Quote machine: 2009 Australian Open, Day 8


Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:18

Gilles Simon on his planned tactics against world No.1 Rafa Nadal
I have to run five hours to win. I have no choice.

Andy Murray says too good to Fernando Verdasco
He served huge. He started serving like 215-plus on a lot of his first serves. The fourth set, I think he served like 93% first serves. Sometimes you’ve just got to say too good, and he played better than me.

Murray on the positives
Yeah, I’m disappointed that I lost. But I’ll try and learn from it. I mean, [there are] more important things than, you know, a tennis match. I want to win every one that I play, but I’m not going to get down about it. I worked very hard in the off season. It’s been a good start to the year.

Verdasco distances himself from former girlfriend Ana Ivanovic’s recent poor form
I think you should ask Ana more than me about this If you want to know something more, I think you should ask her, no? I don’t like to speak about other persons.

Verdasco has a plan to combat the heat
I will go to the fridge. I will put myself in for few days.

Meanwhile, in Serena-land, the youngest Williams sister is doing her own PR
I can do it all. I cook, I clean, I write, I make jokes, I tape (smiling). You know, I just pretty much do everything.

Victoria Azarenka on the illness that forced her to retire against the talented Ms Williams
I started really feeling sick in the morning. I woke up at 6am and I was throwing up all the morning and just felt weak.

Elena Dementieva needs some advice from Serena on self promotion
I’m the favourite? I don’t think so, because Dinara herself looks like she’s in a good shape. She’s made the biggest improvement since last year, so she’s probably the favourite to win.

Can someone translate what Rafas on about?
No, I played one day night, one day night, one day night, next day, day. For me doesn’t matter. Happy for everything.

Djokovic on his pre-match banter with Marcos Baghdatis
We had quite a lot fun before the match. In the locker room we were cheering that the match finishes a bit earlier, but it didn’t.

Gael Monfils is blunt when asked if he deliberately tried to change his tactics against Gilles Simon
I tried to do something else, but actually was shit.

Svetlana Kuznetsova takes a leaf out of Serenas PR guide
Well, only the strongest are blessed. You know the saying? We say it in Russian. You know, I was winning. It would be great for me to play. It was no problem. I felt great.


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