Day 11 Highlights Today at Wimbledon


Day 11 Highlights

Highlights of the day's play at Wimbledon. Clare Balding and guests bring the best of the action and all the crucial talking points from the men's semi-finals at SW19.


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We will take you over to Wimbledon...

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MUSIC And he's done it. The trophy to a

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British winner! The semi-finals, the business end,

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but if you stop and look around, take all of this in, it will be too

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late. Nerves, exciting. You tense up. You

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cannot perform. The top guys just live it - the perfect blend of skill

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and instinct. THE COMMENTATOR: Cilic is in the

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Wimbledon semi-finals. And sometimes a little bit of luck.

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Trust me at the top of your game you can almost see the point before it

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happens. Sam Querrey, a piece of tennis

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history for him. Certainly don't underestimate your opponent, whoever

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you are. He is simply one of the best of all times. There are four

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guys left. They've got this far. They're living in a moment and if

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they stop and look around and think about the final, it will be too

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late. Oh, that's a good bit of telly. Well

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done Boris and to Tom and Dave, part of our BBC team who made that. For

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the first time since 2003 we had four men's semi-finals outside the

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top four in the world ranks. 2003 was the first time Roger Federer won

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a Grand Slam title and it was here. I am joined by Tim Henin. When

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Henman. You just got here in time. It was better with me phoning it in.

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I want to hear about Tim. This is the first time in 14 years that I

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have arrived before my counterpart. That is true. There are two sides to

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it. You could say I was doing some very important work for the

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tournament. Was it committee work? On the other side of the coin I

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could say I was taste testing champagne in the Royal Box. You have

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so much ammunition now! Working right up to the moment that

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I have continued to work here. You have proved your fitness by arriving

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and not being out of breath. I am impressed by that. We were turning

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around, shouting out come on Tim and actually meaning it. We always meant

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it. You know what I mean! Shouting at somebody else! I always meant it.

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Forget that! First up, we will focus on the only man left in the men's

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singles who has won this title before.

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He is the king of Centre Court. Tomas Berdych coming out in front

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and the last time they met here in Wimbledon, 2010, Berdych came out on

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top in four sets. Roger is on a four-match winning streak against

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him. As we know Federer bidding to become

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the oldest finalist since 1974. We will pick up the game.

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Boris, Tim and Andrew in the commentary box.

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THE COMMENTATOR: Federer doing such a good job of biding his time with

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the slice backhand. Landed right on the baseline. Really

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checked up. Berdych, not in the right position.

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Berdych faced only 12 break points in the tournament prior to this

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match. He's faced two in three service games here.

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Well done Berdych again. A surprising miss from Federer, going

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over the low part of the net. Impressive return from Federer as

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well. Berdych did well to fight that one

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off. Happy to direct his attack, given a

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choice to the Federer forehand. It is sort of the same strategy. He

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serves the first deuce wide. Roger blocks it back and then the forehand

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to control the point. Well he's has to play 25 pointings

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-- points on his serve so far. He's panting quite heavily. Feeling the

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work. It is a bit of a workload playing Federer over five, isn't it,

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on Centre Court? If you get to five! That's unlucky. He's had his fair

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share, Federer, this game, really. A little help from the net cord

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there. Nothing Berdych could do about this one, though.

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UMPIRE: On the left service line. The ball was called out.

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It looks to be the seventh double fault, only, for Roger Federer. In

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the tournament, the first of this match confirmed by some margin.

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And after serving a double fault at 30-30, and then having to hit a

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second serve, down break point, 109 miles per hour, into the corner.

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Wonderful shot! It's a very first good tennis wagon. Both players,

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Federer, we mentioned that a lot. But Berdych really not back enough.

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Look at that! Talk about the big muscles getting involved in that!

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Hit a lot of very strong ground strokes, deep and up the middle.

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UMPIRE: The ball was called out. Serving with new balls, for Federer

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to lose his serve, if in fact this is what has happened, and it has,

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this is unusual, indeed. BALDING: ONE BREAK A PIECE.

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That's a bad one! Federer had edged to that side. The

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coaching camp for Berdych. Feeling the pain. 3-5. The mistake was to

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miss the shot. I am surprised he keeps going to the forehand there.

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Federer, two points away from that first set.

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On his own serve. I think she might have tickets for

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the final, too. Ball boy is still looking for the

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ball there. And that's away. And Federer

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exclaims his delight. First set in 53 minutes.

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CLARE BALDING: The second set also went into a tie-break, with both

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having held their serve throughout. Let's join it at the early stages of

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the breaker. THE COMMENTATOR: It is amazing how

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he can play those shots so aggressively, but with margin of

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error. That was three feet over the net.

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It is just delicious, isn't it, if you are a Federer fan, and there are

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many, of course. How about missing now and again! Roger Federer, three

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perfect forehand winners in the roll.

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Make that four. Second set tie-breaker for Roger Federer. 5-1,

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as they change. An hour and 40 minutes for Berdych

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in the sunshine. He's fought hard. Nothing to show for it. Total

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control, but total conviction on those forehands. That one he really

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moved his feet well. Once he got it into the hitting zone, accelerated

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the racket head through. Took a big gamble with the second

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serve. What is the option? It is all or nothing at this point.

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It looked completely under control, but it was not a situation he really

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wanted to find himself in, Federer, defending a cross-court Berdych

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passing shot. It's 6-3. Three set points.

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Another big second serve on to the line.

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When Federer saw how bad his return was, he might have elected to go for

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the challenge. Two sets to love, Roger Federer. It

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appears he's... CLARE BALDING: SKALS SKALS. --

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appears he's on his way. And that's out. He's lost six of the

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last seven points since sharing his Swiss-German views of a missed

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forehand. On that occasion it was Federer who came in on an average

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approach shot. Berdych made the pass. Federer couldn't control the

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volley. Where he's going, Boris, up wide or

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out the tee? Wide. Would have been an ace against me as

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went there you go. Back to deuce.

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Where's he going, Andrew? Wide. UMPIRE: Advantage Federer.

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So full-time, where is it going now? Clearly out wide. This for the

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hat-trick. Brilliant! Shows what we know!

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So a minute ago Berdych had a couple of break points. The next thing you

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know a couple of aces, 3-3. Back to normal.

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Ultimately they must play with two minds. This is, at this stage, very

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much a mental game and a few chances Berdych had, Federer responded every

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time. Berdych winning a succession of

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points. Federer down 15-40. Four to get out of trouble there and

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two here. If this were boxing you would wait

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for the referee to step in. Federer relentless with his pressure.

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Berdych trying the old serve-volley. Only the seventh time in the match.

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A clean strike. Backhand down-the-line. Second serve

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smothered. It is the break which could take Federer to the Wimbledon

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final. Two sets are now 4-3.

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BALDING: Moments later Federer came out to serve for a place in a record

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11th Wimbledon final. A nice idea from Berdych. Coming in

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from behind a pair of twos there. The third time he tried the drop

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shot, third time lucky. And that's it! Tough semifinal. But

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no sets lost. Two intensely fought tie-breakers.

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Another excellent tournament for Tomas Berdych. He succumbs at the

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semifinal stage. A huge ovation from the crowd. Their

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appreciation for the man who has given himself a shot at an eighth

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Wimbledon championship and a ninth Grand Slam title. Federer won 84% of

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his first service points. He spoke afterwards to Phil Jones.

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I feel very privileged to be in another final. I know how much it

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means to so many players to be able to go out on Centre Court at

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Wimbledon at any given time in their career. I've had the pleasure to

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play on Centre Court so many times. This time, in another final, it is

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so good. I cannot almost believe it's true again. So, I'm happy I

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have a day off tomorrow, where I can reflect on everything. I did this

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year, this tournament, so I can get really ready for the final. It is

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one of the great sporting stories, I think, to take six months off after

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last year's Open, now here in another final. Can you put it into

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perspective for us? It was a long way back. Last year was so

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difficult, just to stay calm and you know, speak to the team and take

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another decision that we were going to sit out and wait longer and take

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time. I'm so happy I did it. My life continues after tennis, too. That's,

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at this point, almost more important than actually playing itself. I want

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to be a good dad and a good husband and a guy who can do sports later

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on, too. I think giving your body a rest from time to time is a good

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thing. As we have seen this time, I am happy it's playing off. For a

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second, of course there are doubts there that maybe one day you will

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not be able to come back and play a match on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

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It happened, it happened so many times this week. Thank you to the

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tournament to put me on Centre Court. I feel it is a great honour

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for me. Federer so appreciative of any opportunity he's given to play

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on Centre. He was phenomenal. An update on the mixed doubles.

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Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson lead 5-2. We will go there shortly

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for the latest. How good was Roger Federer? How wonderful a human being

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is he? Where do we start? I tried the same type of thing he's done,

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with far less results. I tried to be a good husband. I don't know if I

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did too well. Certainly the first one and tried to be a good father.

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That's debatable. I took six months off. I came back, never was the same

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player. I mean, the Guy's amazing. It's arguable at 35 he's better than

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he ever was. He's moving, it seems like he's moving as well as he did

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ten years ago. Now, someone, Clare, you tell me, let this Mr Henman guy

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tell me, how it is possible you can pull that stunt off. Take six months

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off, win in Australia, decide I am not going to play at the French

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Open, so I can be ready for Wimbledon, has not lost a single set

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yet. How, Tim? It defies logic. People say, are you surprised by it.

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We are naive to be surprised. He is re-writing some of these rules. To

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see him move like that, as John said is anticipation and how quick he is.

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His footwork around the ball. I mean it is incredible to watch. And today

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I feel strongly, that was break point in the Third set. I think

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Berdych deserves a lot of credit. He played very well. He played well. He

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stuck in there mentally. What is thaul about? How do you do that --

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what is that all about? How do you do that? One flick and it is... He

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will play shots with no back swing at all. He will pluck it out of the

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air. He will do the... He's got so much variety it is intimidating. I

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don't know what it is like to be loved by everyone in the world and

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have people rooting for you all the time. People do now, it is the

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biggest turn around in the world. Even that was true, I am this not

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out there talking. That has to be the rush of rushes. They can get you

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through tough times. I was surprised because I feel he showed his human

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side. The pressure. Everyone is like assuming he'll win it, no ifs or

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buts. He looked grumpy out there. He was edgy. He talked to himself more

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in this match than I have seen in any match where he didn't even lose

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a set. I was really surprised that as well as he was playing, I know

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Berdych threw a lot of different things at him. I don't feel the

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outcome was ever in doubt. Boris gave us the translation of the

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swish/German. What was it? That it was unfortunate he missed that shot.

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Words to that effect. . Was that the accurate translation? I don't

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believe so. I don't believe I ever heard Federer say a bad word. It was

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fine. No, Court One, I believe it is match

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point for Watson and Kontinen. They're in the final again! They've

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come through in a pulsating semifinal again worthy opponents,

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the number two seeds. But they've been removed. And a certain

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embarrassment for the seeding committee! But they've got to the

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final again unequivocally seeded and in what a manner.

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An absolutely fantastic match. So much fun, so entertaining.

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Terrific playing. But Kontinen and Watson were that little bit better.

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Annabel Croft comment Tating on that match.

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But let's not talk about the other semifinal yet, we will see the best

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of that. Who won? You are naughty.

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Do you think, sometimes, John that Kontinen is amazed at himself? I

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don't think so at this point. But the fact he has done what he has

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done after this long lay off, may be surprising him even a little bit. He

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practiced his shots. Hitting it to the ball boy. He is working on shots

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even then. But I have to think that not a whole lot surprises him. But

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tell me I'm wrong. I saw him practicing with Berdych

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the week before the tournament. Out on court 8, court 9. It was a joke.

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I sat there for 20, 30 minute, some of the shots he was hitting. It was

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a clinic of shot-making. When he has done those types of things he has

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such confidence and belief in his own ability, when he can do it on a

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practice court, why not on a match court. And when he makes it, it

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gives him the basis to keep trying. Now, talking about mixed doubles,

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Heather Watson and Henry Kontinen are into the final to defend their

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title. But Jamie Murray has paired up with Martina Hingis for the first

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time. They were against Demolina and Martinez Sanchez.

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Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis, a doubles dream team. A partnership

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started by text. They broke twice in the first three games. Mixed doubles

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this good is a popular attraction, the problem, well, we don't see much

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of them. They work quickly, ruthlessly.

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A set to love, that can only be described as rapid.

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Their set done in 21 minutes. Maria Sanchez and Demolina had been the

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support act but they relaxed into this. When they tried to apply

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pressure, Murray, a mixed doubles winner had the tools to ease it.

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Hingis has won pretty much all there is in doubles, winner rice when it

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matters. Another level. How did she find that spot.

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A level above her opponents. For all she's achieved, Hingis keeps coming

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back to do it all again. She and Murray will take some

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stopping. So whatever happens there will be a

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British winner on Sunday. Now we know that Roger Federer is in

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the men's final. Who would he face? Marin Cilic was taking on Sam

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Querrey in the other final. This is the best tournament and my

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favourite tournament. I look forward to it every year. So it's easy to

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get excited. You and he played the second longest

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history in the semifinal match four years ago? It was a tough match.

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17-15 in the fifth. So when I got together with my coach, as I lost, I

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tried to figure out how to beat him. And if I play well, hopefully I can

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come out on top. Cilic is in the Wimbledons

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semi-finals! I'm feeling refreshed, physically and mentally. So you are

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able to execute all you want to, and to be ready for the small

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opportunities when they arrive. It's the Men's Semi-finals Day. Sam

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Querrey and Marin Cilic to kick it off. There will be a lot of aces in

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this match. Two big men. Who will be more

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aggressive more consistently, whoever it is will be in the finals.

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In terms of serving techniques, this is simple, Regimented, throw it up,

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hit it! It's great hitting and lovely

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dexterity from Querrey. Both guys have surprisingly good

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touch. That's a good shot.

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A tremendous shot. Very dependable win for Cilic.

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And so after 35 minutes we reach the point we thought we would do you 35

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minutes ago... -- do 35 minutes ago... And Cilic goes long. I've had

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many a teacher try to get that into my thick skull, make them earn it

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and this should have been put away. The first one should have been put

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away. That's a great shot from Cilic. It's

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unlucky for Querrey. I thought it was wide. He chose to play it. He's

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still looking at the line. Brilliantly played by Querrey!

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Really aggressive challenging of Cilic there. Good court recognition.

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The understanding that Cilic would have to slice this and mis-hit. He

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forced the issue. That's a bad error from Cilic. So,

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Sam Querrey, one big serve away from the open set of this Wimbledon

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semifinal. Oh, two errors from Cilic on the

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backhand side and advantage, USA! Great play from Cilic.

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He must have been shaking a bit at the start of that game. But he holds

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on. An important game. I know it is only the second set but Cilic is on

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a bit of a downer right now. He has to battle through that.

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Oh, well he hung in there, Cilic. Brilliant! There's the big roar from

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Cilic. The first break of the match. Strong, emotional effort by Cilic to

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re-establish himself here in the last ten minutes or so.

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With a strut and a swagger and another big serve, Cilic squares

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this semifinal. He's emotionally flat but physically

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fatigued. A big moment here. Cilic thinks he's

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won it. On the back of the line... And Cilic

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in front. And Cilic now officially on a roll.

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And from nowhere... Querrey has maybe Claude himself back into this

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match. Well, what do you know. What do you

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know! That is something else. He just pulled the rabbit out of the

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hat here. You've got to love this game,

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haven't you? The ebb and flow. It's just crazy.

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He's made it. Made it! Incredible shot. How did he make that?

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Federer-like. Tie-break. That is some point.

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Perfect time and then the switch of the sides. Both of them could use a

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breather after that. There's the error.

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The roar from the Croat. He's won set away.

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One set away from a first Wimbledon final.

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Now if Querrey can get this next point.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go and put the kettle on.

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It's in. Oh, brilliant, brilliant from Cilic.

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An awkward shot from Cilic right here, what do you do? That is

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beautiful. You know what Cilic has won a game,

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he let's the world know. But after almost three hours, two match

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points, for Marin Cilic... Well, it's safe to say he got tight

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on that one. Got it! Pile-driving winner! Down

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the line from Marin Cilic. At the 11th time of asking on Sunday

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afternoon for Marin Cilic, opportunity knocks.

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Marin, after 11 attempts you are now a Wimbledon finalist. How does it

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sound? Unbelievable. Especially the way that this tournament unfolded.

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From the first round playing great tennis. Today was a hard-fought

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battle. Sam played a high level of tennis. Especially in the first set.

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He was serving big, hitting big. I had my chances. 4-1 up in the

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tie-break. I didn't convert it. But after, I felt I was just a little

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better on the return games. So I was making him a little more play on his

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service games. Overall I felt that the level was really, really high.

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You and Sam have fought tremendous battles, as you have said, here at

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Wimbledon over the years. Long ones as well, apart from how well you

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played, did you have a psychological advantage over him today to give you

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the edge? I wouldn't say so. Sam came out serving huge, hitting big.

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I felt that he was not tight at all. I felt he was really into his mode

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and playing well. That pushed me obviously to play big tennis towards

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the end of the match. I was definitely glad and lucky a little

:46:50.:46:53.

bit to get that break back in the fourth and to get that advantage. To

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get back into the match. To be fair to Sam Querrey, a

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terrific effort. He had had 12 hours on court before today and the first

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player in tennis to win three consecutive matches. He put up a

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great fight. But Cilic, he does a bit more, John? He does quite a bit

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more than he used to. He moves well for a guy of 6ft 6. He is solid on

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the ground. He volleys well. Both of them do. He showed some excellent

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touches. On Monday, you asked who was I impressed by most, it was

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Cilic. Did I expect him to go to the finals, with the likes of Andy

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Murray and Rafael Nadal, no? But he was the guy at the top four along

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with Milos Raonic that could go along way. But it had to be a little

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tough for Sam Querrey, as well as he played. You hit the nail on the

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head. Three straight five-setters, it finally caught up to him.

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He legs looked a little heavier. Cilic has his fair share of long

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matches. He has the belief, Tim, the size and the speed. He has Jonas

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Bjorkman in his camp. What is in Cilic that makes his dangerous? He

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has the history of having won a Grand Slam in the US Open in 2014.

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He demolished Sam Querrey in the finals and against Kei Nishikori

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also. He comes in with grass court pedigree. I am wondering if there is

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cemetery to last year. Roanic in the final of Queen's and Wimbledon. He

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was into the final of Queen's. Match against Lopez. And match points. So

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he is coming in confident. He has big weapons, he has beaten Federer.

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He's the underdog but I think he will fancy his chances.

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When they last met here and Goran Ivanisevic was there, there were

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three second serves and Goran said: If there is a lesson from last year,

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when Federer is down, you need to stamp on him, kick him, hurt him

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more. Very cruel! I was working with Milos and Carlos Moya was working

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with Milos at the time. He was saying, it is hard to believe but

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better to play Federer than Cilic as the match-up is not good. So that

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gives an idea that there are people that respect what Marin can

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springing to the table. We have to keep in mind that is very important.

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Roger Federer is playing at a far higher level than last year and he

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is healthier and moving better. So throw in the factors, it swings in

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his favour. Also, to bear in mind it is

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Federer's 11th final, and Cilic's first at the 11th attempt. Looking

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at how they match up. Federer on grass has the one meeting so close

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last year and has a 6-1 overall advantage. Tim, how do you see that?

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It speaks for itself. Federer against most is going to have the

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advantage before they start. But when it comes down to the finals of

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an event like this, it is the best of five-set match. A two-horse race.

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Cilic has to go out with a game plan. To look to dictate, to bully

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Federer. The more time you give Federer, the opportunity it is for

:50:42.:50:45.

him to make you do the running. He must be aggressive. To have the

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mindset, he is a fantastic tournament, Federer is the

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favourite. He doesn't have so much to lose. He must really go for it.

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Don't be passive and come off the court and then say I wish I had gone

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for it more. Which Roanic did not do last year. He froze. It is important

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to point out it is his first final here. But also important to point

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out it is not his first Grand Slam. Although, you play Kei Nishikori or

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Roger Federer, that is a huge difference mentally.

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He has the advantage of age. Cilic is 28, Roger is 35. In terms of time

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on court, Cilic has spent more hours, almost like two matches more.

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He has had 4.5 hours more earn court. That's because he is 28,

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Clare. He better spend a little extra time to earn the right to play

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this guy! Listen, this is going to be a tall order any way we paint it.

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He has the weapons to do it with the belief. He has to take the raquet

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out of Federer's hands. But if Roger plays the way he played today on

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Sunday. I am picking Roger Federer to win this. Four sets.

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Tim? Federer to win. OK. Let's catch up on the wheelchair

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tennis action. Alfie Hewett for Britain missed out on a place for

:52:17.:52:23.

his first wheelchair finals against Gustavo Fernandez.

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Get your raquet! He's a terrific player.

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And Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji are playing Sunday morning live from

:52:39.:52:47.

11.00am. Alfie

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Gordon Reid were in action together. They were up begins Gustavo

:52:50.:53:01.

Fernandez and S harks ngo Kamida. And celebrating there. They are into

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the men's doubles final. That is live tomorrow morning on BBC Two.

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That is at 11.00am. We like to show you something

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different. If you come here to the outside court you get the chance to

:53:18.:53:24.

invite to the features doubles. But if you are in the audience watching

:53:25.:53:29.

you must be prepared for anything. So this guy has been owled from the

:53:30.:53:38.

crowd. Kim is saying you better wear whites. There is no chance!

:53:39.:53:44.

Honestly. Oh, my goodness. He got it on! No

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way! OK. Well now he has to step up. And the top, so now he is all in

:53:54.:53:58.

white. Kim is falling apart laughing! Here we go.

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Go on! Oh! That is a good effort. Kim gives him a big hug. I love

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that. Conchita matter he's on court as well. This is great.

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Right, now back to the sensible stuff. In the women's final Garbina

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Muguruza is up against Venus Williams and Annabelle Croft has

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been assessing the strengths and the weaknesses of both.

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Venus Williams brings out on to a tennis court incredible intimidation

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factor and aggression. What she has been doing well is standing on the

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baseline, taking the ball early, pummelling ground strokes into the

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corners. She has a fantastic serve. The most effective is the body

:54:52.:54:58.

serve. It clean bolded Johanna Konta several times during the course of

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the semi-finals. If there was a weakness, it could be the second

:55:03.:55:08.

serve that loses rhythm. When shoe Louis rhythm she goes up and down on

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the spot instead of reaching up. So it lands short enabling the opponent

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to step in and give the return a good crunch. The other weakness may

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be on the forehand wing. It was weaker but improved. You have to

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work hard to stay in the rallies, to stay with her to try to get the

:55:31.:55:35.

forehand to break down. Garbina Muguruza comes out on to the

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court with incredible aggress. One of the things she has done well is

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stand up on the baseline to take the ground strokes early. When you watch

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her return of serve she is inside the baseline, almost both feet off

:55:51.:55:54.

the ground taking the back feet return of serve, up in the air and

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trying to gain the initiative in the rally. Both sides are evil matched

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forehand and backhand with a very good serve. It is difficult to pick

:56:05.:56:09.

out the weaknesses but perhaps it is that she doesn't have the variety.

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If her game is on, it is on but if it is off, she can start to miss

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big. Both of the players come into the final having played six

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incredibly impressive matches. But it feels like Venus Williams' level

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is that little higher. They will both be aggressive. It will be about

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first-strike tennis. But I think Venus Williams feels like she owns

:56:32.:56:37.

the court. It is where she has had greatest successes in her career.

:56:38.:56:40.

She knows how to play the right shot at the right time on the scoreline.

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She will be very difficult to beat. It will be a sensational final.

:56:46.:56:49.

John, is America getting excited? They are getting more excited. It

:56:50.:56:53.

would have been nice to have Sam. But clearly they know more of Venus

:56:54.:56:58.

and her story, similar to Roger, doing well at a late stage. So it

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would be awesome. But thankful she is in the finals.

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Tim, it is extraordinary. You must be thinking of coming out of

:57:08.:57:14.

retirement soon? Oh... ! We know you are fit. You ran up here, barely out

:57:15.:57:23.

of breath? No, it will not happen. We marvel at Federer, Venus is older

:57:24.:57:27.

and playing just as well. Who do you think will win the

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Women's Final? Venus. She's had a tough tough time coming into the

:57:34.:57:37.

event. So to play as well as she has to get through to the final. I think

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that she will finish it off. 2.00pm start. John? She has had an

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incredible career. And she shows a new level after what happened a few

:57:50.:57:53.

weeks ago, before the tournament. You can argue it anyway but it feels

:57:54.:57:59.

like destiny. Venus Williams in three sets. I hope. It would be

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wonderful to have a good match. The Women's match have been great. So

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the weather forecast, bright start. Cloud in the middle of the day. The

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risk of a shower. The afternoon and evening should be dry with sunny

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spells. Temperatures in the highs of 21 Celsius. Now, time for the Shot

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of the Day. Who else could we give it to by Roger... Which one? You can

:58:27.:58:37.

talk us through. You clearly articulated that Roger makes even

:58:38.:58:41.

wonderful people feel inferior. That one! It is good enough for me. You

:58:42.:58:47.

hit what you think is a great swing and volley, to a court where you

:58:48.:58:52.

think no way can a guy cover it. There you go, back of the line.

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And Roger Federer is against Marin Cilic on Sunday. It will be a

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classic weekend. As we know, the best ones are the old ones. Thanks

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to Tim and John. We'll see you tomorrow.

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Clare Balding is your host for highlights of the day's play at Wimbledon. Clare and her guests from the world of tennis bring you the best of the action and all the crucial talking points from the men's semi-finals at SW19.