Murray once again fails his big test with Nadal

Beaten: Andy Murray
Beaten: Andy Murray
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FRIDAY: Andy Murray’s hopes of it being a case of third time lucky failed to materialise as he again fell at the final hurdle in his bid to reach the Wimbledon men’s singles final, being beaten in four sets by defending champion Rafa Nadal.

I had thought that he had a chance against Nadal if he was on the top of his game and the Spaniard a little off his.

That is what happened in the first set, which Murray won, and the start of the second. It all seemed to go wrong for Murray when he missed a relatively easy shot to go 40-15 up on Nadal’s serve when leading 2-1 in the second.

Listening to some pundits you would have thought that Murray would have gone on to at least win the set had the ball not gone out.

The reality is that he might not even have won the game. You certainly cannot blame one missed shot for the fact that he lost the next seven games.

SUNDAY: I travelled over to Rochdale on the Dons’ team bus for the club’s testing Championship One game at Spotland.

For a variety of reasons, it was the first away league game I’ve covered, but it was good to be back on the road again with the team.

People sometimes think that the team sets off too early (it was 11.30am on Sunday) but you have to make allowances for unexpected events as was the case on Sunday as a crash brought the A1 to a standstill. Fortunately the coach was able to come off the A1 at the Skelbrooke turn-off and make a detour and we arrived at Spotland in plenty of time.

I had considered splashing out £14.95 to watch the David Haye-Wladimir Klitscho world heavyweight title clash in Hamburg the previous night. But due to the fact that I already pay out around £45 to subscribe to Sky Sports, I personally think all sport on Sky should be free.

I was glad that I didn’t pay to watch the fight after hearing the negative comments from various people who had on the team bus. To a man they were critical of Haye’s efforts during the contest and his excuses after it.

The six Dons’ supporters who had walked the 57 miles from Doncaster to Rochdale over three days raised around £3,000 to be split between the club’s Supporters’ Trust Fund and a charity fund.

Well done to all concerned - especially in that heat. The game itself was a cracker and full credit to both sides for putting on such rich entertainment with temperatures in the 70s.

Although the Dons won 26-16 the result was in the balance until the last minute when man-of-the-match centre Chris Spurr completed his hat-trick.

It wasn’t only in attack that Spurr impressed - he also made two vital tackles in a solid defensive display.

It was a good result for the Dons, who have now won their last five league matches, and saw them climb into the top four for the first time since early April.

They face three tough away games after Sunday’s home game against Gateshead and if they can win two from three then they would look to be in with a real chance of a top-two finish. Covering the Rochdale-Dons game meant that I missed the Wimbledon men’s singles final which was a bit disappointing considering the fact that I had watched a lot of the tournament, but work comes first.