This Week In Tennis
Q. You opened your Olympics by carrying the flag in the opening ceremony; you ended it by having the flag raised. Have you thought about the bookends and what does that mean to you?
ANDY MURRAY: It means a lot. Obviously, getting to carry the flag at the opening ceremony was an amazing experience. I was very honored to get the opportunity to do that. I found that quite emotional, as well. The day after I found out, the day I did it as well, I had to sort of kind of regroup and get my mind on the matches.
So to finish it with a match like that, as well, obviously I was very emotional at the end. It's been a buildup of emotions over the last 10 days or so. Just very happy that I got over the line tonight.
Q. You've been an escape artist this week, escaping Djokovic, Nadal, the elevator at the Olympic Village. Did you just run out of steam? Did you think you were going to escape this, too?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: No. I want to escape from here, I'm so tired (laughter). Too many things in only one week.
But this will be for the rest of my life on my mind. I never thought something like that at the beginning of the tournament. It's even bigger, like a dream. Now I got a silver medal, which means a (goal/gold?) for me. I cannot believe I will bring another medal for my country.
Q. Is it a bit of a bittersweet moment for you? You take home the silver, which is great, but it's not the gold.
ANGELIQUE KERBER: Yeah, I mean, of course it's not the medal I wished, but still it's silver. Before I came here, I said to myself I will give everything to win the medal. I won the silver one, and I'm proud, yeah, to represent my country. It's an honor, yeah, to win the silver medal and to go with a medal back home.
Q. Monica, such an emotional moment for you and everybody watching. What does it mean for you to do this for your country and for yourself?
MONICA PUIG: It's just amazing. You know, I know my country really appreciates this, and I really wanted to give this victory to them. The way that I did it tonight, I wouldn't want it any other way.
Q. What emotions were you actually experiencing once you had finished and won, taking in the moment?
MONICA PUIG: Just a lot of relief, a lot of tension going away. Also I couldn't really believe what just happened. It was such an amazing moment. The ball seemed to be going out kind of slow, so I wish it would have sped up a little bit.
I'm just so excited.
Q. Venus, when you left London last time, you were already talking about Rio. Is it too farfetched or anything for you to contemplate Tokyo?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I mean, God willing. I imagine if I really wanted to be there I could. So Tokyo is about if I want to be there and if I want to continue to work this hard. It's a lot of hard work. So I'm going to have to want to do the work.
So we'll see.
Q. Rafa, that must have been mighty tasty. Talk about what it means to you to win the gold in doubles. You're one of only four tennis players who have ever won singles and doubles.
RAFAEL NADAL: Thank you very much. It was amazing experience, especially doing that with one of my best friends, with Marc, is something unforgettable for me, for both of us, I think.
Win a gold medal today after two months and a half with no practice, with no preparation at all, just working on the gym, is something that is a dream, no?
The moment was unbelievable, and we had fun. We fight hard. The only thing that we can say is that we are very, very happy.
- ATP: Thiem (+1 to #9), Karlovic (+4 to #20), Isner (-3 to #22), Anderson (+2 to #24), Carreno Busta (+7 to #48), Chardy (-14 to #53), Young (-8 to #57), Lajovic (+13 to #59), Evans (+20 to #60), Youzhny (-11 to #68), Mayer (+21 to #73), Millman (-17 to #91), Gulbis (-39 to #100)
- WTA: Kasatkina (+3 to #24), Bencic (-11 to #27), Errani (-8 to #32), Cornet (-10 to #58), Watson (-10 to #76), Lisicki (-5 to #84), Tsurenko (-28 to #85), Allertova (-5 to #90)
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