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Quotes of the Second Monday

Action on No.1 Court between Andreas Seppi and Juan Martin Del Potro.
by Helen Gilbert
Monday 1 July 2013

On positive vibes…
“[It] gave me a little more energy knowing that she won the French Open and I beat the French Open champion three times in a row in my last three appearances, so…good omen.”
Sabine Lisicki discusses signs following her 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win over defending champion and top seed Serena Williams.

On dance moves…
My coach is a great fan of one Spanish singer. Yesterday he was all day listening. So I told him if I win, I will do the dance for him.”
Fernando Verdasco explains away the little jig following his 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kenny De Schepper on victory celebrations.

On surprising results…
“When those sorts of results can happen to a player as good as her, there's absolutely no reason why it can't happen to me.  That's why I'm not getting ahead of myself, and no one else should.”
Andy Murray reflects on Serena Williams’s fourth round defeat to Sabine Lisicki.

“It’s not a shock…She plays really good on grass. She has a massive, massive serve. So going in there you have to know that it’s definitely not going to be an easy match playing her at Wimbledon, especially on Centre Court.”
Serena Williams insists she is not astonished by her last 16 defeat.

On winning Wimbledon...
“I’m not thinking about it right now.  I mean, that's two years ago.  This is [a] different year, different tournament for me. It's still quite open.  I'm still in the draw.  I don't think that it's like really good to thinking about the past.  I'm thinking about tomorrow, that's it.”
Petra Kvitova refuses to reflect on the Venus Rosewater dish she lifted here in 2011.

On victory celebrations…
“I saw Flipkens, she fell to the ground today. You would have thought she just won Wimbledon.”
A composed Sloane Stephens tells how she was ‘excited on the inside’ following her 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Monica Puig.

On Wimbledon firsts...
“Is very special. I’m so happy for be in the quarters for the first time. I’m so [excited] to be in that group…I reach quarters here and all the Grand Slams as well.”
Juan Martin Del Potro is delighted at the prospect of his maiden last eight appearance.

On Wimbledon goodbyes...
“As cliché as it sounds, it’s all part of the learning experience. The more I get myself into those kinds of situations, the more I’m going to benefit.”
Laura Robson adopts a mature attitude following her fourth round 6-7, 5-7 loss to Kaia Kanepi.

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