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Well, the 74 year wait for a male British singles Grand Slam Tennis champion continues. This morning Roger Federer tore Andy Murray apart in straight sets 6-3 6-4 7-6 (13-11). Federer won his 16th Grand Slam and his 4th Australian Open and 1st as a father. He just seemed to have an answer to everything that Murray had. Even as they just started the first set –Federer was 2-0 up at the time – I thought to myself ‘Andy isn’t going to be able to live with this’. I was hoping that I was going to be proved wrong, but sadly I wasn’t.  

Federer enjoys his 16th Grand Slam victory

Elsewhere, Sauber launched the C29 today at the good Valencia race track. As Renault launched their car – the R30 – they announced that Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov will race alongside Robert Kubica this season. I also found out on Saturday that it was Lewis Hamilton himself who put Jenson Button’s name forward as a replacement for Heikki Kovalainen. Lewis said that he wants to win the Constructors Championship with McLaren, and said that he couldn’t do it on his own. Hence Heikki goes and Jenson comes in.

The new Sauber

The new Renault

New boy, Vitaly Petrov

Jenson and Lewis play with their new toys

 

Egypt won the African Cup of Nations for a third straight time and 7th in total as they beat Ghana in the final 1-0, scoring in the 85th minute. In the 29 games played, 71 goals were scored at an average of 2.45 a game. Yesterday (Saturday) Nigeria took the bronze medal with a 1-0 win over Algeria. However, I am extremely angry with CAF – Confederation of African Football – because they have banned Togo from the next two tournaments. What crime did they commit I ask you? Why should a team, who suffered so much outside of football, be punished inside of it? This is one of the most ludicrous sporting penalties I have ever heard of. TOGO, YOU HAVE MY BACKING!

Sorry about the lay out.

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The McLaren MP4-25 was officially unveiled at Vodafone’s HQ today by Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. It looks like a monster, but then all McLaren cars have done (well most of them). If it can win us both world titles this year, that would be fantastic. Yes I know Lewis won the title in 2008, McLaren’s first since Häkkinen in 1999, but we haven’t won the Constructors Championship since 1998! We have to win both to prove that we are the best team on the grid.

My favourite part of the car...the number 1

As I’m sure you are aware, Roger Federer now stands in Andy Murray’s way in Sunday morning’s final down under. He beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-3 6-2. The pair met in the 2008 US Open final which Federer won, but Murray leads their head-to-head record 6-4. This will also be the Swiss legends 21st Grand Slam final, and only Murray’s second. But Federer won his first Slam at his 17th attempt. This is Murray’s 17th Grand Slam. I really can’t call this one. We will just have to get up for 0800 on Sunday morning and tune into BBC 1 or HD to see what happens.

In the African Cup of Nations, Egypt exacted revenge on Algeria for their World Cup play-off defeat with a crushing 4-0 win to set up a final with Ghana on Sunday late afternoon. Ghana will be going for their 5th Championship, their last being way back in 1982. Whereas Egypt will be looking to win the tournament for a 3rd straight time, and record enhancing 7th. In fact by beating Algeria, they set a record of 18 consecutive matches unbeaten. Good thing England don’t have to play them in the World Cup. Oh wait, we have a friendly against them at Wembley on the 3rd of March. Hmmmm…

Now before I go, I must offer my congratulations to the BBC F1 team. Their coverage of the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix won the award for best sports broadcast at the Broadcast Awards during the week. I’ve seen so many F1 pre-qualifying and pre-race shows that they don’t really stick in my head. However the film below blew my mind, and it has earned a place on my blog for all of you to see. 

Ferrari became the first team to launch their 2010 F1 car today.  Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will hope that this is the machine that will steer them towards a third and maiden title respectively. Last year’s car, the F60 was by Ferrari standards, a great disappointment. It failed to score any points in the first 3 races of the season, took just one win and fastest lap and didn’t take a single pole-position. It also saw Felipe Massa come a hairs width away from death in Hungary. But the F10 will be looking to put all that behind it, and will try to make life as difficult as possible for everyone else on the grid.

The Ferrari F10

McLaren will launch the MP4-25 tomorrow (Can’t wait). Then Renault and Sauber on the 31th of January. The first test at Valencia the next day will see the debut of the new: Mercedes, Toro Rosso and Williams. On the 10th of February at the second test in Jerez sees the new Red Bull and Force India, and hopefully the new Virgin put on display for the first time. Lotus and Campos hope for the 12th and 17th of February respectively. US F1 are the only team who haven’t made public their launch date. They just say ‘Early February’. All new cars will appear on this blog if possible.

To the Tennis now, and Andy Murray stormed into the Australian Open final with a 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 win over Marin Cilic in just over 3 hours. If he beats either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or the legendary Roger Federer in the final, he will be the first British male to win a Grand Slam event in 74 years. COME ON ANDY! 😀

Roll up! Roll up! Get the tennis ball in his mouth and you win a car!

Breaking news. Ghana have beaten Nigeria 1-0 and are through to the African Cup of Nations Final.

Let’s see now…

Mercedes showed off the livery of their new F1 car on a 2009 Brawn. Why did they need to do that? It was going to be silver with some green bits on it. In fact I would have been surprised, alarmed and saddened in that order if they had chosen any other colour than silver. Silver is the national racing colour of Germany after all. Why do you think Ferraris are red, it’s their colour. In fact while I’m on the subject, I get very picky about what colour a car should be, it’s just the way I am.

US F1 have finally named a driver for this year. He is Argentinean Jose Maria Lopez, he is 24 years-old and used to be a test driver at Renault. Argentina hasn’t had a driver in F1 since 2001 when Gaston Mazzacane left the old Prost team. No, I don’t remember him either.

Come and go Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa, 38, has joined the Sauber team after spending the last few years as McLaren’s test driver. So far his best result was second place at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix, the very same race that saw World Champion Jenson Button score his first and only win out of a Brawn car. In fact, 2006 was the last season de la Rosa raced in F1, standing in at McLaren for Juan Pablo Montoya decided he was bored with Formula 1 and went off to race in NASCAR half way through the season.

Finally, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is now the chairman of the Formula 1 Team’s Association (Fota). 🙂

Andy Murray is in to the Semi-Finals of the Australian Open after Rafael Nadal was forced to retire with a right-knee injury in the third set whilst Murray was 6-3 7-6 3-0 up. He is the first brit in 33 years to reach this stage in the Ozzy Open, and will play the Croat Marin Cilic for a place in the final.

In the African Cup of Nations, the scores for the Quarter Finals are as follows,

  • Ghana 1 – 0 Angola
  • Algeria 3 – 2 Ivory Coast (AET)
  • Egypt 3 – 1 Cameroon (AET)
  • Nigeria 0 – 0 Zambia (AET)    Nigeria beat Zambia 5 – 4 after a Penalty Shoot-out.

In the semis, Ghana will play Nigeria, and Algeria will play Egypt.

Super Bowl XLIV will be played out between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams where the best teams in both of the leagues this season, with records of 13-3 and 14-2 respectively.

Away from sport, and the film ‘Avatar’ has surpassed ‘Titanic’ as the highest-grossing film of all time. James Cameron must be rolling in it since he: directed, co-produced and wrote both of them. Due to ‘Avatar’s’ monumental success, Cameron has hinted at the possibilities of their being an ‘Avatar 2’ and an ‘Avatar 3’. Now you couldn’t get that with ‘Titanic’ could you?