Byting Talk: Greg Rusedski, Li Na, Schiavone, Federer and Djokovic

Linus Fernandes@mktimeforsportsAnalyst IIJune 8, 2011

Greg Rusedski
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What he said:

"You are talking a 0.5% improvement."

Greg Rusedski is confident that Andy Murray has the ability to win Wimbledon.

What he really meant:

“It’s the small things that matter.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“0.5% will take 99.5% of his time and effort.”


What she said:

“Age just paper. It’s just plus one.”

Li Na says that the age factor in the women’s final is not such a big deal.

What she really meant:

“Hell, Francesca’s just a year older than me.”

What she definitely didn’t:

 “Ageism? What’s that?”


What he said:

"It’s a good present because he [Nadal] had been struggling against him lately."

Roger Federer plays some mind games before the final claiming that he has done his rival, Rafael Nadal, a favour by knocking out Novak Djokovic.

What he really meant:

“Whom would Nadal prefer meeting in the final? An older foe or a younger one?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’ll roll over and play dead.”


What she said:

“I’m not old. Why do you think I’m old? I feel I’m still young."

Li Na is not old—according to her—on the WTA Tour.

What she really meant:

“Age is a state of mind.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“I’m a spring chicken.”


What she said:

"Okay, we only have about 70 million. But we have big hearts."

Francesca Schiavone is heartened by just 70 million compatriots’ support for the French Open final.

What she really meant:

“Numbers? Numbers mean nothing to me.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“Italians have heart problems.”


What he said:

"It was best five months of my life."

Novak Djokovic comments on his 43-match winning streak after losing to Roger Federer in the French Open semis.

What he really meant:

“It was the best five months of my life.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“It was the worst five months of my life.”


Quote of the day: 

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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