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July 6, 2014
N. RUBIN/S. Kozlov
6/4, 4/6, 6/3
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† How does it sound, Wimbledon champion?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† It's great to be here in front of you all.¬† It was almost surreal, but hopefully it will kick in in the next couple of days.¬† Right now I just don't want to cramp in front of you guys (smiling).
Q.¬† Went three sets.¬† It was a tough one.
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Yeah, I had my opportunities in the second.¬† Got the early break.¬† But Stefan is obviously a very good competer, very good player, everybody knows of him.
I just had to keep focused and keep it going.¬† Kind of laid off the gas a little bit.¬† Thank God got it back into a third and got the mid‑set break and kept holding and holding, so it was good.
Q.¬† What was your impression of playing on Court1?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Didn't expect it to be that packed.¬† I actually thought nobody was going to come out to the match, but that was not the case.¬† They were all very enthusiastic to be out there.
Kind of got the crowd into it a little bit.¬† Just the atmosphere was unbelievable.
Q.¬† You know they sell tickets for that match.
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Really?¬† People paid to watch me?¬† Interesting (smiling).
Q.¬† When you came in here ‑ we talked earlier in the week; you were a qualifier ‑ did you ever think in your wildest dreams you could be sitting here as junior Wimbledon champion?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Yeah, I mean, nothing said I couldn't be here.¬† I believe in my competitiveness, my mental capability, and speed.¬† I don't see why not.
But I wasn't thinking ahead to this.¬† I wasn't at all.¬† First‑round quallies, playing a big server that day, I was thinking I could possibly lose the first round of qualifying.
It was just point by point, match by match.¬† Eight matches later, this is where I am.
Q.¬† You haven't had much luck on the grass the last few times you tried it.¬† This year, just experience?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† The first year was a tough year.¬† It wasn't the best tennis I was playing. ¬†Last year I was playing a very good player in Luke Bambridge, big server, 9‑7 in the third I want to say.¬† Anything could have happened in that match.
You know, it's persistence.¬† It thrives sometimes.¬† That's why we're here.
Q.¬† What did you learn about yourself this week?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Just believe in yourself and get out there and never give up.¬† I don't know.¬† Believe that I could basically do anything I want if I really put my mind to it.¬† Truly believe that every time I step on the court that I'm going to win that match, so...
Q.¬† Did you at all learn maybe that you shouldn't rush yourself?¬† You thought you were going to go away totally from the juniors last year.¬† Now you came back and look at the surprise you have.
NOAH RUBIN:¬† It is a great feeling to be out here winning the tournament, but this doesn't change anything.¬† This doesn't say I made the right decision.
I had a great tournament and that's why I'm here.¬† But if I didn't win this tournament, let's say I played futures, maybe that was the right path to take.¬† So who knows what could have happened.
Q.¬† Why are you so hesitant to say this was a good move?¬† Seems like it was.
NOAH RUBIN:¬† It's a great tournament.¬† I can't say anything.¬† I played well.¬† But, I mean, who knows what could have happened if I had taken any other path.¬† You never know, so should play every match.
Q.¬† Which one of you brought the flag?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Stefan brought the flag.¬† It was as I was holding the trophy.¬† He said, I have a flag, I have a flag.¬† I was like, Dig it out.¬† It's been a long time since and all‑American final, so might as well support.
Q.¬† Did you sense the significance of that, that there were two of you guys out there?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† At the end when we were holding the American flag, I was like, This is pretty special.¬† Hopefully we'll keep rising together and none of us will fall off, and just we'll as a group get to the top and show the results America wants.
Q.¬† Do you know the last time two Americans in the final?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† 1977.
Q.¬† How hard was it for you to play against a close friend of yours?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† I mean, we don't really play too often.¬† I guess you could ask Federer and Djokovic about that, I'm sure.¬† They play each other much more often.
We know each other for so long now.¬† We both wanted it.¬† Nothing changed by that.¬† We're not going to be all in each other's faces at all or stuff like that.
I don't see any difference.¬† We just know each other well.¬† At the end, just a couple hugs and we're all better.
Q.¬† You seemed to switch that off pretty quickly.
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Yeah, it's the atmosphere.¬† You can't not let it get to you.¬† I expect him to do it.¬† I expect myself to do it.¬† You see Federer and Djokovic do it.¬† It's no difference.
But, yeah, you got to get out there.¬† You switch it off pretty quick.¬† I was a little surprised how quickly, but we were just both exhausted.¬† It's been a long week, and it was nice to see him be civil at the end and have him there.
Q.¬† How many towels are you leaving with?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Eight.¬† It's got to be eight.¬† The rain delay, then two today.¬† Somewhere around there.¬† A couple family members.
Q.¬† You seemed reluctant to do the victory lap.
NOAH RUBIN:¬† We were both a little confused like that.¬† I didn't know if that was a tradition or not.¬† I didn't want to break any traditions here, so I just followed their rules.
Q.¬† Did you invite him to come with you?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Yeah, they told me to go.¬† I was like, Stefan, let's go.¬† Let's do it together.¬† I thought it was interesting, but it was good.
Q.¬† 3‑All, you were trying to get the crowd behind you.
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Love‑30, something like that, and they started clapping a little bit.¬† I got little excited.¬† Nothing against Stefan at all.¬† I just felt the crowd at that moment.
You know, nothing you can do.¬† It's a great atmosphere.¬† So much tradition behind this tournament.¬† Nothing you can do about it, so...
Q.¬† Was it distracting at all when the tiebreaker in the men's match was going on?¬† Could you hear the people outside?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† It actually worked out pretty well.¬† It was probably between points.¬† Nothing crazy.¬† In the middle of points, so nothing.
Q.¬† The chair umpire at one point asked people to calm down, and it wasn't the people that were on Court1 that were getting all excited.¬† That didn't enter into it?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† No, didn't affect me.¬† I think it worked out pretty well.¬† The chair umpire was very good about it.¬† Everybody was pretty good about quieting down when they needed to.¬† I think it worked out pretty well.
Q.¬† Who all have you called or talked to?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Grandparents, my coach, my girlfriend, my mom.¬† You name it, it's been called.
Q.¬† Who was here with you in the stands today?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† My father.¬† Yeah, my father.¬† That's it.¬† My girlfriend was here.¬† She left on Friday after the quarterfinals, so...
Q.¬† What's the schedule from here for the summer?¬† Are you going to play Kalamazoo?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† I have one future in America in Godfrey.¬† Illinois, a little different atmosphere.¬† And then Kalamazoo.
Q.¬† Have you heard from any other players this week?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Talking about the junior players?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† I don't know.¬† Nothing great.¬† Just, Good job; keep it up.
In the boys juniors, I find most of us, we're friends, so it's just cheering each other on.¬† There's a few outliers there, but for the most part we're supporting each other.
Q.¬† Have the seniors said anything to you?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Not really.¬† No, I mean, I'm fine with it, but it would have been nice.¬† Maybe at the dinner tonight.
Q.¬† How about John?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† John, I got a couple texts from him.¬† It's good to hear from him.¬† I mean, he is John McEnroe, so...
Q.¬† What does the next couple weeks hold in store for you?¬† When is the future?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† I get home and I have a week, I want to say, then I get out there, so...
Basically take a week off and then get out there.
Q.¬† Plans for your week off?¬† What do you expect the reception to be back in the U.S.?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† A hug from my parents, besides my father, grandparents.¬† A nice dinner would be nice.¬† See my girlfriend.¬† Don't ask for too much here.
Q.¬† Your two weeks here in London, how do you sum it up?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† You know, I didn't expect much coming into these tournaments.¬† Just wanted to get out here and enjoy myself.¬† Haven't had the greatest results in the past, as people know.
It's one of my final junior tournaments, so it's nice to have this under my belt.¬† I'll always remember this time.¬† Hopefully be back in the seniors shortly, so...
Q.¬† Who are you rooting for in the men's final?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Sorry, Djokovic, he's a great guy, but I do want Federer.¬† Djokovic is an unbelievable tennis player, but it would be really nice to see Federer take this one.
Q.¬† As you say, you didn't do so well in the other tournaments.¬† What do you credit this year being so successful?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† I mean, I want to say experience.¬† I've just been out here for so long now.¬† Besides the Australian, it's been my third year at all the slams.¬† I think I know what it takes just on and off the court to be professional and take care of business and do what I need to do to give myself the best chance to win, so...
Q.¬† You played eight matches.¬† Have you done anything that like qualifies as London?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Oh, actually have not had time for that.¬† I see my girlfriend posting pictures of London.¬† Have you been anywhere?¬† No, I've just been trying to do my best at the tournament.
I have the past couple years.¬† Changing of the guards and Big Ben, all the usual things that makes London London.
Q.¬† Does this change any future plans?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† Absolutely nothing.¬† Just a smile on my face.
Q.¬† Do you leave the trophy at home or take it off to college with you?
NOAH RUBIN:¬† I think I'm going to leave it at home.¬† I don't trust those college kids up there.
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