Day 11 Today at Wimbledon


Day 11

John Inverdale and guests review the day's events at Wimbledon. In the men's semi-finals, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal faced Andy Murray.


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Three-quarters of the century, 75 years of hurt since a British man

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won the singles title here. But Whenever you were in the tennis

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world today, this was a big game. But so was this one. There would be

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the last two men standing? For one of the last two women tomorrow, it

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will be over and out. Game, set and match! The Wimbledon dream has come

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true! There has been something in the air, hanging over Wimbledon all

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day. A sense of a dissipation, trepidation. Could he, would he? --

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anticipation. John McEnroe will be here imminently to talk about the

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hows and the Ys after Andy Murray's match against Rafa Nadal. -- why as.

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That was the main course but the Novak Djokovic knew that a win

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against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would guarantee in the position of world

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No. 1 but more than that, it would continue his extraordinary record

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this year. Just one defeat. But if you can beat Federer, you can beat

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anybody. The key question, was whether Djokovic was over the

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heartbreak of Roland Garros and whether Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could

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possibly play like that again. As possibly play like that again. As

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we mentioned, it is worth re- emphasising, it is almost as long

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since a Frenchman won the title as it is a Brit. For Djokovic, today

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was about representing his country. Winning Wimbledon and the

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Australian Open and the Davis Cup with an idea would be quite a hat-

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trick. But Sangatte picked up from where he left off, hitting the ball

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In terms of entertainment, untouchable. Both players looked

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like they were enjoying it, which is what created such a great

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atmosphere. Sangatte is such a great showman. It greater great

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atmosphere. -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. One or two little simple errors

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crept in. So we find ourselves with Djokovic one set up in the second

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And the Serbian two-thirds of the way there. At this point, Jo-

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Wilfried Tsonga's little had dropped. Watch some of these points.

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-- a level. The first set was a repeat -- the third set was a

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repeat of the first. The speed of these big men, their touchers

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fantastic. Agility, and also the fact that there is so much at stake.

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No matter where the bowlers, they get it. Look at that, and look at

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that. And look at that. -- where A If you thought that last one was

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You can probably hear the decibel count on Centre Court was up a

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couple of notches. Everybody was on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's side. They

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wanted this to go on and on and on. The big man was playing to the

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crowd. After all that drama and excitement on yet another glorious

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evening, we find ourselves in a tie-break. It is 3-3, and Djokovic

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With so much time for that return, The search has been there for him.

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Each pushing the other to the wall. Djokovic, or on the verge of a

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He is going to have to wait a Jo-Wilfried Tsonga let it go to the

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back of the net and then came up with that little serve-volley. Way

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This has turned out to be quite entertaining, to put it mildly. I

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cannot wait to see what these two When it is as quiet as that on

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Centre Court, and then that rapturous applause. The first set

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You will not get a better chance than that. 83mph second serve. He

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goes for the crazy forehand. At least he can see the funny side to

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It took longer to produce the answer for. Not exactly the one he

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was looking for. Once again, much.. And he's made it. That is a quite

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remarkable shot from Djokovic. Set point down. That was a tremendous,

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tremendous drop volley. That was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at his best.

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there is any doubt about how fast this guy, Novak Djokovic, is, he is

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one of the best athletes you will ever see on a tennis court. And

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also, to have the control to play that shot, that showed great hands.

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Control and speed, a great UMPIRE: Djokovic challenging the

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call. It goes to Hawkeye. He is not going to get a reprieve. UMPIRE:

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Djokovic has three challenges Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is on his way

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back. When did somebody last come from

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two sets down to beat the world No. 3 and the world No. Two in

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consecutive matches? The 4th set, after the great crescendo of

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excitement, was something of a let- down. The crowd were not there.

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Some of them thought it was going to get to five sets, and that kill

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the atmosphere. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was like a balloon that had run out

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of there. Despite some magic like that. In the end, Novak Djokovic,

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who has spoken so often about this being his lifelong ambition, to get

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to the Wimbledon final, had done just that. Unequivocally, you can

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say that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has added so much of his Wimbledon

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championships. He has been one of those players that has lit up the

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last 12 days are so. But Djokovic, one defeat a year. He will be the

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world No. 1 come what may on Sunday. And as things stand, he is the man

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of the year. It is difficult to put into words. This is one of the best

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feelings I have ever had on a tennis court. My dreams are coming

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through. -- coming true. I'm so happy to be playing well. I love

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the way you kissed the Centre Court grass. I have not seen that before.

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It is hard to express your emotions in a very short time, but hopefully

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there will be more celebrations. The difference was that he moved so

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well. He moved so well on the court, he was unbelievable today. I think

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I was able to beat everybody, but I was able to beat everybody, but

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not him. Where was that match won and lost? He had the opportunity in

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the first set. He let that slip away. It was more of an uphill

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battle. He let Djokovic in, and he was fighting and self. Once he gave

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in, all the sudden he was deflected. -- fighting himself. He had to put

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so much in to beat Federer a couple of days ago. That was when it was

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over. There was always going to be a question mark of how Jo-Wilfried

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Tsonga would react after beating Federer, and whether he was going

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to be able to keep the momentum going. If he could have got the

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first set -- third set, it could have moved positively. But Djokovic,

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another match, he was able to win an important set and got on a roll.

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But Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was hanging in there, and he did a good job of

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hanging on to things. Djokovic had hanging on to things. Djokovic had

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too much for him. That reminded me of last year. He was playing tight,

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Djokovic. He was being defensive, not proactive. He was allowing Jo-

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Wilfried Tsonga to dictate play. He was in trouble. I do not know if

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did not sense that, but he must have caught on to

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that. You cannot let a guy like that back into the match. He had to

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win that. Even when he won the third, it never felt like he was

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third, it never felt like he was going to come back. For People

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watching who perhaps do not watch much tennis, if you say Nadal, they

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will say, amazing football -- amazing footwork, if you talk about

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Federer, they will think of grace and style. What do you think of

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Djokovic? Metronomic, repetitive consistency? Right now, you get the

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best athlete in the game. His movement is the normal on the court.

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It is very difficult to defend on a grass court. You can defend on a

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clay court, you can defend on a slow grass-court, but very

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difficult on a grass court. Djokovic, with his movement he is

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almost lighting consistently. That kind of athletic ability is a big

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platform for his game. He has got very good ground strokes, he can

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get more aggressive, but his athletic ability is one of his

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great things. He slides into shots, so that when he stops... Try this

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at home, he pushes off his legs. Five or six years ago, I remember

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watching him and thinking, wow, this guy spends a lot of time

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stretching. He has incredible flexibility in important areas. The

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fastest movers I have ever seen, Bjorn Borg was there today, Rafa

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Nadal, this guy, Michael Chang, and remember Johan Kriek? The fastest.

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That is unbelievable. Look what Jo- Wilfried Tsonga said, what got him

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was his speed. His skills, covering everything. Who will Djokovic play

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in the final? We will show you the second match in just a moment, but

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first, looking ahead to the women's final. Featuring Maria Sharapova

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against Petra Kvitova. Russia against the Czech Republic. Still

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matches going on behind us. It is the over 85s, John, you should be

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out there! The is misbehaving again. -- he is misbehaving. The point of

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tomorrow, is Kvitova the future of the game? Sharapova, winning this

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seven years ago, is her game up for taking on the challenge? We have

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been talking to the first woman from Russia to actually reach the

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finals here at Wimbledon, -- at I think she is ready. She is

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I think she is ready. She is playing well. She had lots of

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problems after she won Wimbledon in 2004. She was a beautiful goal but

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now, she is a different person. She has had lots of injuries. I think

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now she is ready. She is mature. She has become a winner again.

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will she approached a player like Petra Kvitova? The serve is

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important. Maria, she will find a way to return the serve. And she

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will do that. She will keep the serve on the level. Then I think

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she has a good chance. How is she viewed in Russia? Is she popular

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she is the first Wimbledon champion. She is beautiful, she is successful,

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she is a winner. She is doing so many good things for the country.

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Playing like that, being like that, and she is a fighter. She has

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always fighting. You cannot say that she has what she has because

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of her looks. She has spirit, and she is very popular. And she is

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very beautiful For a start we have established that. How would you

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compare the Sharapova of 2011 to the 17 years ago? There is no fear.

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There is a respect, that she has worked this hard to come back.

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Anyone who can serve two aces and 15 double-faults and win 6-3, 6-3,

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shows me that she is the Rafa Nadal of the women's tour. She plays

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every point. To come back and won a set like that, that is impressive.

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I would be surprised if she did not win. I would like to see Petra

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Kvitova not be overwhelmed, because Kvitova not be overwhelmed, because

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she is one of my favourites. If you were in Kvitova's corner, could you

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say that by and large, you will get two or three games or three points

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on her serve for? In which case, you can rationalise it and say that

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all you need is nine games and you have won the match. You know that

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it is an area that should be attacked. When you get those second

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serves, it Sharapova misses her first serve, you should be moving

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around and try to make her think about those second serves. She has

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certainly had troubles in the past, 20 double faults in a match, and

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the women return so well. It is a question mark, if she struggles

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with her serve, will that creep into her game? It is Sharapova's

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tournament to lose. To that of a's first Grand Slam. It is the first

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one. How will she control the situation? How much of it is down

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to her? The raised no answer. there was a book, everyone would do

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the same thing. -- there is no answer. It has taken enough time,

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and she is a bit better to handle it. She has been in SMEs last year.

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It is the perfect game for the surface, but she plays fast. It

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could run away from her. Sharapova for both? I think so. Sharapova,

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three sets. The Match of the Day, maybe it was going to be the match

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of the year. So much written about it. Would the occasion inspire Andy

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Murray? It would not intimidate Rafa off. How much would the weight

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of history have any bearing on Murray's performance? 11-4 or two

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Nadal in statistics. So many experts thought that now was the

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hour for our man. Obviously, Murray's third semi-final at

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Wimbledon. Nadal looking for a 13th Grand Slam final. Whichever way you

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look at it, he was the favourite. But the reception that Murray got

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when he walked on to court, it was as tumultuous as you would have

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expected. He needed to get a good start. He had an injury that had to

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be treated in the very first game. Hard to explain what was going on.

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Hard to explain what was going on. Any thoughts? Nerves. That is what

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I would call it. Against Lopez in the round before, he tweaked

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something, and I think he was concerned. It did have a little bit

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of a bearing. It was something that he was unhappy with for the match.

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In the early stages, Murray was playing some fantastic tennis.

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was the best set and a half of tennis that he has ever played.

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Ever? Ever. That was the best ever tennis that he has ever played?

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Wimbledon, without a doubt. No question. He was playing

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unbelievably well. Exactly the right game-plan, going after the

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ball, putting pressure on Nadal. His serve was working perfectly.

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Fantastic tennis,.. -- fantastic Taking his time now. Preparing for

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This is what Nadal does. He gets the ball back, effectively, where

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others would not. That was a massive first serve, 130mph, and it

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look like an open court for Murray's volley. The next thing you

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know, the ball was over your head and it is unplayable. This is Nadal,

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APPLAUSE. He just soaked up the pressure there, Nadal. Then all of

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a sudden from a defensive position, turns it into attack. That was a

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huge point. Of course you are going to press. Sometimes you are going

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to overpress, because the ball keeps coming back. This is a long

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game at over six minutes. Five all, by most people's estimation,, the

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first set is absolutely crucial for The fastest serve of the tournament

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for Murray. By onemph. -- one mile Good start to the game for Murray.

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Sometimes you wonder whether he could sneak in behind one of these

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big ground shots. You feel may be a quick move then, he could take the

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I have seen him do this on the tournament. Murray on a second

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Applause. Murray looks like an all out attacking force today. But you

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have not put Nadal away until you have won the point. But Murray does

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have three set points. Nadal choosing serve volley, interesting.

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First time in the match. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Nadal certainly

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concerned because Murray was playing brilliant tennis as John

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said a few moments ago. So let us move on to the early stages of the

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second set, it is going with serve, here is Nadal 1-2 down. APPLAUSE.

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That was some kind of rally. It has APPLAUSE. Interesting enough, Nadal

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again tries his luck with the serve volley. APPLAUSE. Oh! It has been

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called... Um left baseline, ball is called in. I think it was called

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out to be honest. She put her hand out. The lady on this line here put

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her hand out. And she was right. But then, well whatever. There has

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ban call. I think she had her hand up. So it is all a bit confusing

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but the bottom line is Murray missed it and it was a sitter and

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it would have given him two break points to go up a break. That could

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be a big moment. An important one. APPLAUSE. UMPIRE: Game, Nadal.

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has got his mum, sister, girlfriend. Murray same line up, substitute

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sister for Jamie. It is easy sitting in a commentary box, but

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how important was that miss, that 15-0 going to be? When Murray put

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that volley wide in the next game it meant vadle -- Nadal has

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brokenen him whereas he might have broken Nadal. After that it was

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very much the Spaniard's set. Almost faultless. Not one unforced

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error in the entire second set from Nadal. In the third set he was

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almost as good. When you are playing against a brick wall like

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that it is difficult, but any way, what was going to happen with the

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situation in the fourth set? Here we are with Nadal two to the good,

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Git is that no pace on that backhand slice. He is not dealing

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with that one well. It is mid court that. Is the area Murray wants to

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Murray is Inspirational return. And it is a

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good job the roof isn't closed, because it would have been blown

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off with the roar from. -- there. Seemingly out of nowhere, Murray

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with a break point. This to get back into this semifinal. APPLAUSE.

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Hats off to Murray though. Good effort. Yes, exactly, that was good,

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do it again. Do it again. Could have got there if he had pushed off

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a little quicker. And Nadal is Murray hasn't broken serve since

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the end of the first set. He has been out played in sets two and

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three, this gets him back into the Absolutely stunning. Nothing Murray

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could do more than that really. Careful on that return, of second

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servement it just pushed the forehand back and let Nadal dictate

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APPLAUSE. Looked like he could have taken one more step towards that

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forehand there, Murray. UMPIRE: Advantage Nadal. This is an eight-

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and-a-half minute game. That is a long time. Whoever loses it, is

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going to feel like they have taken Murray. Is from a challenge? That

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is good enough for Murray. He threw everything he had at his man there.

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That final shot we joid from that rally symbolic of the match. Is it

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too similar police toibg is a that unforced error count of 39 to seven,

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was the deciding factor in this match, but any way Rafael Nadal in

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the end, just that little bit too good. And so it will be Nadal

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against Djokovic in the final on Sunday. The best two players in the

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world. On the greatest stage of them all. Congratulations, you have

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reached another final what is your first reaction? Thank you very much.

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A dream to be back in the final, another time, so, very happy. I

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feel, you know, I feel sad for Andy, he deserved to be in this final too.

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It is tough for him to lose this match today, but, well I wish him

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all the best for the rest of the years all the best especially for

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the years. Andy commiserations on the result. Give us your view on

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the match. Well, I think the score line shows how the match went. The

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line shows how the match went. The first set. I played well. I was

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very aggressive, for most of the match. I had a chance early in the

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second set, didn't get it. Started to make a few mistakes after that.

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And then Rafa played better, he started hitting the ball better

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from the back of the court. I didn't return as well and that was

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it. You did get off to the perfect start, winning that first set and

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playing very well. Yeah, I did play well. At the start. But, that is

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the thing, I was playing aggressive, taking chances and in the first set

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it was going in. In the second set I started making mistakes and I

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kept pressing maybe a bit too much and made more error, and maybe that

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was the time to to play a bit more patient and, that is something I

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have to learn from. When you analyse your career, you must feel

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you are going deaffully the right direction, this year, the

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Australian Open final, the French semifinal, the Wimbledon semifinal,

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you are making the progress that you would want, aren't you? Yes, I

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just need to get, I think, probably ten, 15% better, because I think

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that is right now, how far behind I am from Rafa. You know, and the

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guys right at the top of the game, so that is what I need to do now,

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is go away, and work on some things, and improve. Well, sport is all ifs

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and buts, but let us bring it down to one point in that match. It is

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like saying how could he miss that goal from six yards out? If Murray

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had put this ball away, to have two break points, and to have got to a

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3-1 in the second set. What might have happened. He played perfect

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tennis up to this point. Such a good return. He sets up the

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forehand, and it is one of those shots, that you just, you just

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can't miss it. It is, it is misable, but you can't miss it. And if he

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takes that point, and gets the two break point, the momentum is with

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him, it can be a totally different match. It is amazing how one shot

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really changed the course of the match. Think the one frustration is

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that if the roles had been reversed and it was Nadal, and Nadal would

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have been disappointed and frustrated to miss that shot, but I

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think he would have been able to find a way out of it quicker, for

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Murray to lose seven games in a row at this stage, then, you know, all

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of a sudden 20 minutes later it was 2-0 in the third set and it was

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Nadal e's match. It is very frustrating moment. Obviously a

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huge swing. There is no doubt about it. Was wha I was disappointed his

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attitude went so down hill so fast, after that, the negative, you know,

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it went out the windows everything he talked about about getting more

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positive. If he is hurting, if he is looking at his leg, and "I'm in

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this pain" get some treatment. Do what you have to do. Thirdly if you

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have in a situation where it is slipping away from you, somehow, I

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mean I have said this before but you have to get this crowd. The

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crowd was feeding off his negativity. Let us be real. He has

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got to make them believe he believes he can win the match. It

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wasn't until late there was that moment at 2-1 in the fourth, that

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perhaps he could have got back into it, but that is the part that

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disappointed me, that it just turned on a dime. Why? He was still

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in a good position. Is there a danger of focusing on the negatives

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of Murray, and not accentuating the positives of Nadal, who is

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brilliant? I think it's a fair point. Murray played for as John

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said, he played as good a set on grass as he has ever played in our

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opinion, and it was fantastic, and, it doesn't immediate his level to

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drop very much, for nad toll have an opportunity, because Nadal

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wasn't playing too badly. He wasn't playing his best. The next game

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Murray missed a few of the forehands he had been making and

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suddenly Nadal's game goes through the gear, and then, when he is able

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to play at that level, he starts dictating with his forehand. What

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can you do? Murray says he should have played more patiently. If you

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do that, Nadal starts hit morgue forehands and more winner, so you

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start being more abre Si you are making unforced error, that is the

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predicament. Andy says he wants to go away and improve. That is what

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he has to do. His game is so good, but, the... The era he is in Nadal

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is better than him at the moment and Djokovic is right there as well.

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It is 10-0. We will talk about Novak and Rafa. You didn't have to

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be on centre the court see some good tennis. Ten out of ten for

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Liam Brody this season. An 11th win and he will be in the boys's

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singles final. The Stockport boy refused to kick the winning habit

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against cube her whose frustration were evident as Brody ran out a

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winner. He is one win away from becoming British's first winner

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since 1962. He played Luke Saville in the final. It mean everything.

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At the boys' double last year it feels great. When grass resembled

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ice as another young Briton Oliver Golding won. The top seed won 6- --

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7-6. The Bryan brothers survived their second marathon match in

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success to reach the final. Michael Llodra and Zimonjic were a poor

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imitation of the American twins for two sets, hit back to force a fifth,

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only to lose it to Bob and Mike 9-7. That after the Bryans won their it

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in the fifth this is how you do it fellas. A Czech Slovenian

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combination made smooth passage So, quick word about Sunday. It is

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16-11, the match ups. Djokovic... Has won the last four.

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Twice on clay. But mot in a big one. I, the same call I am making I will

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keep it short, as I did in the French. Nadal in five sets.

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Djokovic in three. No! No way, no way. I think Djokovic will win.

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in three. I am not necessarily thinking in three but just to be

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different. Ten seconds, what do you say to Andy Murray tonight? Keep

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going, you know, he has played greatment he has been in the finals

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of Australia. He has to get better and he can. I think he will win

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Islams. You have to try harder in the tougher moments. That is what

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makes Nadal so great. You have to dig in and find another gear.

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that nothing to do with here? me. It is easier to talk up here

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and bay commentator now I am done and an old man. O last question,

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how many Grand Slams is Rafael Nadal going to win? Ooh... 16 to

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Federer. I give him a couple more French Openen, I don't see anyone

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John Inverdale and guests review the day's events at Wimbledon, where the men's semi-finals have been taking place. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal faced Andy Murray.


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