Show me you have the balls!
John McEnroe screamed that at me in the little locker room behind No 2 court at Wimbledon.
I had never heard anybody doubt my intensity before.
It was during a rain delay in the fourth round. David Goffin was up two sets to love on me. In my career, not only had I never come back from a 2-0 deficit, but I'd also never won a third set after losing the first two. This time, though, I scratched out a break and won the set before the rain started to fall.
I was crouching in Wimbledon's antique locker room when McEnroe lit into me. I returned to the court intent on sending a message. I came back to win and won 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
I felt an immense sense of relief. I felt that hurdle at that venue, was a turning point in my career.
My coaches, John and Carlos Moya, agreed. They both took me aside the next day and pointed out that my comeback victory could be a big turning point if I built from this momentum. I have had every intention of doing so since.
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