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Newspaper review: Murray's Wimbledon final awaited

Sunday newspapers

The mood of anticipation in the Sunday papers is unmistakeable - Andy Murray is in the men's singles final at Wimbledon.

Time will tell whether this is indeed, as the Independent on Sunday, puts it, "a day to remember".

The Observer calls it a "day of destiny" saying "He's toughened up. He's in form. Is this Andy Murray's moment?"

As the Sun puts it: "At two pm today the nation's eyes will be focused on a grass rectangle in south west London."

"Three words will be on the nation's lips," says the Sunday Mirror, "Come on Andy!"

Dirty secret

The verdict of the Mail on Sunday on Labour's dispute with the Unite union is that Ed Miliband is "wounded and it could prove fatal".

The political weather, according to the Observer, has changed.

"Almost in an instant" says the paper's Toby Helm, David Cameron landed a blow on the Labour leadership that "hit home" leaving them "stunned by a hefty punch".

Writing in the Observer, Mr Miliband himself pledges to "mend, not end" Labour's relationship with the unions.

And in an article for the Sunday Mirror, Unite's general secretary Len McCluskey says Mr Miliband should "step back from the brink of a ruinous division".

The Sunday Mirror itself accepts the party is facing a "crisis", a "rift", even "open warfare." And it urges Mr Miliband and the leader of Unite to put away their daggers and work together.

The Sunday Times says "the scandal has lifted the lid on Labour's dirty secret: that the unions have been acting as though they owned Mr Miliband".

Comfy cell?

The deportation of Abu Qatada is seen by some as a cause for celebration.

"We're finally rid of the terror plotter," says the Sunday Express.

The People says it rarely gives a Tory home secretary "a pat on the back" but it thinks Theresa May deserves "this rare Sunday People accolade" for pursuing her goal with "sheer bloody-mindedness".

"We can sleep a little easier in our beds thanks to her," it comments.

The Sunday Telegraph agrees, calling the final outcome "a personal triumph" for Mrs May.

For all that, the paper does ask "why it took so long".

The answer, it suggests, is a "legal farce" flowing from "an unreasonable interpretation of the meaning of 'human rights'."

The Sunday Telegraph also reports on the "comfy prison cell" that awaits Abu Qatada.

But the Sun says it expects him to be "abooted" - a pun on his name combined with "booted" - into solitary confinement in Jordan.

Mowed down

Students who have failed to strive with all their might while at university may take encouragement from the Sunday Times.

The paper reports that the leading communications and marketing company, Ogilvy Group, has found that graduates with two-twos and thirds tend to perform better than those who achieve first class degrees.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports that ministers are to announce plans to claw back about 100 powers from Europe in the first part of efforts to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU.

The Mail on Sunday reports on the progress of the scientific study of a mysterious disease threatening Britain's oak trees.

Researchers wonder whether the "colourful" oak jewel beetle may be spreading the infection, it says.

The Sunday Express, meanwhile, has the story of a council workman on a tractor, who took just two minutes to mow down a wildflower meadow - "a haven of tranquillity and natural beauty" - that volunteers had spent 15 years creating on the site of a former brickworks in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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