READ about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national papers - Sunday, July 3, 2011.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: He may have dashed British hopes with his crushing win over Andy Murray, but Rafael Nadal insists he should be considered the underdog when he meets Novak Djokovic in today’s Wimbledon men’s final.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Cristiano Ronaldo will reject all bidders to stay with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. Also: The greatest day of Liam Broady’s sporting life ended in double disappointment.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: David Haye’s world heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko ended in disaster for the Bermondsey man at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg last night when he was easily outpointed by his opponent. Also: The gift of timing is unsurpassed as a tennis attribute; be it the nerveless way Petra Kvitova dispatched a stunning ace directly down the middle of Wimbledon’s Centre Court to win what will surely be the first of many Grand Slam titles, or the precise moment this young Czech has chosen to claim prominence in a sport desperate for a new champion.
THE OBSERVER: In front of a father who wept unashamedly on Centre Court, Petra Kvitova shocked Maria Sharapova with the power and variety of her tennis to become the first left-handed women’s champion at Wimbledon since her compatriot Martina Navratilova 21 years ago. Also: Britain’s last hope of a singles title at Wimbledon this year fizzled out yesterday as Liam Broady, the seemingly unstoppable teenager from Stockport, lost the juniors final to Australian Luke Saville, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he was prepared to break a club record to take Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United. Also: This was the moment when Petra Kvitova stunned Maria Sharapova to win the first grand slam title of her career at Wimbledon and start what promises to be a stellar career.
NEWS OF THE WORLD: Chelsea have hired Fernando Torres’ personal trainer in a bid to kick-start the £50million striker’s stuttering career. Also: Petra Kvitova had everyone in tears after her stunning Wimbledon singles triumph over Maria Sharapova.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna, the last players from the Czech Republic to win the women’s singles title here, looked on approvingly from the Royal Box. Also: The former England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher will earn substantially more than just the satisfaction of getting one over on his old employers if he secures a historic victory for India this summer.
THE PEOPLE: Spurs will let Luka Modric go for £45million - and watch Gareth Bale follow him through the White Hart Lane exit door. Also: David Luiz is bracing himself for the AVB era at Chelsea and predicts a more thrilling ride than than the glory days of Jose Mourinho.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Everton will spark a transfer war zone by making England Under-21s midfielder Jack Rodwell available for £20million. Also: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is set to make a club-record £20m bit for Barca whizz-kid Bojan.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Gael Clichy is expected to compete an £8million move from Arsenal to Manchester City tomorrow - and spark a week of frantic transfer activity for Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. Also: Petra Kvitova flashes a winning smile as she shows off the Wimbledon women’s singles trophy yesterday ... but losing finalist Maria Sharapova couldn’t bear to look.