British No 1 was watched by Roberto Forzoni, with whom he has been working

28th July 2007

You did not need a degree in sports psychology to appreciate what this small step meant for the British No 1. He sat for a good minute in his chair at the end of the match – which was watched by Roberto Forzoni, the Italian psychologist with whom he has been working – in deep contemplation. For him to emerge in the second round – in which he will play Jonas Björkman, the oldest man in the draw at 35 – is a considerable relief, as is the fact that the right wrist he flexed as he walked back from changeovers stayed rock-like in both defence and attack.

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