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Ten things we learned from Wimbledon 2012

Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen celebrate after winning match point against Horia Tecau and Robert Lindstedt and winning the Men's doubles championship.
by Mark Hodgkinson
Tuesday 10 July 2012

Ten things to take away from The Championships 2012 at the All England Club...

Roger Federer does not come to the grass-court Grand Slam just to model RF knitwear; he is still a force at the majors. Two and a half years after winning his 16th Slam at the 2010 Australian Open, he took his 17th, and you have to seriously consider whether the Swiss is capable of harvesting a few more to reach 20.

Thirty might not be the new 20, as was discussed in the moments after Serena Williams's victory ("mentally, I'm 12 or 13"), but 30 is certainly no longer too old at the All England Club. Both singles champions are in their thirties. Monica Seles once spoke of the horror of leaving your twenties - she spoke of "the dirty thirties" - but that thinking is now out of date.

There is nothing more emotional than playing in a singles final at the All England Club. Win or lose. Andy Murray's tears did more to endear him to the previously unconverted than any backhand down the line, or ace slammed down the 'T'.

The Duchess of Cambridge is going to be regular in the front row of the Royal Box for years to come (either accompanied by Pippa or her Prince).

Many of the competitors in the men's singles would swap their serve for Serena's.

It is often said that anyone in the men's top 100 can beat anyone else, and now, finally, you can believe it. Lukas Rosol, the world No 100, showed that anything is possible by taking down Rafa Nadal in the second round.

In this age of baseline biffing and bashing, Agnieszka Radwanska demonstrated that you don't have to welt the ball to reach a Wimbledon final.

Britain's Jonny Marray and Denmark's Frederik Nielsen, the wild card men's doubles champions, showed that tales of the improbable also happen in the doubles.

Yaroslava Shvedova would have introduced many to the concept of a 'golden set' when she won all 24 points of the opening set against Sara Errani, a finalist at the French Open, in their third-round match.

Tim Henman is going to have to fight hard to keep ownership of his hill - many are now calling it 'Murray Mound'.


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