01March2017

My seventh Wimbledon campaign gets under way on Tuesday and I'm pleased to report that I feel great, training has gone really well and I'm raring to go.

I play Nikolay Davydenko in the first round and I'm fully aware of how tough that is going to be.

He's a top quality player, a former world number three with 21 ATP World Tour titles to his name.

Whether it's my toughest opening match at a Grand Slam you never know - I've gone five sets with Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet before - but in terms of the quality of opposition, I'd say it's definitely up there.

Being back at Wimbledon is fantastic. I come here to practise sometimes as they have decent clay courts, a nice gym and it's always quiet, which is ideal when you just want to be out of the way.

When I train here we tend to eat lunch right next to the door out to Centre Court, it's great to sit out there, look at the empty court, and soak it all up.

Next time I'm there it will be packed, and I can't wait. I'll come in to practise for a couple of hours on Sunday but the next 48 hours are about trying to conserve as much energy as possible.

All my fitness work is complete so I'll just do some yoga, stretching and flexibility work to make sure my muscles are as loose as possible for the start of the tournament.

The idea is to try to spend as little time as necessary at the courts. That's not to compromise my practice but I'll come in, get my tennis done, have physio, a massage and then leave.

I won't be floating around here wasting time - after all, I've got to get home to watch Euro 2012 and work on my Fantasy Football team in the evenings!

On Monday, I'll sit down with my coach Ivan Lendl and hitting-partner Dani Valverdu, discuss the Davydenko match and analyse the tactics we want to employ.

Ivan will pass on a few little titbits, some of his experience and that will be me all set.

The messages of support from family and friends mean a lot to me. It's been so long since a British player won Wimbledon - and everybody wants to see it - so I get plenty of good wishes and it's a very good source of motivation.

Away from the courts, it's been nice to spend time with my girlfriend Kim. We'll usually get some food in or pop to a local restaurant, although there aren't many good places for sushi, my favourite food, around where we live.

We went out for dinner the other night and the plan was to see a movie too, but they weren't showing either of the two I want to see - The Dictator and Casa de Mi Padre. Instead I've been playing online Golden Eye, it's pretty addictive.

That's also probably why I didn't manage to watch Miami Heat winning the NBA finals. I caught the highlights of their victory over Oklahoma and it's fair to say I was pretty happy.

I started training in Miami in 2007, the year after they won their first ever championship. They had the likes of Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade, but the following season they all got injured. When I'm out there I go to as many matches as possible, it's a great game to watch live.

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster admitted he was "gutted" not to have won the final Test against South Africa after his side ground out a 14-14 draw.

But Lancaster said was "delighted overall with the efforts the boys put in over the course of the tour".

 A young England side came from behind to avoid a 3-0 series whitewash.Dylan Hartley England captain

 "We wanted to win the game - we wanted to win the series. We didn't, but there are plenty of positives to take as well," continued Lancaster.

 England could have won the game at the death, but fly-half Owen Farrell's attempted drop-goal went well wide.

 "It could have been won with the clock done - they're the small margins. But when Owen [Farrell] came on, we had an Under-21 [number] 10,12,13," explained Lancaster.

 "We've got young lads making their debut - Alex Goode was outstanding at full-back. Overall, when you look at where we were and where we are now, I think we're in a good place.

 "South Africa had over 500 caps in their side. We're a side just developing that experience."

 Stand-in England captain Dylan Hartley was pleased with the way his side ended a difficult tour on the front foot in Port Elizabeth.

 "It's been a tough tour - we've grafted hard, just haven't played for the full 80 minutes," he said.

 "Today we strung together a full 80 minutes. Defence was good, ball-retention was good - we just didn't come away with the result.

 "In the last two games we've learned when the green machine gets going they're hard to stop. We took a bit of pride today in two-man tackles, getting it off the line, stopping their momentum.

"A draw's a draw. We'll take it and look forward to playing the boys again in November in England."

 Springboks skipper Jean de Villiers praised the tourists, saying "credit to England, they played well".

 But he added: "I thought we weren't good at all tonight. We'll have to take a hard look at ourselves.

 "Our option-taking was poor at times. Obviously the [rainy] weather doesn't make it any easier. At least we didn't lose the game - that's the only positive we can take out of this."

 Recalled flanker James Haskell was pleased with the way England have developed during the tour, but frustrated not to have come away with a win at the last.

 "The squad's come on really well. It would have been good to get a win," he said.

"Unfortunately, I just don't think we were good enough in attack. We just didn't get enough calls going our way in the breakdown battle.

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ශී‍්‍ර ලංකාව සහ පාකිස්තානය අතර ගාල්ල අන්ත්ර්ජාතික කි‍්‍රකට් කී‍්‍රඩාංගණයේදී පැවැත්වෙන පළමු වැනි ටෙස්ට් කි‍්‍රකට් තරගයේ තුන්වැනි දිනය වන අද (24 වැනිදා) දිවා ආහාරය සඳහා තරගය නතර කිරීමට සුළු වේලාවකට පෙර පාකිස්තානු කණ්ඩායම ලකුණු 100 කට දවාගැනීමට ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා පිල සමත් විය.

පළමු ඉනිමේදී ලකුණු 372 ක් ඉදිරියෙන් සිටින ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා කණ්ඩායම තණතීරුවේ පවතින යහපත් තත්ත්වය නිස නැවතත් පන්දුවට පහර දීමට තීරණය කළේය.

නුවන් කුලසේකර (27/2), සුරාජ් රන්දිව් (13/4) සහ රංගන හේරත් (30/3) පාකිස්තානු පිලේ කඩුලූ බෙදා හදාගත්හ.

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ඇඩම් ගිල්කි‍්‍රස්ට් පන්දු 46 කින් ලබාගත් ලකුණු 64 නිසා ඉන්දියාවේ ධර්මශාලා නුවරදී අද (17 වැනිදා) පැවැති අයි. පී. එල්. ක‍්‍රිකට් තරගයේදී කිංග්ස් xI පන්ජාබ් පිල විසින් චෙන්නායි සුපර් කිංග්ස් පිල කඩුලූ 6 කින් පරාජය කරන ලදී.

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Ben Hilfenhaus impressed as the Chennai Super Kings set up an Indian Premier League final clash with Kolkata after a comprehensive 86-run win over Delhi on Friday (local time).

The defending champions were put into bat on a flat M Chidambaram wicket and Murali Vijay made the most of the opportunity with a 58-ball 113.

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අල් නක්බා කුසලාන වෙනුවෙන් පැවැත්වෙන පලස්තීන සහයෝගිතා ආරම්භක පාපන්දු තරගාවලියට සහභාගිවී සිටින ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම පසුගිය සිකුරාදා (18 වැනිදා) පැවති පළමු තරගයේදී ජෝර්දානය හමුවේ ගෝල 2-0 ක පරාජයක් ලැබීය.

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A first test century in 18 months from captain Andrew Strauss puts England in a dominant position on Day Two of the first test against the West Indies.

Strauss ended the day unbeaten on 121, as England reached 259-3, a lead of 16 runs, with Ian Bell alongside him on five.

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Leinster crushed a spirited Ulster by a record Heineken Cup final-winning margin to become the first side to win three titles in four years.

Sean O'Brien and Cian Healy tries put Leinster 14-6 up at half-time, Ruan Pienaar landing two penalties in reply.

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