Photo: Eisele/Giubilo/ZimmerAndy Murray (GBR) signing autographs
Andy Murray (GBR)
On Roger Federer being in the stands watching him beat Stanislas Wawrinka...
MURRAY: It was nice. It was the first time I will have played in front of Roger, apart of when I've been on the other side of the net to him. Roger himself will tell you that when he plays, when someone like Rod Laver or Sampras, Borg, those sort of guys are watching you, makes it a bit more of an occasion, makes it a bit more special. And obviously as a tennis player, I have huge amounts of respect for what Roger's been able to do. So, yeah, it was nice, nice having him come to watch. I didn't feel any more or less pressure. It was just nice to see him watching.
On the suggestion from a Finnish journalist that he would play Jarkko Nieminen in the second round, even though Nieminen had only just won the first set against Somdev Devvarman at the time...
MURRAY: He won?
JOURNALIST: Yeah, he's going to win.
MURRAY: He's going to win, okay (smiling).
JOURNALIST: I wonder if you are a little bit afraid to face our star.
MURRAY: Well, no, not afraid. I mean, he's a very tough player.
JOURNALIST: He's one set up.
MURRAY: Okay. So nowhere near winning then (smiling).
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
On watching other Olympic sports...
RADWANSKA: Well, I would like to see the volleyball guys, how they're playing. If I'm going to have any chance to go there, I would. Just I think the guys are pretty good, what they doing. It's nice to see someone else, especially live.
Maria Sharapova (RUS)
On being the flagbearer for Russia at the opening ceremony...
SHARAPOVA: It was extraordinary. I got there quite a few hours before because I wanted to walk around the Olympic Village, as it was my first time. It was like an athlete's little world. I don't know how to explain it. The ceremony is something I'll cherish for the rest of my life. Growing up, I think I was 10 or so, I was watching the ceremony, and I had this huge like dream. I thought I must be really crazy, but I saw the Russian nation walking out, they had small hats, berets then. I don't remember who was carrying the flag then, but I thought that was so cool. Maybe one day I could do that. As I was walking there, it like hit me that memory of me watching on my small little TV in my room, just being so proud and hoping one day I could have been there.
On being mobbed in the Olympic Village...
SHARAPOVA: I'm usually pretty naïve about like people's knowledge of me, my career, what I've achieved. I try to be pretty humble about it, but the biggest mistake I've made in a long time was entering the cafeteria (laughter). I didn't walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. Actually, I didn't sign any autographs, it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue. Everyone was coming up and asking for a picture politely. I have so many events I go to, people ask for pictures, but I've never been so happy to take pictures. It's such a unique experience there.
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
On being the flagbearer for Serbia at the opening ceremony...
DJOKOVIC: It was an out-of-body experience. It was like I was in a trance. I really couldn’t remember those five minutes we were walking around the stadium, it was incredible, 80,000 people and walking into one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. The Olympic Games, God knows how many people watched. It was a huge, huge pleasure and responsibility and honour to be carrying the flag for my country. Maybe you only get to experience that once in a lifetime, so I wanted to make it worthwhile. I wanted to smile as much as I can and to enjoy every second of it, and I believe it was a marvelous experience.