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  • The Championships Wimbledon

  • The one match that people remember

  • very clearly, even before you became as great as youve become,

  • was when you beat Sampras at Wimbledonoutstanding 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 potentially

  • 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

  • and

  • it happens to be the holy grail of TennisWimbledon.

  • 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 matchFederer

  • 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 partnership and

  • and I think the players can profit from what a classy event and a brand Rolex is.

  • Another Rolex Rendezvous

The Championships Wimbledon

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    Furong Lai   posted on 2012/11/30
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