2010 U.S. Open: A Gallery of Roguish Quotes At the Tournament

Linus Fernandes@mktimeforsportsAnalyst IISeptember 8, 2010

A Gallery Of Roguish Quotes At the 2010 US Open

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after he won match point against Feliciano Lopez of Spain during his men's singles match on day nine of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2010
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    Our beloved tennis players are eminently quotable. They can rise to the occasion and serve up wonderful sound bytes (some terrific, some terrible) when accosted at their press conferences and when grilled at interviews.

    A sampling from the articulate geniuses.

    What they said, what they really  meant and what they definitely  didn’t.

    Quote of the day:
    To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mardy Fish

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06:  Mardy Fish of the United States reacts after a point played against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's singles match on day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 20
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    "I'd buy high." – Fish when asked what he would do if US men's tennis were a stock.

    What he really meant: Oh, come on guys, you know that Roddick’s the last Grand Slam champ we’ve had. Give us a break.

    What he definitely didn’t : I’m going to put my last million on the future of US men’s tennis. I’m going long, chaps.

Maria Sharapova

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06:  Maria Sharapova of Russia stands on the court during play against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the women's singles match on day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September
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    "Um, I mean, to be honest, I get asked this question every single Grand Slam. We're in Australia, you get asked about the Australians. No. You really have to worry about your own results, to be honest." -- Sharapova, after being asked if she was surprised that just one American woman was left in the main draw.

    What she really meant: Do you really think I’ve forgotten about Venus Williams?

    What she definitely didn’t : You mean to say, I’m not American?

Samantha Stosur

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  Samantha Stosur of Australia looks on against Kim Clijsters of Belgium during day nine of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens boro
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    “I'm booked in for the long haul this time." -- Samantha Stosur, on her New York hotel reservations for the 2010 US Open.

    What she really meant: You folks may consider my last two French Open campaigns flukes. I do not.

    What she definitely didn’t : I’m staying here 'til Christmas.

Roger Federer

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after he won his match against Jurgen Melzer of Austria during day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2010 in the Flushing neigh
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    "No. I mean, when I'm playing great, regardless of who's in my player box, I can beat anybody, you know. It's about being consistent and being confident in the way I play." -- Roger Federer, on whether hiring hitting coach Paul Annacone has changed his outlook.

    What he really meant: It’s good to have some validation. Besides, Paul can take the heat now. I need to concentrate on my game.

    What he definitely  didn’t : Paul’s just my glorified ball boy. Call it anything you like.

Melanie Oudin

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06:  Melanie Oudin plays tennis blindfolded against television host Ellen Degeneres (not pictured) during day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2010 in the Flushing neighbo
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    “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, answering a question about how tall she is.

    What she really meant: I’m a growing girl. You folks need better eye glasses.

    What she definitely didn’t : And to prove that, from now on I’m going to wear pumps.

Novak Djokovic

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot against Mardy Fish of the United States during the men's singles match on day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2010 in the Flu
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    “No, definitely not. I am not as good as he is in that. I'd like to be very careful with my racquet (smiling). You know what I mean." -- Novak Djokovic, talking about Roger Federer's famous "tweener" shot and why he rarely attempts it himself.

    What he really meant: I haven’t practiced that shot yet.

    What he definitely  didn’t : I give up. I’m not going to mimic my fellow tennis players any more.

Caroline Wozniacki

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark readies herself to serve against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the women's singles match on day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2010
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    “For me, it’s important to feel good on court and of course to look good. Then I can focus on my tennis at 100 percent. I definitely am sure I’ll get a lot of male fans now.” – Wozniacki on being asked if her dress is, maybe, a bit short

    What she really meant: Now that I have the male fans feeling the heat at well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, can the organizers take a not-so-subtle hint and cover the roof?

    What she definitely didn’t : I’m going to be draped in curtains the next time I play.

Mardy Fish

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06:  Mardy Fish of the United States reacts after a point played against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's singles match on day eight of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 20
    Al Bello/Getty Images

    “He kicked my butt.” – Mardy Fish after being knocked out by third seed Novak Djokovic.

    What he really meant: He played so much better tennis than me. And, thank God, my butt is so much smaller now.

    What he definitely didn’t : Kick my butt again, Novak. I’m a masochist.

Rafael Nadal

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Feliciano Lopez of Spain during his men's singles match on day nine of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2010 in the Flushing neighb
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    “I was in a van of the picture of Roger, both sides of the van, like 15 times these two weeks.” – Rafael Nadal denying the allegations that he refused to travel in Federer-branded vehicles whilst at the tournament.

    What he really meant: I’ve been counting, Roger, and that’s how many times I’m going to whip you at the Grand Slams.

    What he definitely didn’t : Who’s Roger Federer?

Andy Murray

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after a point played against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during the men's singles match on day seven of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September
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    “I have no idea whether I’ll win a Grand Slam or not. I want to. But if I never win one, then what? If I give 100 percent, try my best, physically work as hard as I can, practise as much as I can, then that’s all I can do.” – Andy Murray after yet another disappointing Grand Slam outing.

    What he really meant: I feel like crying; why don’t you guys leave me alone and bug Roddick instead? At least, he has a Grand Slam to his credit.

    What he definitely didn’t : I'm going to SOS Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski to help me win my first major.

Francesca Schiavone

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  Francesca Schiavone of Italy hits a return against Venus Williams of the United States during day nine of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of
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    “No. I didn’t test with my lips, but I can. I think I will do something, but the ways is long. So it will be a secret.” —Schiavone, when asked whether she had tasted the US Open court.

    What she really meant: OK, if you guys want me to do something oddball, I’ll do it.

    What she definitely didn’t : Somebody correct my grammar, please!

Gilles Simon

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Gilles Simon of France returns a shot against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the men's singles match on day seven of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighb
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    “He knows I’m impatient to see my baby. He knows that I’m not really sad today, even if I lost.” – Gilles Simon comments after his loss to Rafael Nadal

    What he really meant: You honestly didn’t think I would beat Rafa, did you?

    What he definitely didn’t : I’m going to ask Nadal to be the godfather!

    Acknowledgments: USOpen.org, The Hindustan Times

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