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September 12, 2017: “I think it will be super cool. I think one day I'm going to be able to show my kids that I won the US Open. That's cool. How many people can say that? Not very many. And they already engraved my name on the locker. Like, hello, this is awesome. It's probably going to take a couple weeks, months [to sink in]. It's like so not real. I feel this is a dream. Am I just going to wake up and it didn't happen? Look at that thing [the trophy]. That's incredible. I just think it's very cool. It hasn't sunk in yet, but hopefully in a little while once I am able to lay down and relax and think about it, I'll realise that I really am the US Open champion.
Sloane Stephens, asked how she is likely to view her winning the US Open, her first Grand Slam title, years from now.
September 12, 2017: “I really never thought much about that. I just do my way. He does his way. Let's see when we finish. Of course, if I won two grand slams this year and he did not win, we'd be closer, but he has 19, I have 16. So three is a big difference. I'm very happy with all the things that are happening to me, winning this title again. I have this trophy with me. It's so important, winning on hard court again. That's a lot of positive energy for me. Being healthy, you see everything more possible. With injuries, everything seems impossible. It's true that I am 31, I am not 25, but I still have the passion and the love for the game. I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. While those things keep happening, I will be here.
Rafael Nadal, after winning his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title, insisted he isn’t concerned about matching Roger Federer’s 19 career Grand Slam titles.
September 12, 2017: “I always dreamed of being on center court, playing the best in the world. Finally happened, so I was ready for it. It was reality. I was really excited for it. I was going to give my best stuff no matter what, and that’s what I did.
Frances Tiafoe, a talented 19-year-old American, following his impressive 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 first-round loss to Roger Federer.
September 12, 2017: “I think sport is, you know, a little microcosm of life, and it shows the human spirit, just being out there on the court, fighting against all odds. If you're down, you keep going. Great champions came back from injuries or circumstances they could never have planned for. It's very encouraging for people to watch. You know, those champions you mentioned helped, changed so many lives, motivated so many people by being their best. You never know whose life you'll touch just by being your best.
Venus Williams, asked about champions such as Monica Seles and Petra Kvitova who overcame adversity during their tennis careers.

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Roger Federer wins a record 8th title at Wimbledon.



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