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Can’t-miss quotes from the first and second round

Jul 29, 2016
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Wimbledon-runner up, Milos Raonic, on his recent success:

“I don’t know if I would necessarily say I’m more confident than normal because of Wimbledon. I think it’s just sort of the process, the way I’m trying to go about things that we have put specific attention on over the last few weeks. I’m trying to get better and better each day. I guess that’s the objective for tomorrow, as well.”

Milos also spoke about what a Rogers Cup title would mean to him, with it being the only tournament he attended as a child.


Three-time Rogers Cup champion Novak Djokovic, on returning to Canada:

“Toronto is a great way for me to prepare for [the] Olympic Games and what’s coming up after that but also to enjoy my time in this tournament. I enjoy Canada, both cities, Toronto and Montreal, and the past results in history shows that I have a good time on Canadian soil, so I try to get the best out of it.”

Nick Kyrgios, following his loss to rising Canadian star, Denis Shapovalov:

“I think he’s a great player. Obviously he’s won a lot of matches over the last couple of months. You know, he’s coming off of one of the best results of his career. He has a great future. I’m really looking forward to see how he’s going to progress into the seniors and transition. He’s a top player.”

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Denis Shapovalov, on headlining the next generation of Canadian tennis players:

“Of course it’s exciting. I mean, we’ve got so many players coming up. Not even me. We’ve got Benjamin, we’ve got Felix, you know. We’ve got so many fantastic prospects. So of course it’s exciting for Canadian tennis. We are very happy to be a part of it. The best part is I feel — you know, there are kids after the match saying, You’re in my heart. Even though you lost, it doesn’t matter. Like they believe in me. They see me as a role model. That’s very inspiring for me, first of all, but also it motivates them to work harder because they want to become like me or like Felix or like Ben.”

Vasek Pospisil, on competing in the upcoming Olympics with Daniel Nestor:

“I’m really excited about the Olympics and it’s an honour to represent my country. I’ve played with Daniel before, he’s one of the greatest doubles players of all-time. I think we have a good shot at a medal.”

Canadian Philip Bester, on his and Adil Shamasdin’s doubles win over Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic:

“Obviously it’s an exciting match-up, kind of like a popcorn match. But at the end of the day, you know, putting aside the excitement, I was also excited to go out there with Adil and I knew that we had enough skill and enough game to beat these guys.”

Bester & Shamasdin Photo by Stephen Uhraney