Quotable Quotes: The Best of Quarterfinal Friday

 

It was a packed day of tennis at the Western & Southern Open on Friday, featuring third-round and quarterfinal matchups. We saw what happened on the court – here’s what players had to say afterward.

 

Simona Halep

On exercises she loves and hates…

“I hate running, even if I run a lot on court. But just running is boring (smiling). And I love to do, like, weights but smaller weights. Light. Just active and energetic exercises.”

 

Johanna Konta

On being told she tends to start well right out of the gate at tournaments…

“Well, thank you. That's very nice to acknowledge. So thank you (smiling).”

 

John Isner

On his mindset when playing up-and-coming players…

“I actually really like to play these guys. In a sense, a lot of the pressure is on me because I'm ranked ahead of them, but it kind of gives me a little extra motivation to show these guys that I still have a lot left in the tank. At 32, I was just told I'm going to be the No. 1 American again after this week, so as the oldest person playing on the male side and being the No. 1 ranked, it's pretty cool for me.”

 

Karolina Pliskova

On playing two matches in a day for the third time this year…

“Yeah, I'm pretty good at that. (Laughter.)”

On how she would rate her mental toughness on a scale from 1 to 10…

“10 (smiling).”

On the chance she and fellow Czech Lucie Safarova will sit atop the singles and doubles rankings simultaneously…

“She was, like, “Please, can you still be winning?” Because I know I'm losing some points at this tournament. And there is potential some girls, if they win -- I don't even want to follow this, but she told me, like, “If you can stay at least one more week that it could be good for Czech Republic to have two world No. 1s.” I'm doing my best (smiling).”

 

Grigor Dimitrov

On what Yuichi Sugita said to him after the match…

“I guess he was a little down and just said, “Well done, man.” I think that's about it.”

 

Rafael Nadal

On what it’s like to play Nick Kyrgios when he’s serving well…

“He obviously is a tough match always, no? Nick is a great player, but I played bad, obviously, no?”

On whether being No. 1 on Monday is a consolation prize…

“No, is not a consolation. Is an amazing, positive news. No, no, being No. 1 after all the things that I have been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable, so is, for me, is an amazing achievement to be back to that position after few years, three years already without being in that position. But here I am. I'm very happy for that, and that's the moment that in the most important, in the last most important event of the season, I need to show why I am in that position now, no?”

 

Nick Kyrgios

On playing two matches on Friday…

“You know, obviously playing Ivo was a bit of a luxury, I guess, when I'm not going to run very much. It was still pretty hot out there today. No, I think I did everything right. As soon as I finished, I went back to the hotel. I had a nap. Showered up. Went to the barber shop. I chilled. I knew I had to sort of just chill out for tonight's match.”

On hitting a tweener in every match he’s played this week in Cincinnati…

“I think it's just a bad habit, to be honest. I do it in practice a lot. Things you do in practice you tend to do in matches. Probably just a habit now.”

 

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