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July 19, 2017: “If you don’t think a crowd can be the difference between winning and losing, you haven’t watched enough tennis.
— ESPN Analyst John McEnroe, a 1980s champion, after Simona Halep, the No. 2 seed from Romania, lost her service game in the third set of her 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 loss to Englishwoman Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon quarterfinals before a highly partisan crowd.
July 19, 2017: “I was expecting the best Venus, because I saw her and she was playing very good," Muguruza said afterward. “I knew she was going to make me suffer and fight for it. When I had those set points against me, I’m like, ‘Hey, it’s normal. I’m playing Venus here.’ So I just kept fighting. I knew that if I was playing like I was playing during the two weeks, I was going to eventually have an opportunity. So I was calm. If I lose the first set, I still have two more. Let’s not make drama.
Garbine Muguruza, after she won the last nine games to beat five-time champion Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in the Wimbledon ladies’ final for her second Grand Slam title
July 19, 2017: “I had a lot of issues. There have definitely been a lot of ups and downs. I just try to hold my head up high, no matter what is happening in life. In sport especially, you have injuries. You have illnesses. You’re not going to be always playing 100 per cent. If I decide to walk out on the court, I try to just compete that day. That’s what I try to do. This year has been amazing in terms of my play, playing deep into the big events actually. Of course, I’m excited about being in another final again. I’ll try to take it a step further.
Venus Williams, referencing the divorce of her parents in 2002, the murder of her half-sister in 2003, the debilitating Sjögren’s Syndrome that struck her down in 2011, and her recent involvement in a fatal car accident as well as her glorious triumphs on the court.
July 19, 2017: “That was really the first moment I had to myself out there. And I guess that’s when it sunk in that, man, I was able to win Wimbledon again, and I broke a record, and my family is there to share it with me. I was hoping the boys were going to be there, too, not just the girls. And so I just felt so happy, and I guess I also realized how much I had put into it to be there. It was all those things together.
Roger Federer, explaining why his crying on Centre Court caught him by surprise after defeating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final for his record-extending 19th Grand Slam title.

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Roger Federer wins a record 8th title at Wimbledon.



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