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Quotes of The Championships

Andy Murray out on the balcony.
by Helen Gilbert
Sunday 7 July 2013

What the 2013 Champions said

“Ideally he would have won it himself, but I think this was the next best thing for him.  I'm saying it seriously.  I mean, I think he believed in me when a lot of people didn't.  He stuck by me through some tough losses the last couple of years.  He's been very patient with me.  I'm just happy I managed to do it for him,” Andy Murray showers praise on his coach Ivan Lendl.

“As a pro your dream is to win a Grand Slam...then once it happens, in those five, 10 seconds before you shake the hand of your opponent, you feel you're almost not walking any more on earth. You're really flying,” Marion Bartoli reflects on the moment she won the 2013 ladies' singles.

“I've had a difficult relationship at times over the years.  The last few years have been much better.  I mean, I know for you guys it's important that I win this tournament...I obviously tried my best.  I worked as hard as I could to do it. I wasn't thinking before the match point if I win this I'm going to look at the press, but I finished the point and, yeah, that was just what my eyes were kind of fixed on,” Murray explains why he ran over to the press end of the court rather than the player box immediately after his victory over Novak Djokovic.

 “That was the perfect day. It was sunny, it was beautiful. Centre Court was packed. I won in two sets, I didn't drop a set the whole Championship. Even in my perfect dream I couldn't have dreamed a moment like that. That is beyond perfection,” Saturday 6 July 2013 will forever remain special to Bartoli.

“She works extremely hard.  A lot of people kind of questioned her sort of methods, the ways that she plays. I was really, really happy for her that she managed to win yesterday.  I'm sure she'll be good fun tonight.  She's a funny girl,” Andy Murray looks forward to attending the Wimbledon ball with Bartoli.

"In the context of our career, it is probably up there at the top. I didn't think anything could feel as sweet as the gold medal, but this one just feels like there's a cap, a lid, or a ribbon around our career,” Mike Bryan, who with brother Bob, won the men’s doubles title. In so doing, the twins became the first pair in the open era to hold all four consecutive Grand Slam titles.

“It's very special because I don't think tennis is popular in Taiwan,” Su-Wei Hsieh said following her ladies doubles win with partner Peng Shuai.

 

What the former champions said

“Wimbledon is the most important tennis tournament in the world.  Especially for him as a British player and crowd, couldn't be a more perfect setting for them. So, you know, he deserved to win and that's it,” Novak Djokovic following his defeat to Murray.

“I still have plans to play for many more years to come. It's normal that after all of a sudden losing early after being in the quarters 36 times, people feel it's different,” Roger Federer has no intention of hanging up his racket despite fans describing his third round defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky as the ‘end of an era’.

 “My season has been fantastic, much better than what I have thought five months ago.  So I am happy about everything. I know that that thing, that lose of today, can happen, and it happened.  That's all,” Rafael Nadal is honest following his first round defeat to Steve Darcis.

“It’s not a shock…She plays really good on grass. She has a massive, massive serve. So going in there you have to know that it’s definitely not going to be an easy match playing her at Wimbledon, especially on Centre Court,” Serena Williams following her unexpected defeat to eventual finalist Sabine Lisicki.

“This tournament is extremely special, and it's definitely tough to lose. But I'm going to keep my head high about it because there's no other way, and try to find the positives out of what I have today and my career, set new goals, and just keep moving forward,” Maria Sharapova following  her third round defeat.

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