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US Open quotes - day three

Marat Safin
Safin had time to question a few more line calls before bowing out

"Bye bye, bye bye, and bye bye again. It's too many questions about what I'm going to do, why I'm retiring, and this and that. I answer the same question, I don't know, a thousand times. Just go on Google and you have the same answer."
Marat Safin on what it's been like since he announced he would retire at the end of the season

"Boring is not the right word. I think it's just enough. I achieve what I want to achieve and I want to continue with doing something else."
Safin on whether he is bored of tennis

"I'm different than another person who want to lay back and do nothing for rest of the life and talk nonsense on ESPN, talk about my match against Sampras. I will not do that."
Don't expect to see Safin as a TV pundit then

"Hmm. It's your job to find it, no?"
Fabrice Santoro returns fire after being asked to sum up his career in one word

"I was talking with Jimmy Connors 15 minutes ago in the locker room, and we were talking about his period and the first time when we played in '92."
Santoro, who like Safin will retire at the end of the year, shows his age (he's 36)

I felt I didn't play that badly

Sania Mirza

"During 30 years, every morning I put the shoes in my bag; racquet; strings; you go to practice; you're going to play some tournaments; you travel; you win matches; you lose some. Now I'm going to change, and I want to be home. I want to live like normal life. But that's the question: What is a normal life?"
Santoro ends on a philosophical note

"I had one-and-a-half months in the summer in Mallorca. It was a bad moment for holidays, but the best moment for having holidays in Mallorca. So I enjoyed the summer in Mallorca."
Rafael Nadal on his enforced absence through injury during Wimbledon

"It hasn't so far."
Lleyton Hewitt is asked if next opponent Roger Federer could be distracted by recently becoming a father

"Depends, depends, because it change a little bit, dance, since Soulja Boy. So now, I don't know. Depends on my elation. Maybe. Why not?"
Gael Monfils on whether he will repeat his Soulja Boy-style celebration of last year

"I haven't played the big ones yet, Venus (Williams), Serena (Williams), (Maria) Sharapova, (Elena) Dementieva. I haven't played those girls yet. Hopefully I'll give myself a shot at doing that here."
Kim Clijsters is already eyeing the challenges ahead

"I felt I didn't play that badly."
Sania Mirza after losing 6-0 6-0 to Flavia Pennetta

"Gosh, little bad luck? That's the best thing I can say."
Venus Williams struggles to answer the question "Is there a rationale for whatever is going on?" in reference to her knee injury

"She's played very consistently, and kudos to her and credit to her for being able to hold onto that number one ranking and playing so well."
Venus neatly sidesteps the issue of whether Dinara Safina deserves her number one ranking

"Everybody is giving her hard time about, 'Are you really number one in the world?' Yes, yes, she's really number one in the world. Go check on the ranking. She didn't do the ranking... Sorry, but that's the way. Deal with that."
But Safin doesn't hold back as he defends his younger sister

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see also
US Open quotes - day two
02 Sep 09 |  Tennis
US Open quotes - day one
01 Sep 09 |  Tennis
Federer & Nadal enjoy quick wins
03 Sep 09 |  Tennis
Safin bows out of final US Open
02 Sep 09 |  Tennis
Serena hits top form in night win
03 Sep 09 |  Tennis
Order of play
23 May 09 |  Tennis
Men's singles draw
26 Aug 11 |  Tennis
Women's singles draw
28 Jan 10 |  Tennis

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