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June 14, 2018: “The fact that I didn’t give up after the one here last year means that I’m strong inside. I do this just because I love this sport. I love to be competitive on court and I’ve learned in those 12 months that if you don’t give up you are able to do anything. I don’t know [where the strength comes from], actually, because I think it’s natural. And also, with the people around me, we have worked on these things. I improved it and I made it better day by day.
Simona Halep, talking about winning the French Open title with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 final victory over Sloane Stephens for her first Grand Slam title, in The Guardian (UK).
June 14, 2018: “It is true that in my career I achieved much more than what I have ever dreamed. But, at the same time, on the other hand, it’s true that I went through tough moments, a lot of times with injuries. So, for example, the beginning of this season in Australia I have been in a good position to fight for an important title for me. I had to go. And then in Acapulco, again injured. And I couldn’t play Indian Wells and Miami. And I arrived so-so with some doubts for this clay-court season. I came back from almost five months without playing a full tournament since Shanghai last year. So it was a lot of months with problems. Coming back and having the chance to win Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and now, especially here in Paris, it’s very emotional for me.
Raphael Nadal, after winning his record-extending 11th French Open title and 17th Grand Slam title by routing Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
June 14, 2018: “He is, for me, the best competitor I ever saw in any sport, and I watch sport a lot for many, many years. Nadal’s capable of keeping this very aggressive, high-intensity level over an unbelievably long period of time. And he practices that way too. There is no difference between practices and matches. I always hear from players that in a match they will do it differently, but if you don’t practice that way, you are not going to do it in the heat of the battle. And Nadal has been doing it for years and years and years.
Gunter Bresnik, Dominic Thiem’s 57-year-old coach, praising Rafael Nadal in The New York Times.
June 14, 2018: “Well, it’s never been hard for me to congratulate and hug an opponent after we just shared a great moment on the court. And the one that won deserved to win the match, and that was Marco today. I know him well. He’s a great guy. He deserved. And that’s something everybody should do. On the other hand, when you walk off the court, of course, it’s a hard one to swallow.
Novak Djokovic, after suffering a stunning 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 upset loss to No. 72 Marco Cecchinato in the French Open quarterfinals, was asked, “Novak, everyone has commented, the good grace you showed, warm embrace at the end. How hard is it to accept defeat in such good grace in the same manner as you can accept victory?”

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