“Rafa, bravo. How many is that, 28? 28 Barcelona titles is not bad. I’m really jealous. But you’ve earned it. You’re one of the biggest competitors in our sport, I’m sure you know that.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas after his marathon defeat to Rafael Nadal in the Barcelona final, in which the great Spaniard now has 12 (not 28!) titles.
“You have to put (in) like 200 per cent to beat this guy, it’s like playing against a wall.”
In the semi-finals of the Belgrade ATP championship, Aslan Karatsev shocked world number one Novak Djokovic.
“Tadej is a phenomenon, everyone knows that.”
Julien Alaphilippe, a French cyclist, on Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar, who won an exciting Liege-Bastogne-Liege race.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. We had basically taken our kit off.”
Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos after his team and opponents Granada had to return to the pitch to play an extra minute when their La Liga game was halted too early by the referee. Sevilla still won 2-1 to keep up their title push
“Maybe we could have 400 days a year and they will be a solution.”
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, claims that the extended Champions League, which begins in 2024, will only add to the players’ tension.
“I didn’t see us today playing like we deserve Champions League next year. We have another five games and we will see. We learn or we don’t play Champions League, that’s it.”
Jurgen Klopp, following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle.
“I thought it was a rubbish decision. I think it is a decision made by somebody who has never played the game.”
West Ham boss David Moyes after Fabian Balbuena was harshly sent off following a VAR review in the 1-0 loss to Chelsea.
“Formula E will be the joke of the week”.
Antonio Felix da Costa of Portugal, after the Formula E race in Valencia saw half of the field fail to finish due to battery failure.
“My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times. I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction.”
— Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s star spinner, on his decision to withdraw from the IPL as the nation fights the pandemic’s spiraling death rates.