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The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:


Sept 20, 2018: “It was the greatest men’s match that I’ve ever seen because as years go on, the quality and the level get higher and higher but point for point they played each point like match point. Let’s talk about Nadal and how humble he is. The humility that he shows even when he loses. He’s incredible. He’s a role model. Thiem and Nadal started out with intensity. They ended five hours and a half later with intensity. Thiem is gonna be a superstar, and, Nadal, to me, is the greatest competitor in any sport. That’s what that showed that match
Chris Evert, 18-time major singles titlist, telling ESPN that Rafael Nadal’s 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) US Open quarterfinal victory against Dominic Thiem, the latest battle between the King of Clay and his supposed heir is one that will be remembered for a long time.
Sept 20, 2018: “He treats others the way he wants others to treat him,’’ Djokovic said. “I think that’s why people love him. He nurtures the right values in life. We all felt for his struggles with injuries, but he was always a top-five player in the eyes of everyone. Even when he dropped his ranking [to No. 1,041 in 2016], we all knew that he has a capacity to get where he is at the moment.
Novak Djokovic, who called Juan Martin del Potro “a gentle giant” before the US Open final where he beat the 29-year-old Argentine 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.
Sept 20, 2018: “Serena Williams was dead wrong. Carlos Ramos is not a sexist, he’s not a racist, he’s not a misogynist. I've seen him call out Rafael Nadal for illegal coaching and time violations. I’ve seen him call out Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. He calls them as he sees them. Serena was totally out of line.
Mary Carillo, the highly respected Tennis Channel analyst, rejecting Serena Williams' claim that she was unfairly treated by umpire Carlos Ramos, who gave Williams three penalties for misconduct, for which she was later fined a total of $17,000.
Sept 20, 2018: “I'm sorry. I know that everyone was cheering for her, and I'm sorry that it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match. Thank you. It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals, so I'm really glad that I was able to do that. I'm really grateful that I was able to play with you. Thank you.
— A teary Naomi Osaka, addressing the pro-Williams crowd in the awards ceremony after the 20-year-old Japanese, a 50-1 pre-tournament long shot, upset Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the US Open final for her first Grand Slam title.

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