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March 31, 2018: “It just shows if you have a staying power, and you have a pleasing style and you treat people right along the way, including the press, which I think is important, there’s a lot to be learned from his journey. I’m not sure it can be replicated. I really don’t think we’ll see another No. 1 aged 36 again on the ATP Tour. I honestly believe we won’t see that again. But the things he’s passed along are very instructive and the great thing is that there is a whole new wave of tennis players coming in and watching him do this and going ‘hmmm, maybe that’s a template to be followed.
Christopher Clarey, on The Tennis Podcast, talking about what players can learn from Roger Federer, who has won three of the last four Grand Slams he has entered, winning his 20th career Slam at the Australian Open last month and then won Rotterdam for his 97th career title to regain the No. 1 ranking.
March 31, 2018: “Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that’s OK. Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best…. I’m getting there. I have such a long way to go. It definitely felt better than the first round, but I’m still a little rusty. I’m still making errors that I don’t normally make. But I call this a trial run. I don’t think I have a favorite match (against Venus). I definitely don’t have a favorite match. I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I’m out there. It’s just afterwards I don’t like it as much.
Serena Williams, who owns a 17-11 record against her sister Venus, having taken the final at Melbourne last year, before she lost 6-3, 6-4 against Venus in the 2018 Indian Wells third round.
March 31, 2018: “I’m still in shock. She’s the best player I have ever played, and it was the biggest court I have ever played on. So it was definitely nerve-wracking kind of, but I was enjoying it so much out there, and I was playing my best. It was a good day.
Amanda Anisimova, the youngest player in the BNP Paribas Open field, after the 16-year-old American snapped two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova’s 14-match winning streak to win their third-round battle 6-2 6-4.
March 31, 2018: “To share the court, have such a big win on a big court against the world No. 1, it’s pretty crazy. Pretty happy about it…. In the second set I finally used a couple of loose errors, I started getting in the rallies a bit more and dictating with my forehand, and when I feel like I’m playing on my terms, I don’t think there are too many people that can go with me. I just need to play my game and play my aggressive tennis and I can do some good things.
Thanasi Kokkinakis, a 21-year-old Aussie qualifier ranked No. 175, became the lowest-ranked player to defeat a reigning No. 1 in 15 years by shocking Roger Federer, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) to reach the Miami Open third round.

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