-Welcome, welcome, welcome to
“The Tonight Show.” Thank you. This is it, huh?
-Thank you for having me. It’s a nice piece of hardware.
I’m not gonna lie. -Yeah, I guess so. Oh, my gosh. How does it feel? -Oh, man, it feels so good. I made history in Canada. I am truly blessed.
Truly blessed. -Yeah, you’ve made history here. I know you’re from Canada
as well. Let me just run through
some things here. You started the year ranked 152.
Now you rank 5. [ Cheers and applause ] You’re the first — You’re the first teenager
to win a major in over a decade. You’re the first player
born in the 2000s to win a major singles title. [ Cheers and applause ]
-Oh, my gosh. -You’re the first Canadian
to win a major singles title, and this was the first time
you qualified for the U.S. Open in three years,
and you won the whole thing. [ Cheers and applause ] -You’re making me blush. -Walk me through this. Have you — Have you had time
to really just breathe and take it all in and go, “What
is going on with everything? -No, definitely not. Everything has been
pretty hectic ever since. So I never really got the chance
to let everything soak in, but, yeah, last year
has been pretty crazy. I was going through
a really bad back injury, so now being able
to hold this trophy is something really special. And playing against Serena
in the final, I mean, I’ve been dreaming
of this moment for a pretty long time.
-Yeah. -But, yeah, this is
honestly crazy. It’s crazy. -Do you get nervous when you go, “Oh, my gosh, I’m going up
against Serena Williams”? This is legendary. -Yeah, it’s —
it was pretty shocking. I got a sense of how that was
during Toronto in the finals, so I think I was able to control
my emotions a little bit better. I mean, I was really, really
nervous before the match, but when I stepped on the court,
I just stuck to my game plan, and I did
some really good things. -Yeah, yeah, you did.
[ Applause ] I would say so. Does that added pressure make
you want to play harder and go, “Oh, my gosh, don’t —
yeah, stay extra focused”? -Oh, yeah, definitely. There’s always gonna
be pressure, whether it’s the pressure
you put on yourself or the external pressure, but I think, like, what
Billie Jean King says, pressure is a privilege,
so I just try to embrace it as much as I can, and I think I’ve been doing that
really well this year. -And Canada is going crazy
for you. I mean, you’ve heard
from everybody, right? -Yeah, I’ve heard from everyone.
-Who have you heard from? -Shania Twain. -Hello. I mean, that’s it.
-Oh, my gosh. -You can stop right there. I mean, hello. That’s all you need,
but Trudeau. -Justin Trudeau,
John Tory, Steve Nash, The Raptors, The Leafs —
it’s been crazy. I’ve been feeling
all the love from home, and I truly appreciate it. -Is there anyone
you haven’t heard from yet? -Drizzy.
[ Laughter ] Champagnepapi,
I’m waiting for you. [ Laughter ] -Drake, Drake,
if you’re watching. -Don’t at me. Don’t at me. -Yeah. “Don’t at me.”
Oh, my gosh. I got to say,
it’s a pleasure meeting you, but you do
this racket flip thing that I thought was pretty cool. And I was wondering if you could
maybe show me how to do it — -The one that
almost hit the ref? -Yeah.
-[ Laughs ] -By the way, were you like — -That one slipped out
of my hand. I did not mean to, but no one is
getting hurt tonight, I promise. Okay. Let’s do it.
-Well, you never know, right? Now, show me
how you do it first. Alright. Alright, so I can’t do this.
-Can you do that? -No, I can’t do this at all. Is that it? -Okay, so you keep your hand
like that. -Okay, already I’m in trouble. -And you kind of flip it,
but you have to go really fast, so you don’t drop it,
and then you catch the grip. [ Laughter ]
Should I like — -Yeah, yeah, you should
walk away. Yeah, yeah, yeah. [ Cheers and applause ] -Round of applause. -I feel like a pro. Alright, let’s flip our rackets
out to commercial break. Bianca Andreescu, everybody. We’ll be right back
with a performance from Sheryl Crow
and Jason Isbell. Stick around. Here we go.

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