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Happy Slam Reflections: Day 7

Match of the day: [1] Novak Djokovic def. [15] Stan Wawrinka 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10. Match point sums it up. Novak said after “I just had flashback of 2012 in the finals. It was maybe 45 minutes less this match than the one 12 months ago, but still it was still as exciting. I guess everybody enjoyed the match. I tried to perform my best, you know, enjoy the moment, be in the present, and couldn’t ask for more. What a match point. Unbelievable.”

Quote of the day: “I was playing the No. 1, in night session, with a full house. I don’t know why I will be negative.” – Stan Wawrinka

Upset of the day: [19] Ekaterina Makarova def. [5] Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4.

Doubles seed upsets: [12] Venus & Serena Williams def. [5] Nadia Petrova & Katarina Srebotnik 6-2, 6-3; Thomaz Bellucci & Benoit Paire def. [6] Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi & Jean-Julien Rojer 6-7, 6-3, 7-6; Silvia Soler-Espinosa & Carla Suarez Navarro def. [6] Liezel Huber & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.

Retirements: [8] Janko Tipsarevic (to [10] Nicolas Almagro).

Bagels: 2.

Belated press conference: Gilles Simon returned after his marathon match for his press conference. Why? “I was in a bad shape. I felt I played the end of the match like in a dream, like I was not even on the court. I was just hitting the ball, trying to run, trying to catch it, and not thinking anymore. I was too tired to be happy or upset or thinking or I think at the end of the match I just, you know, completely lost control.” Well, after numerous long rallies (including this 71-shot rally), one can imagine why! When asked what hurt, he said “It’s everything.”

Best fashion statement: Fabio Fognini’s visor.

Humble pie: David Ferrer said, about being in the top four, “I am top four because Rafael is injured a long time. Is the true.” When asked if he felt he’s in that group, David said “No, no. I think the top four, they are better.”

New flavor: When asked if she could make a Sugarpova flavor for her first four matches, Maria Sharapova said “I would call it steamy, but just for different reasons. (Laughter.) You know what I’m talking about, Max.” Hmmm.

Best souvenir swag: Sloane Stephens made a personalized t-shirt at the Australian Open shop.

(Photos: Getty Images)


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