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What they said… August 10

Aug 11, 2017
written by: Emna Achour
written by: Emna Achour

Denis Shapovalov on his meteoric rise in recent weeks

“It’s a very fast pace right now. It’s a lot to take in, obviously. But, you know, honestly, I’m very thankful that I’m in this position. If I didn’t save those four match points in the first round, there wouldn’t even be a chance to play Juan Martin or Rafa. I’m very thankful for that.
I’m very thankful to have Wayne and Penny by my side. Very inspiring. All that put together, I’m very thankful.”

 

Shapovalov on his formidable opponent, Rafael Nadal

“It’s so tough. A lot of the time, he just hits a shot that’s way too good. I was managing to get a lot back when I could. But, you know, he’s honestly the best player I’ve ever played in my life.

You could tell why he’s won so many Grand Slams. His ball was just so heavy. He’s such a warrior out there. So, it’s honestly, like, a dream come true for me to beat a player like that.”

 

Shapovalov on the energy on Centre Court

“The crowd was ridiculous. I’ve never been in a sporting event where the fans get so loud. It’s so much fun to be a part of. It’s so much fun having them cheer me on. Honestly, I don’t think I could be in this position without them.”

 

Rafael Nadal following his loss to Shapovalov

He played well. He has great potential. I wish him the best. He has everything to become a great player. He played with the right determination in the important moments.”

 

Nadal on how Shapovalov stayed the course even with his back to the wall

“He has nothing to lose. It’s win-win for him. If he loses playing a good match, it was good for him. If he loses in straight sets, already he’s played a good tournament. If he wins, he’s amazing. He won. It’s amazing for him. Just well done for him. It’s a great story. And I am not happy to be part of this story.”

 

Roger Federer on his 17-0 record against David Ferrer

I’ve never beaten other players by these types of numbers. Versus other players, I’ve won 17 times in 30 or 40 matches. They always ended up beating me at one point, like Roddick, Gonzalez, Soderling . . . In some cases, I won ten matches in a row. But, in the end, they beat me. That’s why I have a lot of respect for today’s match. I know it can’t last since 17 is really a lot.”

 

Alexander Zverev on his first Masters 1000 as the fourth seed

“Well, obviously it feels good. But it feels a little bit strange, as well. It’s a Masters 1000, one of the biggest events we have on Tour. I’m not used to it yet. But I’m guessing that hopefully it will happen a lot more times, maybe even higher seeded. I’m guessing that’s something I have to get used to.”

 

Zverev on his Washington rematch against Kevin Anderson in their quarterfinal on Friday

“If it’s going to be the same outcome, then it’s fine. If it changes, then I’m not too happy about it. […] I’m happy for him, too, that he’s in the quarterfinals. But tomorrow is going to be another interesting one between us.”