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Quote machine: 2008 US Open, Day 14

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 14:54

Serena on her third US Open singles title and her No.1 ranking
I wasnt even going for number one and its just like an added bonus. It is that special because Ive been working so hard.

Rafael Nadal salutes Andy Murray
He played well, no? I have my chance in the fourth. I didn’t convert. He beat me. Just congratulate him.

Serena on her grand slam singles tally
“This is cool, because I’m at number nine. I’m knocking at the door of double digits.”

Murray assesses day two of his semi-final epic
I thought I was playing well enough to win the match, but I knew Nadal was going to come at me. There was a few sort of ups and downs even though it was a very short time we were out on the court, but I managed to come through in the end.

Serena on her early starts
“Sometimes I wake up at like six in the morning to go practice and if it was too dark, I would have to wait until it gets light.”

Nadal explains why the fizz was missing from his game on Saturday
Probably more than 84 matches, no? It’s difficult, no, every day be fresh, so I know one day going to happen something like yesterday.

Murray on how he dealt with his overnight lead
I slept absolutely fine yesterday. I didn’t feel nervous.

A gracious Rafa says hes satisfied with his US Open
I’m very happy for everything. I tried my best during all the tournament. I wasn’t very fresh during all the tournament. I did semi-finals, so very happy for that.

but hes not done yet
The season is not over. I have semi-finals of Davis Cup. Hopefully I can recover for this important confrontation against US and later try to be good for Masters Series of Madrid, Paris, and Shanghai.

Jelena Jankovic on why Serena is the best
In Miami I thought she was hitting a lot harder she had more power. And now she’s a little bit more consistent, she’s not making as many errors as she used to.

US Open girls champion Coco Vandeweghe prefers to talk beach volleyball
Can I bump, set, or spike? Well, I can serve and I can bump; I can’t set. I don’t spike because I played with my brother on the beach because he’s a volleyball player. He’s going to Pepperdine, and we played some and he always took the spike, so I only bumped and set ‘em.

Jankovic says its not all doom and gloom
Unfortunately I didn’t win, but, you know, I still have to take the positives out of this tournament. I have done a great job to even be in the final being here, it’s a great achievement for me.

Murray remembers his first visit to the US Open
It was the first time I ever stayed in a five?star hotel. New York is one of my favourite cities. I love it.

Jankovic explains why she was watching the big screen during changeovers
I was laughing at all these people dancing.

Liezel Huber reminds us that she and Cara Black are the worlds best doubles pair
Come Monday we’re going to have over 5,000 points. That’s on an individual ranking. On the team ranking we’re going to have almost double what the second team has.

Murray insists one more match wont be too much for him when he takes on Roger Federer in Mondays final
I’m not going to let 24 hours of rest or having to play today get in the way of giving 110%. I’ll try my best to win the match.

Huber says if you want to be the best, that means lots of air miles
I’ve been home four days in six months.

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