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Federer, 15

• If the scoreboard, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14, seems to tell the tale of an epic battle, it was because the Wimbledon men’s final between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer last week was no less. Roddick was the better player of the two that afternoon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, serving his thunderbolts with precision, and Federer was clearly out of his depth when it came to dealing with his opponent’s service and returns. But in the end the champion won his 15th grand slam simply by outlasting his challenger. Strange are the ways of champions.


A serenade

• It was yet another Williams vs Williams final at the Wimbledon women’s tennis championship this time, with Venus’ little sister Serena beating her 7-6, 6-2. So what if Serena is only World No. 2, according to the World Tennis Association’s (WTA) rating, which puts Dinara Safina at the top? With 11 grand slam titles in her stylish tote, the 27-year-old champion is eyeing former US tennis great Billie Jean King’s haul of 12 of the big ones. We wish this Williams many more successes.

The Real thing

• Cristiano Ronaldo won a rapturous welcome from about 80,000 Real Madrid fans when his new team unveiled him recently. When he arrived before the capacity crowd at a Madrid stadium, he sported a No. 9 jersey and a winning smile. “I’ve achieved one of my dreams,” said the champion. This season will see Ronaldo team up with Kaka, the 2007 World Player of the Year, who earlier signed with Real.


• It was a giant leap for Yuvraj Singh last week when he achieved a career-best second position in the Reliance Mobile International Cricket Council’s rankings for ODI batsmen. Following his good performance against the West Indies that included a century at Kingston, he is placed after none other than his captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who leads by 44 points. We always knew you had it in you, Yuvi, and now we are more than sure!

You can’t get through this week without…

• …watching the second Test match in the famed five-Test Ashes series between England and Australia. At the legendary Lords all the tickets are sold out, so make sure that you don’t miss any of the action. After all, success in Test cricket is the ultimate test for a cricketer and there’s no rivalry in the sport bigger than the one between these two countries. Over to the Ashes


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