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Quote machine: 2009 Australian Open, Day 9

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:19

Novak Djokovic explains why he retired against A-Rod
The main reason is cramping and soreness in the whole body. I think the people could see that I was struggling with movement. I couldn’t serve the way I served in the first two sets.

Djokovic compliments Roddicks new and improved game
He’s more aggressive on the return. He’s improved. I think his new coach has an impact on that. He’s been playing really well throughout the whole tournament. He absolutely deserves to be a winner on today’s match.

Nole invites a journalist to step into his shoes
Well, look, I mean it’s easy for you to say. If you come into my body, then I’ll be more than happy to hear what you think about playing.

A-Rods response when asked if we will be seeing a Roddick diet book coming out soon
No, no. I don’t write well.

A-Rod on his motivation to keep playing
Keeping going is a different thing. I’m 26 years old. What the hell else am I going to do with myself? Let’s be honest. That’s obviously the motivation behind it.

Roddick on his 03, 05, 07 and 09 semi-finals at Melbourne Park
Well, that’s extremely coincidental. Beyond that, I don’t know what I got for you. I mean, if I ever play lotto, I’ll be sure to bet on odd numbers.

Roddick, ever the diplomat, when asked to compare Jimmy Connors and new coach Larry Stefanki
No, I mean, they’re different. Nothing in particular. Jimmy did a lot for me, and Larry has so far as well. I’m appreciative of both of them.

Bartoli on her outstanding opponent (Vera Zvonareva)
It seems like she’s reading my game like in the book. It was just too good. She was just better than me, that’s it.

Bartoli on Zvonarevas chances of winning her first Grand Slam in Melbourne
There is not any weakness into her game I can find. She’s serving well, moving well, and hitting the ball well. Of course she can win this tournament.

Jelena Dokic on her quarter-final exit
I think it was a good match. Physically I was not in my best shape I played three sets with the No.3 player in the world. Everything is positive. I’ve had a great tournament.

Dokic remains upbeat for the rest of 2009
Tennis is my main focus right now. Looking forward to next week and then the Fed Cup. Just want to try and keep it going and have a consistent year.

Dinara Safina on the lack of support when playing reborn Aussie Dokic
When you make a great shot and basically only my box is clapping for me, this was, I think, a little bit tough conditions.

Safina on playing herself
Most of the time it’s me against myself playing. You know, I play against me, my shadow, myself, everything against me. If one day I will play only against opponent, this will be the perfect day.

Roger Federer on his flawless display
Today, no pain whatsoever. I came out and played great. All I needed was a good start after really messing up my start against Berdych.

Federer shows he has a heart
Yeah, like the last couple games are not that much fun, let’s put it that way. You want to almost put him out of his misery because you know how tough it is for him to come back.

Del Potro on what went wrong
I don’t know. I don’t have a good day. I play bad, but he do very good everything. So I lost. Just I lost the match of tennis, and that’s it.

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