The Last Word: Quotes From the World of Tennis Vol.3

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Every week at SteveG, we’ll be highlighting some of the best quotes said by players, coaches and more from the world of tennis.

“To win the China Open is a dream for me, because I’ve never been able to do so well here – so to overcome that and win such a big title at the end of the year is just incredible. I’m really happy I came and I conquered here.” – Victoria Azarenka after winning Beijing, her fifth title of the year.

“Be aware the player’s party dresscode here is leather and horsepower so you might bring your cat woman outfit ;).” – Andrea Petkovic on Twitter talking to Azarenka about the upcoming players party in Linz.

“It’s obviously an honor to hold this prestigious record. There are some incredible names towards the top of this list and it’s humbling to be in such elite company.” – Mike Bryan on winning his 84th career doubles title, an all-time record, in Beijing with brother Bob.

“On one side of my mind, I cannot believe I won the tournament, but at the same time, I feel that I’m happy I was able to do this.” – Kei Nishikori on becoming the first Japanese man ever to win the Tokyo title.

“That’s the target. This will definitely help me in that race, but it’s still quite open.” Novak Djokovic, after winning his third China Open title, on his goal to end the year as No. 1.

“I’ve already reached my goal by getting back to World No. 1 in the summer. That was for me the goal, getting back there and winning a Grand Slam, particularly Wimbledon. I feel very much at peace and I’m happy. I always have to look 12 months ahead, as well, making sure I stay injury free, that I stay hungry for more. This is where if it works out, great, and if it doesn’t, someone else plays better. I am here, so I’ll give it the best shot I can and we’ll see how it goes.” Roger Federer in Shanghai when asked about trying to finish the year as No. 1.

“The No. 1 is not the tennis player who selectively plays major tournaments, even winning them, but the one who is stable over the full season. Ranking is a set of performances at all tournaments. Azarenka won the Australian Open and was stable all this year – and it is very difficult to do, you need to be well prepared physically. Everyone has started to forget about the achievements of Vika, the same with Maria Sharapova, who won Roland Garros, after Serena Williams won gold and won the title at the US Open, and it is wrong. Let the younger Williams play a full season, and then we’ll see who will be the No. 1.” – Former No. 1 Dinara Safina who was quoted in a Russian media outlet about why Azarenka deserves to be No. 1 this year.

“Really excited Backstreet Boys are getting back together. I know it’s lame, but I’ve always loved them.” Andy Roddick sent this message on Twitter. Later it was learned his account had been hacked.

“Tomic providing pre match entertainment.. Doing magic tricks and getting into lockers..” Andy Murray who sent out his first message on Twitter in months from Tokyo.

“Good things come to those who wait. Greater things come to those who hustle.” Sloane Stephens sent out this inspirational thought from her Twitter account.

And here a few quotes from the sport’s past —

“When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.” – Steffi Graf

“Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.” – Billie Jean King

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