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May 13, 2018: “I feel so much emotion. The match that they both played was unbelievable. This is very special for David who we all love. He is one of the greatest people on the circuit and he deserves a match like this. I think both deserved to win. I think Philipp played one of the best matches I have ever seen him play. The match was an incredible level of tennis and incredible intensity.
— Spain’s Davis Cup captain Sergi Bruguera, after 36-year-old David Ferrer outlasted Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (1) 3-6 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-5 in the deciding rubber to give Spain a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals at The Plaza de Toros in Valencia.
May 13, 2018: “I put so much pressure on myself [trying to tie Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert at 18 Grand Slam tournament titles] that I lost three in a row really, really badly, and I couldn’t play. I talked to my coach and he sat me down and said, ‘Why are you trying to get to 18? This makes no sense. Everyone puts all of this pressure on you. Your goal should be 30 or 40. Eighteen is such a low goal.
Serena Williams, who has now won 23 majors but says her goal is winning more than the record of 24 held by Margaret Court.
May 13, 2018: “I’m very happy for the victory against a very difficult opponent. Tsitsipas has an amazing future. It was a great final for me and the 11th title here means a lot. I enjoyed the whole week and had great support from the crowd. It’s very difficult to describe how to win 11 titles at one tournament. To win 11 Monte-Carlos and 11 Barcelonas is something I couldn’t imagine doing. I’m just enjoying every week, and the fact I’m playing in a tournament that I enjoy so much means a lot to me.
Rafael Nadal, after trouncing fast-rising, 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 in the Barcelona Open final.
May 13, 2018: “You can be feminine and you can say, ‘I really want to beat her. But I don’t want to look like a little monster in the corner.’ I want to take this wall down which says you are one thing or the other. If you are a feminine athlete people say: ‘Oh, she wants to be a model or she’s not concentrating.’ No. We are concentrating. It’s a delicate thing because for some people it’s very hard to allow an athlete to be feminine. For me it’s easy. I want to fight on court but I also want to wear something I like. You can be angry and competitive and a fighter, and you can also be nice and wear something by Stella McCartney. I feel good in that and it’s important for your esteem because you’ve got to be resilient. I’m a tennis player, and that’s my priority. I like fashion but I would never want to be a model. I don’t want to forget what I’m good at because as soon as you do you’re screwed.
— Reigning Wimbledon champion and world No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, who was invited to the Oscars, is a formidable competitor who is proud she beat Serena and Venus Williams in the finals of the two Grand Slam tournaments she has won so far, in The Guardian (UK).

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