Quote machine: 2009 Australian Open, Day 1


Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:07

Ana Ivanovic on the new season
Well, obviously, you know, I didn’t perform best at two tournaments back to back since probably the French Open. But, you know, I feel it’s a new year and I feel I’m in a great physical shape. It’s a fresh start for me.

Novak Djokovic on Serbia
We are really proud to make such a small country very proud. And, of course, we really appreciate that the people are following us and supporting us. It’s a great thing.

Anne Keothavong on her opponent Anna Chakvetadze incorrectly serving first at the start of the third set
“It was a bad mistake for an umpire to make in a grand slam, but I dont think that was the reason I lost the match.”

Novak Djokovic on the calendar
Certainly we would like to have more rest because the season is too long. The off-season is too short for us to get the proper preparation period and vacation combined. So certainly we have to talk about it.

Marat Safin on retirement
I don’t want to speak about this because already I’ve been asked so many times this question that I’m just a little bit tiring to answer it over and over. Let’s leave it.

Marat Safin on his aspirations for the season
No expectation. No stress. No drama. Just play, enjoy. Whatever comes, it’s great. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.

Marcos Baghdatis on the weather conditions
the conditions, the sun, the sun, it’s just very strong. Just even being out there, you cannot breathe. I just want to, you know, puke. But I’m happy I went through

Jelena Dokic on her return to the big time
After I won the first set I really got nervous. But it’s great. This is huge for me. You know, after pretty much a three-year absence, to start the year with a win at a Grand Slam is really huge for me”

Jelena Dokic on today’s nerves
“Today I was really, really nervous. I don’t know if I ever had my right hand that tight, you know. Pretty much cramped up, especially in the third set.

Andy Roddick on his coaches
It’s weird, you know there have been a lot of guys who have had some coaches and it doesn’t really get talked about a whole lot. For some reason with me it gets talked about an awful lot… I don’t think the reason for me switching coaches is a lack of motivation. I don’t know if you would find someone who would say that I haven’t really been motivated, especially this off-season. It was nice to actually have some time to train and get prepared.

Bernard Tomic on being the youngest winner in the main-draw
Its a dream come true to win a first round in my first Grand Slam. I’m just thrilled that I could pull off a win today. With the crowd behind me, it was an unbelievable experience.

Bernard Tomic on his hit with Rafa
Good. Gave me a lot of confidence. Might have done it, you know, without him. But I don’t know. It was a great hit, to hit with the No.1 in the world. It’s a great experience.

Jelena Jankovic on cooling techniques
You know, the soles of my shoes got so hot. Probably you have seen in the changeovers I was putting my feet on ice, you know, kind of trying to cool it down.

Jelena Jankovic on trust
I don’t need to trust anybody (laughter). That is the best thing to do. I don’t trust anybody. I go out there and play my game and compete and fight until the last point. You know, I hope that I can do it.


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