Top quotes from the 2019 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year that ended on January 27.
An honest Rafael Nadal assesses why he was demolished by Novak Djokovic in the final.
"Probably physically I was not able. Five months without competing, having that big challenge in front of me, I needed something else. That something else probably today I don't have it yet... to compete at this super high level."
Serena Williams after Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova survived four match points then stormed home in the quarter-finals to end the American's latest bid for a record-equalling 24th major.
"I can't say that I choked on those match points. She just played lights out, literally hitting lines. Just went for it, just went crazy on match point."
Tennis player Frances Tiafoe contracted the coronavirus in July. The 22-year-old returned a positive test for the virus and was forced to withdraw from the All-American Team Cup exhibition tournament in Atlanta. "I'm cool. Obviously, some of the other players had it pretty bad. Losing taste, losing smell. Physically when they were coming back they were struggling a lot," said Tiafoe. "Actually my virus was pretty mild, thankfully, me and my brother. My brother had no symptoms at all. I just had diarrhoea and headaches for three days. So I was okay."
An exhausted Johanna Konta after the Briton's second-round clash with Spain's Garbine Muguruza ended at 3:12 am after a scheduling logjam meant they didn't get on court until 12:30 am.
"I don't agree with athletes having to physically exert themselves in the wee hours of the morning. I don't think it is healthy — in fact, it is quite dangerous."
American Danielle Collins after routing world number two Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2 on her way to the semi-finals in a dream debut at Melbourne Park.
"I was giving the referee a hard time about the new rule the WTA made about how you can only take one bathroom break. I kind of needed to go to the bathroom, but I hesitated. I was trying to strategically plan out when I was going to urinate."
Naomi Osaka after the 21-year-old was told one of her opponents, Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek, was awestruck to be playing the Japanese star at Melbourne Park.
"No way! I feel old. Wow, that's kind of crazy... It's weird. For me, when I play, like, Venus (Williams) or someone, I'm star struck too. It's a bit weird when you tell me there's someone I'm playing that feels that way."
Stefanos Tsitsipas after being thumped by Rafael Nadal in the semi-final.
"He gives you no rhythm. He plays just a different game style than the rest of the players. I've never seen a player have this. He makes you play bad. I don't know, I would call that a talent."