This Week In Tennis
Q. What was this whole week like for you? I've never been a week away from being No. 1 in anything. What is it like having this chance and people coming up to you and talking about it?
ANGELIQUE KERBER: No, of course that sounds good and it's like you know you have this match because you played a really consistent year. It's not because you just have this chance to play this one match and then you'll be No. 1. You have to play really good tournaments before.
It's also a great feeling because I'm working hard to have the chance, going out there to be one day the No. 1, but also I'm trying to not putting too much pressure on myself.
I mean, it feels good and I will try to maybe get another chance to have the chance to be the No. 1, but, yeah, you have to play good matches to get there.
Yeah, like I said, you have to play a consistent year to maybe be the No. 1 one day.
Q. Sometimes when people have kind of a more businesslike approach on the court fans say that you can't see the personality. How would you describe your personality?
MARIN CILIC: Well, I'm trying to be obviously focused on what I have to do on the court. I see also some guys that are -- that show more emotions, that are more into fan communication. Obviously that's good thing, as we need to have different kind of players.
But also, I would like to see as well the fans appreciating the guys being very, very respectful on the court and being professional. I think that needs to be done more in tennis, especially for the young ones coming up to see obviously the best guys doing that as well.
I just felt that this week obviously the fans were really, really good, especially last night. A lot of them stayed until the end of the match. It was not an easy week because of the rain and everything. Was really exciting to play here.
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Q. Some people say this may be the peak of your career in terms of how you're playing. Do you feel that way?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I think so. I think I played my best tennis just now. Definitely really this year I had tough losses around Indian Wells/Miami time, and then obviously switched -- well, just stopped working with Amélie too around that period.
You know, really after Miami, I mean, the last four, five months have been -- it's not even close to anything else I had done before. It was way, way better. Seven finals in a row, you know. Won obviously Wimbledon again, the Olympics.
Yeah, I still feel like there are some things I can improve upon. Yeah, it's been really good.
Q. Maintaining your No. 1 ranking on your mind at all this week?
SANIA MIRZA: No, not at all. As cliche as it sounds, ranking is really just a number. At the end of the day you have to come out and you have to play your best tennis. That's what we did, and that's why we feel like we won the tournament, you know.
Next time somebody else plays their best maybe and we don't win the tournament and they win.
No, not really. I mean, for us it's important to win every time we play. We both fight; we both like to play and we both like tennis obviously.
Q. You connected with Dani who was with Andy as you know for a long time and then with Tomas. What do you think he's going to bring to your game?
GRIGOR DIMITROV: Simplicity. Right now -- I just spoke about it this morning, about the practice and what we need to do and what we need to focus on.
We're just looking at the big picture. Yes, it's a great week. Yes, I'm playing good. That's not the ultimate goal. Just a result of what we have been doing.
I think it's actually a very good way to look at tennis that way. I feel the same way. I think that helps us to sort of get out there on the court and structure the right way of practicing, the right amount of work, and what needs to be done.
That's how you put yourself in the best position to play a match. I think that's a good way to look at things.
- ATP: Wawrinka (+1 to #3), Cilic (+5 to #9), Dimitrov (+10 to #24), Coric (+9 to #40), Jaziri (+9 to #53), Dolgopolov (-21 to #58), Mayer (+14 to #59), Evans (-7 to #67), Lu (-5 to #72), Sela (-15 to #80), Millman (+10 to #81), Sugita (+19 to #83), Seppi (-14 to #88), Monaco (+9 to #95)
- WTA: Pliskova (+6 to #11), Svitolina (-4 to #23), Ivanovic (-6 to #31), Babos (+8 to #33), Safarova (-7 to #35), Jankovic (-12 to #41), Cornet (+11 to #47), Riske (+11 to #59), Flipkens (-8 to #68), Lepchenko (-15 to #69), Schmiedlova (-29 to #86), Schiavone (+2 to #95)
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