It's a grand one, reaching the World Cup final has eluded some of their best players in recent history, the poster-boys for those who will take to the pitch of Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium in an epic second semi-final showdown on Wednesday.
The All England Club has come under increasing pressure to rethink its 2pm (1300GMT) start time for Sunday's men's singles final with the football showpiece in Moscow kicking off at 4pm in the United Kingdom (1500GMT).
The bloody days of civil war are long gone; the children with fractured innocence are now carrying the flag of Croatia in the World Cup semifinal.
The Centre Court showpiece is now slated for 2pm GMT on Sunday, meaning it would be highly likely to clash with the World Cup final, which will also feature one of France or Belgium, who contest the other last-four tie, kicking off at 4pm.
"Yesterday and today I would have experienced the same feelings towards me, if I were in your place", said Fedor Smolov, sharing the blame for the quarter-final defeat in which he missed a penalty against Croatia. "We have two matches to play and we are very motivated".
"If you're asking me a question in a one-off final can we do it?" "I'm not sure how it affected him. We should continue to show that belief against Croatia - we've got a real chance". "To even think about the fact it's one game to the final is exciting and we want to grab it with both hands".
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A New Jersey man who went into a river fishing for crabs returned with something else entirely: a deadly bacterial infection. Perez is in good spirits. "That's why they do use boots - people use boots and covers to protect themselves", said Dilena.
Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup. "We need to keep going game by game".
"I have met Gareth Southgate, he's a great guy. I have known Eric since he was a teenager".
Ten years ago, Nadal triumphed over his great rival in a five-set epic which ended at 9.16pm (2016GMT).
"In four years' time in Qatar we will be better", Cherchesov added, referring to the next World Cup tournament.
"We did win. Most importantly, they won for us, for the whole country".
"We have to pay attention to those details and hopefully we'll do better than we did against Russian Federation in that way".