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John Inverdale and guests look back at the men's singles final.


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What a happy man he must be. The best two players in the world. A

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man with 10 Grand Slams against a man that has lost just once all

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year. No wonder everybody wanted to Nice soothing music for your

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entertainment. The courts that have been by print for the past

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fortnight are forlorn. We have the Championships gone, and we will

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reflect on them with Greg Rusedski and Boris Becker. And after 126

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men's singles matches we had just one or more to play today. Novak

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Djokovic won the Australian Open, Nadal, the French. This was the

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2011 Grand Slam decider. They have read 27 times. Nadal leading 16-11.

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But Djokovic had beaten him four times this year but never in a

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major championship. You could use all these facts in any way that he

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all these facts in any way that he wanted. It was very even at the

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start. But if Djokovic was going to be nervous, he did not show many

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sides because he had his eye in The first nine games went as

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expected and we find ourselves getting to be crucial end of the

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first set. Nadal must halt to stay Roger Federer has been the only

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person to beat Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam final. Twice on this

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Watch how steady his head remains Here is a chance for Djokovic to

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strike. He has a chance towards the end of this set of. He was down but

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Three straight points for Djokovic. He has done that with relentless

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accuracy. There are his brothers. They are both players. They are not

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as good as their big brother. Set What a start the Djokovic. He is

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striding towards his seat. He is as JOHN INVERDALE: I wonder what they

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JOHN INVERDALE: I wonder what they made of if there? Here we are into

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the second set. It was like Nadal against Andy Murray. Nadal had to

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hang on because otherwise it might Nadal is not used to losing

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baseline exchanges. The athletic ability of Djokovic is keeping him

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in these points. It is Nadal coming He made seven unforced errors in

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his semi-final victory, coming from behind against Andy Murray. He has

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made eight unforced errors here. This is a very important part of

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the match. The momentum is all with Djokovic. He is going for the line

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and hitting them. Nadal has got to Evidence of the Serbian defence

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which we have been talking about. Not only does he get to the white

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And having stayed in the rally, he turns defence into attack. Another

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mistake from Nadal. He is losing Fabulous anticipation from

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Djokovic! He was off like a rocket. A forehand drop shot from the doubt.

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Long and demanding points been won These players are the cutting edge

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of the modern game. In terms of athletic ability and the ability to

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A massive part of the match now. Djokovic wants to cement his break.

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Nadal is trying to stop the train That was strength to strength!

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Djokovic is playing one of the matches of his life. This is

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becoming a battle out there. does not take a step back. He has

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got the physical strength and belief to stand there and soak up

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JOHN INVERDALE: The runaway train did not show any sign of stopping

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as the second set continued. 4-1 became 5-1. He just couldn't mess.

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The variety of shots, a forehand winners, drop shots and service

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winners, it became a set winner. He would have thought the first two

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sets would have gone to the That is the first time Nadal has

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got to love-30 on the Djokovic Not by very much but there is not a

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It could have been an ace. But he That is the confidence level of

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John Inverdale macro this became a very bizarre tennis match. We had a

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lapse -- this became a very bizarre tennis match after a lapse of com -

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- concentration. Suddenly, Nadal in complete control. This was a

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complete mirror image of what happened in the second set. Nadal

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found himself right back in the match. Everybody around the court

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was saying, is this going to five? It is bound to be gearing to five.

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But to do that, he had to win the Now it is Djokovic's Turn To Hold

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serve. He does not want to give What a fantastic passing shot!

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Depressing for Djokovic to see that all racing back just three

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centimetres above the net. That was a lot of right hand. Djokovic will

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be disappointed to miss hit. Anywhere would have been good

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His girlfriend is getting involved in the match. Not married just yet.

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Long-term girlfriend. She does not normally see him miss hit by that

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There is his father there, Sebastien. Come on, take us to a

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5th set! His eyes are flashing and He had to play that! He fancied

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that. And the overhead was very tense. It was put away and he just

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got away with that. He is feeling the pressure now. You can see the

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way that Djokovic is looking up at the box. Before, it was so much

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confidence. Now a bit anxious. It Nadal is challenging the call. His

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arms are out stretched. Djokovic is not sitting down either. Does that

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think -- mean that he thinks that the ball was in? But it was out.

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Nadal had a break point but it has That was the type of return we have

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seen the Djokovic hissing in the first and second set. -- hissing. -

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Depressing. That was on beforehand. It is an error. Djokovic supplied

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the first game of this 4th set. -- It was a surprisingly cautious.

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From Djokovic. He got a week reply and he had an opportunity to attack

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and he catches to roll across and move backwards and let Nadal back

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Better decision-making. He got the same shot. He hit that into the net

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and he played the delicate drop volley. Two break points for an

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APPLAUSE. An impeccable length on the ground stroke, from Novak

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Djokovic, and he gets the first Nadal looking to try and get back

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on level terms at the first Break point in Djokovic's first

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service game, he didn't take it. He really need to take this

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Harder to watch than play in, and anybody's game now, we are back on

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serve, let's move on from 2-1 Five straight points now for

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Djokovic. A terrible start to a service game for the defending

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champion. One double fault in the You really don't want to be making

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too many donations at this part of the match. Two unforced errors from

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No! Jork earned the point. -- Djokovic earned the point. Yes

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He doesn't like it! His boy faces Ooh? Was that good? Yes, it was.

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Well, that had top spin on it. That dived on to the baseline, and she

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thought that... Her boyfriend had That's out. Djokovic has got the

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Believe the whole country of Serbia are on their feet. They are all

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watching. Bad service game for Serving for the Championships. Four

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It is the hardest service game he Kit only be tension. -- it can only

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Nadal still had the courage o of conviction to go for that forehand,

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after making two very poor unforced Mum and dad approve of the serve

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and volley. He has had so much success with that tactic. Now, it's

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There's the new champion! Novak Djokovic. Fabulous in four sets.

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He can't believe it yet! Look at I believe he is tasting the grass

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on Centre Court! It tastes good. the man who tomorrow will find

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himself world number two, the second best on the day, to the man

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who is now going to be the new world number one tomorrow morning.

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Rafa and Roger's days of domination History is written by the winners.

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And the record books will show on a weekend when tennis shared the back

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pages with boxing but Djokovic pummelled Nadal into submission on

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the Centre Court. The first perhaps Well it has been something of a

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tradition that we have had champions on the roof, live on the

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programme, and this year is no exception. So, Novak Djokovic, many,

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many congratulations, Thank you. You spent the last several hours

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talking about the game, and you are board with talking about it but I

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am going to ask you one more time. How does it feel? It feels

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fantastic. It is hard to find the words to describe the feeling,

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especially the moment when I took the trophy in my hands. I felt like

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a little boy holding his favour roit -- favourite toy. I had a

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taste of grass. How did it taste. Really good. A little dry?

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tasted like real grass but a champion feel. It would be more

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moist at the start of the fortnight. They say the hardest point to win

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is the last point so when you were there, with one point from victory,

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what were you thinking that the point? Can you focus still? Well,

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look, you know, I have played two amazing sets against Rafa, and then

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I dropped my focus a bit. I got relaxed and I got him back to the

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match. It was really crucial for me to hold serves in the beginning of

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the fourth set and try to put pressure on his service games. I

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played great. I was emotionally calm in the moments I needed to be.

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I took my chance, I was trying to take my thoughts back to the

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matches we had in those four consecutives in the finals. I was

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aware I never won against him in the best of five. There is no

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better way to win this Wimbledon title than beating the player who

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hasn't lost here in the last three years. Boris was at the fight last

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night. In the commentary box we said it was like hey and Klitschko.

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He wasn't in it. You were Klitschko. Have you played a better set than

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that, do you think on grass, ever? No. Honly the no. It has been the

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best match on a grass court I have played. Came in the right moment.

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We spoke to your country's Foreign Minister, after the match. He said

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it was the greatest day in Serbia's history, he couldn't almost put

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into words what it meant for people back home. How conscious are you of

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being the ambassador role you play for your country? Well, I am not

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fully aware of what is going on back in the country, but I hope

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definitely that people are celebrating the success, like their

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success, the country's success, because I really would like to

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experience the nice celebration time tomorrow. I will be there, so

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I will see what is going on. But I am very proud to be able to have

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the position obviously to have the responsibility of representing my

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country in the best possible way. And you are world number one, and

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you are Wimbledon champion. You said on court it has been a good

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two days at the office. How do you wind down for a bit now? It is the

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rollercoaster. It is the US Open and the Australian open, then the

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French and then we are back here next year. How do you take time

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out? I need to take some time off. I need to enjoy the success I have,

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and it has been more than a good two days at the office. It has been

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an incredible 12 months for now. Now off for some deserved rest and

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coming back for more. I am still very young. I want to win Wimbledon

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more times. I want to win more Grand Slams. I have other goals.

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You have this extraordinary record, one defeat. Can you put your finger

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on what has changed for you in the last 12 months? Well, I have

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improved by a small percentage, serve and a couple of other shots

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in my game. But generally I just mentally, I am more stable, and I

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have more self-belief when I play the big guys, and in a major event

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I know what do on the court. Great. I look at you and the big question

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mark I had about your winning was your movement p I thought which

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match I feel comfortable enough to win? I had ups and down, and I had

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the matchs for example against Bernard Tomic where I didn't feel

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great. After the first set, I didn't like his style of the game,

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that day, I was making a lot of errors and I was more pushing the

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ball back into play rather than hitting it and going for winners.

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But you know, I overcome those match, and I guess, on the road to

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the title, you get some downs as well. Since when you have Rafa's

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personal mobile? You own him at the moment. You are the only one in

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years to do real damage to him. When threver is a baseline rally. I

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don't feel you threatened. You are not under pressure and Rafa is the

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first one that loses patience. How do you do it? Well, you know, in

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the past couple of years I played so many times against Rafa and

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Roger, that they made me a better player. That is the whole

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explanation. I needed to improve in order to win against the guy, to

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achieve the goals of winning, winning Wimbledon, with them it is

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difficult, because they have been so dominant, but you know, I know

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that I have an aggressive style of the game. I am a baseline player,

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but I just find the right way to play against him. I guess mentally,

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you do have a little advantage if you are winning match after match

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against your main rival. One final point if I may. A couple of years

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ago Roger Federer was sitting in that seat and he was talking about

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how when he was a teenager whizz badly behaved and smashing racquets.

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He realised he had to change if he was going to become the champion

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do that now. The point I was going to make two or three years ago, you

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were the joker, you were the guy who was doing impressions and

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clearly somebody said to you, or maybe you said to yourself I have

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to become, if you like more straight, more focused, more

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determined, and you have done it., So is that, is it just, if you like,

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the result of hard work and absolute concentration that has put

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you where you are now? Dedication to the sport. I agree with you, you

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know, there has been moments, you know, where I was paying more a--

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attention to other things than on the court. Look, you know, I was

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young, I am still very young. I have been learning throughout the

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year, playing on the highest level in men's tennis, put a lot of hard

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work, a lot of hours on the court and now it is paying off. I really

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want to be a champion, and I really want to, you know maintain this

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great run. And last thing, does winning Wimbledon feel as good as

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you always imagine it would do? will figure that out after, after

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sleeping over tonight or not sleeping over. Dipend. Just have a

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fantastic evening. Thank you for joining us. Novak Djokovic is

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Wimbledon champion and a few more It has been a good week for Czech

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female tennis players a after Petra Kvitova's wing in the singles. Add

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to that list Iveta Benesova joy in the mixed double, together with her

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partner Jurgen Melzer they proved too God for Mahesh Bhupathi, and

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Elena Vesnina, winning in straight sets. Australian tennis looks to

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have bright future. 24 hours after Luke Saville triumphed in the boys,

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Ashleigh Bartoli took the girls, beating Irina Khromacheva on Court

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One. Barty is the first Aussie to win the junior events for girls

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since 1980 and received congratulations from Yvonne

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Goolagong. The pav pav made a shot not exclusive to Mr Murray. There

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was success for Britain as Pavic's partner was George Morgan and they

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edged out another Brit, Oliver Top seeds in the ladies wheelchair

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doubles Esther Vergeer and Sharon Walraven retained their title. They

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kept their nerve, to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 and have now won the last five

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Grand Slam events. It is a dangerous job being a line judge

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sometimes. But, no harm down done. There was a Dutch double as Maikel

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Scheffers and ving vung got the best of Michael Jeremiasz and

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Stephane Houdet. The top seeds from the Netherlands winning 7-5, 6-2.

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They say you never lose it. For a fleeting moment 1997 Martina Hingis

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did. But the Swiss miss regained her composure to partner Lindsay

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Davenport against Jana Novotna and Martina Navratilova. Between them

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they had won 31 titles. It was Hingis and Davenport who prevailed

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in front of a full house on court 18. Part of the BBC team and still

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a champion. So, it is all over. And from a male tennis point of view,

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where is the balance of power now? It is Djokovic and Nadal there, and

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Federer and Murray one notch down or where? At that very moment I

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would put Djokovic ahead. This is a historic moment in tennis. We have

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a new number one and he happens to win his first Wimbledon. Blief many

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more to come. So we will remember this day of the day that Novak

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Djokovic, he came to stop. I would agree with Boris, a guy who goes 48

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win, one lost, lost a match to Federer in the semis of the French

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and dis mantled Nadal. There is a change in power. Djokovic has won.

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Nadal below and Federer and Murray three and four. It is a great time

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in tennis. It is the last chance to discuss this. If you could offer

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one piece of advice to Andy Murray, he is heading off to America now,

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to, well, who knows, the US Open could well be his great moment, but

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how does he go from there? What does he need to do? Just to replay

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of the first set-and-a-half against Nadal. That was the winning recipe.

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It has to be become second nature. He has to play like that all the

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time. He has played the best I have seen him play. You have to continue

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doing it. I agree. Stay with the team he has now. His coach is

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excellent. They have only worked with him for six weeks and they

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made a massive change. Imagine in a year's time if he stays on that

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path. He will be able to play two three sets like that. Do it every

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match. That is the only way you are going to beat these guys. And your

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take on the championship as a whole? There were so many memory,

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great ladies matches on the first day. What is the, what is her name?

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Give me a clue? Venus Williams against Date-Krumm. That was the

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best match. Djokovic, he has been my biggest story today. For me on

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the women's Kvitova. Thank God we have a new lady's star. A lefty.

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Can play from the back of court. Why do you like a lefty server?

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me that is exciting and Djokovic the new emergence of possibly a guy

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who could dominate this game for a while It has been a great fortnight.

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The party is over, here it is probably only starting in Belgrade.

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Thank you for your company over the last 13've nince. It is probably

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fair to say this remains one of the great sporting celebrations each

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