Good Week/Bad Week

Last Updated: 08/07/13 1:33pm

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Andy Murray: Defeated Novak Djokovic to become the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title

Andy Murray: Defeated Novak Djokovic to become the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title

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It has been quite a week for British sport as the British and Irish Lions secured a series win down under and, of course, Andy Murray ended 77 years of hurt to become the first British man since Fred Perry to win the Wimbledon title.

Elsewhere, there has been the German Grand Prix, England claimed a comfortable win ahead of the start of the Ashes series on Wednesday and the Tour de France headed into the mountains.

We take a look at some of those celebrating and commiserating at the end of the week's events.

Good Week

Andy Murray

Where else to start? Andy Murray ended the wait of more than three-quarters of a century for a British male winner at Wimbledon, beating world no 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Sunday.

It may sound comfortable but it was anything but. Having overcome Fernando Verdasco in an epic five-set quarter-final and Jerzy Janowicz in four sets in the semi-final, the Scot was again pushed all the way by his Serbian rival.

The fact that just three sets took well over three hours shows the brutal nature of the contest at SW19, but Murray came up trumps when it mattered and wrapped up the victory after a nerve-wracking final game.

The British & Irish Lions

After two incredibly close Tests set up a decider in Sydney, the final match between Australia and the Lions was expected to follow suit.

As it turned out, the tourists won comfortably thanks to three second-half tries in 10 minutes. Those scores put an end to any hopes of an Australian comeback after the Wallabies had recovered from 19-3 down trail by just 3 points early in the second period.

Warren Gatland's decision to leave out Lions legend Brian O'Driscoll seemed justified as his side ran out 41-19 winners to claim their first Test series win in 16 years.

Chris Froome

The Team Sky rider won stage eight at the Tour de France to take the yellow jersey and survived a very challenging ninth stage to hold onto it as the tour enters its second full week.

The pressure of succeeding last year's champion Sir Bradley Wiggins was always going to be tough for the 28-year-old, but Froome had looked in control for the first few stages before really asserting his dominance in his hugely impressive stage eight triumph.

The Kenyan-born rider was then cut off from his Sky team-mates for much of Sunday's ninth stage but battled on to finish fourteenth and retain the leaders jersey.

Marion Bartoli

The Frenchwoman won her maiden grand slam title with a comprehensive victory over Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon women's final on Saturday.

Bartoli was in fine form in her semi-final against the Belgain Kirsten Flipkens and somehow managed to improve on that display as she swept aside Lisicki 6-1 6-4 in the final.

The 2007 finalist won over the Centre Court crowd with her enthusiasm, focus and desire to fist pump to seemingly every individual person in the crowd.

Bad Week

Serena Williams

The American was odds on favourite to defend her Wimbledon title going into her fourth round tie with 23rd seed Lisicki.

The 16-time Grand Slam winner had coasted into the second week at the All England Club with her power proving too much for her early round opponents.

However, she met her match in eventual finalist Lisicki and went down to a shock defeat in three sets.

To make matters worse, Williams had to cope with the Wimbledon crowd cheering on her opponent with the kind of vigour usually reserved for the likes of Laura Robson and Andy Murray.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton's championship hopes were left in tatters after a disappointing showing at the German Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver starter on pole for the second race running but missed out on a podium place once again, eventually finishing fifth at the Nurburgring.

Hamilton immediately lost the race lead to Sebastien Vettel and never recovered as he slipped down to sixth before overtaking fellow Brit Jensen Button on the final lap.

After a tyre blow out ruined his hopes of a home win last weekend at Silverstone, the former McLaren driver was able to avoid any such drama in Germany but failed to match his qualifying performance before branding his car "a disaster" after the race.

Hamilton also bemoaned the much-criticised Pirelli tyres despite the changes made following the issues at the British Grand Prix.

Robbie Deans

The Australia coach saw his side put to the sword by the Lions on Saturday to lose the Test series 2-1.

The defeat looks set to cost Deans his job with reports in Australia suggesting he has already been dismissed.

The former All Black was already under pressure going into the Lions Tests and having pushed the tourists all the way in the first two games, Deans' side capitulated in the decider.

The Wallabies were dominated in the scrum and failed to deal with a second-half blitz from the Lions to succumb to a heavy defeat, allowing the Lions to rack up their record points score in a Test match.

David Price

The British heavyweight was knocked out in the fifth round by American Tony Thompson on Saturday.

Price started well at Liverpool's Echo Arena in his rematch with Thompson, having suffered a second round knock-out in February.

However, the Washington DC southpaw had the home favourite in trouble in the fourth before a standing eight count in the fifth.

Price was put out of his misery later in the round leaving him with successive defeats having been undefeated prior to facing Thompson.

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