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Roger Federer
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2017


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.

August 27, 2018: “Sad day for men’s tennis. #ITF have voted for new format of #DavisCup (it’s no longer Davis Cup). Fooling themselves if they think top players will play a 18-team comp over one week at the end of the year????
Pat Cash, of Australia, former Wimbledon champion, denouncing the International Tennis Federation's narrow vote to drastically change the 118-year-old Davis Cup format, which will begin next year, when 24 teams will take part in home-and-away matches, with the 12 winners moving into the final where they will join the four semifinalist of the previous year and two wild-cards that will be announced before the draw for the qualifying round. The finals will be held at one site with the countries, divided into six groups, playing a round robin consisting of three matches – two singles and one doubles – all best-of-three sets.
August 27, 2018: “Rafa is amazing, he never cracks. He will always grab you like a bulldog and he will always make you suffer on the court... He was (once) normal like all of us, and he managed to become this beast, this monster that he is today. That’s how you feel when you play against him.
Stephanos Tsitsipas, admiring No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who beat him 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the Rogers Cup final
August 27, 2018: “Definitely one of the most special moments in my career. Achievements, making history in the sport that I truly love is a great privilege and honor and something that I’ll be very proud of for the rest of my life.
Novak Djokovic, after defeating Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 to win in Cincinnati and become the first player to win all nine ATP World Tour 1000 tournaments.
August 27, 2018: “My experience has grown, as a person and as a player. I’ve been travelling the tour for about a year now. I’ve learned a lot about how to be an athlete, travelling every week, dealing with media. As a person, I feel that I’ve matured a lot. And my game has got a lot better. I feel more comfortable out there, with really anybody. I feel I can beat any player … I don’t have to play out of my league.
Denis Shapovalov, a 19-year-old Canadian ranked No. 26, saying he’s matured a lot as a person and a player
July 17, 2018: “I think without 2017 I couldn't win this tournament. I think I learned a lot from last year, with all the expectations, all the things I went through. I learned so many things about myself, about the things around, how to deal with this, how to make my day schedule. I learned I have to practice. I have to take some time off. I learned about handling the pressure. It is a game. And I love this game. And I’ve tried to enjoy every moment on court this year. I showed everyone that I can come back.
Angelique Kerber, who won two Grand Slam titles in 2016 and then plummeted to No. 21 in 2017, after winning her first Wimbledon for her third major title.
July 17, 2018: “It was a great opportunity for me,” she said. "You know, I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road kind of. So I think these two weeks have really showed me that, ‘Okay, I can compete.’ Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. I can, you know, come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.
Serena Williams, accentuating the positive after she lost 6-3, 6-3 to Angelique Kerber in the final at Wimbledon, only Serena's fourth tournament in the past 17 months.
July 17, 2018: “I couldn’t pick a better place in the tennis world to peak and make a comeback. Wimbledon has always been a very special tournament to me. I dreamed of winning it when I was a seven-year-old boy. I made a lot of improvised Wimbledon trophies from different materials.
Novak Djokovic, after he outclassed Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) to capture his fourth Wimbledon and 13th Grand Slam title.
July 17, 2018: “In the first two sets, Novak beat up on me pretty bad. I tried my best to keep at it, work hard, I came within a point or two of a fourth set, but Novak isn’t easy to play, a true champion of our sport. So congratulations to him and his team. I am definitely not feeling as fresh as I was coming into the week. We dedicate our whole lives to fighting for a spot on this court, so that’s what it had to take for me to get here. It’s an amazing tournament for all of us players. Over the last while there have only been a very few individuals to make it out here. But I’d have given another 21 hours to have the opportunity to play out here, it really meant a lot to me.
— A proud but exhausted Kevin Anderson, who had earlier outlasted eight-time champion Roger Federer and John Isner in marathon matches, after losing 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 to Novak Djokovic in the 2018 Wimbledon final.
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?”
May 13, 2018: “I feel so much emotion. The match that they both played was unbelievable. This is very special for David who we all love. He is one of the greatest people on the circuit and he deserves a match like this. I think both deserved to win. I think Philipp played one of the best matches I have ever seen him play. The match was an incredible level of tennis and incredible intensity.
— Spain’s Davis Cup captain Sergi Bruguera, after 36-year-old David Ferrer outlasted Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (1) 3-6 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-5 in the deciding rubber to give Spain a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals at The Plaza de Toros in Valencia.
May 13, 2018: “I put so much pressure on myself [trying to tie Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert at 18 Grand Slam tournament titles] that I lost three in a row really, really badly, and I couldn’t play. I talked to my coach and he sat me down and said, ‘Why are you trying to get to 18? This makes no sense. Everyone puts all of this pressure on you. Your goal should be 30 or 40. Eighteen is such a low goal.
Serena Williams, who has now won 23 majors but says her goal is winning more than the record of 24 held by Margaret Court.
May 13, 2018: “I'm very happy for the victory against a very difficult opponent. Tsitsipas has an amazing future. It was a great final for me and the 11th title here means a lot. I enjoyed the whole week and had great support from the crowd. It’s very difficult to describe how to win 11 titles at one tournament. To win 11 Monte-Carlos and 11 Barcelonas is something I couldn’t imagine doing. I’m just enjoying every week, and the fact I’m playing in a tournament that I enjoy so much means a lot to me.
Rafael Nadal, after trouncing fast-rising, 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 in the Barcelona Open final.
May 13, 2018: “You can be feminine and you can say, ‘I really want to beat her. But I don’t want to look like a little monster in the corner.’ I want to take this wall down which says you are one thing or the other. If you are a feminine athlete people say: ‘Oh, she wants to be a model or she’s not concentrating.’ No. We are concentrating. It’s a delicate thing because for some people it’s very hard to allow an athlete to be feminine. For me it’s easy. I want to fight on court but I also want to wear something I like. You can be angry and competitive and a fighter, and you can also be nice and wear something by Stella McCartney. I feel good in that and it’s important for your esteem because you’ve got to be resilient. I’m a tennis player, and that’s my priority. I like fashion but I would never want to be a model. I don’t want to forget what I’m good at because as soon as you do you’re screwed.
— Reigning Wimbledon champion and world No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, who was invited to the Oscars, is a formidable competitor who is proud she beat Serena and Venus Williams in the finals of the two Grand Slam tournaments she has won so far, in The Guardian (UK).
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.
Feb 1, 2018: “It was an incredible match, an incredible fight. I've dreamt of this moment for so many years. It's surreal. I knew today was going to be an incredible day, or a day where I'll be sad leaving the court. It was my day today. I'm just so thankful.
Caroline Wozniacki, talking to the cheering crowd on Rod Laver Arena after outlasting Simona Halep 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, in her 43rd Grand Slam tournament and after a lot of heartbreak, to capture her first major title in her and re-capture the No. 1 ranking.
Feb 1, 2018: “I think tonight was because I didn't have the emotional rollercoaster matches during the tournament. Because of this, my emotions were kept, like in a jar. It becomes extremely emotional in the ceremony when I can thank everybody; thank my team, thank my wife, thank my parents, thank the legends, thank the people. It just hit me then that I've worked hard, everyone has worked so hard that I'm the lucky one who can stand there and thank everyone. And the fans in particular because if I'm playing well today, it's because of them as well.
Roger Federer, when asked by ESPN why he broke down during the trophy presentation after he defeated Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the Australian Open final to win his 20th Grand Slam title, four more than Rafael Nadal in second place.
Feb 1, 2018: “But the body was not ready because I had so many long matches. The muscles were tired. The feet were not good enough. But mentally I was ready. I feel that I can face any challenge. I can play against anyone. I can win against anyone. But just sometimes is not how you want because you cannot physically do it. I did 100% what I could today. That's why I can say that I'm not sad for that. I'm sad that I lost the match, I was not the winner. But, you know, life goes on. For sure in the future, if I keep working like this and I keep playing like this, I will be in a good position again.
Simona Halep, asked whether she felt ready to finally win her first major before the match, Halep unequivocally said yes. "I felt ready."
Feb 1, 2018: “A lot of confidence. I played a lot of good players in the last two weeks. I can play, like, more comfortable on the court with the great players like Roger.
Hyeon Chung, noting that increased confidence was one of the takeaways of his exciting and highly successful Australian Open where the surprise semifinalist scored huge upset victories over six-time champion Novak Djokovic and No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev.


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