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Australian Open quotes of the day

Andy Murray
Murray was full of life in his post-match interview with Jim Courier

"It's blown out of proportion; I've got four or five people but my brother's playing here too so they're here for him as well. And your mum doesn't really count as part of your team!"
A smiling Andy Murray plays down suggestions his entourage is growing by the day.

"It was an amazing shot. Since I've been on tour it's never happened to me, so it's a bit embarrassing."
Murray on falling victim to a through-the-legs "tweener" against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

"He killed me once here, but the other matches were all close. I was very close once beating him at the US Open when he made his run to the finals there."
Jurgen Melzer looks forward to taking on Andy Murray, a player he has lost to in four previous meetings, in the fourth round.

"It was heat of the moment."
Mahesh Bhupathi plays down the on-court spat with Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Juan Monaco who he accused of 'bodyline' tactics when they drilled serves directly at him and doubles partner Leander Paes in a fiery encounter on Saturday.

"It's hot out there, we're trying to beat each other. A few unnecessary things were said. We just got into each other, tried to raise the atmosphere. The crowd loved it."
Bhupathi also said the Spaniards got hot under the collar about the Indians constantly yelling 'Vamos!' (Come on! in Spanish) to fire themselves up.

Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes
Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes during their 7-6 6-4 win

"They really had no reason to be as upset as they were. I don't think they have a patent on that word. It's not such a big deal. Tennis is not a contact sport. A few things happen. We can sort ourselves out."
Paes was equally bemused by the verbal sparring, a rarity in tennis.

"I've been using 'Vamos!' for about 16 or 17 years. Whether it's 'Vamos!' or 'Allez!' we're Indian. Nobody has a patent."
Bhupathi accused the Spaniards of deliberating trying to hurt Paes.

"He was trying to provoke us all the time. We were a little tired of the style he was using on the court."
Lopez blames Paes for the unsavoury spat.

"I would have dearly have loved to gone further than what I did."
Home favourite Sam Stosur reflects on her exit at the hands of Petra Kvitova.

"He said, 'Very good play, keep working hard in the future'. That's something I'll take from a player like that. He's a true champion."
Bernard Tomic gets some words of advice from world number one Rafael Nadal after his straight-sets defeat by Spaniard.

"There's always going to be a lot of attention on Roger and Rafa but I think there's many guys who can actually compete against them and have a chance to win the tournaments like this when they're playing well. I already played two Grand Slam finals and I beat them both in Grand Slams."
Robin Soderling plots the end of Roger-Rafa rule on men's tennis.

"This was almost the reason why I lost last round in the quallies. I was able to change it around."
Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic feels curbing his on-court tantrums has been crucial to his run to the last 16.

"I feel like I serve like probably one of the top guys on the tour. It allows me to play more freely also on the return games, because I know most of the time I will be holding. I feel it also puts more pressure on the other guy, knowing if I do get up a break, there's a good chance I could serve out a set."
Raonic talks about his monster serve after sending number 10 seed Mikhail Youzhny packing to reach the fourth round.

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