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Roger Federer
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2017

August 16, 2019: “The quality of service returns and passing shots improved significantly. Everything from power to direction to recovery to the two-handed backhand topspin lob added a whole other dimension.”

— Tim Mayotte, a six-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist in the 1980s who was known for his powerful volleys, telling The New York Times why serving and volleying today is more difficult than ever.

August 16, 2019“I like his character. He’s a very well-educated and nice guy. He’s very passionate about the sport. He’s one of the players that I would love to see at the top position and winning trophies because I think he deserves it.”

— Rafael Nadal, on 19-year-old rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime, full of praise for the youngster and tipped him for greatness, before the start of the Rogers Cup.

August 16, 2019:     “That’s as wild a match as I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of matches. So many things to like, and so many things to detest.”

— Former world No. 1 Jim Courier, now a Tennis Channel analyst, on Nick Kyrgios’s 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7) victory, in which he saved a match point, over No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Citi Open semifinals. Before serving at 8-7, match point, Kyrgios walked over to a spectator in the front row and asked him where he should serve the ball.

August 16, 2019“Getting to the top is often fun. You have nothing to lose, especially if you’ve never been there. It’s like a great climb. Sustaining that for years and years takes a lot of work. You don’t want to fall because you know what it's like to be at the top, you know how it feels. At least I do, I know how it feels, how you want to stay there, how you want to get back there.”

— What Serena Williams wrote in a recent essay for Harper’s Bazaar, in which she revealed that she sought counsel from a therapist and sent a note of apology to Naomi Osaka in the months after last year's US Open.

July 18, 2019: “Never. It was the best match. I have worked a lot for this moment. It’s an honour to play in front of the Royal Box. I don’t have the words to explain. I had nerves! My stomach was not well before the match, but I came on court and gave my best. It’s something special and I’ll never forget this day. It’s my mum’s dream. She said that if I want to do something in tennis it is to play in the Wimbledon final. I told people in the locker room that if I win I will get membership for life, it was one of the motivations for me. I have worked a lot to change my game, to be able to win matches on grass. It was an amazing tournament and I can’t wait to come back. It’s been an honour."

Simona Halep, when on-court interviewer Sue Barker asked, “Have you ever played a better match?” after Halep trounced Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the Wimbledon final. The triumph gave the 27-year-old Romanian her first Wimbledon and second Grand Slam title.

July 18, 2019: “She literally played out of her mind. It was a little bit deer in the headlights for me. Whenever a player plays like that you just have to take your hat off. I love coming out here, playing in front of you guys. It’s literally a joy.”

— Serena Williamsafter Simona Halep thwarted her bid to capture her eighth Wimbledon and 24th Grand Slam title

July 18, 2019: “If not the most exciting and thrilling final of my career, in the top two or three and against the greatest player of all time. Unfortunately in this kind of match, one of the players has to lose. We both had our chances. It’s quite unreal to be two match points down and come back—and a bit strange to play the tie-break at 12-all. Roger said he hopes it gives other people hope they can do this at 37. I’m one of them.”

— Novak Djokovic, when asked if this was the greatest match he ever played, after he outlasted 37-year-old, eight-time champion Roger Federer in an epic 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4, 13-12 (3) victory — Wimbledon's first fifth-set tiebreaker under new rules introduced this year.

July 18, 2019: “It was a great match. It was long. It had everything. I had my chances. So did he. I thought we played some great tennis. In a way, I’m very happy with my performance, as well. But Novak, it’s great. Congratulations, man. That was crazy. Well done.” 

— Roger Federer, disappointed but gracious after holding two championship points yet losing in a thrilling Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic, who has won four of the last five major titles and five Wimbledon crowns.

July 18, 2019: “The only way is up, as they say. That’s what I’m aiming for. History is on the line. Grand Slams are a priority at this stage of my career without a doubt. And [I want to reach the] historic number [21] – one which is not so far away. I believe I can achieve it, but again there are different things that happen in life that need to correlate, correspond to my desires and if that happens I’ll still play at a high level hopefully.”

— Novak Djokovic, after beating arch-rival Roger Federer in the Wimbledon 2019 final, revealed he's targeting the Swiss superstar's Grand Slam record.  

June 13, 2019: “I have always enjoyed that part of it. I think probably the toughest thing for me has been making sure I make the right decisions. I feel like I'm getting better at that every single day. It is a puzzle out there. It's a little bit of a chess game in a way. The one-on-one competition, I love. All I'm trying to do is everything in my power to beat the girl down at the other end of the court. That's certainly what I love about it."

Ashleigh Barty, on her versatile game, after she trounced 19-year-old Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 in the French Open final to win her first Grand Slam singles title.

June 13, 2019: “Ash is very easy going, very relaxed about it. Obviously she will be thrilled inside, it may not look like it on the outside. She’s a quiet girl, which has helped her deal with this pressure in the final. She had some sticky moments in her semi-final, got that out of the way. She’s had amazing support and is extremely popular. Where she has come in the last year is just incredible. She was a decent player and a very good doubles player – and the next thing you know, she’s a grand slam champion.”

Pat Cash, 1987 Wimbledon champion and now a Eurosport commentator, on Ashleigh Barty, in The Guardian (UK).

June 13, 2019: “This is the unbreakable record. Most players don't win 12 titles in their careers, he has won 12 clay-court majors at Roland-Garros. When we're dead, in 200 years from now, people will be talking about Rafael Nadal winning 12 French Opens. It is incomprehensible. This is the Tour de France of tennis and to do it 12 times is superhuman.”

— Former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski, talking to BBC Sport about Rafael Nadal's record-extending 12th French Open title

June 13, 2019: “I played very good the first two sets, and then I had a little drop, which against most of the players is not that bad, but he took the chance and stepped right on me. That's it. I can only congratulate him on how amazing he performed today. Even though I didn't win the tournament, still, two finals in a row, it's nice. I think that I developed my game. I was also closer than last year in the final. I have the feeling, especially in the first two sets. So I'm on the right way. And I failed today, but my goal and my dream is still to win this tournament or to win a Grand Slam tournament. I will try my best next year again.”

Dominic Thiem, assessing his overall performance at the French Open where he lost 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to Rafael Nadal in the final for the second straight year.

June 13, 2019: “There’s a certain mentality that they [the younger players] don’t have yet, that the other three just have. It’s not the forehands. It’s not the fitness. It’s a certain attitude that makes the difference between winning and losing. I was just reading a stat from a colleague that no active player under 28 apart from [Dominic] Thiem has been in a grand-slam final. That is not good. That is not a compliment for anybody under 28. And don’t give me that the others are too good. We should question the quality and the attitude of everybody under 28. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Boris Becker, who won the 1985 French Open as a 17-year-old wunderkind, critical of the Next Gen for not dethroning the Big 3 at the majors.

May 20, 2019: “When I was wrong, and I was wrong, I paid the consequences. But I always stayed myself. I worked, I kept forward. You make mistakes and I had to learn to accept them. Then you change, you grow. In the Monte Carlo week, I think I showed that."

Fabio Fognini, explaining why he won Monte-Carlo.

May 20, 2019: “I know I can beat a lot of girls. I can compete with the best of the world on clay.”

Kiki Bertens, who proved that by defeating Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 in the Madrid Open final. The title raised Bertens’ ranking from No. 7 to a career-high No. 4.

May 20, 2019: “They just used me. They just dropped me in the middle of the sea. It was a disaster, disaster. In my opinion, it was one of the worst procedures that I have ever seen. I’m still paying the price.”

Marco Trungelliti, a brave whistleblower who exposed match-fixing crooks in tennis and aided the fight against the criminal gambling syndicate by testifying about dishonest fellow professionals, said he has been rejected by other players and the resulting stress has hurt his health and his game.

May 20, 2019: “I was called the ‘next Martina Hingis’ when growing up. It’s natural people were going to say that, but I’m definitely not her. She was an unbelievable player who achieved so much. It’s impossible to compare me with her. It’s a good sign that people compared me with her, but it’s probably impossible for me to do what she’s done. Martina won so much when she was so young, but my own rise to world No. 7 when I was only 18 was tough to handle. I knew from juniors a little bit what it’s like being the best there but it’s still something different. You play a good year and then you have to defend all those points. Injuries started creeping in for me. Now, I believe that everything happens for a reason so there was a deeper meaning behind me getting injured.”

Belinda Bencic discussing her rapid rise to the top of the sport and her subsequent challenges in a May 12 column on

May 20, 2019: ““What happened in Monte Carlo happened, and what happened in Barcelona happened, and what happened in Madrid happened. And here we are. We are in Rome.”

Rafael Nadal, succinctly summarizing his semifinal showings at the first three events of the European clay court season and the fourth event in Rome, where he defeated arch-rival Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 in the final for his ninth title at the Foro Italico.

April 22, 2019: “I’m really, really happy. Nothing to say. I have to keep calm, maybe take a shower, relax, and think about this because it’s something incredible. I just feel happy because I won a big tournament that was always my goal in my career. I think everybody, when you're growing up and you start and you decide to play tennis, you are dreaming to win a big tournament. We are talking about a Masters [1000]."

Fabio Fognini, who became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, by defeating unseeded Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4. Fognini rose to a career-high No. 12 in the ATP Rankings.

April 22, 2019: “I think on-court coaching is a real corruption of the sport. If the players wanted it because it became an extra revenue stream…if television audiences clearly demanded it….if television wanted it because it, demonstrably, helped drive ratings…that would be one thing. But I have seen zero data suggesting any of this to be the case. And if you’re going to try and change rules (fairly dramatically) you should bear the burden of justification.”

— Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim, on some of the many valid reasons why on-court coaching is bad for tennis.

April 22, 2019: “I’m very happy today. I didn’t expect this, especially not in two sets against a player like Dominic. This was for sure my best match in my life, I think. I produced some great tennis from the beginning until the end and I’m very happy to be in the quarterfinals in Monaco.”

— Serbia’s No. 48-ranked Dusan Lajovic, talking to after he pulled off the biggest win of his career at the Rolex Monte- Carlo Masters, winning the last five games to stun No. 5 Dominic Thiem in the third round of the Masters 1000 event, 6-3, 6-3. Thiem, the 2018 French Open finalist, had also beaten Lajovic in all five of their previous meetings, dropping just one set.

April 22, 2019: “For the first time in a long time I really was like, I gotta beat this girl. Like, I wanted to be out there, and I was really fighting, and I didn’t care what it took…. I’m tired of f***ing losing. It f***ing sucks!”

Sloane Stephens, who lost early at Indian Wells and Miami, after she overcame an early three-game deficit to defeat rising Australian star Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina.

April 22, 2019: “It’s all those feelings I missed so much: the adrenaline, the nerves, the excitement, everything. You can’t recreate that outside of the arena.”

Shelby Rogers, a 26-year-old American, playing in the Volvo Car Open, her first tournament since undergoing knee surgery in March 2018.

March 23, 2019: “Reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me. I’m so happy I am still playing. It’s been a long, wonderful journey, and I wouldn’t do it any differently. Of course it’s tough sometimes to be on the road and away from your friends, but the sacrifice was all very, very worthwhile. We’ll see how much more I have left in the tank."

— Roger Federer, after he reached landmark 100 tour-level titles. to join Jimmy Connors, the record-holder at 109, with century of open-era wins after he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to record his record eighth title at the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

March 23, 2019: “I actually play better when the crowd is against me and giving me a bit of stink. I love it. It gets me going. Another amazing atmosphere. Yesterday was arguably the best atmosphere I’ve been a part of, and today wasn’t too far behind.”

— Nick Kyrgios, after he upset Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the Acapulco quarterfinals.

March 23, 2019: “When I returned to tennis from maternity leave, I was penalised for taking time off: my ranking dropped from No 1 in the world to No 453. That required me to face tougher competition earlier in the French Open, which led to a pectoral injury that forced me to drop out. I fought hard personally, making it to the Wimbledon final shortly after, but I also fought hard publicly against the biased ranking system. We must stop penalizing women when they return to their careers after having children.”

— Serena Williams, writing an editorial for Fortune magazine to mark International Women’s Day, criticized the insensitivity of a system that left her with no seeding when she returned from maternity leave to play last year’s French Open.

March 23, 2019: “It’s unbelievable. I never expected to play that well today, to get my first Top-10 win is special, against Stefanos who has been playing so well. I didn’t know what to expect today because he’s completely different player [now].”

— Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has never lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in their four meetings, the first three coming in the juniors, after stunning ninth-seeded Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2 in the Indian Wells second round.

March 23, 2019: “It’s unreal. I had to get used to Roger’s game. In the first set he was playing amazing. It was completely different from my opponents before him. I was struggling to work my way into the match. I had to fight to save those break points early in the second set. It was a very good match until the end, and I had to fight to serve it out.”

— Dominic Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian, told the ATP website, after edging Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, ending Federer’s chance of a sixth Indian Wells title, and giving him his first Masters 1000 title.

March 23, 2019: “I actually really, really respect that. I think it’s true. Anything is possible at any age, and she said if you’re good enough, then experience doesn't really matter. I guess it’s also because they’ve never played these younger players these up and coming players before so they don’t really know their game style and they’re probably a bit nervous because they’re playing much younger players. So when I do see that during the match, when they’re just kind of bunting the ball or giving free points, I take advantage of that. I think that’s what I’ve been doing really well the past couple of months. I just keep fighting no matter what the score is.”

— Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian who started the year ranked 178, telling WTA Insider that she agrees with Naomi Osaka’s statement that experience doesn’t matter if you’re good enough, after she upset five seeded players, including three-time major champion Angelique Kerber in the final, to capture the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Feb. 17, 2019: “Every tennis player’s dream is to win Grand Slams and to be No. 1. So of course those were two very big motivating factors. People were talking about being No. 1 if I win this tournament. I was able to accomplish that. But the ranking was never my real goal, it was just to win this tournament.”

— Naomi Osaka, after rebounding from a frustrating second set — when she failed to convert three championship points and then lost her serve at love — to produce a 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 victory over a relentless, power-hitting Petra Kvitova to capture the Australian Open for her second straight major title and take over the No. 1 ranking, the first Asian to achieve this feat.

Feb. 17, 2019: “It means everything. I worked pretty hard to be back. It just tastes very great. To be honest, I think not very many people believed that I can do this again, to stand on the court and play tennis on this level. To be honest, I’m still not really believing that I’m in the final. I just set up the mind that I really wanted to come back, and I did everything."

— Petra Kvitova, a two-time Grand Slam champ who, until Thursday, hadn’t been a Grand Slam semifinalist since winning her second Wimbledon title in 2014, alluding to her successful comeback after suffering career-threating stab wounds in her playing hand when she was attacked by a knife-wielding, home intruder in December 2016.

Feb. 17, 2019: “I'm trying to contemplate on the journey in the past 12 months. I had surgery exactly 12 months ago. To be standing now here managing to win this title and three of the four Slams is truly amazing. I'm speechless.”

— Novak Djokovic, reflecting on his recent journey clutching the Australian Open trophy after he trounced Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his record seventh Aussie title and 15th Grand Slam title.

Feb. 17, 2019: "I have been going through tough times over the past year. I only played in nine events and had to retire from two, and I was not able to play professional match since the US Open. I believe I played a good two weeks of tennis, and it is a great energy and inspiration for what is coming. I will keep fighting and keep practicing to give myself better chances in the future."

— Rafael Nadal, gracious in defeat, accentuating the positives after reaching the Australian Open final.

Feb. 17, 2019: “My idol today became pretty much my rival.”

— Stefanos Tsitsipas, a catchy phrasemaker, after upsetting superstar Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 at the Australian Open to become the first Greek to reach the men’s quarterfinals in Grand Slam history.

January 16, 2019: “The tennis court for me is a place where I get challenged in every possible way — emotionally and physically. My character is kind of on the line, so I treat it as my own personal school of life. Not many places can trigger me, positively or negatively, like a tennis court does. I see it as a place where I can grow, regardless of where I’m in the world. It demands a lot of extreme focus and dedication from me and there are outbursts of emotions that I didn’t know that I had. That’s the reason why I’m grateful to play this sport.”

— World No. 1 Novak Djokovic told the media in Abu Dhabi in comments published by the Gulf News that he views the court as a proving ground that challenges him on every level and can propel him to personal growth.

January 16, 2019: “We asked the players — both past and present — commentators, agents and TV analysts whether they wanted to play an advantage final set or not, and went from there. We went with a 10-point tie-break at six games all in the final set to ensure the fans still get a special finale to these often epic contests, with the longer tie-break still then allowing for that one final twist or change of momentum in the contest. This longer tie—break also can lessen some of the serving dominance that can prevail in the shorter tie—break. We believe this is the best possible outcome for both the players and the fans around the world.”

— Craig Tiley, the Australian Open tournament director, saying the decision to adopt 10-point tiebreakers at 6-games-all in the deciding set came after the most extensive consultation in the tournament“s history.

January 16, 2019: “It hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well. We like him. He“s a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend. It’s a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved.”

— Roger Federer, shocked at Andy Murray’s Jan. 11 announcement, at age 31, of his pending retirement.

January 16, 2019:  “It’s surreal. I couldn’t think of a better place to get my first win. “It’s crazy to have this actually happen. I thought it wouldn’t happen.”

— Alex de Minaur, a tenacious, 19-year-old Australian who earned his first tournament title at the Sydney International, beating Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the final. De Minaur, the youngest champion of the tournament since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, rallied from behind in both sets, and after championship point fell flat on his back in celebration before kissing the court.

January 16, 2019:  “But the dusk of the Big Four era, coupled with the realisation that the same audiences who flocked to Djokovic vs. Murray aren’t necessarily going to go gooey for, say, Karen Khachanov vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas, has forced administrators into action. According to ATP president Chris Kermode, the average viewer of tennis on television is in their 60s. Recent years have seen all sorts of fancy innovations tried out: the Laver Cup, Tiebreak Tens, shot clocks, the funky Next Gen competition with no tramlines, no lets, no advantage points, no line judges, and four-game sets. An optimist would describe it as the ultimate blank canvas. A pessimist would describe it as the desperate mayhem of a sport willing to torch its very essence in a forlorn attempt to look relevant.”

— Jonathan Liew, Chief Sports Writer for The Independent (UK), in a column titled “Tennis is on fire, fatally divided and without an answer to the question: What does its future look like?”

Dec. 21, 2018:  “I like Nick a lot. He’s a great kid. He’s the most talented tennis player I’ve seen in the last ten years. The difference [regarding on-court behavior] between Nick and me is that I tried all the time. Nick doesn’t. Hes getting past his opportunity window because he’s going to run himself out of the game. That’s what’s going to happen. It’s as clear as day.”

John McEnroe, a seven-time major singles champion renown for his tantrums, pessimistic about Nick Kyrgios, a tempestuous underachiever, during an interview on ”Vision: 60 Minutes on Nine” in Australia.

Dec. 21, 2018:  “What I really like about Naomi is that she’s somehow preserved her innocence. If she’s sad, she’s going to show it. If she’s happy, she’s going to show it. There’s no fake emotion... It’s just very raw and pure... Everybody in this room and on this planet can learn a lot from that girl... I believe the more open and honest we are, and if we show vulnerability sometimes and show who we truly are, the better this world is going to be. All that fake emotion, I’m not a fan of it. I believe that Naomi’s a star for that.”

Sascha Bajin, Naomi Osaka’s coach, praising Osaka, whom he said is “beautifully different,” in Inside Tennis.

Dec. 21, 2018:  “He was playing big from the back of the court. Flat backhands and forehand. He can really hurt you. That’s a big weapon. And serve. I mean, serve is really, really strong and precise. So his overall game was really, really great all week.”

Novak Djokovic, praising Karen Khachanov’s powerful and complete game after the 6'6" Khachanov, a 22-year-old Russian upset him, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, and John Isner to win the Paris tournament for his first Masters 1000 title.

Dec. 21, 2018:  “It’s not every day that you become a world champion. For us it’s a dream come true. We are so passionate, you can see the fans are enjoying themselves. I feel that in Croatia it’s going to be incredible too. I thought Lucas started well in the first set and just a single point made the difference. After that I played better and served better. I’m extremely proud of my performance. The three matches Borna and I played, we didn’t lose our serve once and that shows how well we played and the level we produced. We were both in great form at the right time.”

Marin Cilic, after he clinched Croatia’s second Davis Cup title by blocking out a deafening French crowd of 24,144 to beat world No. 32 Lucas Pouille 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 and deliver a historic 3-1 victory for the visitors in Lille. The victory saw Croatian captain Zeljko Krajan emulate countryman Nikki Pilic, who led the nation to its first victory in the competition against Slovakia in 2005. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was court side in France to lead the visiting support.

Nov. 16, 2018: “I think in tennis it’s very important to have rivalries. I had a rivalry with (John) McEnroe at our time, that was good for tennis because especially you had two different personalities. The quiet one (me), McEnroe was the crazy one. He liked to do things on the court. Today it’s unbelievable. Djokovic, Nadal have been playing many times, it’s 26-25 winning matches for Djokovic, same with Federer-Nadal, Federer-Djokovic. That’s what makes the sport.”

Bjorn Borg, on the importance of rivalries in tennis.

Nov. 16, 2018: “Well, I think everybody here wants to be healthy, right? So you’re always trying to find the way to stay healthy, to, you know, learn more about medicine, I guess, basic conservative medicine and then alternative medicine, which is I think is a little bit put aside in the last few decades. But in looking at all the documents that the eastern medicine, oldest medicine in the world, Chinese medicine goes over 5,000 years old, there are different ways of healing, of keeping your body fit, keeping your mind and soul aligned. Everybody has a different way.”

Novak Djokovic, who has been eating gluten-free products since 2010, saying medicine and food have been the key for him to constantly play at a top-level.

Nov. 16, 2018: “I think definitely as the weeks go by, I have this feeling of wanting to prove myself. I think that sort of takes a toll on me a little bit because I stress myself out in a way. If you don’t win a tournament, then people will say, ‘Oh, she hasn’t won a tournament.’ If you haven’t won a Slam, they’ll say, ‘She hasn’t won a slam.’ Then if you win one Grand Slam, they’re like, ‘Oh, she only won one Grand Slam.’ I know it’s bad, but I sort of read the comments [online or in media]. I’m just, like, ‘Oh, I guess I have to do more, to be better.’”

Naomi Osaka, the surprise US Open champion, explaining how the great expectations for her stress her out.

Nov. 16, 2018: “This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls global hit “I Touch Myself” to remind women to self-check regularly. Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colors, all around the world. Early detection is key—it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that. The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honor of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first. The project is proudly supported by @BerleiAus for Breast Cancer Network Australia.”

Serena Williams, promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Instagram, releasing a rendition of “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls. Williams said she released the video in order to remind women to regularly perform self-examinations for breast cancer.

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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