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Aussie Open day seven 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)


Dinara Safina
Safina - distracted by Cornet's shoulder, among other things

"Somebody needs to smack me so hard in my head that something finally shakes and I put the cables together."
Dinara Safina admits her mental fortitude leaves something to be desired as Alize Cornet almost sends the third seed crashing out.

"She was complaining about everything, I don't know what, her shoulder, this and that. I just started to look at her, what she's doing, instead of focusing myself and continuing being aggressive. I'm so stupid looking at her instead of myself."
Safina, clearly brimming with self-loathing, identifies Cornet's complaining as one reason why those cables need attention.

"I think I played amazingly."
Marion Bartoli reserves self-deprecation for another day having stunned both herself and Jelena Jankovic with a straight-sets victory over the top seed.

"I needed a little bit of help."
Jelena Jankovic, asked why she made the sign of the cross in the second set.

"Was it you there in the match, or was it somebody else talking to me during the match? When I was getting a towel, there was a man just like you. For real. Maybe it's your clone or something. I don't know. He looked just like you."
Jankovic has a deja-vu moment with a surprised reporter in her post-match press conference.

"I wasn't thinking of losing, that's for sure. The finish line was still very far for Tomas, I knew that."
Roger Federer explains how he kept his cool despite going two sets down to Tomas Berdych before coming back to win 4-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-2.

"I think to beat him, especially on the grand slam, is to win in three sets. If you leave him to win one, two sets, then he's going to be stronger and stronger.
Berdych offers some advice to Federer's opponent in the quarter-finals, Juan Martin Del Potro. Sounds like a bit of a tall order...

"I don't know how fit Murray is. I'll take him on any day in a five-setter. He's younger so he's probably not so experienced, you know."
The wily Federer has a little dig at Andy Murray's Grand Slam-winning potential.

"In 2001, Australian Open, the draw for Jelena is very bad. They do nothing for her. I get very angry, very angry and I change play, stop play for Australia and change (to Serbia). But now I think it is my biggest mistake."
Damir Dokic, firebrand father to tennis star Jelena, admits he nearly wrecked his daughter's career.

"This is unbelievable. I was going to have the week off but I guess those plans are scratched now."
Aussie crowd favourite Jelena Dokic has to re-arrange her schedule after reaching the quarter-finals with a gritty three-set win over Alisa Kleybanova.

"Hopefully it will affect him a lot. But I don't think that's going to happen."
Rafael Nadal is asked whether his next opponent, Fernando Gonzalez, will suffer for having endured an epic five sets against Richard Gasquet last time out.

"Knowing him, I just don't see any possibilities. We are really different and really disagree on pretty much everything. It would have to be an unbelievable miracle for him to change. I don't see it happening."
Jelena Dokic on the chances of a happy reunion with her tennis father from hell Damir.

"I played four matches, I won three. My objective was to play in the second week of the Aussie Open so I made it by three hours."
Marcos Baghdatis looks on the bright side after losing to Novak Djokovic in the wee small hours.



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