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Aussie Open quotes of the day

Elena Baltacha
Baltacha lost the first set of her match to American qualifier Hamilton

"I was actually chuckling to myself, but I had to give her that little glare, like, 'okay, you've nearly hit me'. I had to kind of pretend like it really wound me up."
Elena Baltacha responds to Jamie Hampton's aggression with a bit of kidology.

"The first two game, he won it, but he was like in the edge. And then I saw he was tanking. Yeah, maybe if I break him early, yeah, he would tank and then be ready in the fifth. I was kind of surprised. But I know Thiemo a bit, I know sometime he snap in the head. So this is like a strong belief. We know like he can snap. It's a weakness for him. So you play with that."
Gael Monfils is all heart after beating Thiemo de Bakker from two sets down.

"Not really. But there was nothing I could do. My body, I couldn't hit two or three balls in the rally, and I had problems with serving."
De Bakker is asked whether her has a reputation for being soft.

"I do follow cricket, yes. I did see a bit of the Ashes at the very beginning. Then after that I didn't see much any more. I mean, I always like to watch cricket when I'm down here."
Roger Federer reveals himself to be a closet cricket fan.

"We're going to prepare the match tomorrow. I never met her. I think I never saw her playing."
Justine Henin has a bit of brushing up to do on next opponent Elena Baltacha.

"I have a couple of suggestions if you want to talk after."
Venus Williams offers to dispense some style advice to a journalist struggling to match her in the fashion stakes.

"You know they are what they are and everyone kind of knows that. How can I say this diplomatically?"
Anne Keothavong chooses her words carefully as she describes the temperament of the Rodionova sisters.

"Uhm, you know, it's a break for now. I mean, I haven't really had a new coach for many, many years. I've worked with Thomas since the middle of November. It's been going really well. I like the work ethic that he's brought on the court."
Maria Sharapova is asked whether her decision to not work alongside long-time coach Michael Joyce in Australia is permanent.

"No many mistakes and no crazy miss and play steady. I have to work on my serve a little more."
Kei Nishikori describes new coach Brad Gilbert's game plan for him.

"I feel like I've been the elder statesman ever since Andre retired, in all honesty. That's coming up on five years ago now. So I don't know that it's a new role for me."
Old man Roddick has seen it all before.

"We are very good friends actually off the court, all of us Serbian and Croatian players. There's no reason to create any kind of bad feeling about our countries."
Ahead of a meeting with either Ivo Karlovic or Ivan Dodig, Novak Djokovic hopes the fans can follow their heroes' lead
after trouble in the past at previous tournaments.

"I've listened to a few of the songs. But Sweet Caroline is definitely the one. I actually have it on my phone as well."
Caroline Wozniacki revels in some appropriately-titled Neil Diamond numbers.



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