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Aussie Open day five 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)

Marat Safin shakes hands with Roger Federer
Marat Safin lost to Roger Federer in his final Aussie Open match

"I don't like this bye-bye part. It's just a sad story. It's not for me. I prefer to leave this way, quietly, nice, with a great match."
The inimitable Marat Safin bows out of the Australian Open for the last time.

"I've been already too many years. I want to change and do something else. I'm ready for that. It's been a nice trip. It's enough."
Safin says nothing will change his mind about retiring this season.

"Marat can write a song about playing Fabrice."
Roger Federer on Safin's difficulties in playing Fabrice Santoro, who also played his last Aussie Open match on Friday.

"The grey jumper is really in at the moment. Everybody has one. Grey is a great colour."
Roger Federer talks fashion with on-court interviewer Jim Courier.

"The support is tremendous. Even when I go on change of ends to sit down, people are screaming behind my back. It's really absolutely amazing. I was so young. I wish I could change that, but I can't. I feel like things have kind of started to go in the right way. Hopefully we can keep it going."
Jelena Dokic thinks the Australian nation might have forgiven her after a troubled relationship in the past.

"I'm not a roadrunner on the court. I cannot be as fast as some other players, but I have some other weapons. If I use my power, then I have to run less."
Dinara Safina explains her energy-saving approach to tennis.

"It was a little bit tough at the beginning of the match because when we started the sun was right on the toss. From one end we couldn't see really the ball after serving. It was tough to serve with your eyes almost closed."
So says Marin Cilic after firing down seven aces and not a single double fault against David Ferrer.

"Nobody looks at the expenses of coming over here: me, my coach, my trainer, our tickets, taxes. Gas is expensive these days too. It looks great on paper but by the time everything is written off I'll get a couple thousand. That's going to get me through the next few weeks."
Amer Delic turns accountant to put his $50,000 plus winnings into perspective.

"It was very warm out there. The court is so hot and the soles of my shoes were very hot. I feel like I'm on fire. Every time I had a chance I took my shoes off to cool off.
Jelena Jankovic just can't stop talking about her hot feet.

"I've heard of her a lot. When I was a little kid I heard of her a lot because she was one the top players in the world years before."
Alisa Kleybanova, conqueror of Ana Ivanovic, knows how to make Jelena Dokic feel old.

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