This Week In Tennis
Q. Back to 2001, beating your idol Pete Sampras, to this day lifting your eighth trophy, can you imagine ever doing this?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I didn't think I was going to be this successful after beating Pete here. I hoped to have a chance maybe one day to be in a Wimbledon finals and have a chance to win the tournament.
Winning eight is not something you can ever aim for, in my opinion. If you do, I don't know, you must have so much talent and parents and the coaches that push you from the age of three on, who think you're like a project.
I was not that kid. I was just really a normal guy growing up in Basel, hoping to make a career on the tennis tour. I guess I dreamed, I believed, and really hoped that I could actually maybe really do it, you know, to make it real. So I put in a lot of work, and it paid off.
Q. It looked like when you saved those two set points in the first set, you never looked back after that. Tell us what went through your mind after you fought through that moment, what changed for you after that?
GARBINE MUGURUZA: You know what, nothing went through my mind. I was expecting the best Venus, because I saw her, and she was playing very good. I knew she was going to, you know, make me suffer and fight for it.
When I had those set points against me, I'm like, Hey, it's normal. I'm playing Venus here. It's not...
So I just keep fighting. And I knew that if I was playing like I was playing during the two weeks, I was going to have eventually an opportunity. So I was, like, calm. If I lose the first set, I still have two more. Let's not make a drama, you know.
Q. When you were quite emotional, was that because you feared you might have to stop at that point, not carry on?
MARIN CILIC: Well, it was just a feeling that I knew that I cannot give my best on the court, that I cannot give my best game and my best tennis, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match.
It was very, very difficult to deal with it. You know, that was the only thing. But otherwise, you know, it didn't hurt so much that it was putting me in tears. It was just that feeling that I wasn't able to give the best.
Q. At this age, 37, you're not supposed to be doing what you're doing right now. Can you talk about what you think you have in yourself ability-wise and also emotionally that allows you to play so well?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I believe that those are not my thoughts or words, that I'm not supposed to be doing this.
I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing right now.
Q. How did she make life so difficult for you this afternoon, in what way?
JOHANNA KONTA: Well, I think she did what she does well. She dictated the match from the very first ball till the very last one. I think she just showed her true qualities and why she's a five-time champion here, just a true champion that she is.
It was very difficult for me to get a good foothold in the match. The few opportunities that I did get, she did incredibly well to take them away from me.
I don't think I did too much wrong out there. I think it was all credit to her.
- ATP: Federer (+2 to #3), Wawrinka (-2 to #5), Raonic (-2 to #9), Muller (+4 to #22), Querrey (+5 to #23), Anderson (+7 to #35), Paire (+9 to #37), Mannarino (+10 to #41), Ferrer (-7 to #46), Bedene (+10 to #48), Donaldson (+9 to #58), Tomic (-10 to #69), Bemelmans (+28 to #96)
- WTA: Pliskova (+2 to #1), Konta (+3 to #4), Muguruza (+10 to #5), V Williams (+2 to #9), S Williams (-11 to #15), Konjuh (+7 to #22), Rybarikova (+54 to #33), Osaka (+10 to #49), Makarova (-12 to #59), Giorgi (+14 to #72), Watson (+23 to #79), Martic (+46 to #89), Azarenka (+482 to #201)
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