Robert Pollard

Freelance sports and politics writer

Robert Pollard is a freelance sports and politics writer. Follow him on Twitter at @_robpollard.

Preview: Primavera Festival

If the combination of open air, calm waters and a view of the horizon setting the backdrop for one's favourite bands in the world didn't hold enough conviction to persuade even the most stubborn of festival snubbers, then perhaps the consistently eclectic lineups will.
21/05/2013 16:24 BST

The Times They Are a-Changin' as Murray Wins in Miami

The tennis landscape has altered considerably over that last 12 months. Andy Murray will wake up on Monday to confirmation of something we've long known: he is currently the second best tennis player in the world.
01/04/2013 21:06 BST

Murray to Face Djokovic in Australian Open Final

If Murray wins on Sunday he will make tennis history, becoming the first player in the Open era to follow his first major title with one immediately after. It will be a tough ask given Djokovic's form.
25/01/2013 14:50 GMT

Djokovic Wins ATP World Tour Title

Novak Djokovic left London's O2 Arena as the undefeated champion of the Barclay's ATP World Tour Finals after beating Roger Federer 7-6 (8-6) 7-5. With both players producing tennis of the highest order, it was a compelling match that provided a fitting end to a wonderful tennis season.
14/11/2012 16:56 GMT

Djokovic Beats Murray at ATP World Tour Finals

Andy Murray was looking to cap a fine year by winning this title for the first time. He started well, defeating Tomas Berdych in his opening Group A match, but his second encounter ended in defeat to Novak Djokovic.
07/11/2012 18:08 GMT

Murray Through to Shanghai Quarter-Final

Andy Murray moved into the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters after sweeping past Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-2 in just under an hour. Murray was scarcely troubled by Dolgopolov, who struggled to cope with the variety in the British player's game. Murray has still never lost a match at the Shanghai Masters event and he will be hoping that impressive record continues for the remainder of this week.
11/10/2012 15:30 BST

Murray Secures Maiden Grand Slam Title in Epic Circumstances

It felt before the match as though another defeat in a major final would be too much for Murray to take; as if this was a vital point his career. The pressure of becoming the first man to lose his first five Grand Slam finals could have been too much to recover from. Now, the tennis world expects further majors from a man who no longer feels inferior to anyone.
11/09/2012 15:46 BST