This Week In Tennis
Q. Did you ever wonder if you didn't have enough power or enough weapons in your game to be No. 1? Did you wonder about that and worry about it?
ANGELIQUE KERBER: No, I was always believing in myself. And like my team, as well. They are always believing in me. They are always telling me when I was also down, You are a really good player. You played tough matches against the best players in the world few years ago.
It was just the next step to beat the best players. To being consistent like I am right now, I think that was my next step after last year.
Also, when I sit down with my team and we spoke about 2016 to playing better in the majors and in the bigger tournaments and playing consistent. I'm fifth year in the top 1o, so this is what I'm doing good: being consistent but playing better in the bigger ones. This is what I changed this year. I was always believing in my weapons and about my tennis.
Q. Obviously the final, talk about the emotion. What are you feeling? Sadness? Are you upset with yourself for your performance?
KAROLINA PLISKOVA: I mean, no. I think I did a great job. It was my first final. Still was close to winning. I mean, she has more experience to play those finals than me so probably decided in this match.
I'm so proud of myself. If someone would tell me I'm going to play finals in this tournament before two weeks I would take it. Not sadness.
Q. Have you had opponents do that to you, as well, change up the tactics?
GAEL MONFILS: No, because everyone not doing it because of all the question they gonna receive and all the -- is not natural, and I know it is not natural. Because first question is like you're not competing. Fuck, yes, I'm competing, you know. Even I'm like at my best actually. The guy is too good. I just have to change, you know.
As I always say, the change is guts, you know. It's like people told me, Ah... No, I think I'm gutsy to try that, you know, against the world No. 1 of the world, you know. 5-0, okay, I show you that I play none academic way.
And then I won't win a match like that, but I can win maybe 15 minutes, maybe two more games, one more games. I can push him a little bit to defend also myself, more confidence, and put him out his balance.
You know, it was a great strategy, I think.
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Q. Every player has dreamed of winning a Grand Slam, but I think your dream is going a little bit further down. Maybe a career Grand Slam. Is it a coincidence in the last two years to collect these three Grand Slams or there is any, can I say a systemic plan with Magnus, focus on Grand Slam?
STAN WAWRINKA: So what? Are you saying next year I focus only on Wimbledon? (Smiling.) There is no plan. The only plan is trying to push myself the maximum to be the best player I can. I'm not good enough to start and say, Okay, I'm going to win a Grand Slam this year. No.
I'm trying every day, day by day, practicing hard, trying every match to win. And, again, I think the result will come because I'm doing that every day, because I'm fighting with myself to improve, to be a better tennis player, because I have a great team behind me pushing me every day to try to be a better tennis player.
I think this year I'm playing way better than last year. As you said, at the beginning, for me, I never dreamed to win a Grand Slam until I won the Australian Open. It was never a dream because for me it was way too far.
And, again here, I arrive here without putting goal to win it. Arrive here, take match after match. Every time I step on the court I know I can beat my opponent. Even today.
But when I start the tournament, I'm not seeing the draw and say, Okay, my goal is to win the tournament.
Q. You lost two Grand Slam finals now against Stan. What makes it so difficult for you especially to beat him in strong moments like Grand Slam title?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, he just steps in. He loves to play in the big matches. He comes up with his best game. He's so solid from both corners. He's got a good slice and amazing one-handed backhand, all corners. Big serve. Moves well.
He's a very complete player. Sometimes if he feels right he doesn't miss much and makes a lot of winners and it's hard to play him. That's what happened today.
Q. On TV Chris Evert kept suggesting you looked a little worn out from yesterday's match. You weren't moving and weren't getting your racquet in position. Did you feel that at all?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Okay, I'm not going to repeat myself. I wasn't tired from yesterday's match. I'm a professional player; been playing for over 20 years.
If I can't turn around after 24 hours and play again then I shouldn't be on tour. So I definitely wasn't tired from yesterday's match at all.
It wasn't a five-hour match. I have practiced three hours, so it wasn't that huge of a deal.
September 12, 2016
- ATP: Nadal (+1 to #4), Nishikori (+2 to #5), Federer (-3 to #7), Monfils (+4 to #8), Pouille (+7 to #18), Karlovic (+3 to #20), Lopez (-8 to #26), Lorenzi (+5 to #35), Baghdatis (+8 to #36), Anderson (-11 to #46), Marchenko (+13 to #50), Evans (+11 to #53), Edmund (+29 to #55), del Potro (+78 to #64), Chardy (-20 to #75), Young (-22 to #78), Harrison (+26 to #94), Donaldson (+25 to #97)
- WTA: Kerber (+1 to #1), S. Williams (-1 to #2), Pliskova (+5 to #11), Suarez Navarro (+4 to #8), Vinci (-7 to #15), Garcia (+9 to #24), Babos (+8 to #26), Wozniacki (+45 to #29), Sevastova (+16 to #32), Errani (-8 to #36), Makarova (-13 to #42), Bouchard (-9 to #48), Mladenovic (-14 to #51), Konjuh (+40 to #52), Brengle (-17 to #67), Osaka (+12 to #69), Witthoeft (+17 to #85), Pliskova (+27 to #95)
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Another one for "Around the Web": The Joyful Approach of Nicolas Mahut, Best Known for a Loss http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/the-joyful-approach-of-nicolas-mahut-best-known-for-a-loss
Thanks for this! What a treat to read.
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