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The Championships Wimbledon
The one match that people remember
very clearly, even before
you became as great as you’ve become,
was when you beat Sampras at Wimbledon
– outstanding match, tell us about it.
Well, you have to imagine
Pete was my hero growing up,
so when I played Pete
at Wimbledon that year,
we walked on court together
and I remember I was so nervous.
I was shivering
walking on court, I was, I had cold hands,
there was this belief that I was
just hitting tennis balls with Pete.
But I knew that if
I found you know, a good start into the match,
who knows, I have a chance to win.
I believed in that I guessed,
all along and I ended up
winning 7-5 in the fifth set,
and it was my first Wimbledon
centre court appearance.
He’s done it! The Champion is out!
It was a big moment in my life
and I’m very proud of that I had
the chance to actually play against Pete.
was a big dream come true for me.
Two years later
you end up winning your first major
it happens to be the holy
grail of Tennis – Wimbledon.
The circumstances were tough
just because I knew that my
mental strength was very weak back then.
I, you know, sometimes lost matches
before I even walked on court.
And then when Wimbledon
got underway actually
I started to feel really good,
I had a good draw,
and then all of a sudden I think
in my third or fourth round
match my back completely
locked up on me.
I kind of came through that match,
I don’t know how,
and I was in the semis.
I played the most incredible match
against Roddick and then against,
in the finals, against Phillipoussis.
Game, set and match – Federer
It was just this perfect scenario
for me at the end after
having to fight through injury,
that opened the gate
unlocking my potential.
Only when I won my first Wimbledon did I feel
that things were really coming together.
I have many more which
love and I could talk hours about but
the first one was very, very special.
For me, obviously Wimbledon
is just perfection,
you know, everything that
the tournament does is you know,
I love it, you know.
Whether it’s the ivy on the wall,
whether it’s the perfect cut grass
I don’t know, it all just makes sense to me.
That’s what I really appreciate
about Wimbledon the most.
You just talked about
precision and perfection,
which is what Rolex embodies,
and that of course married to Wimbledon.
How good is that both for Wimbledon
and for tennis in general?
Well I think it’s wonderful
that a brand like Rolex
has stayed the partner of
the most important tournament
in the world for
such a long period of time
I mean, they embody both all the
grace and the excellence
And It’s subtle, it’s a nice
and I think the players can profit from what
a classy event and a brand Rolex is.
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