Federer is now without a Grand Slam title to his name
"Novak was the better player tonight. You got to accept that and move on from here. It's not the end in any way. It's a start for many other tournaments after this."
Roger Federer insists defeat by Novak Djokovic does not signal the beginning of the end.
"They say that very quickly. Let's talk in six months again."
Federer really is not convinced that his defeat means "a passing of the torch".
"He's a nice guy, the umpire, so I kind of like to talk to him at times."
Federer explains that he was not complaining to the umpire about Djokovic's team coaching their man.
"I think it's good for the sport to have more players being able to win against Federer and Nadal. It was really hard to challenge them, especially in the big events, but now these things are changing a little bit."
Djokovic suggests his victory over Federer could benefit men's tennis.
"Roger is still very much motivated to reclaim the first spot in the rankings and he's playing great. Nadal has been a very, very dominant player. We are still behind them. You can't say there is a new era coming up."
But the world number three thinks Federer and Nadal remain the men to beat.
"I was a 20-year-old kid hitting as hard as he can with closed eyes and everything was going in back then. It felt great."
Djokovic reminisces on his 2008 triumph at Melbourne Park.
"I am looking forward to watching it from my bed with some popcorn."
The Serb on the prospect of Friday's second semi-final between Andy Murray and David Ferrer.
"Maybe many young player or children will see and think, 'Maybe one day we can do the same or even better than her'. I wish after three or five years maybe China like Russia, and they have many player come up through."
Li Na reflects on the impact of being the first Chinese player to make a Grand Slam singles final.
"I think Chinese wall more famous."
Li has little time for the suggestion that opponent Caroline Wozniacki's defensive tactics should earn her the nickname 'the great Danish wall'.
"I think today he can stay in the bathroom."
Li's husband and coach Jiang Shan is set for a spell sleeping in the tub after his snoring upset his wife's preparations for her big match.
"I think everybody at this stage of the tournament will have something going on whether it's blisters, a few sore muscles."
Kim Clijsters is ready to tough it out in the final against Li.
"I was obviously surprised when I heard that news this morning. To be honest, I haven't been in touch with her, so I can't really know what the situation is with her elbow. Obviously it's a sad situation to see such a great player end her career in this kind of way."
Clijsters reacts to the news that fellow Belgian Justine Henin has retired.
"Memories? I played her so many times and I never beat her, so that's probably the biggest memory that I have. You know, she's a great player."
Vera Zvonareva is sad to see Henin retire. Honest.
"It's so easy to say now, I would change this, that. If I could do something, I would like to make an ace at match point and finish it off. It's so easy right now to sit here and think back."
Caroline Wozniacki reflects on what she could have done differently in her own match against Li.