WIMBLEDON '95 QUOTES OF THE DAY

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n When a match gets to that stage it's about desire and fitness, they go hand in hand. You have to be fit, but the bottom line is that you have to have the desire to win. Even when I was a break down in the fifth set I had that hunger and desire to say that I wasn't going to give up, that he would have to play great for another 15 or 20 minutes to beat me. That was one of the keys. Boris Becker, after his five-set victory over Cedric Pioline.

n I'd sooner have afternoon tea than watch Boris. I've seen him playing plenty of times. Andre Agassi, after beating Jacco Eltingh.

n Today was the best I've hit the ball yet, bar none. I'm striking it cleanly, taking it early, playing offensively, not making too many errors. When you can piece these things together you can make things happen. Agassi on his victory over Eltingh.

n Nobody can beat him here, not if he plays like this. Everything I tried, he passed me. Eltingh.

n If you can only pick one, you pick this one. This is clearly the event to win. This is the Masters in golf. There's no feeling like playing on the Centre Court. I remember how nervous I was the first time I walked out there and not knowing what to expect. Now those nerves have just turned to excitement. Agassi on Wimbledon.

n One of the articles in the paper this time said I was short, fat, bald and ugly. I didn't get that criticism a few years ago. Agassi on the change in newspaper coverage since his first Wimbledon.

n The one shot I need to improve is my serve. I don't want to be having to serve second serves at 15-30 like I was today. But I thought I returned pretty well, I didn't panic and after the first set I thought I played pretty solid. I just got a little careless. Pete Sampras after his four-set victory over Japan's Shuzo Matsuoka.

n If I went back to Japan now, maybe my aunt or my family would pick me up at the airport. But I don't think anyone else would be there. Matsuoka on the reaction his performance at the Championships will have generated back home.

n I don't think there's been any effect. It's tough to slow the tennis down here. I mean, you can't come to Wimbledon and say `We're going to slow the tennis this year'. It's impossible. Goran Ivanisevic on the introduction of slower balls.

n I haven't had one long rally here yet and I'm not going to have a lot of long rallies in the next round either. Ivanisevic after his 33 aces against the Russian, Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

n I don't need more power. It's enough. Ivanisevic when asked if he ever wished his serve was even faster.

n I took the new racket, won the next couple of points and won the set. I'm going to break a racket every time if it's going to bring me luck. Ivanisevic on abusing his equipment, for which he was fined $500 (pounds 322).

n I don't think he can play like that again. He just played too good. I couldn't do anything. I think there's more chance for me in the semis. Ivanisevic reflecting on Sampras' 7-6, 7-6, 6-0 victory in last year's Wimbledon final.

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