A revitalised Rusedski revels in crowd reaction

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"I used to get good support in Canada but it was nothing like this reaction." Britain's former Canadian, Greg Rusedski, after his 6- 3, 6-3, 6-3 win over the Frenchman Stephane Simian. "I can't imagine what it was like when Roger Taylor was getting to the semi-finals. It must have been absolutely crazy, but if they continue like today who knows what might happen?"

"I was getting tired out there and needed a bit of spice to get me through the third set. I have a cold and was wilting a bit in the heat, but I was pleased how I came back." Chris Wilkinson, who also flew the flag with his 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 victory over the German Hendrik Dreekman.

"I was a little disappointed." The unseeded American Bryan Shelton on playing on the outlying Court Five, where he beat the No. 12 seed Richard Krajicek 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. "There's not the big crowds and I enjoy playing in front of the crowds. Obviously I'm not a big draw here, yet."

"Every match is a big match when you get to play on a court like this. I get psyched up." The 30-year-old Mats Wilander as he rolled back the years to put paid to Britain's Mark Petchey, 7-6, 6-1, 6-2, on Centre Court.

"There were times when I felt I had handcuffs on return of serve. I felt like I really didn't get into a great rhythm today. It was just up and down a little bit but, hopefully, as the week goes on I can be a little more consistent." The world No 2 Pete Sampras after his 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Karsten Braasch, a German ranked 120th in the world.

"Everybody who plays me, they say they play badly. But I think that has something to do with my game." Braasch. "I had the feeling at the beginning I had the chance to win the match because Pete seemed to be a little bit nervous."

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