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Aussie Open day eight 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)


Serena Williams
Serena does not plan to take on Roddick again in the near future

"I don't think it's necessary to have a rematch. You know, I won. I was clearly the better player. I beat Roddick, you know. Andy Roddick, yeah. There's really no need to have a rematch. It's unimportant now."
Serena Williams delivers the latest blow in her on-running battle with Andy Roddick over a match they played as children.

"You know, he was a sweetheart. He was so sweet and he was so small. You know, he could never really beat me."
Serena on her memories of the 10-year-old Roddick. He's not going to like that.

"Good question. You know, I don't know. I think you should ask Ana more than me about this. I don't think that is my fault."
Andy Murray's conqueror Fernando Verdasco on why ex-girlfriend Ana Ivanovic might be struggling.

"If you tell me now, I will go to the fridge. I will put myself in for few days."
Verdasco plans a new way to cope with the Melbourne heat.

"No, I played one day night, one day night, one day night, next day, day. For me doesn't matter. Happy for everything."
Rafael Nadal is asked whether he minds playing early in the day.

"After that I was a little bit stressed. It was difficult to serve just after the fireworks."
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is used to creating his own fireworks, but the Australia Day celebrations interrupt his win over James Blake.

"Well, only the strongest are blessed. You know, the saying. We say it in Russian."
Svetlana Kuznetsova finds some Russian home truths lose a little in translation.

"It's much easier to play without making, you know, like 10 or more double-faults for sure."
Elena Dementieva is finding life is better with a half-decent serve.

"I don't know because today is holiday for hospital, so I coming for tomorrow morning for go to the hospital for check."
Jie Zheng will have to wait to learn the severity of her wrist injury.

"I think I prefer to play against Nadal. I prefer to play the number one always. That's funny. I have to run five hours to win. I have no choice."
Gilles Simon keeps himself amused.



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