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Who's grabbing the headlines on Day 2

Andy Murray (GBR) in action against Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) during the Third Round on Day 5 on Centre Court.
by Mark Hodgkinson
Tuesday 26 June 2012

There is something endearing about the way Nikolay Davydenko, in an interview with this morning's British newspapers, kept on imagining nicknames for himself.

"Sometimes they call me Iron Man, sometimes Ice Man, maybe Terminator," the Russian said ahead of today's encounter with Andy Murray.

But if anyone has ever genuinely heard the former world No.3 being introduced as any of those three, could they please make themselves known at the All England Club.

Perhaps Davydenko should be introduced to the Centre Court crowds as Family Man, as this is how he has prepared for these grass-court Championships. "I haven't played any matches on grass - last week I spent time with my wife and baby," he said.

Reading Simon Barnes in The Times, you learn about birds as well as Novak Djokovic's first-round match. "Have you ever seen a sparrowhawk being mobbed by a crow? The crow comes barrelling down on the hawk and the hawk swerves elegantly out of the way. But he doesn't then fly off at high speed: nor does he turn his talons on his tormentor. He just waits for the next attack and does another swerve. It's as if he needs the exercise; it's as if he savours his own skill; it's as if he's practising for a more serious occasion. If you have never seen such a sight, the first appearance of the Wimbledon's men's champion on Centre Court was pretty much the same." 

In The Mail, Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert advocates that the Scot should "adopt some of Ivan Lendl's old grass philosophy and come into the net more often than he does".

"Not all the time but as a tactic to keep opponents guessing. Murray is what I call a 'handsy' player - he has got a beautiful touch around the net and the more he comes in the better he is going to be."


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