The Last Word: Quotes From the World of Tennis Vol.6

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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

“No, I don’t. I think it was back in the 1800s.” Serena Williams when asked if she could remember her first WTA Championships.

“He probably won’t lose his temper when he plays on center court with so many cameras.” Roger Federer about France’s Benoit Paire prior to their quarterfinal match in Basel.

“This is a very special week, a very emotional week. Today on court it was very emotional, but it’s been very emotional since the tournament started.” Juan Carlos Ferrero after losing his final career singles match to Nicolas Almagro in Valencia.

“I was dead maybe from the second set, but I just tried to keep fighting. In tennis you have to fight. I just thought about fighting. Italy’s Sara Errani after losing to Agnieszka Radwanska in their match at Istanbul during the WTA Championships.

“Sofia is on her way to Sofia.” Sofia Arvidsson on Twitter announcing her trip to the WTA event in Sofia, Bulgaria.

“Everybody is hurting at this time.  Some show it more than others.” Maria Sharapova after defeating Victoria Azarenka in their semifinals match in Istanbul.

“I think Agnieszka felt much worse than me today. I saw her before the match and we looked at each other and we laughed really hard. Kind of said it all.” Victoria Azarenka after her semifinal loss at Istanbul when asked about having to play back to back matches during the week.

“I don’t know what’s going to be on my mind, but I’m going to have a strawberry daiquiri in one hand and a magazine in the other and my eyes are going to be looking at the ocean. I’m going to be very satisfied. ” Maria Sharapova after being asked how she plans to spend the off-season.

“It is a source of great pride for me to be here. You have done so much for the sport and marked the path for a generation of Spanish players. Saying goodbye to one of this country’s greatest players is tough. I’m thankful for all the moments we shared together.” Rafael Nadal to Juan Carlos Ferrero during Ferrero’s retirement ceremony in Valencia.

“It was an unbelievable final, the match was really close. After six losses, it was a big win for me. I was fighting all the time. I got lucky in the end, but I felt that I played a really good match.” Juan Martin Del Potro after beating Roger Federer for the first time all year in the finals of Basel.

“It’s always very difficult to play at home. I knew it would be more difficult to win the title again. He’s a very talented opponent. I played aggressively and it went well for me. I want to dedicate the victory to Juan Carlos Ferrero on his farewell. He has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a player.” David Ferrer after winning his third title in Valencia over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

And a few quotes from the sport’s past —

“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” – Andre Agassi

What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well. – John McEnroe

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