer: What has been said?

Novak Djokovic: “I don’t see this as my job or as my work. I’ve done enough in my career so I can, you know, stop tennis, professional tennis, at any time. But I don’t do it for those reasons.

“My first reason is because I really enjoy it. I still do. I have support from my family. Of course, I am looking to make history in this sport.

“Of course, I would love to have a shot at as many grand-slam titles as possible. Those are probably the top goals and ambitions. Next to that is the historic number one, which is not so far away.”

Roger Federer: “It’s the same like going into a Rafa match. I think the moment you’ve played somebody probably more than 15 times, especially in recent years also a few times, there’s not that much more left out there.

“I’m excited about the game against Novak. We’ve played each other so, so much. I don’t mind that, I think it’s more of a clear game plan.

“Especially we had a great match against each other in Paris just recently. I hope we can back it up from there.”

Simona Halep wins first Wimbledon title as Romanian crushes Serena Williams in under an hour

13 Jul

Simona Halep produced a sensational display in her first Wimbledon final to blitz to the title and keep Serena Williams waiting again for Grand Slam number 24.

The 27-year-old’s rapid 6-2 6-2 victory makes her the first Romanian to win a singles title at SW19 and added to the French Open crown she claimed last summer.

Halep wasted no time and raced to a straight sets victory
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This is the third time since Williams’ return last spring from the birth of her daughter that she has been one victory away from finally equalling Margaret Court’s all-time record for slam singles titles.

But, as she had against Angelique Kerber here 12 months ago and Naomi Osaka in New York, Williams once again fell short, seemingly unable to put thoughts of history out of her mind.

Williams was horribly out of sorts
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Enormous credit, though, must go to Halep, who showed herself to be not just one of tennis’ great defenders, chasing down everything Williams could throw at her, but also a strong attacking force.

The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex had front row seats in the Royal Box, the latter desperately hoping to see her close friend Williams have her moment.

But it was Halep’s day, the Romanian needing just 56 minutes to race to victory, dropping to her knees when Williams’ final forehand hit the net.

“I knew that I have to be aggressive, being 100 per cent for every ball, that I don’t have to let her come back to the match because she’s so powerful and so strong,” said the 27-year-old, who won her first slam title at the French Open last summer.

“She knows how to manage every moment. So I knew that I have to stay there, which I did pretty well today. I’m very sure that was the best match of my life.”

Halep celebrates beating Williams at SW19
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Halep, the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title, walked into her post-match press conference with her member’s badge pinned proudly to her top.

“I wanted this badly,” she said. “When I started the tournament, I talked to the people from the locker room that my dream is to become a member here. So today it’s real and I’m really happy.

“I met (chairman) Philip (Brook). He told me, ‘Any time you want, you can come, have dinner, have lunch, playing a little bit of tennis’. I will come for sure.”

By reaching the final, Halep had fulfilled the dream of her mother Tania, who was watching along with other family members from the stands.

“It was my mum’s dream when I was about 10, 12,” said Halep. “She said if I want to do something in tennis I have to play the final of Wimbledon. So the day came.”

Lifting the Venus Rosewater dish was beyond the dream, and something Halep admitted she did not think she would be able to achieve until this year, when she suddenly found her feet on grass.

Philip Brook, Chairman of AELTC presents Halep with a lifelong AELTC membership
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The occasion proved too much for Tania when she was reunited with her daughter afterwards

“She didn’t say anything because she was crying,” said Halep. “I just hugged her and I kissed her. I just told her that we’ll talk later.”
Halep, who also took inspiration from the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge in the Royal Box, had only won one of her previous 10 matches against Williams.
One of the keys, she revealed, was not thinking about the woman across the other side of the net.
“I didn’t think at all against who I play,” she said. “I’ve always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena. She’s an inspiration for everyone and the model for everyone.
“Today I decided before the match that I’m going to focus on myself and on the final of a grand slam, not on her. That’s why I was able to play my best, to be relaxed, and to be able to be positive and confident against her.”

The statistics were remarkable. Halep was more dominant on serve than Williams, who is regarded as the best server in the history of women’s tennis, and made only three unforced errors compared to 25 for her opponent.
She led 4-0 after only 11 minutes and, although Williams raised her level, Halep was equal to it, defending superbly but turning defence into attack in devastating fashion.
Williams was full of praise for Halep, saying: “She played out of her mind. It was a little bit ‘deer in the headlights’ for me. Whenever someone plays like that you just have to take your hat off and nod your head.”

Halep was superb but this also was not a good performance from Williams, who had looked to be hitting peak form but could not get her feet moving or find clarity of thought.

“I just was trying different things,” she said. “Today nothing really helped. But I also made way too many errors for a lot of stuff to work.”

Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to reach Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic

12 Jul

Roger Federer gained his revenge 11 years on with victory over great rival Rafael Nadal to reach a 12th Wimbledon final.

A rematch of their classic 2008 title decider, won in five pulsating sets by Nadal, had been anticipated more than any match for years at the All England Club and it did not disappoint.

Roger Federer of celebrates overcoming Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon
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The final stages were packed full of extraordinary tension and drama, with Nadal saving four match points but, after three hours and two minutes, it was Federer, a month shy of his 38th birthday, who clinched a 7-6 (3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory and the chance to take on Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

Should he win, it would give the ageless Swiss a ninth Wimbledon title and take him to 21 grand slam trophies, three ahead of Nadal and six clear of Djokovic.

This was Federer and Nadal’s 40th meeting, a clash of styles and personalities that dates back 15 years and continues to capture the imagination like nothing else in sport.

Nadal had won 24 of their previous 39 matches and 10 of 13 at the slams but victory for Federer in the 2017 Australian Open final had shown him that he could win again when it mattered most.

It was a rematch of their classic encounter in 2008 at Wimbledon
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Indeed, Nadal had not beaten Federer on a surface other than clay since 2014, ending a run of five straight defeats in the semi-finals of the French Open last month.

But the 33-year-old has played on grass without pain in his knees for the last couple of years and had looked in fine fettle throughout this fortnight.

The Spaniard’s serve had been particularly impressive – he went into the match having served more aces than Federer – and the first set was notable for how few rallies there were.

Federer was getting significantly more returns in play, though, and in the tie-break that paid dividends.

The 33-year-old showed no signs of slowing down
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Nadal was twice an early mini-break up but Federer won the final five points to take first blood, his backhand, so often the bellwether of his chances against his great rival, purring like a vintage sports car.

Had he taken one of two break points in the third game of the second set, he might have pulled away, but the engine began to misfire a little and Nadal raced through the next four games to level the match.

Federer needed to re-calibrate, and he did, holding serve comfortably at the start of the third set and then dialling right back in to break for 3-1.

He won the game on a ding-dong point at the net, Nadal grimacing in frustration at having been unable to get the ball past his opponent.

Former England captain David Beckham watched on from the Royal Box
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Nadal had two chances to break straight back but Federer saved them, the master attacker showing his rival that he, too, can defend as if his life depended on it.

The crowd roared their approval as he held for 4-1 and one break proved more than enough, Federer finishing an almost perfect set with a tally of 15 winners and two unforced errors.

It was Nadal looking short of answers but the fist pump towards his box when he held serve to open the fourth set showed that he would do everything he could to try to find them.

But, despite being nearly five years younger than his opponent, it was he who seemed to have lost the spring in his step and Federer took another step towards the finish line with a break for 2-1.

Fans were treated to another classic between the two greats of the game
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Nadal had been irked by being seeded lower than Federer despite his higher ranking and he screamed at himself when another chance to apply real pressure went begging in the sixth game.

So often he has been able to rouse himself to new heights at the most important moments but here the moments of magic were coming from the other end.

When Nadal saved two match points at 3-5, it seemed like this contest may have a twist reminiscent of 2008, and the final game was virtually a match in itself.

A shanked smash betrayed Federer’s nerves but he held firm to save a break point and kept pushing forward when Nadal produced two of his best points of the match to save two more match points.

On the fifth chance, Nadal’s resistance finally ran out, Federer raising his arms skywards as a last, desperate backhand flew long.

Johanna Konta: British tennis star fumes at ‘patronising’ reporter after Wimbledon exit

10 Jul

Johanna Konta took offence to a reporter’s line of questioning after she was beaten by Barbora Strycova in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

The British number one reached last eight at a second consecutive grand slam but, as in the semi-finals of the French Open, when the favourite’s tag was on her, Konta was found wanting.

Konta had been tipped for glory at Wimbledon this year but exited at the quarter-finals
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Strycova plays a similar game to her fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova, who was Konta’s conqueror in Paris, and there was an all-too familiar feeling as the 28-year-old let an early lead slip away before going down 7-6 (5) 6-1.

In a tense press conference, Konta admitted she did not play her best but bit back at the suggestion from one reporter that she fluffed her lines at the big moments, saying: “I don’t think you need to pick on me in a harsh way.

“I think I’m very open with you guys. I say how I feel out there. If you don’t want to accept that answer or you don’t agree with it, that’s fine. I still believe in the tennis that I play. I still believe in the way I competed.”

Pressed further by the reporter, Konta added: “You’re being quite disrespectful and you’re patronising me. I’m a professional competitor who did her best today, and that’s all there is to that.”

There was no doubt this was a disappointing performance from Konta, who had played so well to beat top-10 duo Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova in the last two rounds, both times from a set down.

Watched by England’s Lionesses following their return from the World Cup, Konta began very well, opening up a 4-1 lead, but from there her forehand misfired badly and she was never able to regain her control.

A final tally of 33 unforced errors rather told its own story, and Konta said: “I think she was playing very well. I couldn’t quite find the level that I needed to make it difficult and challenging for the kind of player she is.

“I went out there, I did my best. My best today just wasn’t good enough. But every decision that I made, every thought process, every opportunity that I gave myself, everything, I have no regrets in doing.”

The similarity to her loss to Vondrousova was unmistakable, right down to a costly drive volley blazed over the baseline, this time to go a double break down in the second set.

But Konta denied the weight of expectation against a lower-ranked opponent had been a factor, saying: “Both the players that I lost to, I’d lost to previously. They’re very capable.

“Also my opponent equally earned her right to be in the quarter-finals, as well. And in the French Open equally earned her right to be in the semi-finals against me.

“I don’t have any more of a right to winning these matches than my opponents. It’s unfortunate that it’s worked out like that in terms of how it looks on paper with the rankings.

“Player-wise, they’re probably a little similar. But actually I thought I played better there than in this match.”

Strycova of the Czech Republic celebrates her win over Konta
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This was Konta’s fifth grand slam quarter-final, and she will climb again in the rankings to 15th, but a first slam final remains elusive.

“I think I’ve played a great tournament,” she said. “Obviously I would have liked to have won three more matches. But I really feel that, even including today, I can take a lot away from these 10 days.

“The players that I’ve played and beaten, also lost to today, I think overall there’s a lot I can be proud of and take from it.

“I think the best I can do is put myself in the positions, to give myself the opportunity to keep going further and further. It will either happen or it won’t.

“I’m no less of a person or a player if I don’t get past this point. Equally so if I do. I think I play this game with dignity, and I love the sport. I’m grateful for everything that it brings me.”

Thirty-three-year-old Strycova, who is ranked 54, said earlier this week it may be her final Wimbledon, and she now moves through to a first grand slam singles semi-final to take on Serena Williams.

Wimbledon review: Coco Gauff’s fairytale ends, Johanna Konta makes quarter-finals, top three assert their dominance

9 Jul

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the action from Wimbledon as the second week began…

15-year-old Gauff knocked out by Halep

The incredible run finally ended
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Cori Gauff admitted the last couple of weeks have been “crazy” after her fairytale Wimbledon run came to an end.

The 15-year-old has been the break-out player of the Championships, charming and thrilling SW19 with sensational wins over her idol Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog.

She has become a worldwide star, received messages of support from the likes Michelle Obama and rapper Jaden Smith, and earned a cool £176,000 in the process.

Simona Halep, who as recently as February was the world number one, finally ended American Gauff’s adventure with a 6-3 6-3 win on Court One.

Konta flies flag for Britain in quarter-finals

Konta maintained hopes of a British winner
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Johanna Konta positioned herself as a title contender at Wimbledon by knocking out two-time former champion Petra Kvitova to reach the quarter-finals for the second time.

Two years after setting British fans dreaming of a first home female singles champion since Virginia Wade with her run to the semi-finals, Konta is once again into the latter stages.

The 28-year-old recovered from a set down for the second successive round to beat Kvitova 4-6 6-2 6-4 and will face another Czech, unseeded Barbora Strycova, in the last eight on Tuesday.

Wimbledon over wedding for Riske after ending Barty’s party

Riske pulled off a huge shock
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Wedding preparations will have to wait for Alison Riske after she pulled off the biggest shock of Wimbledon so far by ending world number one Ashleigh Barty’s winning run.

Barty had won 15 matches in a row dating back to the Italian Open in May and taking in her maiden grand slam singles title at the French Open and success on grass at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham that elevated her to the top of the rankings.

But she found grass-court specialist Riske too big an obstacle, the 55th-ranked American recovering from a set down to win 3-6 6-2 6-3.

It was the biggest victory of the 29-year-old’s career and she will face Serena Williams on Tuesday in her first grand slam quarter-final.

Riske probably had not expected to be centre stage until after the Championships, when she will marry fiance Stephen Amritraj.

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic sail into last eight without breaking a sweat

Federer was in cruise control
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Roger Federer’s 99th Wimbledon win was probably one of his easiest after he crushed 17th seed Matteo Berrettini.The eight-time champion moved seamlessly into the quarter-finals with a 6-1 6-2 6-2 victory which took just an hour and 13 minutes.

Federer will bring up his century of triumphs if, as looks increasingly likely, he reaches the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Rafa Nadal breezed through to the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-2 6-2 victory over Joao Sousa

And Novak Djokovic beat French rookie Ugo Humbert in straight sets, winning 6-3 6-2 6-3 as the top three’s dominance of the game was laid bare.

Williams keeps dreams of eighth title alive with routine win

Williams won in straight sets
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Serena Williams marched into the quarter-finals with a dominant straight-sets win over Carla Suarez Navarro.

The seven-time champion won 6-2 6-2 and will face fellow American Riske in the last eight.

Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams takes hilarious tumble en route to straight sets victory in mixed doubles with Andy Murray

6 Jul

Andy Murray and Serena Williams got off to a fantastic start in their mixed doubles campaign with a straight sets victory at Wimbledon.

The all-star pairing overcame Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph in front of a packed Centre Court crowd.

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While Mies and Guarachi put up a fight, they were ultimately outclassed by the two former grand slam champions.

One eventful point came during the first set where Williams took an amusing tumble as she rushed towards the net for a return.

Murray continued to play without her, but ultimately couldn’t save the point. When she arose, Serena laughed off her scramble to the grass.

Ultimately, the Brit hit the match-winner after a double break in the second set.

Murray is three weeks into his comeback following a second operation on his right hip in January.

He announced he was planning to retire prior to this procedure, but has since reversed this decision due to its success in freeing him of hip pain.

It was only announced that Murray and Williams would play together on Tuesday evening after Williams safely came through her first-round singles test.

Williams went down during the first set
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She was able to laugh off the fall
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She has since qualified for the round-of-16, though Murray was beaten in the second round of his other competition – the men’s doubles.

Post-match, Williams said: “I think it worked out well. We’ve never played together so it’s always a learning curve. We take it very serious and that’s why we’re in it.”

Murray added: “It’s a good start. We’re both the younger siblings so we’re used to being bossed about, we’re taking it in turns. Hip’s fine, just a few aches and pains.”

Coco Gauff: 15-year-old American makes brilliant comeback to book place in last-16 of Wimbledon

5 Jul

Coco Gauff continued her wonderful Wimbledon campaign by moving into the fourth round with incredible comeback victory over Polona Hercog.

The 15-year-old American, who beat Venus Williams in the first round, saved two match points to beat Slovenian Hercog 3-6 7-6 (7) 7-5.

Gauff showed incredible nerve to make it through in three sets
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Gauff was already the youngest ever qualifier at the All England Club and looks set for a bright future.

She becomes the fifth youngest woman to reach the last-16 in the Open era.

And a number of sports stars hailed the teenager’s display on what was her Centre Court debut.

Former England cricket captain Alastair Cook, who was watching from the Royal Box, said Gauff is “extraordinary”.

Ex-Olympic rowing champion Dame Katherine Grainger described the teenager as “very exciting”.

She added: “Being very much older now, I can look back to those very early days when it’s just pure excitement.

“The freedom that she plays with, I’m thrilled to see her do it live.”

Retired Irish rugby player Brian O’Driscoll praised the “phenomenal” Gauff for making it to the third round of the women’s singles competition.

“We’re going to hear a lot about her in the next 10 years,” he said.

Friday’s action was also expected to see Andy Murray and Serena Williams begin their mixed doubles campaign but their match against Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi will not take place until Saturday.

Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic needed four sets to book his place in the fourth round.

Djokovic will play Frances Ugo Humbert in the fourth round
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The defending men’s singles champion beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-4 on No.1 Court.

Fourth seed Kevin Anderson was knocked out after losing in straight sets to Guido Pella, while former women’s world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki suffered a shock third-round exit, losing 6-4 6-2 to China’s Zhang Shuayi.

Wimbledon review: British pair eliminated, Wawrinka stunned, Djokovic progresses and 15-year-old wins again

3 Jul

Two British hopefuls were unable to win in the sunshine at Wimbledon on the third day of the grand slam tennis tournament.

Kyle Edmund suffered a five-set defeat to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, while Heather Watson crumbled to a straight sets defeat against Anett Kontaveit from Estonia.

Kyle Edmund had a two set lead
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Defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised through to the third round, but Reilly Opelka caused the big shock of the day by knocking out Stan Wawrinka.

Big is the operative word given, at a shade over 6ft 11in, Opelka is the tallest man ever to have an ATP ranking.

The 21-year-old American, who claimed the junior title at the All England Club in 2015, had only won one grand slam match before this tournament but recovered from two sets to one down to defeat 22nd seed Wawrinka 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6.

Meanwhile, Cori Gauff is still making her debut Wimbledon campaign seem like child’s play.

The 15-year-old sensation, who beat Venus Williams in round one, continued her stunning progress by sweeping past former semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova.

The hot topic on fans and players’ lips was the upcoming return of Andy Murray to SW19 as a doubles player.

Gauff was mightily impressive yet again
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The Scot is due to appear in the men’s doubles competition on Thursday, and will also partner Serena Williams in the mixed doubles draw.

Watson said the Murray and Williams pairing would be ‘exciting’ to watch, while Belarusian player Victoria Azarenka said they would be ‘tough, tough, tough’ to beat.

Murray’s mother Judy described the duo as the ‘perfect match’. But she did not welcome the chance to see Murray and his brother Jamie possibly play against each other later in the men’s doubles competition.

Andy Murray and Serena Williams have formed a formidable duo
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“If they were to play against each other I would go to the pub,” she said.

“I’d go to the pub and wait for a text when it’s over.”

Andy Murray order of play at Wimbledon 2019: Star set for doubles matches with Serena Williams and Pierre-Hugues Herbert

3 Jul

Andy Murray and Serena Williams got their 2019 Wimbledon campaign off to a winning start.

The British superstar has returned to SW19 this summer after missing out last year due to injury.

Andy Murray will be in doubles action at Wimbledon
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The two-time singles champion has only just recovered from the hip problem which almost ended his career.

Because of his fitness issues, Murray will only be competing in the doubles tournaments at Wimbledon this time around.

But the excitement about seeing the 32-year-old Scot back at the All England Club is palpable and he is set to play in front of packed crowds over the coming days.

When is Andy Murray in action at Wimbledon 2019?

Murray, who won the men’s double at Queens with Feliciano Lopez recently, partnered Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon.

The duo beat Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert in the first round of the men’s competition but then lost to Croatian sixth seeds Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor in round two.

Murray will also be in action in the mixed doubles where he’s partnering seven-time Wimbledon women’s champion Serena Williams.

Andy Murray and Serena Williams have formed a formidable duo
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Williams won the mixed event in west London with Max Mirnyi in 1998 and has claimed an incredible 14 major titles at the All England Club during her glittering career.

Murray and Williams got their campaign under way on Friday by beating Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chilean Alexa Guarachi in the first round.

They are in the top section of the draw and will now face 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.

Wimbledon legend Serena Williams
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Murray is excited to team up with fellow superstar Williams, saying: “It’ll be great. I’m just happy to be fit and healthy again.

“With what’s happened the last year or so, you never know what’s round the corner, so it’s a great opportunity. I’ll look forward to it.”

‘Coco Gauff is going to be a champion’ – Former Wimbledon winner Lindsay Davenport heaps praise on 15-year-old sensation who toppled Venus Williams

3 Jul

Former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport has tipped Coco Gauff to achieve ‘greatness’ following the 15-year-old’s sensational victory over Venus Williams at Wimbledon.

Gauff defeated the five-time women’s singles champion in straight sets in the first round, in a tournament that has already produced a number of surprises.

Gauff got the better of idol Williams on Monday
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But the teenager’s triumph was the one that made the headlines and she will face Slovakian player Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round on Wednesday.

Three-time men’s singles champion at SW19 John McEnroe believes Gauff should be aiming to become world No.1 by the time she turns 20.

And Davenport, who won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1999, also believes this is an attainable target.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT.com, Davenport said: “Greatness can happen in the teenage years. It hasn’t happened as much lately because they restrict the tournaments they play, I’m not a huge fan of that.

Davenport believes Gauff, 15, could become world No.1 by her 20th birthday
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“She’s great, she can handle the occasion and I think that [being world No.1 aged 20] is definitely an achievable goal. You have to keep her on the right path, keep her happy, training, improving and healthy.

“You don’t really know how a 15-year-old is going to handle that occasion, that kind of pressure and that kind of court but you could see she’s just a champion.

“Not only with her game but her mental fortitude, her confidence, her composure, all that was so impressive.

“To see her beat one of her idols in that kind or arena and without that much grass court experience, it was pretty awesome. She’s going to be a champion and we’ve just had a good glimpse of it at just 15 years of age.”

However, Gauff is not the only young American coming through the ranks with Amanda Anisimova and Caty McNally, both 17, also making it into the women’s singles draw at Wimbledon 2019.

And Davenport believes that if Gauff, Anisimova and McNally can continue to perform well then they’ll push each other at the highest level for many years to come.

Davenport continued: “We always keep an eye on the juniors coming through and a couple of years ago I was made aware there was a good pack coming through for around about now.

Davenport was playing against some promising youngster’s before day two of Wimbledon 2019
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“Amanda Anisimova is also coming through as is Caty McNally. All these players came through the juniors together. Coco is a couple of years younger but they’ve competed against each other.

“This group could become the next big group if they continue to push each other.

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