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Wimbledon champion Andy Murray lamented his position as “number two son” after he scored a Centre Court win and mum Judy chose to watch brother Jamie play doubles.

The Scot was pleased Jamie and Australian John Peers had won their doubles match, but jokingly rued his lack of family support.

Murray raced to a 6-2 6-3 6-2 win over 27th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut to secure his place in the fourth round, coming through the first week of the tournament without dropping a set.

He faces big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in his next assignment, and may need all the backing he can find if his opponent is at his very best.

He will hope Wimbledon keep his match and any doubles clash former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jamie may have on Monday at different times of day.

After his early-evening win on Friday, Murray was told of Jamie’s victory and said: “It’s a shame we’re on at the same time.

“None of my family came to watch me so I’m obviously the number two son.

“My brother’s the priority – he’s number one son – he’s always had the preference since I’ve been a kid, but it’s good that we both won.”

Judy did arrive in the late stages to see her younger son complete his handsome victory, but Murray appeared not to have spotted her in the crowd.

Speaking on the BBC, Murray said of his latest win: “It’s good to get it done in straight sets.

“He’s the best opponent I’ve played. He’s obviously seeded and coming in with confidence from winning a tournament last week.

“It was a step up. There were a few things I could have done better but it’s been a good first week. Now I can rest up and be fresh for Monday.”

Lleyton Hewitt admits he is “one injury away” from retirement and cannot make plans to return to Wimbledon next year.

The 33-year-old Australian set a new open-era record for five-set matches in grand slam tournaments, bowing out fighting to Jerzy Janowicz in the third round on Friday.

The 2002 Wimbledon champion registered his 42nd five-set clash in major tournament action, to move past Andre Agassi’s record.

The two-time grand slam winner conceded frustrations at dropping out just when he is feeling injury-free once again.

“I don’t know if I’ll be back, you never know,” said Hewitt, after his 7-5 6-4 6-7 (7/9) 4-6 6-3 second round loss to the 15th seed.

Novak Djokovic admitted he feared his Wimbledon campaign was over when damaging his left shoulder in a “scary fall” during his third-round win over Gilles Simon.

The 2011 champion landed awkwardly after diving for a volley midway through the third set against the world number 44 on Centre Court, recovering to win out 6-4 6-2 6-4.

“It was obviously a scary fall,” said the Serbian. “I tried to land on my left arm.

“That split-second was not pleasant: I definitely feared I could be out of the tournament.”

Venus Williams saw her Wimbledon dream shattered after losing a Centre Court thriller but promised she will return next year.

Venus Williams the five-time champion went down in a three-set thriller against fellow former champion Petra Kvitova.

Williams, 34, dropped her serve only once, but that moment crucially came in the final game as Kvitova struck a telling blow to clinch a 5-7 7-6 (7/2) 7-5 victory.

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