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British papers revel in Australia's troubles

Lleyton Hewitt hits a shot in his first round match.
by Mark Hodgkinson
Wednesday 27 June 2012

"It was Australia Whitewash Day," writes Giles Smith in The Times. "Matt Ebden - gone. Bernard Tomic - gone, too. Lleyton Hewitt - gone three. All of them tossed like stones on to the sorry pile of rubble which is Australian sport in 2012. Or maybe that's overstating things slightly. Certainly, though, this is the first time that there is no Aussie in the second round of the men's singles here since 1938, which is practically back in the era when the game was played on horseback."

Smith also reflects on Australian fans at the All England Club: "What they bring to Wimbledon's table cannot be underestimated. Lley's people stood before the match for a guerrilla rendition of Advance Australia Fair, plastic cups of lager to hand, and then gradually unburdened themselves of the now familiar repertoire of favourites: the timeless 'Let's go, Lleyton, let's go', the ever-popular 'Super, Super Lley' and the always uplifting 'Walking in a Lleyton Wonderland'. Say what you like about this unashamed embracing of the cultural stereotype, it beats shouting 'Come on, Tim' at Andy Murray."

In The Telegraph, Oliver Brown suggests that Murray's first-round opponent, Nikolay Davydenko, looks like Vincent Van Gogh, "give or take the odd severed ear". "The Russian also mirrors the great Post-Impressionist by his complex demeanour, manifested in looks and gestures that bespeak a profound anguish. Of those he made plenty last night, as if despairing at the merciless force of Murray's onslaught." The day before the match, Davydenko had called himself the 'Ice Man' of the All England Club. But Brown noted that the former world No.3 "melted faster than the ice cubes in the patrons' Pimm's".

So a bad day for Davydenko ("Davystating" was The Sun's headline on their match report), and a bad day for balding Russians. But a fine day for the British - as Murray wasn't the only one who made it through into the second round: "British resolve and flair have been in short supply at Wimbledon in recent years but such virtues were virtually oozing out of SW19 on a day when Andy Murray cruised to victory and was joined in the second round by James Ward, Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha," Alyson Rudd writes on the back page of The Times.

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