Yes, it took nerves of steel to watch the television today. But eventually, Andy Murray overcame the dashing helmet-haired Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 7-5 after nineteen hours on court. Well, that's what it felt like.
Murray wears his heart on his sleeve (although he manages to pull himself together and address the challenges in hand so much better than he used to), but Verdasco seemed totally unmoveable and unflappable. Like his hair. Just exactly how much hairspray was used to weld his coiffure into place...? It only seemed to go Andy's way in the last 4 points, and even then you could hardly believe he'd won.
But no matter, Andy lives!!!!
As for the Tour de France, bronchitis boy Mark Cavendish of Omega Pharma Quick-Step won his 24th Stage, leaving the rest of the field literally in a pile. Just what sort of super-amazing antibiotics did he take??
Huge kudos also to Geraint Thomas of Team Sky, who continues to cycle with a fractured pelvis, after a terrible crash on day one. Now that is painful. I've had a split pelvis and it doesn't bear thinking about. He had to be lifted back onto his bike because he couldn't lift his legs up - every turn of the pedals must be excrutiating.