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Wimbledon Diary - Blake: Federer The GOAT, For Now

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Blake© Getty ImagesJames Blake says tennis is getting tougher physically.

ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at Wimbledon on the first Tuesday.

The GOAT, For Now
James Blake won his first match at Wimbledon in five years and talked about the changing nature of the men’s game, stating that it’s “going to towards a much tougher physically sport”. The 33-year-old American attributed the evolution to the advancements in training technology and shared his belief that players would continue to improve over time. 

Roger Federer, in my mind, is the greatest of all time right now, but in 10 years, whoever is No. 1 in the world at that time is the best at that time,” said Blake. “The game gets that much better. I think it's partly because the training gets a little more specific, a little bit tougher. Guys are able to handle things more than they used to. The games just get bigger, faster, stronger. You see it in every sport.”

Haas Still Dreaming Of Grand Slam Glory
At the age of 35, Tommy Haas refuses to let go of the dream of winning his first Grand Slam title. The German was tipped by countryman Michael Stich as the only player outside the Big Four who could win The Championships, and while Haas won’t let himself get carried away, he revealed on Tuesday he still harbours the dream of achieving major glory.

“Look, it's going to be tough,” said Haas. “It's nice words to hear from a fellow countryman who obviously achieved many, many great things on the court. But it's very tough. It's something I don't look forward to in my mind to really thinking that it might still be possible. 

“At the same time, you got to have dreams and goals. It's going to remain a goal for as long as I play this game. If you don't have that, what's really the point of still playing? So I'm just going to go out there every match that I need to play and give it my best, try to win, and then we'll see how far that takes me.”

Continuing A Coach’s Legacy
Following his first-round win, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic remembered his childhood coach, Jelena Gencic, and shared his hopes of carrying on her legacy by influencing future generations of tennis players.  

“At that time when I was growing up in Serbia, tennis was not really a popular sport, so she was the one that really has taught me a lot of nice things and gave me the right direction,” said the World No. 1 of Gencic, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 76. 

“I remember when I was growing up, up to age of 11, 12, I was doing the summer tennis camps that she had, especially in Kopaonik, this mountain resort where I grew up. By saying I want to sustain her legacy and continue doing what she was doing is eventually maybe one day have that summer camp, hopefully with international kids coming there and trying to find a new talent, find a new champion.” 

We Meet Again…
Feliciano Lopez backed up his win over Gilles Simon in last Saturday’s Aegon International final with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(11) win in their first-round match Tuesday. The Spaniard, a three-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist, saved six set points in the third set tie-break, won 92 per cent of his first service points and hit 21 aces to oust the 19th-seeded Simon. 

RowlingSpellbound
JK Rowling brought a bit of magic to the Royal Box on Tuesday, watching top seeds Djokovic and Serena Williams win their first-round matches. In addition to the Harry Potter author, a slew of celebrities have been seen at SW19 through the first two days of The Championships, including actors Dominic West and Matthew Morrison, Downton Abbey actresses Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael, Pippa and James Middleton, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Princess Michael of Kent, golfers Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els, model Naomi Campbell and singer Nicole Scherzinger.

- --- -- .- ... / - .-- . . - ... (Tomas Tweets)
Czech Tomas Berdych gave his Twitter followers an interesting challenge, sending a couple Tweets in Morse code: 

Translations?  
“I wish you good night”
“Have a fun with the Morse code”

Tweet Of The Day
Andy Murray had this response for a fan who Tweeted him following Serena Williams’ win.

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