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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 July, 2003, 20:20 GMT 21:20 UK
Wimbledon diary: day 13
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Toast of Wimbledon

Peter Lundgren, coach of Roger Federer
"Forget the beer, can I put in an order for some champagne?"

If Roger Federer's coach looked more relaxed than expected as his charge neared a first Grand Slam title, we can reveal why.

Peter Lundgren took a breather after a tense first set and headed to the nearest bar, clutching a water bottle.

But it wasn't non-alcoholic refreshment the Swede was after - he asked the waitress to fill the bottle with beer.

When the waitress gave him a quizzical look, he explained that it probably would not look good on television if he was seen sipping from a pint glass.

German Spice

The Centre Court crowd got an early surprise on Sunday when Wimbledon legend Boris Becker strutted on to Centre Court for an interview with the BBC's Sue Barker.

Dressed in an eye-catching cream suit, it brought back memories of the Liverpool team's ill-advised decision to wear white in the build-up to the 1996 FA Cup final, prompting the nickname 'Spice Boys'.

Pat Cash, though, gave Becker a rather different moniker, comparing the spiky-haired German to a "troll doll".

Old Spice

The evergreen Martina Navratilova created another piece of history on Centre Court, equalling Billie Jean King's record of 20 Wimbledon titles by winning the mixed doubles.

The team that goes to the toilet together wins together
Martina Navratilova after she and Leander Paes took a toilet break together during the mixed doubles final

At 46, Navratilova became the oldest champion at the All England club, partnering Leander Paes.

And if she needed a reminder of her advancing years, Paes, a mere 30, provided it.

"I remember watching Martina here when I was seven or eight and it is an honour to share this moment on Centre Court," he said, prompting a sheepish look from his partner.

For the record, Paes was three when Navratilova won her first title at Wimbledon in 1976.

British title glory

Buster Mottram and Colin Dowdeswell could not give the home fans anything to cheer as they crashed out in the final of the 45 and over invitational doubles on Saturday.

But recalling the days prior to Tim Henman when he carried the ever-so-slim hopes of a nation, Jeremy Bates came up trumps on Sunday.

Bates and partner Nick Fullwood took the 35 and over doubles event with a straight sets win over America's Luke Jensen and Grant Donnelly.

Ah, the sweet smell of success.

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