Wimbledon 2012: Quotes and stats of the day

Powerful Murray eases past Davydenko

WIMBLEDON

Venue:
All England Club, London
Date:
25 June - 8 July
Coverage:
Live on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC HD Channel, red button, BBC Radio 5 live, mobiles, tablet and the BBC Sport website

Day two of Wimbledon brought joy to British fans, with four more players into the second round, but it was a sorry statistic for Australia.

Lleyton Hewitt, champion in 2002, 20th seed Bernard Tomic, Matt Ebden and Marinko Matosevic all lost in the first round, meaning there will be no Australian representative in the second round of the men's singles for the first time since 1938.

Hewitt, who lost 6-3 6-4 6-4 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: "The boys didn't have the best day today. There's a lot of different reasons: draws, match-ups, whatever.

"But at least three of us - the three guys that played today - I know we could have beaten a lot of guys that are still going in the tournament. That's just how it falls."

Tomic, who lost 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to wildcard David Goffin: "I have sort of slacked off a little bit and look what it's costing me.

"I'm not normally like that [Tomic smashed his racquet during the course of the match] but... I couldn't control myself."

Andy Murray, James Ward, Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong joined Heather Watson in the second round - the first time since 2006 that five Brits have made it through, meaning home spirits were understandably more buoyant.

Baltacha, who beat Karin Knapp 4-6 6-4 6-0: "I was very emotional at the end, especially when I got told I had got the wildcard for the Olympics.

"I didn't know until Judy [Murray] told me at the end. If I had have known, I would have been all over the place and crying my eyes out."

Murray, who beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-1 6-1 6-4: "I'm desperate to get the tournament going because there's a lot of talk from a lot of people.

"It's never easy playing at Wimbledon in the first round but that was a good start. I just wanted to go out there, play well, keep my focus, and not worry about the other stuff that goes on off the court around this time of the year. I think I did a good job of that. Time to let the tennis do the talking."

Johanna Konta, who lost to Christine McHale 6-7 6-2 10-8, on being British: "I had good support, it was good to hear them and from what I heard I think they embraced me.

"I've heard of [the Plastic Brit debate], but I have lived here for seven years so it's not a new thing. I feel British and I am happy to finally have 'GBR' next to my name."

Laura Robson

Laura Robson, who lost 2-6 6-2 6-4 to Francesca Schiavone, on her opponent's grunting: "I was grunting as well. Doesn't bother me at all..."

Serena Williams, who beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2 6-4, on her early French Open exit: "As Kelly Clarkson says, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. But I'm naturally negative: the glass is always half-empty for me."

Rafael Nadal, who beat Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 6-2 6-3, on playing the Olympics tournament at Wimbledon: "Well, it's great that we're going play the Olympics here in Wimbledon. At the same time, it's not great that you play in a very important competition on grass the best of three. That makes the tournament a little bit more crazy."

David Goffin, after his defeat of Tomic: "Wimbledon is the most beautiful tournament in the world. I love playing here, and I hope I will play a lot of years here."

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