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Aussie Open day four quotes

AUSTRALIAN OPEN
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)


Andy Roddick
Roddick - big fan of the colour red, and freckles

"You look good, too. Red is a good colour. If you're out in the sun long enough your freckles might connect and then you might get a good tan."
Andy Roddick delivers a withering back-handed compliment to a journalist questioning him on his new, slimmed-down physique.

"My greatest match was when I was younger and I beat Andy Roddick. He'll hate me for saying that. I might have been 11 but age doesn't matter. He always says he's ready for a rematch, but there's no need for a rematch."
Serena Williams cuts Roddick back down to size with a timely reminder of her early supremacy.

"I loved them, I thought the green outfit was fabulous and I really liked the necklace that went with it."
Serena gives Michelle Obama's inauguration outfits the thumbs-up.

"I don't believe in jinxes because I don't believe in witches or warlocks or magical creatures and stuff. Therefore, I can't believe in a jinx."
Venus Williams refuses to blame a jinx for her failure to win the Australian Open.

"Once a day you're meant to check your brain age. The first time I did it, it was 38 or 36. And then today I got 44, which is not good. I'm hoping it's not gonna take its toll on the court."
Andy Murray finds himself ageing overnight - according to his 'brain training' computer game.

"I'm baffled that girls in sport, in tennis, can actually carry excess baggage. That means you're slower, your mind doesn't work as well, you can't recover off shots. It means you can't play the shots you want to play often enough against the better players. So you lose."
Roger Rasheed, former coach to Lleyton Hewitt, employs delicately phraseology while discussing the weight of female tennis players.

"From a professional stand-point, I'd rather not answer back on that one."
Nicole Pratt, coach to Australia's Casey Dellacqua, after Rasheed singled out Dellacqua as an example of said "excess baggage".

"When you have a change, some people like it, other people don't like it. For sure with the sleeves, not everybody likes the sleeves. But I feel good like this. The important thing in the end is not the clothes; it's the ball, and the racquet, and playing well."
Rafael Nadal defends the indefensible having opted to abandon his usual sleeveless look.

"Is very good city, no? I think is a calm city, big city, but at the same time calm. Problems with my English, no? Calm? No. I think you understand more than my secretary."
Nadal again, losing himself in the English language while describing Melbourne.

"I was thinking about it and it's not even like Federer winning a Grand Slam because I've only qualified three times and he has won 13, so it's bigger for me to qualify than it is for him to win a Grand Slam!"
Sebastien de Chaunac puts his achievement in qualifying for the Aussie Open into context.

"I'm going home tomorrow to see my kids. It's been four weeks since I've been home. I'm missing them a lot. They're missing me. I think they'll be happy I lost."
De Chaunac's family clearly weren't expecting Dad to be away for so long.

"I'm definitely expecting a tougher match and tougher opponent in the next round. So I will have to step up and play some better tennis."
Amelie Mauresmo dismisses the second-round challenge of Briton Elena Baltacha, beaten by the French 20th seed in three sets.

"It wouldn't matter who my partner was - I served like a dog."
Jamie Murray tells it like it is as he and partner Eric Butorac crash out of the men's doubles.



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