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What they said… Final Sunday

Aug 14, 2017
written by: Emna Achour
written by: Emna Achour


 Alexander Zverev on winning his second consecutive title

“I played well, winning Washington and here. It’s something amazing, back-to-back weeks. I feel great. I feel like I’m playing some of the best tennis of my life.

But, you know, Cincinnati is a very tough draw. I don’t know if I will be able to go far there because I’m a little bit tired. But game-wise and confidence-wise, I’m super happy the way everything is standing.”


Zverev on his quick rise in the rankings

I mean, the faster the better for me, actually. I don’t mind that I’m winning tournaments. I don’t think anybody would. But, I mean, I feel fine. I’ve been in the Top 10 since Rome. I was outside for a few weeks, but I’m back in it.

I feel like I’m playing the right tennis, good enough tennis to be there. I don’t feel like things are going unnaturally. I think everything is going pretty naturally. Obviously, winning the two Masters 1000 events, anybody would be proud of that and nobody would have expected it, but I’m happy that it happened.”


Roger Federer on his takeaway from Montréal

“It’s positive, nevertheless. The final was a bit unexpected but it continues on a positive note like the rest of the season. Of course, it’s a bit disappointing today because I would have liked to do better and fight more to make the match tighter. But Alex played really well all week. I congratulate him. He deserves the win.”


Federer on rising stars Denis Shapovalov and Alexander Zverev

“I loved watching Denis play. I think he had the matches of the tournament, with all these great three-setters that he had. Especially the one against Rafa. I think he caught the attention of the tennis world, and rightfully so. I really enjoyed watching him.

Alexander has been around for a while now. Not a whole long time. I’m just really happy for him, to see that he’s taking everything not just to the next level but the two next levels, winning two Masters 1000. It’s extremely difficult to win.

It’s a wonderful achievement for him. I wish him the best for the coming months and hope he can finish the season very strong because there are opportunities now.”


Nicolas Mahut on his doubles win with Pierre-Hugues Herbert

“This was the win that gives us confidence because it hinged on so little. They [Rohan Bopana and Ivan Dodig] served well and it was complicated to find solutions but we got off to a good start. What I also really liked is that every time we got into trouble this week, we stuck together and didn’t panic. There were some tough moments against Mike and Bob Bryan but we stayed strong. In the first round also against Jo and Lucas, we dominated and then lost the second set but we came back in the super tiebreaker. It was the same thing again today. In terms of game, in terms of complementarity and attitude on the court, I think we had a really great week.”