Several WTA players praised Roger Federer. The Australian Ashleigh Barty said: "Federer has a great second serve and a great defence." Simona Halep: "I would like to hit SABR like Federer was doing." Sloane Stephens: "Federer's serve is so good."
Misaki Doi: "I want Federer's elegant game. He moves in such a smooth way on the court." Naomi Osaka spoke about the pressure of playing in Asia: "I feel very nervous because I have a strong desire to win.
But I usually plays well. The European swing was not that good but I improved in North America." Osaka also spoke about what makes her father great as a coach: "In the beginning of my career he coached me so i decided to begin from a starting point again.
He does not tell me many things. He has been with me since I was little and he saw me growing both as a player and person. He is definitely the person who I know better because I love him." Federer doesn't know if he will play the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games while Lucas Pouille is instead looking forward to it: "I am playing in Tokyo for the first time.
I once came here for the Davis Cup but I did not play. The environment is great, fans are great. It's nice to come here one year before the Olympics to see how it will be. I come here with good feelings, I feel well physically, I hope to go far in the tournament and have a good Asian swing."