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French Open day 11 quotes of the day

Dinara Safina
Cool, calm and collected - Safina wins another point

"Everything is coming together. I'm stronger and keep my emotions under control."
Comeback kid Dinara Safina explains her latest win, over Elena Dementieva. Not sure how much she kept her emotions in check though - Her racquet, and some courtside geraniums, took a battering.

"Once you go through this, you always believe. She was 5-2 and a double-break up but I still felt I would hang in there and do something more."
Safina is asked if she feels like she is living the movie Groundhog Day after repeating her heroic comeback against Maria Sharapova.

"He did send me a message - it was simple: 'well done'."
Safina, again, reveals her brother Marat Safin sent her a text to congratulate on her for reaching the last-four. Short but sweet.

"Dinara is playing very well on clay - she won in Berlin and she has won two matches here from match-point down. She has too many lives so I have to be careful with her."
Safina's next opponent, fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, fears her Russian compatriot may prove difficult to kill off in the semi-finals.

"It rained a lot, so I don't want to look up in the sky, because otherwise rain falls in my eye. I want to remain focused."
Roger Federer brushes away suggestions he has been either annoyed or bored during his progress to the semi-finals.

"I have no preference for the semi-finals nor for the final. My only preference is I want to win both matches."
Federer plays a straight bat when asked whether he would prefer to face Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the final.


see also
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