Semi-Finals Queen's


Semi-Finals

Sue Barker presents coverage from the semi-finals of the Aegon Championships at the prestigious Queen's Club in west London, with commentary from Andrew Castle and Andrew Cotter.


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SUE BARKER: Only four player Tremayne. To get to the final they

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will make to display exceptional skills. It is a mouth-watering menu.

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There is a popular slice of American Pie. A surprise French

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fancy. For the first time ever, two portions of great British fare. A

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Scottish treat and some English nouvelle cuisine. Tennis does not

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get tougher than this. Behind the scenes, what a menu!

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Have you had a nice lunch? I am thinking of going to get some of

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these crusty sand which is that you guys have been having. They have

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got a choice of about four dishes. All credit to the chef and his team.

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We're here for semi-finals day. What a difference from yesterday

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afternoon when it was rain all the way. Today, the forecast is a lot

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better. The sun is shining. It is trooping the Colour today. It is

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traditional on the Saturday of the Queen's Club Championship. Two

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former champions along with a rather unexpected last four match-

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up. We have got Roddick against Murray. That is the first match up.

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Then Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who served 25 aces. The weather forecast

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tomorrow is for heavy rain tomorrow. The tournament director has decided

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to move the tournament for two, so it will start at around midday. Get

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here early if you have tickets. We will let you know about our

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transmission times later in the afternoon. Pat Cash, John Lloyd,

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still with me. This first semi- final, Murray against Roddick.

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Defeat does heart. Andy Roddick heart Andy at Wimbledon. He had a

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good record going into that match a couple of years ago. You have to

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give credit to Roddick, he played one of the matches of his career.

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Then he went on to the final and it was so close. Roddick at his best

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takes a lot to beat. He was at his best that time. He is playing well

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this week as well. I was looking at the backhand to see if he is

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hitting it well. It is not really a weakness any more, he has improved

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it over the years. His volleying can be a bit hit-and-miss. He is

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fresh, he did not play the French Open, and he is ready to go. It

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makes a big difference. Against Murray, obviously, you've got to be

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ready. Two British men in the finals for the first time. In the

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second set against Mannarino, he had match points. A few of them

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were on his serve. He lost the tie- break, went off, smashed his

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racquet. The predictable thing was to think that he would come back

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and go downhill fast. But he came back. At 4-4, 15-40 on his serve.

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He played four brilliant points, held his nerve. He has pushed

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through all of the obstacles that have been put in his way this week.

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He has no experience at this level, really. He has done remarkably well.

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And being watched by the Prime Minister. It was packed. All you

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can do is to win matches. We wondered whether he would be

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affected by having a big win. He has gone on and consolidated.

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has had a bit of luck and he has taken it. He has taken the

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opportunity. Sam Querrey was not 100%. It is very easy to get tired

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out there. He won that match and had to back it up against his next

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opponent. He is guaranteed around �23,000. A which is great. It will

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pay a lot of bills. To get really tight in that second set was

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understandable. I thought he was gone and he was not, he hung around.

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It is to his credit. This means a lot him. He deserves his place out

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there. Absolutely. He delighted the fans on Court No. 1. At the same

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time, or on Centre Court, a surprise victory here. Jo-Wilfried

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Tsonga put out the reigning US Open, French Open and Wimbledon champion,

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Rafael Nadal. Rafa won the first set. By the end of it, the crowd

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just loved him. He is a real entertainer, very talented and

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immensely powerful stop he really engages with the crowd. Our real

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talent, Pat. He is. He was ready to take Rafa. Rafa, mentally, is very

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tired. Physically as well, he was chasing the shots. He was making

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errors that he never makes. Second serving on a big point, he hit the

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frame and it did not go for. He had quite a few double faults. He is

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just tired. To beat the No. 1 player in the world, he still has

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his forehand and backhand. Tsonga came out with 16 aces in the first

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set. When Rafa slowed down and made a few mistakes, Tsonga got

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confident and played some pretty spectacular stuff. Really fun to

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watch. This is the practice court today. Murray is out there early,

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first up. He is up against Andy Roddick, someone he knows very well.

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His winning record against Roddick is 63. He would have been very

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happy to have that day off yesterday. He wanted to get his

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ankle ready. James Ward getting ready, probably training with his

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cage fighter or something! Murray always looks relaxed. I agree. He

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would have been very happy when Marin Cilic said he could not play.

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The day of rest will have done him a lot of good. I agree with Pat

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about Rafa being a little bit tired. I think Andy is a little fatigued

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as well. He is fighting it. He really wants to win this tournament.

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You can see he looks a little bit tired. He will have a big battle

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today. He will have a tough match. There is James Ward and the Davis

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Cup coach, Leon Smith. There was no way Rafa was going to come out here

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in a semi-final and then to have another match. He would have been

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doubly exhausted on Monday, thinking, I only have a few days

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off, I just won the French Open. I do not think he was that

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disappointed. He did not like playing badly yesterday at all. I

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think it was probably the best thing for his Wimbledon chances.

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the turn of that second set, he just could not find anything, the

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batteries were flat. He is pretty much exhausted, making errors and

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stuff like that. I almost think that he was going to shake hands

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and walk off. The players are just about to leave

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the locker Room. Let us join John. There are a couple of outstanding

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matches to be sorted out in the Men's Doubles. The dressing room,

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which was heaving at the start of the week with players, is just

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about empty. After 125 years, I wonder if the camera can see it, we

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were talking about it being a great anniversary this week. They had

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ice-skating and athletics here. Andy Roddick has decided that he

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needs to go to the boy's room just before he goes out on to the court.

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He has been here so many times, a multiple winner here. I am not

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quite sure how long we will have to wait for him! When he comes back,

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we will have a quick word. It is a very nervous time! I hear

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they are ready now. Andy, you have been in this

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situation in this championship so many tears. Can you treat today

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like any other game? Of course not. I think we all get up for it. This

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tournament is important to both of us. It is going to be a good match.

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It is strange that you have not played each other for two years,

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given how high up the ranking should bother. I do not know how

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much that has to do with it. There will be a lot of surprises between

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the two of us. It will be a matter of who executes best. Coming down

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the stairs shortly will be Andy Murray. Here he comes. Only a week

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ago, he was playing a Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros against

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Rafael Nadal. Rafa was saying how tired he was yesterday, but you

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were lucky, you had a day off. was a good day of rest for the

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ankle. I feel good. Pundits are saying this is an opportunity for

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revenge for that Wimbledon semi- final a couple of years ago. Does

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that have any bearing on today? It is good preparation for

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Wimbledon. I am looking forward to it. Andy Murray, heading off to

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face Andy Roddick on Centre Court here at the Queen's Club in the

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first of today's semi-finals. He does not even look like he is

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fired up for a semi-final, but you know he must be. Before Davis Cup

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matches, you sometimes look at him and think, he is ready, isn't he?

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As soon as he hits that first ball, you think, yes, he is ready. Some

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of the criticisms... Here they come, just about to begin. A lot of the

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criticism has been the way he talks to his supporters, his box on the

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side of the court. What is your take on that? I have been on both

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sides. I had been very frustrated as a player, complaining about

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anything. Sometimes you shout at the ones that you love. That

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happens, you are just venting. you think it sometimes distracts

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them. Most people get mad on the court, unless you are Roger Federer.

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It is about whether it will help. When Andy Murray goes into these

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periods where he gets negative, I do not think he plays well

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afterwards. If he was playing well I do not think there would be a

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problem. In Grand Slams, I think he spends too much time doing that,

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ends up losing some sets. It has a ripple effect. By the time he gets

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to the semi-finals, it takes a bit out of you. That is what I think.

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More against the lesser players. Yes, he is always ready for the top

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UMPIRE: The way the chair is set up, I do not think there is room for

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you to go between the net post and the chair. You will have to go

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round the back. Any questions? You won the toss.

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SUE BARKER: He was saying that there was not room and they would

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have to walk around the back. I am wondering if they have moved things.

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With that out of the way, they will now crack on, get the match under

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way. They are both very tall. That is the way the game is going, isn't

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it? It is much more a power game than it used to be. There is no

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question about that. we take for granted the serve and the forehand,

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which is not as fears among weapon as it used to be. The back and is

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what I look for from Roddick. His passing shots on the back and side,

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he has passed remarkably well. That is where the majority of people

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will go at when they get chances. If he can pass on that, he will be

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tough to beat at Wimbledon. When he destroyed Verdasco

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yesterday, he was taking the ball so early, he really has his eye in

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on the grass. It is a big surprise, yes. He had some days on the grass

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to prepare. Having been out for a little bit, you would expect him to

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be a little bit rusty. He was fired up. When you are under pressure, it

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can be hard to pass, but he is doing it very well. At the back of

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Andy's mind might be, I need a bit of a holiday. Roddick is really

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fired up. He still believes that he can win Wimbledon. 30 titles. You

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saw four of them here. We were worried about the shoulder injury,

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but he has been serving well. has been serving brilliantly here.

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He is as fresh as a daisy but knows that he has to win matches if he is

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to win Wimbledon. He has played pressure points are very well this

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week. Because of his injuries, he needs matches. Anyway, here is

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Murray. His mum is here, making her first appearance of the week.

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Everyone is worried about the ankle but he says that is fine now.

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his ankle was that bad he would not be here. It is amazing how they can

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recover these days. Yes, just play through the injuries now.

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16 titles and only 24. A lot to go but everyone is saying, when will

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he win his first Grand Slam? He is in with a chance every time.

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think he is, absolutely. There are little things that he could fix up

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in his game. It is really his focus and his intensity and the little

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lapses that he has. They are the ones that you cannot get away with

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when you're playing the top guys. In grants lambs, he has played

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Federer twice. Who can beat him at his best apart from Rafa at his

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best? It looked like a poor performance against Djokovic. But

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look what Djokovic has done this year. He has played three Grand

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Slam finals against three of the hottest players on form. None of

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them have been bad performances but he needs a little bit. I agree with

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that. We were talking about the mental side. He has mentioned it in

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a couple of his press conferences. So he is acknowledging that. Which

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is good. The question is: Can he fix it in time? If he fixes it, I

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think he could win Wimbledon this year. He really is playing that

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well. It is the old thing that really separates him from the top

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guys, the mental side. I do not know what it is, it is as if he has

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doubts early on and by the time he gets there I think he is a little

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bit fatigued. He has got to cut out all that stuff right from the

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beginning, get on to business and save his energy for the big matches.

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It is draining. The great thing is that he has awareness of it. I

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focused on this in my career. It is aware of being when you are going

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into a bit of a slump. One Sue there, you go, or K, I am going to

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pick this up. Everybody goes into a slump for a point or two, apart

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from Rafa. You have to acknowledge it and say, let's fire up. You are

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aware of it in the game and then you can fix it. That is what he

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needs to do, as opposed to letting it go three, four, five games.

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We're just about ready to go. John Lloyd will be heading off to the

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commentary box. On the red button there is the qualifying of the

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British MotoGP. John Lloyd is on his wake. We are

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ready for this first semi-final here that the Aegon Championships.

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Let us join Andrew Castle. A much better day, weather wise. We're all

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Yes, there is certainly much more broken cloud cover here today. It

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is a difficult day to dress for because the direct sunlight is very

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warm. Hopefully we will see good conditions for tennis, not too

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breezy. These two are the winners of five of the last championships

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here. Roddick, of course, a four- time champion. A real challenge for

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125 years of Queen's Club, celebrating that this year. This is

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a real celebration of the best in The final was scheduled for 2pm

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tomorrow. Sorry, 2:30pm tomorrow. It has been changed to NIMBY. Semi-

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 66 seconds

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That is just a bit worried. -- wide. If you control the ball, you

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control your opponent. Murray has a The coaching team for Andy Roddick

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He has coached some of the best. If you can deal with McEnroe you can

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UMPIRE: Game, Murray. Very tidy. There is Kimberly,

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enjoying a bit of sunshine. She is looking for a job, so if anybody

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has a job for Kimberly I am sure she would delighted to send her

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 66 seconds

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Roddick on a grass court looks to serve above 70% with his first

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serves. He does not always go flat It is a bit nasty when you hit a

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serve like this and it comes back for a clean winner. Roddick was not

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 66 seconds

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Andy Roddick will not win the majority of those encounters.

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sort of five shots and you give Andy Murray as the favourite, and

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Andy Roddick will want to do damage early on and he has not been able

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to in those rallies because Murray A classic illustration of the

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difficulties for Andy Roddick. When he first came out on tour, he had a

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big serve. Now, it is still a big delivery but the guys are quick

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these days and the courts are slower, must be a! It is the way

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the ball reacts against the grass also. It looks like a match for

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Murray, this. Roddick used to bully his opponents in essence and they

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were scared of him. The serve came at them and they never got into

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 66 seconds

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games with return of serve. But now, Another good rally and Roddick and

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really having to go for big shots, and he is going to have to do this

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and takes some chances. artillery is on the forehand side

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from the back of the court that get the job done. The forehand, he gets

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 66 seconds

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It is a stand-out Championship, this. It sits very nicely on its

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own. Of course, Wimbledon is around the corner, but it has real history.

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Defending champion Sam Querrey. Andy Murray, in 2009, he did not

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even lose a set and was not taken to a tie-breaker, he was

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magnificent. Rafael Nadal played that magnificent final against

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Roger Federer. In fact, looking back at the history, six players

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have done the Queen's and Wimbledon double. John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors,

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Boris Becker in 1985, Pete Sampras a couple of times, Lleyton Hewitt

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and Rafael Nadal. Andy Roddick has been so close to the double on a

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couple of occasions. In 2004, he won here and lost the final at

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Wimbledon two Roger Federer, and the same thing happened in 2005.

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Get in touch with us this afternoon or tomorrow, any questions or any

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statements will be very gratefully received. Murray in control here. A

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reminder that tomorrow, the final has been moved from 2:30pm back to

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my day. So if you are getting here, traffic can be bad arriving here

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and it public transport is not always reliable. It is a 12 o'clock

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start tomorrow, that has changed. We will confirm our broadcast plans

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That net slice backhand from Andy Roddick, he has had a lot of

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success with that this week. It has been staying very low. But when he

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hit it here to Murray, Murray's slice backhand is superb and he

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does not mind that. So far, it has not been much use to him, but every

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days yet. -- believe days. Murray looks like he has got all day long

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to pick these returns, he is seeing the ball so well. The serve may not

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have been wide enough, but how good is that?! That is the second Andy

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Roddick has seen disappear past him, this is very dangerous for Roddick,

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I think Roddick's serve and volley twice this game, I think that was

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just after that first service game where his first serves are coming

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back easily. He had to already do something different to show Murray

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That was a nice pass to chip off forehands from Roddick. -- a nice

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passage of forehands. That was nice and wide. He is having to play big

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shot just to get ahead in this game, just to try and hold serve -- some

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Getting on for 15 minutes and Roddick is finally under way with

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that serve that he had to work hard Magician, gorgeous! It is this

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court awareness again and the ability to pull off the shot. But

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you have to imagine it, deep to the We might start talking about how he

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does not want to waste his best tennis here! Peaking too early!

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Wimbledon is to close for this. Total control at the moment, but

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Murray first came here as a teenager and made a massive

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impression in 2005. Was it that long ago? He played Taylor Dent on

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this court he was 30th in the world and Murray beat him fairly

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convincingly. Then he lost to Thomas Johansson in the third set

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and he went over like a sack of potatoes. He was just a boy and it

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was taking such a toll on him emotionally and physically, he

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collapsed and the far corner. Think of the work he has done to arrive

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here. He is the finished article from a tennis point of view. When

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it comes to winning and -- winning potentially major championships.

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They have all played their part, that is the team. And that is the

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boss. And that is his boss, sort of, maybe. He makes his own decisions.

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He is a man achieving so much and he deserves big credit for it. He

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does not always looked like he is having a brilliant laugh, but it is

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not about that as a professional tennis player, it is about winning

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matches and he has won a lot. So has this man here. Roddick will

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have to think his way through this match because he has a stubborn

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opponent today who is not missing a If you get a chance during the

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baseline rally to listen in, listen . And that is three clean winners

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on that return of serve when Roddick has gone wide. He is

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This is quite an exhibition from Andy Murray in the semi-finals of

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this AEGON Championships. I think we can probably call this in the

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zone. That is exactly right. He may not break every time but he is

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playing any shot he sees fit. And he has half an hour, seemingly, on

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each. The pressure on Roddick, his first serve he has to almost hit

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lines to win. He has to aim for targets by the line to win this

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He fancied that! There was a time in a final when Roddick was playing

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Federer and he did this. He bounced one into the ground and Federer

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smashed straight past him. Roddick shook Federer's hand and said, well

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Murray was 24 last month, Roddick is 28 and a veteran of the tour.

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Roddick is coming into this tournament, he did not win a match

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since beating Don Isner in Indian Wells in March. So this has been

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fabulous preparation for Wimbledon How early did he take that passing

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shot?! It is an absolute delight to watch. And by taking it early, he

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created the angle. And he did not give Roddick a chance to get close

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enough into the net. That was the problem, Roddick coming in from

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today close to the baseline. -- These long rallies, when the

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rallies have gone over eight strokes in this match, Murray has

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won seven of the eight. And two Hawk-Eye for that. -- thank you 2

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Later on, the British number two James Ward is in action in his own

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town. He is playing Jo Wilfried- Tsonga. I am going to ask Tom Boyd

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to get his coaching hat on and say if you were sitting with Roddick

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now, giving his undoubted skills, what can you say? -- John Lloyd.

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Roddick is a good tactician. He will be aware of what is going on

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and he has tried something that is not working. I think he will try to

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take more chances now. He has got to do that. What can he do? He will

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have to mix up the serve and volley, try and keep Murray off balance,

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and in the rallies, he will have to take the ball on quicker and hope

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Murray will miss some passing shots. Have to be honest, that is not

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really his game, that is the problem. -- to be problems -- to be

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honest. If they had statistics cannot would that help them? If for

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some players, because some do not think much out of the court. But

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Roddick does and he will know at the moment he is getting a lesson

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and he will not like. He will try everything to muscle his way into

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this match and cause problems. At the moment, he is just bouncing off

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Andy Murray. Nice new balls to serve with nowt there are quite

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fast. This is becoming a bit annoying commit each change. --

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this is becoming a bit annoying now, each change. Each new guest. But

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they pay the bills, that lot! think the players are too fussy

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about this. Play! A you practice all day long with people walking

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past and get used to it, it is what It is not as good the ladies

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present here today are just wearing jeans or anything! You have to move

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carefully, there are a lot of high Andy Roddick showing more anger --

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showing more angle than we are used to this week with his short socks.

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A little self defence from Murray on the return! Andy real

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illustration of a sweet feel and nice hands, look at this! Do not

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-- and the real illustration. A That is a very good hold from

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Roddick. It is only one break, that is the way he will look at it and

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Murray has to serve for the set. He could serve a double fault, Roddick

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will be thinking he is trying to Just testing the position of the

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sun in relation to the ball toss at the beginning of the game, it is in

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his way. Made a big difference! Has not been in a final since the

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Australian Open in January. So he will be very eager to get this

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first set under his belt. This is the area where Roddick has to do

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something where he gets his second serve, because the first serve of

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Murray has been brilliant. He has to do some damage on the second

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No chance on that. That approach shot is to slow. You cannot give

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Murray this amount of time to prepare on the passing shot. You

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can see the slice, and that floats. That had a lot offside spin on it

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and as it clears his pace, at this been takes more effect. So at the

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end, just wide. Worth a cheque because Murray will be thinking the

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set is about to be over -- worth Ace Number 10! Murray is in

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complete control of his game in this match. Almost perfection.

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BARKER: Murray looking magnificent, and we are at Queen's, celebrating

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120 -- 150 years, and is similar sum -- and a similar celebration

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for Wimbledon are coming up. There is nothing quite it, whether you

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are there in person, the smell of it all were fit you are watching it

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on television. -- the smell of it or whether you are watching it.

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is the one everybody knows, it is the biggest tournament in the world.

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If you are a Wimbledon champion, you are a member for life. I have

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always felt there was something special, it was for a place I

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wanted to be part of and hopefully one day win. Be speak to the

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majority of players and they would say if there was one tournament to

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win, which would it be? It would be Wimbledon. So many great champions,

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great memories, and you will be able to see that on Sunday 19th

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Looking forward to the start of the Championships, Rafael Nadal it

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there to defend. -- Rafael Nadal is there to defend. The final tomorrow

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is at 12 o'clock, it has been moved because of the weather. This is a

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That is the same thing. He has just got so much time on the ball. It is

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long way to come in, it is not close enough to the net. You see

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where he is, Andy Roddick, only at the service line. Got to get in

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closer. Unfortunately, he is not getting many short balls to attack

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A better area of the court to approach from, there, for Roddick.

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He has more of a chance there, get On a day like today, Murray will

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expect to get three out of four Roddick is attempting to claw his

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way into this match somehow. Murray is immaculate, he is in his own. --

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That puts the pressure on Roddick, he tries to go for a big second

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serve and a double fault happens. That is the pressure that Murray is

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putting on him right now. First double fault of the match. Two

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You know, this is an absolute Morling, isn't it? -- mauling.

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Enjoyed these next few minutes. -- So somebody had to leave the arena

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That is the best sliced backhand he has hit today, Roddick. You can see

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this one. Look at the side spin. Look how much spin he put on that

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Mrs Roddick thinking that he is getting into this rally. A very

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good forehand and a total wrong- foot from Murray. -- this is

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I mean, he has to take that ball gone. He missed it. He has to go

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for those type of shots. -- Take It is not just an amazing service

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display, it is the control. He is putting the ball in every aspect of

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the game wherever he wants to. This is a magnificent Murray performance.

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Three excellent serves in this game That girl almost took the serve

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from Andy Roddick there. Find Let us compare the service. The

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average first serve speed 120 mph. I would expect the served to be a

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little faster than that. He is trying to direct it at the Murray

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forehand. Murray has been able to read that. It is not quite wide

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enough. Murray's is virtually identical. You would expect Roddick

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would be a lot faster. You can CVAs Sia Soliola and the variation. --

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I think that one, that is the shot. He let the ball come in and play

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here. If he moved just a couple of feet over, he could swing a

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Beautifully done! Nice 1-2 punch. He looks so relaxed on the serve,

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looks like he is putting no effort even the great players can

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sometimes lose their concentration. The main thing is to keep his mind

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No future coming down the middle on a short ball. Murray picks them off.

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I like the way that Murray does not wait for the ball to come to him.

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He gives Roddick almost no time to get his net placement. He is taking

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it on the rise, and he has got gaps on the other side of Roddick which

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The ball just checked on the line You're joking! That is a fantastic

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shot right there. The pace he has been dealing with in this shot.

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Roddick is expecting a ball to come floating back to him so that he can

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get a nice hit. Very few people they wrongly three men who can deal

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with Murray when he is in this sort of form, and they are the three

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guys above him in the rankings - After only 48 minutes, Murray is

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one set and two breaks up. SUE BARKER: A master class from

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Murray at the moment. The overwhelming favourite in the

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second semi-final is this man, Jo- Wilfried Tsonga from France. He is

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very athletic and powerful and he loves playing here at the Queen's

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Club. Just a few years ago, it was here that he broke into the world's

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top 100 for the first time. He is number 19 in the world. He is up

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against James Ward of Great Britain who is ranked number 216. He has

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had a sensational tournament. A wildcard into the draw. He has had

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one giant-killing match after another. Will the fairy-tale

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continue? Will it be an all-British Ward and Tsonga later on. It is one

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It just keeps getting better, doesn't it? You think the level

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might drop a bit from the Murray How aggressive, how he stepped

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inside the baseline to take the forehand. Once again, giving

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Roddick no chance to get ready to move for the next ball. The winner

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is already past him, he is taking Just outstanding tennis today from

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Andy Murray. It has been an exhibition of world-class shot-

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making and expertise. It has been fabulous. I hope he smiles at the

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end of this one! He has been so focused on the ball and the wind.

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People were worried about Marin This is frightening. Talk about

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Which side will he choose to hit a I am shocked that he missed that.

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When you get into the zone like this, you feel like you can play

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He has been hitting passing shots very close to the baseline. That

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one is about six feet behind the baseline and he still hits a clean

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On that one he was almost too early. He has been anticipating the served

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Murray is doing to Roddy to Dave what Roddick did to Verdasco on

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It is a shame it had to end that way. Superb performance from Andy

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Murray. That is one Briton through to the final of these championships.

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I feel like clapping myself. This is the culmination of so much

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harder work, it does not just happened. He has turned himself

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into an unbelievably good player. We all know that he wants to win

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and he is certainly capable of it. Magnificent from Roddick, this week.

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Roddick has had a great tournament, but he came up against someone

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today. We talk about what a genius Federer is, but Murray today was

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like that. I look forward to hearing what Andy Murray has to say.

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On behalf of everyone at the Queen's Club today and millions

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watching on TV, thank you very much. It was an absolute master class,

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just brilliant. Thank you. seemed to be in complete control

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from the moment you walk on the court. I got off to a good start.

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Andy's one of the toughest guys on the tour to break. It was just one

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of those days. I hardly missed a ball. It what did he say to you in

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that final game when you hit that blistering weather pattern? I think

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he just said, keep its social! I have played Andy many times and

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have had some great matches with him. If we play in a couple of

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weeks' time at Wimbledon I am sure it will be a lot more competitive.

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Is the basis of your technique against the big hitters to slice

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the ball? The ball is actually a lot quicker. It was staying a lot

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lower. He came into the net quite a lot and I hit many passing shots

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today as well. It is something you think about when you go out on the

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court but sometimes you have to adjust because every match is

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different. Did you imagine that the whole thing would be done and

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dusted in just about an hour? at all. I'll take it, for sure. It

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is nice to get off the court quickly. I have played a lot of

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tennis likely. It will be nice to watch for a change. I am sure James

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Ward and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are in the Changing Room at the moment. If

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you were in Janes', for the final, what would you advise him? I am not

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going to give in tips on TV! You obviously have to try and go for it,

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do not come out on the court thinking, great, I am in the semi-

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finals. I am sure of the crowd are behind him that definitely helps.

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Let's hope you can continue to play like you just played for the next

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three weeks. Andy Murray in the final tomorrow

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and absolutely brilliant today. SUE BARKER: That performance

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deserves a standing ovation. It is possibly the best we have ever seen

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Andy Murray play. Right from the start, the timing was on and he

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outmanoeuvred, out-thought, outplayed a Grand Slam champion.

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Well done to Andy Murray, he is through to the final. He was the

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champion two years ago and he might be the overwhelming favourite,

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whoever he plays in tomorrow's final. Remember, that is at midday

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now, not 2:30pm. So Murray is through now, what can James Ward

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do? He has thrilled the crowd here, beating Stanislas Wawrinka at. He

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had a tough match against Adrian Mannarino. Now he is facing a much

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tougher prospect in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He beat the world number

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one on that court last night. First of all, James Ward, a massive

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moment, but what I liked in his interview yesterday was he said, I

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am glad I will be back on Centre Court. He enjoyed the experience

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and he wants to be back there. That is good that he does not feel like

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he will be intimidated. As we have been saying, he has passed a lot of

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tests this week. There have been occasions where there has been a

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crisis and he has come through it. For someone with not much

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experience at this level, you look to see whether they can pass those

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types of tests. He did that yesterday. he lost the first eight

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points and we were thinking he was gone. But he has come through it,

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so why should he be scared today? Someone was calling him Jamie on

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the court. No-one has ever heard of him. They are supporting him. They

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got behind him and they made a big difference yesterday, the crowd.

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Remember, he played four matches last week. He has won matches this

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weekend he is getting his attention, why should he not enjoy it? He is a

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good player, it is not a miracle The final tomorrow has been brought

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forward to 12 o'clock and we will be live on BBC1 for the start of

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that final. Andy Murray versus either James Ward or Jo-Wilfried

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Tsonga. We talk about James Ward he has done well. He was 3 hundred/1

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to win. He is now 20/1. I still wouldn't have it. He has got to

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beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and then mur e- Andy Murray. I have to say

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the pace of the ball on the centre court was a lot faster than between

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Andy Murray and the other player. It looked different. It was awesome

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and Tsonga is such an athlete. He was diving all over the place and

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he got the crowd on side. Well he loves grass and he is a great

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entertainer. I think this surface suits him. He is a big shot-maker

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and he is an entertainer. But this is a big point. This us with at 0-

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30 and a possibly a set and two break. Look at this, come on, it

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was better than that. We were commentating on him at the French

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Open. There is another left hander. Even Rafael Nadal could not believe

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it. At the French Open, Tsonga played a great match and lost a two

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set lead to Wawrinka. Now I can hand live to John Inverdale waiting

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for two players. Andy Murray is still on the court doing interviews.

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Andy Roddick is in the changing rooms and coming out from the door

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is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France. The man who beat Rafael Nadal last

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night. Just the 25aces last night. Your kefb will be key? Yes of

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course it is one of best weapons, so I will troo to use it a lot.

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There hasn't been an all-British final here since 1931, will you let

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James win? Sorry can you repeat that. The best of luck, Jo. After

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him, I can see Max Mirnyi, who is hovering. Oh! He would have been

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out of semi finals. James, that is relaxed. Max almost fell down the

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stairs. A week ago you couldn't have thought you would be here

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today. No of course not. It has been a great week for me and just

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pleased to be here today on semi finals day. Do you just go for it?

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Yes rbgt, I i got to this stage from playing the way I normally do.

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Well seize the moment as they say. The best of luck from all of us.

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is bang in the big time and poor old Maxmphy was -- Max Mirnyi was

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nearly out of tournament with this. Drama, more twisted ankles. We have

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seen enough of them with Andy Murray's. There has been a few

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injuries. Watching James Ward yesterday, he does mix it up well

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and he is thinking out there. he will mix it up in certain types

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of game. His first serve has been his key. He has served April

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yapbltly. And his two-handed backhand is a great weapon. -- he

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has served brilliantly. He has been coming in and he has played very

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well. James you were talking about yesterday and seven match points he

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had. And he did so well, because to drop that opening service game in

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the last set, it shows a lot of grit that he didn't fold. Yes it

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was interesting that Andy Murray after he has beaten Andy Roddick

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was talking about how the crowd can make a difference. If they get

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behind James and they like the romance, the son of a London cabbie,

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who I spoke to last night by the way, he was nervous. He didn't work

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last night. He norm Arm works 8.30 to -- normally works 8.30 to 4am.

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But he said he needs to be rested to watch his boy. If he embraces

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the stage, there is no reason why he can't win two or three service

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games and make a set close. Make a match close and you can win.

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feel that the first few games might be key. And we hope that he settles

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in?. Yes I look at it like if there were a couple of boxes, he has got

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the punch's chance. If he lands a couple of blows, you never know and

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Tsonga, great player that he is, but he can pwh a -- be a bit up and

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down. So we will see. The machine is on and the challenge system is

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on. Heads or tails? Heads? Heads. Serve. You have got to love him.

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Wait until he starts calling the score in a dramatic way. We will

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see what John Inverdale has got for us. Chris Kermode is the tournament

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director who has had a torrid few days. At the moment blue skies and

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the sun is beating down. But it has rained a lot and the forecast for

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form is wretched. Grim I think is the word. It looks very bad from 3

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o'clock, as a result we have made the decision to move the final to

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12 o'clock, gives us the best chance for everyone to watch the

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tennis tomorrow. Also the fine of Queens is a great corporate

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occasion. Are you telling them to keep the chicken on hold until half

:35:54.:35:59.

past 2. One will have lunch until after the final. Sunday is not a

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corporate day and 90% of the crowd are ticket purchasers. We have got

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga behind you, who won that match with Rafael Nadal.

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Having lost the first set. But tell us about the phone call you had

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late last night. I am sure people will say it is fantastic. Rafael

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Nadal lost to Jo. It was an epic three-setter and he had to go off

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and catch a flight. I got a call from Farnborough airport just to

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thank us for what we had done and said how he had let us down. There

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was no way he did that. His performance was astonishing from

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what he did in Paris. I think it was all psychological, once he got

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broken and lost that second set, the wheel fell off and he didn't

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have anything left to give. He is the world No 1 on and off court?

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Yes, I think I should be running his fan club. I think he is one of

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the greatest players on and off the court. Well done of having a

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tournament that gets two British men into the final. Well if we get

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two, that is the first ever. 1931 I'm told. Just before you time.

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knew you would know and I wouldn't. Just worth repeating. Midday

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tomorrow, live coverage on BBC1 of Andy Murray against... Against? Who

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Sue. Rafah, a great champion. is typical. He thought he maybe let

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people down. But what a lot of nonsense. He just got tired and

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credit to Tsonga. But it was a great effort That point where

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Tsonga did that dive would have given Rafael Nadal the lead. Plenty

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people would have struggled to make it through to Friday. But he didn't

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and he stayed engaged. But what we have got with Tsonga is an

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explosive opponent for James Ward. James was disappointed that he

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wasn't playing with his own old practice partner from smain, Rafael

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Nadal. He was honoured to hit with him a few time when he was based in

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Spain. He had four years there. was disappointed that he wasn't

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playing Rafael Nadal. That is possibly a once in a lifetime

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opportunity. So he will have to make do with Jo. But it is such a

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difference looking at the career, difference looking at the career,

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prize money. $20,000 and he has been around the world. He is up

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there with, if it was down to air miles, he would be the world No 1,

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James. I like the reaction when he mentioned how much he had made. He

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didn't realise and his eyes, there was the twinkle. 23,000 guaranteed.

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Very happy about that. He has got a lot to thank Chris Kermode to --

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for. The wild card. And he will rocket up the rankings. He will get

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to about 176. He is 216 at the moment. Possibly inside the top 50

:39:29.:39:34.

if he wins today. But it is a big if. This guy is so athletic and

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powerful and he will be on a high after winning against Rafael Nadal.

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He has got the game. We said that since he got to the final of

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Australian and beat Rafael Nadal. We expected him to win Grand Slams,

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but he has not been able to sustain the talent he has over a long

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period. But he had a lot of injuries. But if he gets it

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together there is no reason why we can't win slams. He has got

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everything in the game. He is a joy to watch. He is one of most

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exciting players I have seen. was an unfortunate boxing analogy

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you made about trading blows with him. They call him Ali. He floats

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around the court and then pulls the trigger and it is all over. He has

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also the wide serve. That was responsible for the ac e -- ac es

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against Rafael Nadal. He is a gent and brings surely too much weight

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of shot tot court in this one. But when you approach these matches, if

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you're the underdog, you take it one step at a time. Try to avoid

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the crowd. Don't just concentrate, the court is the same size, as

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every court you have played on. Just play your opponent and take it

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one point at a time. And you never know it might be 4-4. Tsonga was

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playing off the pace of Rafael Nadal that he won't get today.

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probably has never seen Ward play. So you know that is a difference.

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Ward will have seen Tsonga very times. He doesn't know James Ward.

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And so sometimes players time a time to get the feel of their

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opponents. He would never have seen him play probably until this week.

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This guy has got every shot in the book. James Ward, he hits very flat,

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is it -- it is a different style. Yes his backhand is the shot. He

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will sometimes run around forehands and play his backhand. If you get

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more top spin on the forehand he has got to make 70% of first serves.

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If he serves second serves he will get the treatment. There is the

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trainer in the blue shirt and his coach as well. There is Leon Smith,

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the Davis Cup captain. He is loving it. He was captain of the team that

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beat Tunisia. Luxembourg coming up in July. He has got Murray and Ward

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he must be happy. Beginning to look like a strong team. Just wishivity

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was on grass. It is a shame they're in the group they are. We're ready

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for the second semi final, Andy Murray is already into that final.

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I is Ward against Tsonga and let's join our commentators, Pat Cash is

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That is just what he wants. Some Just long. The perfect day for

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tennis really. Sunny, a little bit A good service game from Tsonga.

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But enough to encourage James Ward. Obviously Tsonga is the favourite

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in a task a bit hearter for James Ward than those he has faced

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already. -- a bit harder. But he was not favoured in the other

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matches. But Tsonga it fit, he is in form and he is the slayer of

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Rafael Nadal. He is at ease on the grass as well. Perhaps Wawrinka

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wasn't. He has had a couple of opportunities and he has taken them.

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He too has quite a serve. It is important to serve well and get a

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He is not inexperienced on the big occasions. He mainly plays the

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A bit of a mishit from son ga, it was floating, moving in the air and

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James just didn't quite get his... So the break arrives to a muted

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response on centre court. They just want to get on the board, when

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you're out here. A big occasion and nervous. Just a couple of nervous

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errors coming in. But he will settle down quickly. A reminder

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that the final has been switched to Not by much. Those coming along

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tomorrow, the gates open at 10 He set that up quite nicely. A good

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deep, hard ground strokes, forcing Tsonga to mishit the ball in the

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Tsonga will try to use his forehand Brutal from Tsonga. Mentioning how

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important it is the support of crowd here to lift James Ward. But

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it is a catch-22 situation. They need something to feed off from

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James Ward. Tsonga is up and firing quickly. Well he is experienced. He

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knows and he has been there, we all have been in the position of James

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Ward. A young guy on a big court, a big match and obviously a little

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nervous and Tsonga's taking advantage of that. Well James is

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not exactly young, but inexperienced shall we say at this

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level and Tsonga has done the right thing, other than the first couple

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of points in his first game. He has just made Ward play everything. And

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the thing you try and do when you're playing these big games, you

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believe you have to play better than you really do. We see James

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has gone for a couple of shots that he believed he needed to go for the

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winner. That is OK to start off like that. Now he needs to settle

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down and make a few good balls and get the feel. So he had a go at

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really attacking. It has not settled down. So time to play a bit

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safer. Or do that. That is nice. A He was going for the drop shot and

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Take that! Not the quickest, but Well done. There we are, a game on

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the board to settle the nerves, get the crowd behind him. Big serves

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too. Four really big serves. Continuing his good serving that he

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That was a good return. That ball was there to be hit. Didn't have a

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lot of accuracy on it. Just enough A smile from Tsonga and a

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respectful silence after the double fault before the applause to

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There it goes. After a couple of enforced errors, always nice to

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have that, those muscles to power This is the good and the bad of Jo-

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Wilfried Tsonga. A couple of points, he has got the shots and then a

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They have all the flair and the shots. But it is fair to say shot

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selection and sometimes mental attitude is a weak part these

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French players. Unlucky. A tickle off the net. The chance to break

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disappears. Tsonga keeps himself A great buzz around this Centre

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Court after that game with Murray steam rolling Roddick. This is a

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great match, this one. It would be great if Tsonga were to go through

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to the final as well. And good weather, for once. It has been a

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grim week. It would be a terrific final. Of course, it is a little

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earlier tomorrow. Tsonga likes the crowd to get involved. The crowd

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cannot help but getting -- but get involved when Tsonga is around.

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When he got level yesterday, against Nadal, the winners just

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came one after the other. James Ward has to keep himself in

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Lovely stuff! A better fortune for James Ward. The craft was there, as

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well as the lot. He hit the right shot. He moved quickly up to that.

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The power game of Tsonga. It is A good hold. Still giving himself

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that chance to come into this sector. He is settling down nicely.

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He has certainly played plenty of tennis. A tough match yesterday. He

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must have a flat patch after that. He finished off the last set and

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then came on to player player he The finishing touch. He has had his

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wrist a little bit. He has it strapped up. He is shaking that out

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Returning some of these serves of song -- of Tsonga's is not going to

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Not a lot that Ward can do when Tsonga is serving that way. He

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played Mannarino yesterday to get through to this match, Ward. He is

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not exactly a huge server. This is definitely a step up in pace. Sam

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Querrey, of course, he beat, who has a huge serve. He has an arm

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injury so he was not serving hard. It is fair to say that it will take

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James a little bit of time to get his eye in one song -- on Tsonga's

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There is James Ward senior. Apologies for misleading you

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He is definitely a cage fighter, you can tell that a mile away. He

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A fantastic game from Ward. Again, he is making Tsonga work for this

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first set. One slip from Tsonga, he will be back in this set, James

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A her lover, -- however, the Tsonga Just a few doubts entering the mind

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of Tsonga now. He did not get his feet quite in the right position

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The power and the grace of Tsonga. They are miscible forehands. He

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wanted to go for the outbreak winner, but in this circumstance he

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was a little tight. He went for the placement with a top spin, knew he

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On the brink of this first set. There are tears. Tsonga finished

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with a flourish. He ultimately had the class and he goes one set to

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the good. A good save from Tsonga there. James Ward, obviously a bit

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of a slow start. A bit nervous, of course. That serve has been so

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effective for a Tsonga. He was not sure where Ward was. He looked up

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to see that Ward was there. He could not do much more than to pat

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it back to Tsonga. Just that one game from James Ward

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where it dropped and the Tsonga was able to pounds. -- and Tsonga was

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Watch his head when it comes around. There is no such thing as watching

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the contact these days because they He gets his whole body right around.

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That is a big follow-through there. He has long, skinny arms. That is a

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Just a reminder, Andy Murray is safely through. And how! He

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Tomorrow's final has been moved to 12 o'clock. Andy Murray to play

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either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or or That is not a very nice returned

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there. He is just trying to get Tsonga feels that what he has to do

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is just get the ball back into play. He is confident that he will win

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A lovely forehand. The fit work, getting around quickly. Again, the

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good serve and the floating sort of return. The body leaning forward

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and slightly to the side. He was Tsonga, looking to strike right at

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A break point which, if converted, could take this match very quickly

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Well played, the big serve doing the damage again. Some terrific

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The net cord, providing the perfect drop shot. Another break point Mike

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Ford Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Ward State won over the top of the net in the

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first set. The even themselves out A few misfires from the racquet of

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Tsonga. He caught the top edge Nice volley. This one is low. A

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A big kick-off the line with the serve, but Tsonga is consoling a

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ball girl. She ran out as fast as she could to give the towel to

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Tsonga. She put the brakes on and Everybody is on the floor at the

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Important hold for James Ward. He is still hopeful, they are as well.

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That was a big hole for him there. He has been chasing Tsonga. The way

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he has been serving, it is no easy The hope for James Ward is that,

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even if he should lose here today, he takes the encouragement of the

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way he has played into the tournament to come and the years to

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Ward is serving at 75%, which is exactly what he needs to be.

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exactly the same as Tsonga at the That is a few double faults. Just

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to put it into perspective, Murray was at that Mark and even higher.

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He is not going to lose many Again, with each Tsonga service in,

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Ward is giving himself chances. is hoping to get his racquet on the

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ball. Tsonga has given him an Ohm dear! He is trying to hand Ward

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this. Give the home crowd something Tsonga misses a sitter. James Ward

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breaks. He is going into his bag for something. That is about as bad

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again as anybody could possibly play from Tsonga. Sometimes you

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need a bit of luck, and that is what James Ward has had this week.

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The good thing about Ward's weakness is that he has been able

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to capitalise when he has had a bit That is what Ward does not want to

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That is great movement from Tsonga. Tsonga trying to estimate low over

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Now there is noise around Centre Court and a bit of a bounce in the

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step of James Ward. The encouraging thing here is that he has continued

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to serve well. Now he has got the break, the way he has been serving,

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you would fancy him to get through and win this set. It is easier said

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than done, of course. Tsonga is confident once he gets into the

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rallies. Scot is serving well. Tsonga has tended to just but the

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ball back. He is chopping at the ball, trying to float it back.

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Sometimes Tsonga, brilliant though he is, can disappear for a stretch.

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It always gives an opponent hope. James Ward has taken advantage of

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that in this set. He has played solid tennis up until that game,

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Again, when he is good he is very, very good, Tsonga. I think he has

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As long as Ward can keep his serve ticking over, there is a fighting

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We have seen plenty of his forehand, but that was an impressive backhand

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A challenge from Tsonga. UMPIRE: Tsonga is challenging the call.

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Two millimetres out we're told. One millimetre being the minimum that

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Again he keeps that serve moving along. Keeps moving ahead in this

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second set. I think what else also second set. I think what else also

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it is interesting to realise how good, or how tough this circuit is,

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the men's circuit. I remember James Ward here ranking 160 something.

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After this week he will move up to 160ish. Against a player in the,

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160ish. Against a player in the, just outside the top ten. Showed

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the level, the standard, the depth of men's tennis is extraordinary

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now. There is so many good players. One of the reasons for that is with

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all the courts slowing down and the balls are a bit slower, the

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racquets, all the players are playing a power-type of game.

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They're much more even in general. Players all the way through to 600

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in the world. If he were to go out here, it would be 176ish. A lot of

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points to defend. Did very well at Eastbourne. This time last year. So

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a lot of points to defend from this Why not have a go at that? The

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He is motoring through some service Chalks another one up. Ace No 9.

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Not quite as big as yesterday's against Rafael Nadal. But 16 in the

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first set. He went a bit mad. He took over a minute for that game.

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So just slowing the pace slightly. Oh yes. A little cry from Tsonga.

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terrific serve into the body. Tsonga's just getting himself out

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of position. Ward had set the point out nicely, but he is very good,

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Is this Tsonga's moment to hit back? Good footwork there. That was

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That is good play. Didn't give it away, James Ward, waited for Tsonga

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And again. These are the moments Again. Asking the question. Not a

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great volley, but it was close to the line. A bit of side spin on it.

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He asked Tsonga the question - can What a good point. It was an

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awkward little forehand again. The serve set the point up and nice

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inside out sliced forehand and that can be very effective on a grass

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That is long. A good forehand, backhand sorry. Ward felt that was

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the time to press. Just overhit a Yes, again responding well to the

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pressure. Well Tsonga's quite tense out there. He's really finding this

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Again just a few too many unforced errors and another chance, another

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A big relief there from Tsonga. You could see that was, this match was

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starting to get a little awkward for him. And more aggressive off

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the return and once he has the point he has Ward on the run, a

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couple of big forehands and then in he comes. He imposes himself very

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well when he plays aggressively, Tsonga. So in the battle to decide

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who plays Andy Murray, it is still Tsonga with the upper hand. That

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final tomorrow, well there is a big front of rain coming in tomorrow

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afternoon. So they have shifted the final and it will start at 12

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o'clock. Gates open at 10 o'clock if you're lucky enough to be

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becoming -- to be coming along. didn't know they have a lunch I

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said to Chris Kermode, I have got lunch, mate. Can't you organise

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your tournament around by lunch? You know, he wasn't very

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sympathetic. But they need to get the matches out of the way. Players

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have other tournaments to play. If it is a washout. Then people will

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be likely, well they have got work on Monday. These people? No they

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don't. Not these people. Tsonga heading for a new weapon of

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Not sure why they put the plastic bag for racquets that have purely

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polyester string. Maybe he has half gut. The gut will be affected by

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the temperatures. That is why they put it in plastic bags. It is a new

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Just flying off the racquet a Catch it, it's heading for the.

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Bringing rain. Oh he's dropped it! Dropped it, get out! Get in the

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The odd double fault coming. Not Well he mixes up the double faults

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with a hat load of aces as well. Well James Ward has to believe that

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he has broken before and if he can do so again. Well that was pretty

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much gifted to him by Tsonga. So he is hoping for another slip in

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concentration, which does happen with him. He will be red e ready to

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pounce. -- he will be ready to Tsonga's getting faired up for this

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That is long from Tsonga. A fair amount of success with the drop

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shot. Sorry to butt in there. But the drop shot has been an effective

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shot for Ward. It had spin on it He looks to be unruffled by losing

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his last service game. Get back in A very precious hold for James Ward.

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Of course now Tsonga will have to serve to stay in this second set.

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He can occasionally go missing in action. James Ward is giving

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himself every chance in this match. But to... It is so important to be

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consistent with your first serve and you have to back it up well. As

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we have said, it's becoming a little awkward match for Tsonga.

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All the pressure is on him, now that Ward's settled down. He was a

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little nervey to start the first set. But he will have, all the

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pressure is on Tsonga to get through this. You can see how much

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that meant to him to break back in that set. There is Jim Ward his

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father. The unmistakable Jim Ward. Proud moments in his support team.

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They travel with him, as he grafts around the challenger circuit. But

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this is a rare if Ied air and great times for James card ward -- rare

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if Ied air and great times for As long as Tsonga keeps booming

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down these first serves, very Just over a minute that game.

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has done that a few times. It can be a bit boring if it goes on for

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game after game. But it is a great skill to be able to have that

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fantastic technique and strength. Now the pressure swings back to

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Just sometimes the shot selection decision-making from Tsonga is

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We haven't seen a lot of those rifling returns. We saw a few

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yesterday against Rafael Nadal. The ball just came off his racquet

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fantastically well for a period of time. Ward's been keeping him

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At the least he knows he is going to have a tie-break in this second

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set. Who knows will what happen there. He had a mighty tie-break

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yesterday. Shiegtly different. Against Mannarino, I suppose he has

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nothing else to lose either, but it was a winnable match. And he was...

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Well Mannarino did beat Del Potro along the way. So he deserved his

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spot. In the quarter finals. But I think he would feel better looking

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at the draw in a quarter final match to see Mannarino than to see

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Del pot ro. He was a little tight in that tie-breaker, Ward. In the

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second set. And despite making a few unforced error, he looked like

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he was going to crumble, but he didn't. In the third set that is.

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So he will be used to the pressure now. Whatever happens again, he has

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shown that he has not been overawed by the challenge today and he has

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shown that he can belong in this company. Tsonga now serves once

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again to stay in this set to try and force a tie-break. And doesn't

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A complete mishit. Apologies. A lot of players unsettled by this sliced

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shot this week. It is coming off the clay where the ball is not

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doing that. Right on the top of the Again Tsonga steps up the pace and

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It is not quite the lottery of a penalty shoot out but it comes down

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to the tiniest of slips. Or a bit of brilliance at times. So good

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first serves here and no enforced errors. That is probably the call

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for Ward at this stage. Yes, nice Well ripping that tape off his

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hands again, Tsonga. This a what he started going for when he started

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to double-fault earlier. The tape, maybe the band aid was coming lose.

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-- loose. A poor double fault. Oh almost got it over. So nearly great

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defensive work from Ward. He has that mini-break. He said he felt

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unmistakibly tighter in that tie- break with man Rae know. Here he is

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Ooh didn't need to go for so much! From that position he could have

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Oh eventually he does it. Great play from both men. The defence

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from Tsonga, the power on the forehand there of James Ward.

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he is another easing back. And look at Tsonga's efforts to try and get

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the ball back. He gets knocked down, He was a little, Tsonga deciding to

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make sure he got the ball over the net there. Slowed it down. 79Mimp.

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-- 79mph. A very slow serve. A bit of Yips with second serves under

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Good serving! Tsonga doing his best to get the ball back in play, he is

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tight and pushing the ball, and that return bounced twice before it

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Nice to have that serve to get you out of trouble. But still, whoever

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Come on, says Tsonga! So he will have the set point. And for match

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point. -- and the match point. wonder why he resorted to English

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for, come on?! So James Ward, his hopes in this Championship hanging

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by a thread. He serve, but match Still, he lives! Great depth on

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that backhand. Right back down the middle, there is a dry and brown

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patch of grass bit hit and it skidded on to Tsonga a bit quicker

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than he fought. It stayed low, went through quickly. He might be tight

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and nervous but I am sure he is loving every minute of this, James

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Ward, it is where any tennis player would want to be, in the fight and

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And now, he will have set point. James Ward with a raw! And the

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crowd again respond. They are living for dream a long with him. -

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- of the dream. Tsonga is also enjoying it, in spite of himself.

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do not think he is enjoying it, actually! Back nice easy forehand

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passing shot, it goes straight at him at the net. It is the only way

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The call is going to be challenged. He sounded quite confident. This

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will put pressure on the second serve of Tsonga. It has been a bit

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shaky today. Is it was long. -- it was long. What a second serve, that

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is from Tsonga! Back takes some nerve, doesn't it? The crowd

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willing a double fault against you. And they have been a few coming,

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but to come up with that down the middle fooled everybody. You stick

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day, he was the entertainer pleasing the crowd and today he is

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the villain of the piece -- Tsonga will have his chance again.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 66 seconds

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We are taking to another match It is wide! And Tsonga takes it. He

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takes his place in the final. And he rudely awakened James Ward from

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this marvellous dream. A sign of appreciation for the challenge

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James Ward has given up today, and an appreciation from the crowd for

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James Ward and for Tsonga, who does his stance of celebration. -- the

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dance. It is Tsonga's victory, but this has been for a large part, the

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tournament of James Ward. All good things must end, for this has been

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a great Championship for James Ward. The ride is over for now. Tsonga

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through to face, after beating the British number two, the British

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number one, Andy Murray, in tomorrow's final. And we can hear

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from the man who has taken us on a We will talk to the winner in a

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moment, but what a fantastic week you have had, James Ward. Obviously,

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it has been a fantastic week for me. My best so far. And I just had to

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build on it from here. How much did you enjoy playing on the big stage

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like this in front of these people? He be it is great, and also been at

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home, everyone is on your side and it does help. So thank you for your

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support this week, you guys have been great. This time last week,

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realistically, what target had you set yourself? Playing well in the

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first round really. And obviously, as I went winning matches, I

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started to believe a bit more. It is about confidence and I will take

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that on to Eastbourne next week. Her this been the best week of your

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tennis life? A of course, it is obvious with the players I have

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beaten, and I just missed out this week. But it happens and I look

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forward from here. We hope there are more like this, congratulations.

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James Ward, a semi-finalist at Queen's this year! SUE BARKER: If

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he has a lot to be proud of, he will go up to 176 in the world

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rankings and will be heading down to the south coast, Eastbourne, up

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where he has a special exemption into the draw. He will face Janko

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Tipsarevic, he has got a lot to be proud of here at Queen's, through

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to the semi-finals. But he was up against an extremely tough

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competitor in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or. He had a couple of chances in the

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tie-break, but it was not to be. And so we look forward to Tsonga,

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who put out Rafael Nadal yesterday, up against Andy Murray in the final.

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And he will be getting used to signing a few of these, James Ward.

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He has been a big hit with the British crowd and the British fans.

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And he has been on many of the front pages. So James Ward making

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his way to the locker room, and let's hear now from the winner of

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this semi-final, Jo Wilfried-Tsonga is with John that.

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congratulations. In the second set, were you a bit worried? Yes come

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back a little bit. I was stiff and he played well. -- yes, a little

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bit. He broke me on one occasion, then I came backhand just happy to

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win in two sets because with the crowd with him... It was difficult!

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A everybody likes you but you have just beaten a British player! You

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have that wonderful smile and that Jean your personality that we all

:09:17.:09:22.

love, don't we? -- and that great personality. We all love watching

:09:22.:09:31.

him. But we will not allow you to beat Andy Murray Tomorrow! Anyway,

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I will do my best! For the moment of course, he is a better player

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than me. But tomorrow, I hope I will be better than him! Of course!

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For even if you do not want! We are going to put a picture on the big

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screen switches of you with no clothes on. Calm down, everybody! I

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am hoping... If it is not there, it is on television, which is of no

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use to anybody here. A shame! But you have done a Cosmopolitan

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magazine photo-shoot with no clothes on in Monte Carlo, can you

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explain? It was for charity. And of course, I did it because it was

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important for some children who are sick. And that is it, at now I am

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free. I am in the final. Do you think naked tennis might happen one

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day? It depends if the crowd like that or not. Do you like that?

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he is playing to the crowd even now! Please, it is only 4 o'clock

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in the afternoon! Later! Congratulations, good luck against

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Andy Murray tomorrow. Great to see him, as ever, Jo Wilfried-Tsonga,

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fantastic! Thank you very much! BARKER: He may not have all the

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fans on his side tomorrow but he has won over a lot of people this

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week. If they have not seen him already, he is very popular. Just

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doing an interview for Radio 5 at the moment. But absolutely terrific

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from Jo Wilfried-Tsonga. Took a different match from yesterday when

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he put out Rafael Nadal in three sets. He was expected to win but he

:11:28.:11:33.

had a wobble in the second set. But he came through and will now face

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Andy Murray and the final, at the new time tomorrow of 12 o'clock.

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Not to 30 pm, as advertised. And we will be live on BBC One for that

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final -- not at 2:30pm. Monte Carlo looked very good in that picture, I

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thought! It is terrific. And I know you have both modelled. You did

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something similar. And nobody wants to see that picture! That was for a

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magazine, Male Cancer awareness, which is what he did it fork. His

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naked tennis going to catch on? Do you want to see me naked? When he

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was asked, the crowd said yes in a very high pitched way. There was a

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crowd of girls very much. He is a popular guy and he has thighs just

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like John Lloyd! But if you do have a physique like that, it is

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probably not embarrassing! It would be rude not to show it off!

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were a page 7 on a red top a few years back. In the day we * * mad I

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had short on. And a gold medallion, I remember! The charity was me, it

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was my charity. I did it for money, it was very naughty! I had a gold

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medallion, like Simon Khan or! was in at the moment. Was it here,

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the gold medallion? Where else would it be? That was not an easy

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second set for Jo Wilfried-Tsonga. He got through because strains was

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nervous. But he held his nerve and the second set. -- because James

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was nervous. James Ward, it is difficult on grass, it is a flat

:13:30.:13:35.

ball, it comes at you with a big serve, and he relished the occasion.

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Again, he has come through another test. He could have faded away, but

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he took on up Tsonga and love the occasion. And he almost won it. It

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has been a great week! So many lessons. He has got through big

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matches and bigger opponents that he is not used to. If he could do

:13:56.:13:59.

anything in the tie-break differently it was that second

:13:59.:14:04.

serve from Tsonga. Instead of letting the ball come, go forward

:14:04.:14:09.

and smother it before the ball place you can make you have to play

:14:09.:14:13.

it. Moments like that of the difference between a top 20 or 30

:14:13.:14:19.

player like Tsonga and the guys who challenge. But he should take

:14:19.:14:23.

confidence. He is going to Eastbourne next week, special

:14:23.:14:28.

exemption because he could not take his place in qualifying. And he did

:14:28.:14:33.

well last year. If he can follow this up, Nottingham last week,

:14:33.:14:37.

Eastbourne next, if he follows that up with points, et you can get

:14:37.:14:43.

close to that 120. Because then you get into the major events

:14:43.:14:49.

automatically without having to get a wildcard. You get into the Grand

:14:49.:14:53.

Slam matches. And into some of the tour events, and all the qualifiers.

:14:53.:14:58.

I hope he will do this now wants this ranking takes place. There is

:14:58.:15:02.

a six-week break before the tournament entries, so hopefully he

:15:02.:15:07.

will play qualifiers rather than going back to challengers. He has

:15:07.:15:11.

been in those long enough now and it is time to play in the main draw

:15:11.:15:17.

offence. He has aimed for the bigger tournaments. He did the

:15:17.:15:23.

Australian Open, so he is trying, so he is ambitious. Back is how you

:15:23.:15:30.

should be, you have to set high targets -- that is. You have to. It

:15:30.:15:34.

is an apprenticeship. You do not want to get stuck in those

:15:34.:15:38.

challengers too long because it becomes part of you and you get

:15:38.:15:42.

used to smaller crowds and your friends. Some players have been

:15:42.:15:47.

there for 10 years. I think the mentality of James Ward is to get

:15:47.:15:52.

out of it. And he is aiming for a highs, and he needs to keep doing

:15:52.:15:58.

that. He has got a feel for it now, continues. I as far as Tsonga is

:15:58.:16:03.

concerned, he will come out with no pressure as he did against Rafael

:16:03.:16:09.

Nadal. He has already said he is a better player than him. You said

:16:09.:16:17.

how many times have they played and I said five, and you said? Andy

:16:17.:16:22.

Murray, 4-1! That is right, you have watched a lot of tennis!

:16:22.:16:27.

They've played in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and Tsonga won the

:16:27.:16:33.

first set, Murray won the second and motored through the rest stalls

:16:33.:16:38.

-- motored through the rest. Murray has won the last time -- the last

:16:38.:16:43.

three times they played and his favourite for me to beat Tsonga.

:16:43.:16:48.

That is to Marat at 12 o'clock, but we saw sad news today at Queen's --

:16:48.:16:55.

that is tomorrow. The death of Kurt Nielsen, who died at the age of 80.

:16:55.:17:00.

He was the Men's Singles runner up at the All-England Club in 1953 and

:17:00.:17:05.

1955 and is the only Danish man to have reached a Grand Slam English

:17:05.:17:13.

final. That is sad news today. But we still have a bit of time left on

:17:13.:17:18.

BBC One and tomorrow, we have a special guest, Stefan Edberg we had

:17:18.:17:22.

on Day One, but tomorrow involved in the presentation is former

:17:22.:17:26.

champion Boris Becker. He won it four times and had magical moments

:17:26.:17:31.

at Wimbledon. We can live some of the great moment now of Boris

:17:31.:17:41.
:17:41.:17:51.

It was July the 7th 1985. And a glorious afternoon at Wimbledon,

:17:51.:17:56.

Boris Becker walked on to Centre Court for a German teenager and

:17:56.:18:02.

walked off in a global superstar! He was just 17 and he was about to

:18:02.:18:10.

change not just his sport but his life forever. It is like going to

:18:10.:18:19.

church. It is a great tennis court. Becker later compared winning his

:18:19.:18:24.

first Wimbledon to Hillary scaling Everest or Neil Armstrong walking

:18:24.:18:29.

on the moon. He was certainly unprepared for the day that 20

:18:29.:18:35.

years ago took him out of this world and into another. Something

:18:35.:18:40.

changed. You look the same and speak the same but people look at

:18:40.:18:45.

you in a different way. They stare at you. It became at times a very

:18:45.:18:53.

lonely place, headline news. Boris is dating a Black girl. How racist

:18:53.:18:59.

can you be? I was going, throw me more, I can take another punch, I

:18:59.:19:05.

can go another round! Boris Becker has a daughter, guess where she was

:19:05.:19:10.

produced? Learned from this experience. It made me the man I am

:19:10.:19:20.
:19:20.:19:29.

I was born and raised in a small town of 10,000 people. I call at my

:19:29.:19:33.

home, the place I was born and raised. But I do not have

:19:33.:19:38.

sentimentality about it. I go home once or twice a year to visit my

:19:38.:19:47.

mother on a special occasion like her birthday, but that is really it.

:19:47.:19:53.

I am right -- right behind me is my first school. From my first played

:19:54.:20:00.

under my 4th great. It is a little dark in here. I came here last 20

:20:00.:20:09.

years ago. It has not changed much. It good and happy childhood. I come

:20:09.:20:14.

from a sports background, I had a local tennis club and my father was

:20:14.:20:20.

very active in that. When I was three or four, I was given a record

:20:20.:20:29.

by my father. It was wouldn't and the court it in half because it was

:20:29.:20:34.

too long and heavy -- it was wouldn't have. My sister became my

:20:34.:20:40.

first teacher and she taught me the ABC of tennis when I was three

:20:40.:20:44.

years old. That is the gymnasium where we played basketball and

:20:44.:20:52.

football, and that was my most comfortable place. It is amazing.

:20:52.:21:00.

Every Sunday morning, at 10 o'clock or earlier, I went with a few

:21:00.:21:10.
:21:10.:21:17.

others to Church. Amazing. It has not changed one bit. When used in,

:21:17.:21:24.

you have to go there. I went a few times. -- when you committed a sin.

:21:24.:21:34.
:21:34.:21:38.

I went to confessed to the priest. -- to confess. From this tight-knit

:21:38.:21:45.

Catholic family came a superstar. His father died six years ago, his

:21:45.:21:55.
:21:55.:22:10.

mother recently celebrated her 70th I was a normal teenager, I played

:22:10.:22:20.
:22:20.:22:33.

football and I played tennis, I was My sister, her daughter, we behaved

:22:33.:22:40.

most of the time. But she had to be after us to check whether we had

:22:40.:22:48.

done our homework. But most of the time, we did behave. I mean, what

:22:48.:22:54.

were hour options? I am standing next to her! When I was around nine

:22:54.:23:03.

or 10 years old, I became the best of that age group. And I was 14 or

:23:03.:23:08.

15 it when I became good enough to play around the men's tour. And it

:23:08.:23:14.

was pretty obvious that next step would be me becoming somewhat

:23:14.:23:19.

professional. And then a management agency started coming around the

:23:19.:23:25.

home. It was a year-and-a-half or two years before he won Wimbledon

:23:25.:23:29.

that I had a Romanian colleague that was the coach of the German

:23:29.:23:36.

junior team, and he told me that he has prospects. Looking at him, and

:23:36.:23:42.

looking at the desire he had not only in his eyes but also in his

:23:42.:23:49.

physique, I realised that probably he was a younger guy that wanted it

:23:49.:23:54.

more than the others. Another Romanian completed the team. Now,

:23:54.:24:00.

he was ready to take on the tennis world. In 1985, I played him in

:24:00.:24:04.

Milan and he was moaning about a lot of calls and complaining more

:24:04.:24:09.

than I thought I did even at that age and so I said to him, I

:24:09.:24:12.

remember, you have got to win something before you start

:24:12.:24:22.
:24:22.:24:26.

Queen's Club 1985, you came here young and ended up winning the

:24:26.:24:31.

tournament. -- he came here. Nobody gave him a chance and he took the

:24:31.:24:37.

place by storm and went about it in a naive but fun way. That is the

:24:37.:24:43.

beautiful thing about youth, you are really innocent and you do not

:24:43.:24:48.

think about that it is the Queen's Club tournament. You just go and

:24:48.:24:58.

you ask for two balls and throw them up and down. It is that simple.

:24:58.:25:02.

Despite winning the final at Queen's, he remained unseeded for

:25:02.:25:10.

the Wimbledon Championships one week later. What is more, no

:25:10.:25:14.

teenager had won the title for more than half-a-century. But he knew

:25:14.:25:21.

there was something in the air. Everyone was in awe when I walked

:25:21.:25:25.

towards the courts and when I practised. Everyone stood and

:25:25.:25:34.

watched me play. And that was really different to before Queen's.

:25:34.:25:40.

His toughest test came in the third round against the 7th seed player.

:25:40.:25:47.

Magnificent! And Becker turning to applaud his opponent. He was

:25:47.:25:52.

supposed to beat me, he was seeded, and he almost did. He nearly twice

:25:52.:25:58.

won the match in the 5th set. But for some reason, I was able to pull

:25:58.:26:08.
:26:08.:26:10.

It did not faze me much afterwards. I fought, that was close. But it

:26:10.:26:14.

did not occur to me I was not supposed to beat him, I was not

:26:14.:26:20.

supposed to be in the 4th round at 17. That particular match was a

:26:20.:26:24.

turning point and it proved it to him he could go all the way. With

:26:24.:26:28.

that and Queen's, he was afraid of nothing. There is a man here who

:26:28.:26:36.

has put �10,000 on new to win it. Maybe that is too much! He will win

:26:36.:26:40.

�180,000 if you win. He does not get nervous, he just hits the ball

:26:40.:26:47.

and wins. And he is the youngest semi-finalist ever. He is, and he

:26:47.:26:52.

is a master of the German understatement, he says, I am a

:26:52.:26:58.

little bit proud. Now, only one man stood in his way. I was excited and

:26:58.:27:04.

happy to be in the final, looking forward to playing. Physically, I

:27:04.:27:10.

was not 100%. I was not that nervous. Just before the match, I

:27:10.:27:18.

realised, I am playing now in the Wimbledon final! So now they called

:27:18.:27:28.
:27:28.:27:33.

time! And I go out... To see some of the pictures now, how confident

:27:33.:27:39.

I was, I cannot believe it was me. I was hot, but I was ready for it.

:27:39.:27:44.

I still fought his opponent, given the Wellcome experience he had had,

:27:44.:27:49.

he had beaten me and Jimmy Connors, that this was his best opportunity

:27:49.:27:59.
:27:59.:28:04.

And it was a close match. But it was amazing that Boris showed so

:28:04.:28:08.

much belief in himself. And he was so physically intimidating at such

:28:08.:28:18.
:28:18.:28:21.

The way he just drove around the court, and the power he displayed,

:28:21.:28:25.

and the pace he had on his serve. It seemed like he actually believed

:28:25.:28:35.
:28:35.:28:38.

The break up in the 4th set. All Becker had to do was hold his nerve.

:28:38.:28:42.

Even though you tell yourself -- even though you tell yourself, one

:28:42.:28:48.

more service game, you are trembling, like this. Even I was

:28:48.:28:53.

trembling. And I was so nervous, I could hardly walk! Fear, I doubt

:28:53.:29:02.

if... -- fear, and doubt... It you have got to do it, you have been

:29:02.:29:08.

playing for 3 1/2 hours, concentrate! And then I said,

:29:08.:29:18.
:29:18.:29:18.

please, somehow give me the first I knew that something changed. I

:29:18.:29:28.

walked to the net, I shook his hand. And poor Kevin with the shoulders

:29:28.:29:36.

down, and I looked around to my box and I saw Gunter and my parents.

:29:36.:29:41.

They were ecstatic. They were hugging each other and just going

:29:41.:29:46.

nuts. I was just smiling at them. But what that look, with their

:29:46.:29:53.

reaction, I knew I am a different man. It's a different situation. I

:29:53.:30:00.

quite didn't know yet what it was. He was born that day in Wimbledon

:30:00.:30:04.

and the German people they don't understand even today, but he was

:30:04.:30:14.
:30:14.:30:21.

adopted by the Germans only after Boris Becker was now a German brand

:30:21.:30:29.

name to rival Volkswagon. And a victory home-coming removed any

:30:29.:30:35.

lingering doubt his life had changed. So welcome to the town

:30:35.:30:42.

hall. This is the balcony where Boris Becker saluted to the crowds

:30:42.:30:46.

in 1985 after his first Wimbledon win. Everything was overcrowded

:30:46.:30:51.

with thousands of people shouting to him and I think it was after the

:30:51.:30:59.

30 years war the biggest event the town had. This is fairly empty now.

:30:59.:31:05.

But then this whole place was covered with more than 30,000

:31:05.:31:10.

people. I don't know how they fit in here, but they did. Just have a

:31:10.:31:18.

lilt picture. That is the tree. That is the Christmas tree here. So

:31:18.:31:23.

it was just a couple of days after I won Wimbledon. Everything went

:31:23.:31:28.

upside down. I wanted piece and -- peace and quiet. But my father

:31:28.:31:35.

organised it without telling me. I couldn't let him stand in the rain.

:31:35.:31:41.

Said I will do it once but I won't do it again. But he den it again

:31:41.:31:45.

the next year exactly the same. Then we had a bit of an argument.

:31:45.:31:53.

Only football teams had received this kind of Edu laigs in Germany,

:31:53.:32:00.

but heefs an individual standing -- he was standing at the centre of a

:32:00.:32:04.

media storm. There is no one that had to take on as much attention

:32:04.:32:09.

from the press and the people. There was such high expectations.

:32:09.:32:14.

remember the ratings on television at 4 o'clock in the morning, when

:32:14.:32:18.

he used to play in the US were bigger than the news at 8 o'clock

:32:18.:32:23.

in the evening. So he was the megastar that Germany wanted.

:32:23.:32:28.

you have won a tennis tournament, maybe you may be the youngest. But

:32:28.:32:33.

you look the same, you speak the same. But people look at you in a

:32:33.:32:36.

different way. They stare at you. When you talk to them, they don't

:32:36.:32:40.

listen what you have to say, because they have their own concept

:32:40.:32:45.

of you. This is scary at times. Because you know it is almost like

:32:45.:32:50.

a train that left the station and it goes with enormous speed. There

:32:50.:33:00.
:33:00.:33:09.

is nothing that can change that SPEAKS IN GERMAN.. She was sad. She

:33:09.:33:15.

was sad that I wasn't home any more. I was travelling, tournament after

:33:15.:33:20.

tournament. Week after week. And yes they were happy, that I was

:33:20.:33:27.

successful. But she was sad that she lost her son. It was never the

:33:27.:33:37.
:33:37.:33:43.

1986, a year older, but probably not much wiser. And still champion,

:33:43.:33:50.

riding on a crest of youthful exuberance. Boris Becker, twice a

:33:50.:33:56.

singles champion at Wimbledon and not yet 19 years of age. 1987.

:33:56.:33:59.

About to say goodbye to those teenage years. Beaten in the first

:33:59.:34:06.

week at Wimbledon, but discovering perspective. I didn't lose a war,

:34:06.:34:16.
:34:16.:34:21.

nobody died, I lost a tennis match. 1988. Back in the final, but this

:34:21.:34:31.
:34:31.:34:33.

time second best. Beaten by his great rival, Stephane Edberg.

:34:33.:34:39.

just wanted to touch it. Just to know how it feel like. You have

:34:39.:34:46.

forgotten already? I have been too many moments since then. 1989 and a

:34:46.:34:50.

second of three consecutive finals against Edberg. On top this time

:34:50.:34:59.

for his third title. Game, set and match, Becker. In this his most

:34:59.:35:05.

successful year he would take the US Open crown. Boris Becker and

:35:05.:35:10.

Steffi Graf were the goaden couple of Germany and international --

:35:10.:35:14.

golden couple of Germany and international sport. The Berlin

:35:14.:35:17.

Wall was coming down and the German people wanted Becker to put the

:35:17.:35:21.

country back together. Being a tennis player was not enoughment he

:35:21.:35:26.

was the first national hero since the war. Surely it was his duty to

:35:26.:35:31.

be the symbol of reunification. was never comfortable when people

:35:31.:35:36.

tried to put me in a position I didn't believe in. Germany tried it.

:35:36.:35:41.

At the time. I was the new symbol of Germany and if you work a

:35:41.:35:48.

certain amount it is worth, very political, towards the right-wing

:35:48.:35:57.

faction of our country that was the Government at the time. I said no.

:35:57.:36:02.

I'm not playing here for Germany or any count ri. I'm playing for

:36:02.:36:08.

myself. Becker turned down the role of ambassador for the Berlin

:36:08.:36:13.

Olympic bid. He refused to be used as a political figurehead. That is

:36:13.:36:17.

an enormous power you have. That people watch you and stair at you

:36:17.:36:25.

and regardless what you say, they like it. Being a person that always

:36:25.:36:31.

read a lot and wanted to know a lot about the world's affairs, I quite

:36:31.:36:35.

didn't understand the following some of the leaders in our history

:36:36.:36:41.

had. On a very small scale, I did understand all of a sudden.

:36:41.:36:47.

Wherever he went, he was trapped by his nationality. Don't mention the

:36:47.:36:53.

war? Everyone did. The first question was Mr Becker, why you

:36:53.:37:01.

think that the Australian calls you boom boom or Panzer? The guy said,

:37:01.:37:07.

listen, I believe it has something to do with the war. First I'm not

:37:07.:37:11.

Mr Becker, my mother called me Boris, I look the name. Call me

:37:11.:37:16.

Boris. My father was too young for that war. I don't identify myself

:37:16.:37:21.

with that period of time. I think the way I behaved then and the way

:37:21.:37:28.

I have felt comfortable in this country, maybe in your language,

:37:28.:37:32.

taught them a thing or two about how other Germans can be too.

:37:32.:37:37.

and off court, 1991 was the year that changed Becker's life. From

:37:37.:37:44.

the high of winning the Australian Open and becoming world No 1.

:37:45.:37:51.

Here. To the low of a humiliating defeat by Michael Stick on centre

:37:51.:38:01.
:38:01.:38:02.

court. After I reached No 1, soul- wise I was empty and I needed some

:38:02.:38:08.

TLC as the Americans say. So I was looking for someone who could

:38:08.:38:16.

provide that. And I met Barbara. Barbara and Boris found themselves

:38:16.:38:21.

at the centre of a storm when they went public with their relationship.

:38:21.:38:26.

Death threats. Hate mail. The country turned on their golden boy.

:38:26.:38:32.

If you look back, you have to laugh about it. At the time, we cried. It

:38:32.:38:42.
:38:42.:38:42.

is just unthinkable of how rude and how... Insensitive people can be.

:38:42.:38:47.

Especially about you, you're talk about the colour of one's skin. How

:38:47.:38:53.

unimportant is that? Yet though, in 1992 in Germany, that became

:38:54.:38:59.

headline news. Boris is dating a black girl. How racist can you be?

:38:59.:39:02.

Eventually Germany accepted the couple. And they even became a

:39:02.:39:09.

symbol for a new racial tolerance in the country. They married in

:39:09.:39:13.

December 1993. Barbara was pregnant with their first child, Noah. For

:39:13.:39:18.

Becker, it was a return to the scene of his home-coming parade

:39:18.:39:24.

eight years earlier. Here is the so-called mirror room. The best

:39:24.:39:30.

room here in the town hall. And the room where Boris Becker married, it

:39:30.:39:36.

was the best room to mary. Once my dad told the mayor that I want to

:39:36.:39:41.

get married, the mayor told the world. So we had more or less the

:39:41.:39:48.

same amount of people... For my wedding. Becker was now an

:39:48.:39:53.

establishment figure. A husband, a father, and a man for whom tennis

:39:53.:39:58.

was become less important. In 1995, he would play in his last Wimbledon

:39:58.:40:07.

final. Losing to the new king of centre court, Pete Sampras. The

:40:07.:40:12.

following year, hi won his final Grand Slam in Australia. And in

:40:12.:40:19.

1999 after 49 tournament wins and six Grand Slams, his career came

:40:19.:40:25.

full circle. It is the end of 15 wonderful years at Wimbledon for

:40:25.:40:30.

Boris Becker. Three times the winner. Four times the runner up.

:40:30.:40:36.

But thank you Boris Becker. For many memories. It is hard to be in

:40:36.:40:40.

a situation where you, everything comes to you and it's like living

:40:40.:40:47.

in a bubble. It is not the real world, but it is your real word.

:40:47.:40:54.

Then you're out of limelight. And then you feel sort of an emptiness.

:40:54.:41:01.

An emotional maelstrom enveloped Becker as he left Wimbledon. His

:41:01.:41:06.

father had died and hadn't been there to witness it. As if that

:41:06.:41:10.

wasn't enough. His relationship with Barbara was on the rocks. And

:41:10.:41:18.

she was seven months pregnant. had my problems with my marriage

:41:18.:41:23.

already for a while. After the match was over. Then we went into

:41:23.:41:28.

the old discussions and arguing about this and ma that. She got

:41:28.:41:33.

irritateded and got more emotional and I said I think you had beber

:41:33.:41:37.

rer the go to hospital. Said if that is what you want to do, I know

:41:37.:41:45.

where you are. There I was. 10 o'clock at night, I'm on the

:41:45.:41:49.

balcony, I was feeling pity for myself. This is what I have

:41:49.:41:54.

accomplished on my last day. My wife's gone. My son's somewhere.

:41:54.:41:58.

I'm in this God damn hotel room by myself again. I don't deserve this.

:41:58.:42:04.

I was in a rage, I was in fury. I said, I have got to do something.

:42:04.:42:10.

Just that moment I went to the city and went to the restaurant by

:42:10.:42:20.
:42:20.:42:22.

myself. And the last oddered -- order 11 o'clock. This woman walks

:42:23.:42:30.

across the room and I notice here her -- her and we have eye contact.

:42:30.:42:37.

She goes to the bathroom. And I follow her. And there we talk a bit.

:42:38.:42:45.

You know one thing leads to another. Eight month later... I got the fax

:42:45.:42:55.

in my office in Munich. A short one. But pretty clear that, remember I

:42:55.:43:01.

don't get the exact words, but more or less the same of, remember our

:43:01.:43:08.

encounter eight month ago? The result is now eight months old.

:43:08.:43:15.

Please call me. Now imagine that situation? You're living in your,

:43:15.:43:20.

in Germany, everything is in order, supposedly in order and you read

:43:20.:43:26.

the fax and then the back of your head, the wheels are starting to

:43:26.:43:35.

churn. And hmm eight month ago? Oh my God! Don't, don't, don't... It

:43:35.:43:45.
:43:45.:43:46.

can't be. I can't happen. Six years on the jet setting executive that

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is the Becker of today is a father of Anna, conceived on the night the

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star fell to earth. See the situation now. As a big chance for

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me. I can tell you now that I do love my daughter. I didn't think it

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was possible five years ago. I believe in ten years time, she is

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going to be one of my best friends and sles going to tell me a thing

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or two about women that I didn't know until she is grown up.

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turn of the century threatened to be the biggest turning point in

:44:23.:44:33.
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Becker's life with a paternity suit and he was accused of fraud and tax

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irregularities. The German authorities were demanding ten

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million marks in back tax and a three-year jail term. I was like a

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boxer in the corner, going, throw me more, I can take another punch.

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Sure what are you going to do stkph at that moment, when they did the

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tax, I was at my weakest. I was going through my divorce. I had

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another child. My public image was down the toilet. Now is the time to

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take Boris Becker. A substantial fine but no jail term meant he

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could continue to rebuild his life as a broad caster. His love affair

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with the British public endaurs. -- endures. He is cast as a German

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ambassador without the politics. Over the past two decades the

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superstar has become common currency. But Boris Becker got

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there first. And he survived. honestly say that my house is

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intact again. There is order. And I have definitely... Learned from my

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mistakes! Wow it is some story. Boris will be with us at Wimbledon

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and he will be mere tomorrow. It is incredible what he has to go

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through. He had to grow up quick. They talk about the Wimbledon title

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at 17. That was the point that his life changed. But he has been the

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architect of a lot of change since then. He admits things. He talks

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openly about things. He tries to make aye amends. He is more

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sensitive than people imagine. I think it is fantastic. I'm looking

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forward to seeing him he is a good guy. And he is good fun. Who knows

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what turbulent waters are ahead, but he has been through a few.

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of the most surprising things, is his mother saying she lost her son,

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she wanted him to be a solicitor and stay at home. That was sad. You

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could see it in her eyes. She was proud of what he achieved, but she

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did lose her son and you could see the sadness. She stayed in Germany.

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While we were watching that, because the matches finished

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quickly here today. In the second semi final, Britain's No 2, James

:47:00.:47:05.

Ward put a strong defence against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ranked 1 in the

:47:05.:47:15.
:47:15.:47:16.

world. But it was the Frenchman who world. But it was the Frenchman who

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won it. This is match point. Jo- Wilfried Tsonga put out Rafael

:47:19.:47:24.

Nadal yesterday. He is through to the final. His second final of the

:47:24.:47:33.

year. Tsonga through to face Andy Murray, who, well, he destroyed the

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four-time champion here and former Grand Slam champion, Andy Roddick.

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It was 6-3, 6-1. It was the best tennis we have seen Andy Murray

:47:45.:47:52.

play. After the match, he spoke to John Inverdale. On behalf of

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everyone here, and millions watching, thanks for a master class.

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Thank you. APPLAUSE. You seem to be in control from the moment you

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walked on the court. Yeah, well I got off to a good start. Andy is

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one of toughest guys to break and I got an early start. That helped. It

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was one of those days, I hardly missed a ball. It doesn't happen --

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happen too often. What did he say after the game. I think he said,

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keep it social! Everything that touched my racquet was going in.

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But I played Andy many times. So I am sure if we play in calm of weeks

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at Wimbledon it will be more come fetetive. -- competitive. Is your

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basis against the big hitter to slow the ball koun and -- down and

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frustrate them and they have to create the pace? Both of us sliced

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a lot. The ball is quicker, because it was warm today. The ball was

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staying lower. Both of us sliced the ball. He came into the net a

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lot. I hit many passing shots. This is something you think about, but

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sometimes you have to adjust, because each match is different.

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you match it would be done and dusted in about an hour? No. Not at

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all. I will take it that is for sure. It is nice to get off the

:49:28.:49:33.

court quickly. I played a lot of tennis lately and look forward to

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watching another Briton in the semis for a change. Lovely to see

:49:38.:49:41.

him smile again. Andy Murray is through to final. That is tomorrow

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at 12 o'clock. Not 2.30, because of the weather forecast. You can see

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it live here on BBC1. Also news about the women's tournament in

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Edgebaston. That has also been brought forward. So that final will

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now be played at 10 o'clock in the morning. That singles final is

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tomorrow. But there is a doubles event taking place and in recent

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years the double have been dominated by twin tpwrs America.

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They have been seven times world champions and they have been

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talking to John. The life of Bryans, Bob and Mikement or is it Mike and

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Bob? They have won 07 tour tiets and are the No -- 71 tour titles

:50:31.:50:36.

and are the No 1 in the world. So where do you take them for a chat?

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The pub. Was there ever a likelihood of unwith of you being a

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tennis player and one being a scientist? I don't think so. We

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have the same D dem. A. We both love -- we have the same DNA and we

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both love tennis. My dad had a tennis club and maybe they tricked

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us into following this path. Atfully stage did either of you

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think as teenagers, I hate this game? I thought my hate my brother,

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but I never thought I hate this game. My dad did a good job. He

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made it fun. Took us to pro matches and we had idols like Andrey Agassi.

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We played golf after. We set our goals and never wanted to put down

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the racquet since. What age were you when you set the goals?

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played our first tournament at aged six. We were in full swing at a

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young age. Did you play doubles at six? Yes we played singles and

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doubles. Ever ji January 1st we put our goals on the refraidge rate --

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refrigerator. There was always a goal. We worked hard to knock them

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down. Were you wing aged six? first our first tournament aged six.

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We met in the final of the singles and we won the doubles. It was a

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novice tournament. How many times have you faced each other in a

:52:22.:52:27.

singles match? Probably, we have met in the finals of maybe over 100

:52:27.:52:31.

tournaments. But our parents didn't let us play against each other,

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until we were 17. They didn't want us to butt heads and one gin to

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dominate. So you -- twin to dominate. Then you might lose

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interest. You can't win if you're in the bedroom. That is why we're

:52:48.:52:53.

playing doubles together. We don't hate each other. When I you did

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play singles who won? I took t. have got to see the record. We're

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pretty even. Probably played 20 times and it is 10-10. We have met

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in mixed doubles since. I got you in the Wimbledon final. I have got

:53:09.:53:15.

you in the US Open. We're one complete player. He has got the big

:53:15.:53:21.

serve. I have got the good return. When you were young, you imagined

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what life as a tennis player would be like. Is it like that? Yes it is

:53:28.:53:33.

a great life. My parents are smart. We went to see Agassi play when we

:53:33.:53:41.

were ten. We wanted to be like him. You read agasy's book and he talks

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about the turmoil and how they were times when he was hating the game.

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There is pressure. There is money and points on the line each week.

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We put a lot of pressure on ourselves and each other to play

:53:55.:54:02.

well. We expect to be No 1. That takes winning a lot of matches and

:54:02.:54:10.

not letting up. At any time. When it is, you won a tur nominate --

:54:10.:54:18.

tournament you want to party, but you have got to keep it tight and

:54:18.:54:24.

stay focused. For 13 years we have sacrificed, we don't go out often.

:54:24.:54:27.

We're always training and on the road. We have been to Europe for

:54:27.:54:34.

two months straight now. So we have got to back your bags and become

:54:34.:54:37.

road warriors. Having had tennis ingrained in you, can you conceive

:54:38.:54:42.

of a life after tennis without tennis maybe? We're going to try to

:54:42.:54:47.

milk this as long as we can. I talked to players that retire early

:54:47.:54:54.

and they get bored and they want to come back. You get that adrenaline

:54:54.:54:59.

from wins and the highs and the lows. Like Mike said players go

:54:59.:55:05.

home and they're dead and don't have that thrill of the win. So

:55:05.:55:09.

we're going to take their advice and keep going as long as we can.

:55:09.:55:14.

We're 33, we can see the finish line, one last sprint and milk it.

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One last sprint and a lot more of bumping chests. Whose idea was

:55:21.:55:31.

that? Which started that move in college. We wanted to get all of

:55:31.:55:35.

our college team mates excited. And for some reason, we jumped up in

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the air and met chests. It was on the front cover of the Stan Ford

:55:41.:55:46.

Daily News. It was called the Bryan bump. Now it is our signature move

:55:46.:55:51.

and we have been doing it for 13 years. We have bruised chests by

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now. We took a lot of heat on the tour. A lot of veteran guys were

:55:56.:56:04.

kind of grumbling, these cocky twins, thumping chests. I remember

:56:05.:56:11.

marving nols wanted to fight us. -- Mark Noels wanted to fight United.

:56:11.:56:17.

Now we have their respect and they say go for it. They have done so

:56:17.:56:22.

much to raise the profile of doubles and they are winning their

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semi final. Tomorrow it is the fine at 12 o'clock. That is the new time.

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Coming up in a moment, the Canadian gran Prix qualifying on BBC1. And

:56:35.:56:40.

tomorrow it is the race itself from 5 o'clock here on BBC1 and on the

:56:40.:56:46.

red button. Still on motor sport the British Grand Prix, the MotoGP

:56:46.:56:55.

is tomorrow on BBC Two from 12 .30. Murray against Tsonga. Since I

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can't convince you to do a chest bump. We will do a chest bump. I

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just can't reach you from here. Murray in straight sets. If he

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place anything like that. He has going to beat him. Tsonga's

:57:12.:57:16.

dangerous, but Andy Murray in straight sets. Murray will win, but

:57:16.:57:21.

I don't think it will be as quick as today. Less than an hour.

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mury to win. Thank you. It is an earlier time. It will be noon here

:57:29.:57:34.

on BBC1. We know Tsonga is a great entertainer and he loves playing

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here on this centre court at the Queen's Club. But no one loves it

:57:38.:57:42.

Sue Barker presents live coverage from the semi-finals of the Aegon Championships at the prestigious Queen's Club in west London, as the world's best players hone their grass-court preparations ahead of Wimbledon. Last year's tournament was littered with shocks, as top seeds Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick all made early exits. The American duo of Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish won through to the final, thanks to victories over Rainer Schuettler and Feliciano Lopez respectively.


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