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Strawberries and cream

Despite Portuguese men’s tennis No1 Rui Machado enjoying what appeared to be a favourable Wimbledon draw, the 28-year-old from Faro saw his hopes ended in the first round once more.

This time American qualifier Brian Baker making his comeback from career-threatening injury was the straight sets winner, but that ‘upset’ proved to be good form as the 27-year-old had progressed to the fourth round at the time of writing.

Elsewhere, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year provided plenty of early shocks the biggest of which were the second round exit of Rafael Nadal and a last 16 defeat for women’s top seed Maria Sharapova.

Meanwhile. the Portuguese Olympic Committee has asked the ITF for a wild card entry for Machado to enable him to compete at next month’s London Games.