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Quotes of the Second Wednesday

by Helen Gilbert
Wednesday 3 July 2013

Picking out our favourites from the Wimbledon press room transcripts on Wednesday...

On making history:
“I said, Let's go.  Let's exchange.  Let's make our tennis more famous, more popular, and show that Poland tennis is in the map of tennis.  Because this never happen before, and that's it,” Lukasz Kubot explains why he swapped shirts with countryman Jerzy Janowicz after their match – the first all-Polish meeting in the men’s singles at a Grand Slam.

On the Prime Minister:
What he tweets has absolutely zero bearing on the outcome of my match today ‑ zero at all.  It's nice to get messages from the prime minister, but whether I win or not, his tweet has no bearing on that at all. That's just people trying to make a story out of nothing,” Andy Murray will not be drawn on the so called curse of David Cameron.

On premiership footballers:
I was very much delighted to see him in our box today and watching the match and supporting me.  It's the first time he actually came to watch me...I'm looking forward to seeing him actually now.  He's a big star in our country.  He plays for one of the best teams in the world.  I was just very happy to see him there on the stands and supporting me,” Novak Djokovic is thrilled with the support he received from Manchester United footballer Nemanja Vidic.”

On rising up the world rankings:
“It is very important for me and my career. I never been three of the world so I am very [satisfied] with myself,” David Ferrer looks forward to breaking into the top three on the next rankings run at the age of 31.

On the 2013 men’s singles favourite:

“Let's see who is going to face him [Djokovic]. Last time at the Olympics I think he lost to Del Potro.  He has a tough one to go against,” Tomas Berdych hedges his bet.

On semi final firsts:
“I hope Andy will feel some kind of pressure.  I'm sure he feel some kind of pressure because Great Britain is waiting for the [British] champion in Wimbledon.  So we'll see,” Jerzy Janowicz hopes the intense home-grown support for Murray will also work to his advantage during his first Grand Slam semi final. 

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