Bryan Armen Graham
Monday September 6th, 2010

Andy Murray

With Sunday's disappointment, Andy Murray (above) suffered his earliest departure from a Grand Slam event since the 2008 French Open. (AP)

The first week of the U.S. Open often produces some gems off the court from the players. Here are's favorite quotes from the first seven days of the tournament:

• "It was a nice atmosphere. Except that 99.9 per cent of the people were against me." --Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky, after Friday's thrilling five-set victory over American teen Ryan Harrison

• "Yeah, well, I don't know. I've never won one, so, you know, I don't have the secret answer to that." --Two-time Grand Slam runner-up Andy Murray, after Sunday's upset loss to Stan Wawrinka, on what he thinks he needs to do to win a major championship

• "I attract them because I'm beautiful." --French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, on why she's a fan favorite

• "It was like a sleeping-with-my-girlfriend kind of feeling." --Novak Djokovic, on how it felt when the shade gave respite from the searing heat on Ashe during his first-round victory Tuesday over Viktor Troicki

• "C'mon, smack me again. Go ahead. ... I don't give a f--- what anybody wants. I got a lot of money on this game, and I f------ paid for my ticket." --27-year-old tennis fan Joey Pedevill, moments before Thursday's upper-deck brawl in Ashe Stadium during the Novak Djokovic-Philipp Petzschner match

• "Let's talk fashion. Your dreads are kickin'. I think they're adorable. They are." --Intrepid journalist to flamboyantly-coiffed Dustin Brown, after the Jamaica native's second-round loss to Andy Murray on Friday

• "After the U.S. Open I will completely change my rackets. I just now threw all my old rackets into the garbage." --Two-time U.S. Open semifinalist Nikolay Davydenko, on how he plans to come back after Thursday's second-round loss to Richard Gasquet

• "I've had a really, really crap day. Hope yours has been better." --Great Britain's Anne Keothavong, after Tuesday's first-round loss to Yung-Jan Chan

• "No, I have something else between my legs. But don't worry, I will not show it to you tonight." --Djokovic, cheeky as ever, responding to Brad Gilbert's question on whether "he has a shot between his legs" like Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer feels like he knows everything he needs to know after two victories at this year's U.S. Open. (AP)

• "I got a sense for how the court speed is again. I got the sense of the crowd and the wind now as well. I played one night, one day. I have all the answers after two matches." --Five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer, not exactly wanting for confidence after Thursday's second-round victory over Andreas Beck

• "Is nothing programmed. Is just instinct. Is art." --Schiavone, on her between-the-legs winner against Alona Bondarenko

• "It seemed like every time I had an opening she came up with a big serve, so I guess I know what it's like now playing myself." --Venus Williams, offering praise to both first-round opponent Rebecca Marino and herself

• "I did notice at one point that she started to grunt pretty loudly. And it's like, 'Whoa, she's getting serious here.'" --Rebecca Marino, on when she knew Venus felt threatened

• "I have no sponsor so I just want to put my country on my shirt. I buy the shirts and my mum puts the flags on them." --Marcos Baghdatis, on why his outfit is covered in Cypriot flags

• "Sometimes, I look across the court and say, 'That looks like my daughter.' But I'm still on my feet." --40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm, the oldest player in the women's draw, on facing players often more than 20 years younger than her

• "I would be in favor of an indoor tour altogether if you ask me." --Ivan Ljubicic, after his first-round loss to Ryan Harrison, on whether the ATP should have an extreme heat policy like the WTA

• "Can I please talk about myself? ... Guys, I'm tired. I just played a three hour match." --Jelena Jankovic, responding to a series of questions about Serbian compatriot Janko Tipsarevic following her second-round victory over Mirjana Lucic

• "People tell me that I only look 5-5 and a half. I'm going with 5-6. That's what the doctor said." --Melanie Oudin, on her not-overly-diminutive stature following Wednesday's second-round loss to Alona Bondarenko

• "Congratulations, and tell us your life story, please." --Unidentified journalist to Beatrice Capra to begin the 18-year-old's press conference following Thursday's victory over Aravane Rezai

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