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Aussie Open quotes of the day

Bernard Tomic
Tomic is the next big hope for Australian Tennis

"Physically it's a little bit young people have advantage because always I have problem for the recovery. But when I was on the court, I don't think about the age. I just try my best. I don't excuse my age. So of course I have more advantage mentally compared to other young player."
Kimiko Date-Krumm has no plans to stop despite being 40 years old.

"I didn't know how to win a point. There was nothing I could do to hurt her. I'm scratching my head thinking what the hell I am doing. I couldn't find the answer. Embarrassing."

Former world number one Dinara Safina tries to explain her 6-0 6-0 loss to Kim Clijsters.

"Definitely it hurts but what I can do? First I need to find the reason what's going on, what are the mistakes, and then to work on them. Not to go blindly on the court and kill your ass for like five hours. Sometimes it makes no sense."

Safina is keen to right the wrongs as she drops out of the world's top 100.

"There's probably not much you can say to make her feel any better or that's going to help but I know her well. We were talking in the locker room. She's a good girl like that, it's not like she's not going to talk to me for the next two months when I see her on the road. I just hope it's not going to make her confidence go even lower."

Clijsters has plenty of sympathy for her rival.

"I guess Australians are known for their chants, trying to get behind their players. You can take a few more seconds between points when they're rattling on with whatever they're doing. It's a good feeling out there."
Sam Stosur is enjoying home advantage in Melbourne.

"I haven't spoken to him about it. My mum told me about it when I woke up this morning. I think it actually happened in a doubles match here. I saw that on YouTube. I think Llodra hit a bird a few years ago. That doesn't happen that often."
Andy Murray on the revelation that his brother Jamie hit a bird during his latest match.

"I know that when I play well, I can beat everyone. I'm not fearing anyone, but at the same time I fear all."

Sweden's fourth seed Robin Soderling analyses his chances, having never been further than the second round at Melbourne Park.

"Always the same questions. I mean, what kind of pressure? It's a Grand Slam and everybody wants to win it. I think every player has extra motivation when they're playing a Grand Slam because they want to really win it."
In the absence of Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic takes today's question about being number one without winning a Slam.

"I'm getting close to 6ft 5ins. I think I've stopped growing. It's just, you know, I'm physically getting wider. Growing is a tough thing."
Australian teenager Bernard Tomic is getting bigger all the time.

"Always depends of the situation. But my uncle is the second coach of Real Mallorca right now. For sure the family is the first thing."
Rafael Nadal on the dilemma of coming from Mallorca but supporting Real Madrid.

"It's nice to be here with these players and playing in a Grand Slam. I met with all the players, especially the top 10 players. They supported me when I was very bad. So now I say thank you."
Juan Martin del Potro is happy to be back amongst it after a year of injury trouble.



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