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They said it: the quotes of AO2018


It’s been one intriguing ride in Melbourne, but away from the usual quotes on triumphs and tribulations on the tennis court, there have been some fascinating moments in the media rooms.

We’ve had Novak Chocovic (excuse the pun) giving journalists a selection of chocolates, celebrities dropping by, and plenty of giggles, remarks and reflections.

Here are some of our favourites from in front of the microphone:

Re-crowned world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki keeps a strong grip on her cherished maiden major:
“Being here tonight as a Grand Slam champion, Australian Open champion, it's very special. Daphne here is going home with me tonight. I'll be cuddling with her.”

28 Jan 18
Press conference with Caroline Wozniacki after her victory in the women's singles final

Caroline Wozniacki press conference (F)


Su-Wei Hsieh was a constant source of amusement in press, with quick, quirky lines brightening up the room. Her opponents were more perplexed by her unorthodox style, though:
“I'm driving her crazy,” said Hsieh with a wicked smile having nearly toppled 2016 champion Angelique Kerber. “This is good you told me that. Next time we try to do more.

“I don't have a plan,” admitted Hsieh, who reached the fourth round. “Actually, my boyfriend was looking her (Kerber) game earlier this morning. I forgot to ask him what she play, so I actually have no plan to go on the court.

“So I was try to still going my Su-Wei style.”

Rafael Nadal always stays cool about the heat: 
“If is extreme conditions, I hope the organisation puts the roof … I think is a health issue. Even I like sometimes play with hot. When is too much, becomes dangerous for the health.”

The ultimate ‘Anchorman’ Will Ferrell dropped by on his vacation to catch a glimpse of the tennis stars, but he wasn’t given the Hollywood treatment by Melbourne locals:
“You know what? No one is recognising me, and I'm really upset by that,” quipped the actor.

“I have been walking through the streets dressed as many of the characters I have played in films, and people still aren't recognising me. That's been a little disappointing.”

18 Jan 18
When Will Ferrell attends the Australian Open, there is never a dull moment.

The best of Will Ferrell at the Australian Open 2018


Poor Tomas Berdych once again fell to an inspired Roger Federer in full flight:
“I don't know (how he has changed in 12 months). Maybe he has couple more grey hairs. I mean, guys, I'm not any analyst of Roger's game.”

Marta Kostyuk flourished in a record-breaking run, qualifying for the main draw and soaring into the third round at 15 years old. However, her countryman Elina Svitolina was a step too far:
“Well, I take a lot from this experience. How much have you got to pay Svitolina to have a one-hour lesson? I got it for free!”

Nick Kyrgios was star struck by having the Fresh Prince, Will Smith, courtside to witness his triumph over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga:
“That was amazing. No joke, he's like my favourite actor. I get asked if one person were acting your life, I'd always pick him. It was surreal seeing him tonight. I was talking to him in the third set. I kept looking at him. I was like, I got to break the ice, I got to say something. He was really nice. I met him after the match. He was really genuine.”

20 Jan 18
Nick Kyrgios invited his favourite Hollywood star onto the court during 3R against Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga after noticing the fans weren't all cheering for his play...

Nick Kyrgios invites Will Smith on court


Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko received a special delivery back in her native Latvia:
“It was very, very impressive because not many athletes in Latvia get a stamp. When they told me, I was very, very happy, because I think it's a big thing if they make a stamp. Especially as they made 55,000 stamps and they were sold out on the first day.”

Sascha Zverev is based in Monaco, in separate apartments to his brother Mischa, but some things never change: 
“My brother still makes fun of me. My mom is still there. Dad is still there (as coach). My dog doesn't even realise who I am.”

Sebastian Korda clinched the boys’ singles title exactly 20 years on from dad Petr’s men’s triumph, and that evidently provided inspiration:
“I've seen his match on YouTube a lot. I watch it at least maybe once a month. A little bit of motivation.”

27 Jan 18
Sebastian Korda speaks to the media after winning the Junior Boys' Singles Championship.

Sebastian Korda press conference


British No.1 Johanna Konta had a supermarket shocker:
“I went to the supermarket to buy blueberries. I only bought blueberries, two pints. I left two pints of blueberries there. It's $5 I won't get back. It's actually more the betrayal in my own mind I feel so upset about. I was so sad. Clearly I'm not over the blueberry debacle.”

Alex ‘The Demon’ de Minaur shot to prominence with a semifinal run in Brisbane and a final showing in Sydney. He’s not short of ambition for the year ahead, too: 
“I put my goal to be top 100 by the end of the year. I'm going to do everything in my power to reach that goal. I now believe I can do it. I want to be playing these high-level opponents week in, week out, hopefully have some more good results.”

A gallant and gracious Simona Halep in defeat after Saturday’s women’s final thriller:
“I can still smile. It's fine. I cried, but now I'm smiling. Is just a tennis match in the end. I'm really sad I couldn't win it. I was close again, but the gas was over in the end. She was better. She was fresher.

28 Jan 18
Simona Halep press conference following her valiant efforts in the women's final of Australian Open 2018.

Simona Halep press conference


Federer consoled Zverev in the locker room following his heart-wrenching five-set defeat by Hyeon Chung:
“I said be patient about it. Don't put yourself under unnecessary pressure. Learn from these mistakes. Whatever happened, happened. Unfortunately, you have to believe in the process you're in right now. You're doing the right things. It's maybe not paying off at the slam level, but just stay calm, don't dig yourself in a hole.

“I just thought some nice words would maybe cheer him up, get him over the loss a few more hours earlier than it normally would. It's supposed to hurt. I'm sure it did. He looked crushed when I saw him. I gave him a tap on the shoulder and said, ‘C'mon, it's not too bad. It could be worse.’”