He appears on the front page of The Times sports supplement this morning to pass on his congratulations to his friend Andy Murray:
"It is the late evening in Sardinia where I am having a small holiday and I have had a call saying that Andy Murray has reached the final of Wimbledon. I did not see the match, but I can only begin to imagine the emotions he must have been feeling. For Andy this is an amazing achievement. It is the home tournament.
To be in the final, to be playing against the best in history in Roger Federer,he has been fighting for this for a long time and now it has happened. I am very happy for him.To be in so many Wimbledon semi-finals and not be in the final - I am sorry that it was me who beat him on the last couple of occasions - is disappointing for him, but I knew that the chance would come again and that if it did come, he would take it."