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What they said: 10 best quotes from Wimbledon

News24
15 Jul 2019, 22:13 GMT+10

London - A look at the 10 best quotes from this year's Wimbledon which drew to a close on Sunday:

- Novak Djokovic reflects on winning his fifth Wimbledon title beating Roger Federer in the longest final in the tournament's history.

- Federer on what were the similarities between losing to Djokovic and to Rafael Nadal in 2008, the previous holder of the longest ever Wimbledon men's final.

- Straight-talking Australian Dylan Alcott, a paraplegic since birth, who is three-quarters of the way to a calendar Grand Slam.

- Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime has been compared to American legend Arthur Ashe but like the rest of the 'NextGen' generation found the 'p' word too much to bear as he crashed out in the third round to unheralded Frenchman Ugo Humbert who had never played a grass court match before this year.

- Serena Williams delivers a stinging rebuke in answer to a question about Billie Jean King's advice she gives up being a fighter for equality and her celebrity lifestyle to focus on tennis. By far the most effective blow she landed on women's singles final day where she was outclassed by Simona Halep.

- Engaging Halep fulfils mum's wishes and how in her 6-2, 6-2 dismantling of Williams.

- Former world number one Naomi Osaka's world has come crashing down around her just months after adding the Australia Open to the US Open victory last year - she became the first top-two seed to exit Wimbledon in the first round since Martina Hingis in 2001.

- Spanish legend Rafael Nadal after his four-set defeat by Roger Federer in the semi-finals reflects on how the chances of a third Wimbledon title are receding with the passing of the years.

- Ukrainian Elina Svitolina warning boyfriend Gael Monfils and her entourage she won't be the best of company after losing badly to Halep in the semi-finals.

- Coco Gauff, who at 15 brought a much-needed injection of fresh talent and fun to the women's game, reacts to her role model former United States First Lady Michelle Obama tweeting "Coco is terrific."

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