What the players said
“It’s a pretty special moment, I’m really emotional, I’m so grateful to be in that place, to be healthy and able to play that game. I love playing here," said Swiatek in her on-court interview.
“It’s easier to play matches with that kind of support. I’ve felt it in every place I played this year, basically, which is still surprising for me.
“I try to treat every match the same because when I’m going to realise this is one of the biggest matches of the season, it’s going to stress me out. I listen to music coming out onto the court. Today was Led Zeppelin. It is really pumping me up.”
On being inspired by Rafael Nadal, Swiatek said: “Oh my God, he is inspiring me basically in every aspect both on court and off the court, he’s so humble, he’s so down to earth.
"On court, I saw a few matches live…when I watched this year’s Australian Open final, oh my God, it was just overwhelming really, even I had doubts, I could see how he was trying to find solutions, trying to get better in the match, and he did, and he won. He's an inspiration."