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Federer Facing Djokovic In Wimbledon Men's Singles Final; England Facing New Zealand In Cricket World Cup Final; Macron Marks July 14 With European Show Of Force; ICE Agents Began Targeting Immigrants; Halep Beats Williams To Clinch First Wimbledon Crown; Serena Williams: My Fight For Equality Ends "In My Grave"; Daily Mail: Leaked Cables Show British Ambassador Said Trump Ditched Iran Deal To Spite Obama; Scientists: Mangroves Crucial To Helping Cool Warning Planet. Aired 11-12p ET

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[11:00:00] UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's a special moment to be a life member and this club it's awesome and I'm really proud of it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was amazing. We just batter them and we're going to batter them again in the final.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's fantastic. Yes, yes, we have a good spanking really, didn't we?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They're off against New Zealand's who like England have never won this trophy before.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's Louis' home race and his second. He's usually always onboard position for this race though he's not going to like that at

all.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: -- which for many people within most sports talked about as their favorite on the calendar.

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BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Well, if you can meet with triumph and disaster and meet those two impostors just the same. You're in

for a real treat this hour as we cover three thrilling world championships at Lord's, Silverstone, and Wimbledon. I'm Becky Anderson, you're watching

CONNECT THE WORLD.

It is bang-on 7:00 p.m. here in the UAE. Time, in other words, to get cracking. It is a summer sports bonanza as three of the world's best-known

championships collide. Right now tennis superstars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are slamming it out for the men's singles title at Wimbledon.

Meantime, England and New Zealand battled for the Cricket World Cup. It's England's first shot at the title in 27 years. Blasting noise, the color

and the thrill, Formula One races to an exciting finish as Lewis Hamilton crosses the finish line to claim a sixth British Grand Prix win.

Tens of millions of people all over the world watching these events and we are covering them for you right here. A smorgasbord of sports then for you

folks, CNN all over the action, Alex Thomas covering the Cricket World Cup at London's Lord's known as the very home of Cricket itself, Christina

Macfarlane is live from the All England Club in SW19.

And we'll start with you, Christina. Two titans of the game slugging it out on Centre Court. Who's got the upper hand at this point?

CHRISTINA MACFARLANE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Well, as the tough ones are cool right now, Becky. As you say, it has been a real Clash of the

Titans here. And as expected, an epic battle unfolding on Centre Court just behind me. We thought Djokovic would have the edge in this and be the

favorite but right now it's been a game of really tiny margins and frankly, there is not much in it as things stand.

Djokovic took the early first set in a tie-break 7-6 but then he seemed to lose momentum letting Federer get back into the game and absolutely trout

him in the second set 6-1. Currently, as I speak we're into the third set. It is 4-3 to Federer at the moment and there's a real battle of wills

playing out in this 16th grand slam final these two have played against each other.

Let's remember, we're watching two superstars of sport go at it here not just tennis. And at this stage in their careers Becky they are fighting to

be the GOAT, to be the greatest of all time. We know that Federer currently leads that with 20 grand slams. And if Djokovic wins today, he

will be within four of matching that.

When you consider Federer is 37, five years older than Djokovic, I think there is a slightly more urgency for Federer to win this Grand Slam today,

and if he does he'll become the oldest Grand Slam champion in history. So history on both sides right now, it's really tough to tell which way it's

gonna go.

ANDERSON: Djokovic never more dangerous than when the crowd is against him or at least he perceives that he's not the favored one as it were. Federer

is a favorite we know at Wimbledon. How is that crowd this afternoon?

MACFARLANE: Yes, that's very astute, Becky. It's a good point because actually we who follow tennis always know that Djokovic does get rather

touchy when the crowd are not in his corner. And there's about 15,000 here in the stadium behind me, majority of them of course on Federer side. He

is absolutely loved here. You don't get eight Wimbledon titles without getting a massive following around the world.

So keys to the game I think, Becky, to watch out for as we head into this third set. Whether or not federal can keep his serve, it has been

phenomenal for him throughout this tournament. He got 11 aces against Nadal in the semi-final. He's had eight aces so far already in this game.

But as we all know, Djokovic is the human backboard as John McEnroe called him. He gets absolutely everything back. Now if he begins to falter on

that or as you say the crowd begins to really go against him, well we could see it slip away from him here, but at the moment it's also playful.

[11:05:13] ANDERSON: Stick with it. We're going to get back to you a little later in the show. Thank you. Alex, the weather behaving itself

for the tennis final. It was though a damp start to the day. The cloud so have lifted in England chasing a competitive target set by New Zealand, a

quality day at Lord's?

ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Yes. Rain did delay the start of play by around 15 minutes and not very much, Becky. And perhaps you wouldn't

expect anything less from an English summer the way it's been going. But Cricket has been very competitive, quite hard to tell who has the upper

hand, probably slightly England.

And that's because they managed to restrict New Zealand for just 241 runs from their 50 overs which in this modern era of Twenty20 cricket, even

shorter and more crash bang wallop than the 50 over one day game they're playing at this Cricket World Cup final behind me means that we had

predicted scores of maybe around 500 runs per innings at this world cup.

That never materialized but no one scored about 400 in this tournaments and maybe the pressure and caginess and that competitiveness even with

countries like Bangladesh and Afghanistan challenging big boys shows that they've had to use their crippling brains as much as their cricketing

brawn.

Jason Roy, one of England's most destructive batsmen is the only one to fall so far this England's reply as they try and chase those 242 runs to

lift the Cricket World Cup trophy for the first time. That was a huge scout when you Zealand have come out and bowled exceptionally well right

from the start, helped by the conditions, quite warm and muggy sun going in and out.

That means the ball moves through the air moves off the pitch as well, not like baseball where the ball just goes direct to the -- to the batter.

This is pretty tough for the batsman to read. They're going to have to play their way into contention. We are set for an exciting finish here at

Lord's, the home of Cricket. We know that no matter what happens there will be a new name on the trophy.

Neither New Zealand nor England have ever won this before. The Kiwis came so close four years ago losing in the final to hosts Australia. England

haven't been here as he mentioned since 1992. They've lost three finals already. It will be a huge shame for them if they lost another.

ANDERSON: Absolutely. Alex, we all know that Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world. Most Americans though -- and I've talked to

loads and I'm sure you have, have no idea how it's played. If you're one of those viewers out there by the way and you need a refresher, and you're

too afraid to ask your Cricket fans as you should be, we have got you an explainer at cnn.com so do use that

Alex, the idea of this event was to raise the game globally. As we take a sort of step back and look at the tournament across the board, how did they

got on?

THOMAS: They've done pretty well. They released some figures this week saying that in terms of digital and online interactions it's been a record

breaker. But then of course, we're still in the age where the Internet era is still growing so new records are being set all the time.

There was a feeling here in England that as they host the tournament for the first time since the last century, actually, it was a huge chance for

the sport to raise its profile. They've got a massive boost around 14 years ago when England's regained the ashes than a test match series

against Australia. That's when matches last five days, not a whole day, or even two or three hours like the Twenty20 game.

But nonetheless, it feels like England's and English Cricket didn't really help continue to grow it. If they win here, suddenly you get players like

you know, Chris Woakes or Mark Woodley and Plunkett Adil Rashid who only cricket fans know, maybe they'll become more household names in terms of

wider sports fans and beyond here in the U.K. and further afield.

ANDERSON: We've been calling this a smorgasbord of sport -- of sports guys today. I mean, a wonderful day for London, for the City of London, and

with the F1 just 100 miles or so up the road to the west. The British Grand Prix, of course, makes it an even better day. Whatever the outcome

of course, Christina at Wimbledon, CNN is going to get you the results firsthand. We'll be back with you later on this hour.

And you can get all your tennis news at cnn.com/sport including a CNN World Sport exclusive interview with the legend himself.

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ROGER FEDERER, TENNIS PLAYER: I need to make sure that my children remember what normal is because their life is not normal.

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ANDERSON: Not only that. He also opens up about a life-changing kiss. That's only at cnn.com/sport. His match against Djokovic, of course,

ongoing. It's -- well, it's a cracker and we'll get more from Christina at the bottom of the hour for you.

The Los Angeles Lakers introduced their new star player on Saturday bringing up Anthony Davis to unveil his new jersey in Lakers, yellow.

Davis says he is excited to play alongside his good friend and new teammate LeBron James. He was not expecting to find out about it the way he did.

Have a listen to this.

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[11:10:35] ANTHONY DAVIS, NBA PLAYER: I was watching a movie -- I'm watching a movie and my agent call me and you know, in the middle of a

movie, I don't like to answer phones and text, I'll call them later. Then he call me again so I did kind of like hit it like, all right. And then

I'm like wait, let me call him back. So when I call him back, it went straight to voicemail.

So as me being a 26-year old, I went straight to Instagram to start looking and that's when I saw it and I'm like, oh man. I mean, I'm blowing his

phone up now and you know, we finally talked and just kind of you know, figure out what happened.

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ANDERSON: Brilliant. Well, from the spectacle of sports to incredible things on the streets of Paris. European leaders descended on the city of

lights for France's July 14th commemorations. You might know that is Bastille Day. President Emmanuel Macron wanted to show off a Europe ready

and capable of defending itself. Have a look at these stunning images.

Jim Bittermann joining us now from Paris close to the famous (INAUDIBLE). Jim?

JIM BITTERMANN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Becky, yes, we're here. This -- the parade over. It was about five hours ago that it ended

and we're here at Les Invalides where the French military has put on a big display of all of its equipment to sort of interact with the civilian

population. And we've got helicopters and tanks and every piece of equipment that was in the parade here on display and the civilians can come

and take a look and see what's inside and maybe do some little recruiting along the way.

I want to bring into the picture here, Becky, Captain Jerome. We don't use last names with the French military so Captain Jerome from the fifth

helicopter -- combat helicopter regiment and based in Pau, France.

CAPTAINE JEROME, 5TH REGIMENT OF COMBAT HELICOPTER: Yes, exactly.

BITTERMANN: So Captain Jerome, tell me a little bit about what it feels like to be part of a Bastille Day from the perspective of a military man.

JEROME: Yes, I'm a pilot of helicopter and it's an honor today to be in Paris for the Bastille Day and to be in Les Invalides to speak with a

civilian to explain how our job, our helicopter, our materials, to meet people, and to make vacations maybe for young people. So it's a very

important day for military and French people today to speak and to exchange.

BITTERMANN: Do you feel like the French people support the military? Are they behind the military?

JEROME: Yes, we think we can move -- sorry, they can say this today because when we speak with civilian people, we have a good conversation,

they understand our jobs, they understand the capability of French army, and so they are very proud and think of French army.

BITTERMANN: So this is not only a chance for you to meet the civility but also a chance to recruit because I mean, I would think in a sense, you've

got probably young people come up to you --

JEROME: Yes, exactly.

BITTERMANN: -- and says, I want to be a pilot too.

JEROME: Yes, I wanted to be a pilot. When I was younger, I meet pilots in a meeting and so today it's an honor for me to be a military pilot in the

French army -- for a French army first, so it's an honor to speak with young people and explain our job because maybe in two years they will

become military pilot or with all different specialties in the French army because there are a lot of specialities.

BITTERMANN: You're still a young guy 29 years old.

[11:15:01] JEROME: Yes, yes.

BITTERMANN: What's it feel like coming into Paris in a helicopter? That's so rare. You're probably one of the few pilots that can say that they

landed in the center of Paris.

JERONE: Yes. It's exceptional. It's amazing because we can fly over Paris and we land just after the parade and go back to Les Invalides this

afternoon. So it's amazing for all the military pilots to fly over Paris and in the most beautiful venue of the world I think the (INAUDIBLE). So I

we are very proud and it's an honor for us

BITTERMANN: Yes. I would think that being part of the -- also part of the parade with the idea of a whole -- the army, the forces -- the mobile --

the Armed Forces on the ground as well as the helicopters, as well as the jets, as well as everything, part of you feel like you're part of a bigger

system, a bigger --

JEROME: Yes. Good -- an important organization to be a part of the parade. And the organization is helicopters, aircraft, all the people on

the ground as a different (INAUDIBLE) different materials. So there's a lot of briefing to the organization of this day.

BITTERMANN: OK, Captain Jerome, thank you very much.

JEROME: Thank you to you. Thank you. Pleasure.

BITTERMANN: OK, OK, good flight on the way back. Becky, back to you.

ANDERSON: Jim Bittermann in Paris for you, folks. Well, from commemorations there to what is becoming somewhat of a summer of discontent

-- let me do that again -- summer of discontent in Hong Kong. Protesters gathered in the Sha Tin District trying to spread their pro-democracy

message across several towns. Outside the city's main island, some scuffles did break out but the rally has been mostly peaceful.

Undocumented immigrants in the United States are bracing for the worse as federal agents begin deporting thousands of people. We are in Chicago for

you, where a woman has had no choice but to take refuge inside a church.

Later this hour, new bombshell report about the U.S. President and the nuclear deal. The source, Britain's former ambassador to the United

States. And --

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ANDERSON: The excrete, it's a salt.

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ANDERSON: It's really salty.

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ANDERSON: How this salty swampy tree is tackling the climate crisis. We venture into Abu Dhabi's mangrove forests. That's next.

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[11:20:00] DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We're going to take people out and they're going to bring them back to their countries or

they're going to take criminals out, put them in prison, or put them in prison in the countries they came from. We're focused on criminals as much

as we can before we do anything else.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How many? How many?

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ANDERSON: Right now millions of people living illegally in United States are bracing for the worst. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE

agents are beginning raids on at least nine cities. They are targeting 2,000 people who have outstanding deportation orders.

Now, weeks ago President Trump had warned these raids were imminent. U.S. citizens have been protesting in cities across the country. Activists and

local leaders have been trying to educate people on their legal rights if agents were to show up at their door.

Well, you heard the president say the focus right now is on criminals but entering the United States illegally is a crime. So who exactly are they

talking about here. Well, the Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spoke to CNN's Jake Tapper. Have listen.

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JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST: Who is going to be targeted? Because obviously, I don't think there's anybody that really would object to dangerous

criminals, MS-13.

KEN CUCCINELLI, ACTING DIRECTOR, U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES: Well, let's start there. That remains the priority for ICE.

TAPPER: So when they go out today, that's who they're going to go after.

CUCCINELLI: That's still the priority that what we --

TAPPER: Today it's a priority?

CUCCINELLI: Let me finish, Jake. What we keep saying is that will not be the exclusive limit of any operation. So everybody understands, coming

across the border illegally is a crime.

TAPPER: Right.

CUCCINELLI: That's the confusion you're trying to clear up. When we talk about prioritization for removal, we're not utilizing that. We're using

other crimes you would normally think of.

TAPPER: You mean dangerous crimes.

CUCCINELLI: Yes.

TAPPER: OK.

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ANDERSON: All right. Well, churches have provided some refuge for those who may be -- may be targeted. Rosa Flores is outside a church in Chicago

where one woman has been sheltering for two years. Rosa, what's her story?

ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, we've been following her story since 2017. That's when she walked into these doors that stay locked, you

can see of this church which really looks like a storefront in the heart, in the center of the Puerto Rican community here in Chicago, and she has

not exited since then.

And even though she is in sanctuary in this church, she is technically not in hiding because take a look at this picture. This is a newspaper article

with her photograph saying "La Decision Imposible," "the impossible decision." Well now her decision to stay in sanctuary has turned into an

excruciating wait for perhaps ICE to knock on her door.

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FLORES: Francisca Lino has lived in Chicago for some 20 years. She is the mom of four U.S. citizens who she raised in the outskirts of town. But for

the past two years, Lino has lived inside a church away from her family and hoping to not be deported.

Lino who is undocumented says she gets in a panic thinking about getting pulled away and stashed in overcrowded detention facilities she has seen on

the news. She took sanctuary in this church, a place federal agents typically avoid raiding.

FRANCISCA LINO, UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT: Do you have a plan if there is a raid here in this church?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.

FLORES: But now she's worried that it could all come to an end this weekend when planned ICE raids and cities across the country including

Chicago are set to begin. For more than a decade, a time span covering administrations of both parties, Lino checked in with immigration officials

twice a year and there was never any issue until Donald Trump took office. CNN was there in 2017 the morning of her first check in during the Trump

era.

LINO: That brings me a lot of fear.

FLORES: It was an emotional affair for her entire family. First, an immigration agent told her she could stay for another year.

LINO (through translator): I feel very happy because I was given another year.

FLORES: And then --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sir, cameras away from the building.

FLORES: Her joy turned to heartbreak when she was asked to return to the Federal Building in four months with her bags packed in a one-way ticket

out of the country. Her daughter became physically ill.

You were having a panic attack upstairs?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I couldn't breathe. I was choked up. I couldn't talk.

FLORES: Lino says that's what hurts were the most about being hunkered down these last couple of years, is not being able to simply hug her

daughter's outside of this church especially when they needed their mom, and that's something she may never do again on U.S. soil come this weekend.

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[11:25:11] Flores: Now, there are two things that give Lino some hope. First of all, these doors that I was showing you before have never been

busted by ICE even though people have been in sanctuary in this church before. And then Becky, the other thing is the mayor of this city, Mayor

Lori Lightfoot announced that CPD, the police force here, will not be helping immigration during those raids. Becky?

ANDERSON: Fascinating. Rosa, thank you for that. Well, we mentioned local leaders and activists have been educating people on their rights

under U.S. law in case of a raid, Rosa, Hillary Clinton and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been tweeting guidelines as well. What rights do immigrants

have if they are in this situation?

FLORES: You know, advocates all across this country, Becky, have been trying to educate undocumented immigrants about those rights. They've been

holding what are called: Know Your Rights Workshops. They're even posting Flyers on light posts. I believe we have pictures of those. Letting

people know that they do not have to answer the door if ICE comes knocking.

They can ask for a warrant and if that warrant is indeed available, then they can -- the ICE agent can slip the warrant under the door. Then

according to these advocates, they recommend that immigrants check that warrant for the name, it has to be correct, the address has to be correct

before they open the door.

And then of course finally, they always have the right to call an attorney before they open that door to make sure that whatever is going on with that

ICE agent, that their civil rights are not being violated. Becky?

ANDERSON: Sure. Rosa Flores on the story for you there in Chicago. Thank you. High ranking Democrats have been touring border facilities in

decrying inhuman -- inhumane conditions, overcrowding, disease, and a lack of access to showers, or toothbrushes, lights on 24 hours a day. Vice

President Mike Pence has become the highest ranking member of the Trump administration to see conditions firsthand.

You can hear people shouting "no shower." Pence saw the overcrowded conditions facing migrant adults and children as he toured two facilities

in Donna and McAllen in Texas. Well, after his tour. Vice-President caught up with CNN. He appeared to dodge Pam Brown's question on what would

happen to children during these ICE raids. Have a listen.

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PAMELA BROWN, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: What happens if the child is at daycare or at summer camp, the parent is arrested. Is that child going to

go home to an empty house? What's going to happen?

MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT, UNITED STATES: Pamela, I am very confident that the American people recognize that the way forward to deal with this

crisis of illegal immigration is to enforce our laws and enforcing court- ordered deportation orders.

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ANDERSON: Well, that's Mike Pence speaking. Now, the most obvious historical parallel President Trump's attempt to deport migrants or

immigrants on mass is an operation that happened in the 1950s. CNN's Maeve Reston takes a look for you.

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TRUMP: Dwight Eisenhower moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country. We have no choice.

MAEVE RESTON, CNN NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER: What Donald Trump is referring to his Operation Wetback. Yes, that was its official name. In

1954, the Border Patrol was ordered to round up and deport every undocumented Mexican immigrant they could find from San Diego to

Brownsville Texas. That was over 60 years ago. There aren't many witnesses left but we found two men from opposite sides of the line who saw

this play out.

TEXT: They got me at work. From work, they took me to Fresno.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If it was a well-known farmer, a well-known hire of illegal aliens, we'll go in with a bus.

RESTON: OK.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And a half dozen of us then would go to the field.

[11:30:00] RESTON: OK, you would then, you would question workers in the field.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We would catch the workers. Some of them we didn't have to question. They just drop their sack or hoe and come in and all

that, they just give up.

TEXT: They told us "We're going to remove you. You're going far away. To your homeland.

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ANDERSON: Operation wetback, back in the day. We'll take a very short break. Back after this.

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ANDERSON: Right, you're back with CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Becky Anderson. If you are a sports fan, England is where you want to be. This weekend, we

have been following a trifecta of championships.

For you today, the Cricket World Cup underway right now as England and New Zealand go head to head at the home of cricket, that's Lourdes in London.

The British Grand Prix just saw Lewis Hamilton, first, over the finish line. And right now, tennis greats, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

battling for the men's singles title at Wimbledon.

Christina Macfarlane is there. And this, Christina, was always going to be a tight game given the quality of these two players. But judging by the

current score, it seems it's anyone's game.

[11:34:46] MACFARLANE: That's right, Becky, we really are going the distance here on Centre Court, after the women's final lasted only one hour

yesterday.

This two hours and 15 minutes we are just into the fourth set. And as you say, it is a game of small margins. They're really is not much in it. We

saw Djokovic come out, win the first sets in a tie-break. But any lost momentum, Federer came back and trounced him in the second, 6-1. But now,

the pendulum has swung back again. Djokovic has taken the 3rd and we are into the fourth set.

As you mentioned, we always knew this was going to be an epic battle. This is the16th time these two have faced each other in a Grand Slam final. And

we're seeing two superstars of sport here, Becky, not just of tennis. These guys are the golden generation alongside Rafa Nadal. And we should

really enjoy this moment because we're not going to get to see too many more occasions like this.

At point, in their careers, they are battling to become the greatest of all time. As you know, Becky, Federer out there on 20 grand slams. But if it

Djokovic wins today, he will come within four of matching that title. And Federer, of course, 37 years old, 5 years older than Djokovic.

Well, it's become a little bit more urgent for him now to get into these moments and to win big on the big stage. As he is, of course, if he wins

today going to be the oldest Grand Slam champion in history.

But right now, really is all in the balance. I have to admit, I interviewed Federer about five years ago and at that time we were asking

him whether -- well, how long he was going to go on and whether this might have been his last tournament at Wimbledon. I mean this is, at least, five

years ago -- if not six. Look, you know, and the rest is history, of course.

The women's final Saturday not quite the spectacle we were expecting. It's certainly not in time in terms of how long the match took, a clinical

thumping is perhaps how you might best describe the win by Simona Halep, right?

MACFARLANE: Yes, that's pretty accurate. I mean, I think we're all still coming to terms here with what exactly happened yesterday. The 23-time

grand slam champion taken apart dismantled in 56 minutes.

You know, she was going or trying to equal the all-time record of 24 grand slam. She was paying Simona Halep, who had only beaten her once in 10

attempts against Serena. We thought the magnitude of the occasion might overwhelm the American.

And I think, Becky, that is what happened yesterday who seemed nervous at times, she mentally never really settled during the game and she made too

many errors, 26 unforced errors.

And as for Halep, well, she played out of her skin. She said it was the best game of her life. And I actually have a chance to catch up with her

afterwards, and I asked her, how she managed to play that game? And she said it was by ignoring the fact that across the net from her was a seven-

time champion. Take a listen.

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MACFARLANE: Simona, congratulations. You not only won your first Wimbledon title but you outclassed one of the greatest players in women's

tennis. Was there a moment during that game that you realized and took stock just how well you were playing? And how did it feel to stand there

at match point?

SIMONA HALEP, CHAMPION, 2019 WIMBLEDON WOMEN'S SINGLES: I didn't think about that at all. Because I didn't want to leave, you know, any seconds

to put her back on the -- on the game. So, I just wanted to be 100 percent for every ball I play. I was confident, I was relaxed that I have my

chance. And I really believe that there is a possibility to win it.

MACFARLANE: This wasn't just your dream to win Wimbledon. It was your mother's dream as well. What did you say to her after your win? And how

does it feel now to be a lifetime member of the All England Club?

HALEP: It's a special moment to be a life member in this club. It's awesome and I'm really proud of it. About my mom, we just hugged each

other. We didn't talk because she was in tears. So, we will talk, we will have time to talk.

MACFARLANE: OK, congratulations again.

HALEP: Thank you.

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MACFARLANE: So, as Simona Halep becoming Romania's first-ever Wimbledon champion, but the bigger question remaining for tennis' Becky is what is

Serena Williams going to do next? How is this going to affect her psychologically as we head to the U.S. Open in just under six weeks from

now?

ANDERSON: On her narrative, Serena's narrative was about her performance and her activism yesterday after her loss in that final. I just want our

viewers to have a listen to part of what she said.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Serena, sorry, this is kind of a negative one to end on. But they've been a few comments made in the last couple of weeks from

people like Billie Jean King that maybe you should stop being a celebrity for a year and stop fighting for equality and focus on tennis. How do you

respond to that?

SERENA WILLIAMS, PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER: Well, the day I stopped fighting for equality, and for people like that look like you and me, be

the day I'm in my grave.

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ANDERSON: Serena Williams, Christina, not backing down from the campaigning she does off the court And I think there'll be many people out

there who will say, good for you, Serena, right?

MACFARLANE: Yes, and I think I'm one of them. Those comments actually came up the legendary Billie Jean King, suggested earlier this week that

Serena was trying to do too much. Trying to be a celebrity, trying to play tennis, trying to be a mother and fight for equality all at the same time.

But Serena did admit in that press conference yesterday, Becky that she does need more time on the tennis court. She's only played in six

tournaments this year. She withdrew from three because she's had injury. So, she did say she needs to regroup and rethink her strategy if she is

going to go on and win not just 24, but 25. That is what her coach says she wants to beat. She wants to beat the record, she wants to continue.

So, something is going to have to change.

[11:40:31] ANDERSON: But let's just be clear. I know, you know that was a surprising result in the final and the way she played wasn't what we --

what we were expecting, but she had played some terrific games, didn't she? Some terrific matches at Wimbledon this year. Including with Andy Murray,

of course, in the -- in the mix that doubles which was just, you know, a joy -- a joy to watch.

All right, Christina, thank you. Stick around, we need you on CNN for the -- for the finale as it were. We are still watching that men's final to a

sports story too delicious to miss now.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm mean that's aggressive and I'm not quite sure that's the way you want to do it, but that's how we did. That is --

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ANDERSON: This (INAUDIBLE) baseball fan seems to be just as serious about eating his stadium snack of choice. And he, of corn, as he is about the

ball game. The announcers also seemed amused that his technique as he savored every last kernel.

I'm from Abu Dhabi. You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Becky Anderson, for you. Coming up, leaked communications straining the "special

relationship" between the U.K. and the U.S. We're going to get you live to London for more, yes, there's more.

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ANDERSON: You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Becky Anderson, welcome back. It is -- well, it's 43 minutes past 7:00 here in Abu Dhabi. This is

our Middle East broadcasting hub for you. There are new revelations from the leaked cables of Britain's former ambassador to the United States.

Sir Kim Darroch reportedly accused the U.S. President Donald Trump of ditching the Iran nuclear deal to spite former President Barack Obama.

That is according to a new report, at least, from the Daily Mail, mail organization. Darroch allegedly called Mr. Trump's decision an act of

"diplomatic vandalism".

Well, CNN cannot independently verify what is in the leaked cables from the now former British ambassador. But Mr. Trump has demonstrated a pattern of

wanting to unravel the legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama. We found a few examples for you. Here they are.

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[11:45:07] BARACK OBAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Today the United States together with our allies and partners has reached a historic

understanding with Iran.

TRUMP: The United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

OBAMA: And today, the world has officially crossed the threshold for the Paris Agreement to take effect.

TRUMP: The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

OBAMA: As president of the United States, I've called on our Congress to lift the embargo.

TRUMP: Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba.

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ANDERSON: That was President Trump and, of course, his predecessor, President Obama. Hadas Gold, joining us now from London.

So, not one but two big scoops for male journalists and that is after the Metropolitan Police warned media that printing these leaked cables could

put them in hot water. Look, this new information, perhaps, not a shocking to many people as the first. Any further information as to who actually

leaked these cables at this point?

HADAS GOLD, CNN POLITICS, MEDIA, AND BUSINESS REPORTER: Becky, well, right now, there is some speculation in British media that the person who leaked

those memos has been identified by security forces, CNN has not been able to confirm that, but there clearly has been a hot hunt for that leaker.

And as you noted, the police have actually come under some withering fire from both the media and politicians for some of their early statements

trying to warn publishers against publishing any of these leaks. Saying that it violates the Official Secrets Act.

The police sort of walked back that comment on Saturday, saying they respect the rights of the media and the two front, and the two candidates

for prime minister both came out. And said, they fully support the right of the media to publish these leaks. But that's the actual content of these

leaks.

I want to put up on screen some of what they said just to show even though they're not as explosive as last weekend's, they're still rather notable

about the Iran deal. So, the former U.K. ambassador apparently wrote these over two-page memo after meeting with the White House about the Iran deal.

He says, "The Trump administration set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism seemingly for ideologically and personality reasons just because it was

Obama's deal." And he also says that he tried to talk to senior advisors in the White House and asked them why they were withdrawing?

And he wrote, "None could articulate why the president was determined to withdraw beyond his campaign promises." And he also wrote that it didn't

seem as though they had any sort of next day plan of what to do other than just to reimpose sanction, Becky?

ANDERSON: Hadas Gold, on the story out of London for you.

All from a political blackout of sorts to a very real one in New York. The lights are now back on after parts of the city were plunged into darkness.

Take a look and you can see one side of the block, well it's fully lit up, isn't it? And just across the street near total darkness. The outage

knocked out power for hours in some of Manhattan's most popular tourist districts, including Times Square and Broadway. New Yorkers jumped into

action, helping one other -- one another out. One resident even directed traffic on his block for nearly an hour.

Well, the cheers in the streets as the lights came back on shortly after midnight. The utility company says that the peak of the blackout around

73,000 customers had no electricity. Most power has now been restored. Frightening stuff there, at the time.

Well, coming up on CONNECT THE WORLD. Some dramatic rescues by the coast guard as Tropical Storm Barry takes a slow path across the U.S. southeast.

We'll see how New Orleans is doing after this short break.

Plus, scientists say this swamp tree could be key to fighting climate change. I take you into Abu Dhabi's mangroves to find out how. That is

after this.

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[11:51:23] ANDERSON: That is the sound of Barry, the first tropical system to make landfall in the U.S. this hurricane season. And the governor of

the state of Louisiana warns that the worst is yet to come.

Millions of people and animals you were see right here are under the threat of flash flooding. It's the very slow pace of this storm which has thought

was briefly a Category 1 hurricane that could bring with it a life- threatening storm surge and possibly tornadoes. Well, storms floods scientists reckon we will be seeing more not less extreme weather events

like that.

So, what's being done to help cool down the climate crisis? We went to investigate right here in Abu Dhabi.

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ANDERSON: In a desert country where little grows on its own, this mangrove forest is thriving, and natural fringed, the hyper-developed landscape of

Abu Dhabi, they called the green lungs of the city.

They are also a key defense against a rapidly changing climate. I set off with Dr. Shaikha Al Dhaheri, from Abu Dhabi's environment agency to find

out why.

SHAIKHA AL DHAHERI, ACTING SECRETARY GENERAL, ENVIRONMENT AGENCY, ABU DHABI: Mangroves is definitely one of the most sensitive and critically

important habitats in UAE.

Mangroves are the first line of defense for any city. They protect cities from wave surge, from floods.

ANDERSON: But their work doesn't stop here. A scientist in al-Mansouri point south, they are also key to the global fight to keep our planets

temperature from rising.

AL DHAHERI: They trap the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into the root system and sediments, acting as a carbon capture or carbon sink. Studies

have shown that they capture carbon more than terrestrial forests. And this makes them really important and especially in mature trees.

ANDERSON: One hectare of mangroves can store nearly 4,000 tons of carbon. That is equal to taking about 2,600 cars off the road for a year. Mangrove

forests around the world are under threat. The World Wildlife Fund, estimates over one-third of the planet's mangroves have already been

cleared. Often the victims of human encroachment and development.

That was almost the case here in the UAE. But the government is now actively trying to turn the tide.

AL DHAHERI: We managed for the last decade to plant 3 million saplings around different important areas of mangroves here in Abu Dhabi because we

know that there is a continuous loss around the globe.

Herein UAE and mainly in Abu Dhabi, we continue to preserve and rehabilitate mangroves because of their importance to climate change.

ANDERSON: So, when I plant a couple of saplings here, it will take the planting of more than a trillion trees around the world to make a real

difference. But this is, at least, a good start.

[11:55:04] AL DHAHERI: Being a mom, I think about my boys, I think about future generation whether they will be able to adapt. And if we don't take

any action, it will be catastrophic.

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ANDERSON: Well, it just time for your "PARTING SHOTS" tonight. An ancient attraction in Egypt that will bend your mind. South of Cairo, tourists are

now able to go deep inside a pyramid built for a fourth dynasty pharaoh. Antiquities experts say the structure marks a key step in pyramid

construction.

Builders apparently had to make changes in their angles with cracks when cracks started to appear in the initial construction. Visitors can climb

through a nearly 19-meter tunnel deep inside the 4,600-year-old structure.

Well, from ancient history to trying to make it out in SW19 Wimbledon. We couldn't leave you without an update on tennis greats, Roger Federer and

Novak Djokovic battling it out for the men's singles title at Wimbledon in the fourth set. The score looks like this: Djokovic leading two sets to

one.

More on "WORLD SPORT" with Patrick Snell, up next. I'm Becky Anderson. That was CONNECT THE WORLD. Thank you for watching.

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