Thursday September 1st, 2011

A roundup of the best quotage from players on Day 3 of the U.S. Open.

• "I mean, if you think about their story, if you actually think about it, I think we take it for granted. A lot of times they've drawn a lot of criticism. But, trust me, five years, when they're gone, everyone is going to miss them. Everyone is going to realize they're going to be living legends for the rest of their lives. Two girls from Compton dominating tennis, that's not an everyday story, the way they've gone about it.

"Venus is just the epitome of class, the way she's gone about it. I don't think she's ever even had a sniff of controversy around her. She's just done it the right way."

- Andy Roddick, on what makes Venus and Serena special.

• "I really enjoy the crowd, the fans are crazy, and they are very excited.  Every match, the crowds are full every match. For me that's help me to fight.  I remember in the final two years ago when I was two sets to one down and they help me, started cheering more for me than Roger, and that's help me a lot to win the final."

- Juan Martin del Potro, on the crowd support he gets at the U.S. Open.

• "Well, I mean, try being a British player going into a Grand Slam.  It's not easy (smiling). "

- Andy Murray, on why he was nervous at the start of his first round match against Somdev Devvarman.

• "I mean, I think at midnight they have an excuse. I mean, they're watching women's tennis at midnight (laughter)."

- Maria Sharapova, on drunk and rowdy fan behaviour at late night matches

• "Yeah, I tried it last year just a couple times. And, yeah, it feels like you're on an airplane. I didn't do it enough to be able to give you like an expert opinion on it."

- Christina McHale, on the CVAC hyperbaric chamber that Novak Djokovic used.

• "It was totally out of instinct. I have the flag in my bag. It's a good luck flag that was given to me by my trainer, Kim Wilson. I really felt that it couldn't have been a more perfect time."

- Irina Falconi, on her flag waving celebration after beating no. 8 seed Dominika Cibulkova.

• "I think if I thought about every shot that I missed then I'd just be ... manically depressive."- Laura Robson, on whether she laments a shot that missed by millimeters that would have given her a break advantage in her loss to Anabel Medina Garrigues.

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