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Aussie Open day three quotes

Venue: Melbourne Park Date: 19 January-1 February
Coverage: BBC Red Button, BBC One & Two (including all Andy Murray matches), Radio 5 Live sports extra, BBC Sport website (Red Button coverage streamed on website throughout fortnight)

Djokovic riled by Murray comparison

"I mean, all respect to Andy Murray, I like him as a person and as a player. He's done a lot in the last couple months, and he's a very talented player and we can expect him to win some Grand Slams in the future. But you cannot put him as the favourite next to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and myself here at the Australian Open."
Novak Djokovic tries to calm the Murraymania down under.

"There are no excuses. I could blame it on a lack of match practice time, or on playing the world number 10. I had a sore stomach as well."
Sania Mirza shoulders the blame for her second-round exit at the hands of Russian 10th seed Nadia Petrova.

"This is the 235th time I've been asked this question in the last couple of weeks."
Djokovic wrong-foots the on-court interviewer when asked why he changed his racquet on the eve of the tournament.

"Well, that's a secret."
No joy there either as Djokovic will not be drawn on how he likes to spend his time off the court.

"You like it or do you prefer the other one? I felt well, no? I felt good. At this moment I'm going to play like this. You never know in the future. But right now I'm fine like this."
Rafael Nadal talks to journalists about his new look after discrading the sleeveless T-shirts.

"We don't know each other, I've never played her and I've never seen her play."
Dinara Safina proves that not all the Russian women know each other after struggling against Ekaterina Makarova.

"Now when I practice there are more people standing watching me, I get better courts and I'm not just Marat's sister any more."
Safina steps out of her brother's 6ft 4in shadow.

"I would love also to have opportunity to spend more time talking to him, because I think there is so many things I can learn from him, from his experience."
Ana Ivanovic risks the wrath of Roger Federer's girlfriend.

"Both the Serbs and the Croats were a little bit incorrect, singing songs that had nothing to do with the tennis but to do with the history we have between each other."
Serb Janko Tipsarevic is pleased that fans watching his match against Croatia's Marin Cilic manage, in the main, to behave themselves.

"It's been a long time, last time I was on this court it was a but different. Thank you all for supporting me, it's unbelievable."
Australian Jelena Dokic, 25, is delighted after reaching the third round on her Grand Slam comeback.

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