Quotes from day five of the Australian Open

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Quotes from day five of the Australian Open tennis championships on Friday:

* "She technically already has an Australian Open title."Serena Williams on her daughter Alexis Olympia, who she waspregnant with when she won the 2017 Australian Open. * "I know it's a tear, definitely, of the muscle...I don't know if I'll manage to recover from that in less thantwo days. I don't know I'm going to step out on to the court ornot." Novak Djokovic after playing through injuryin a five-set win over Taylor Fritz. * "I'm used to playing in front of packed stadiums.I'm not going to force myself around the world when the time isnot right where I have to quarantine for a week and then play." Nick Kyrgios on his plans for the rest of the yearafter losing to Dominic Thiem. * "I was thinking like, wow, she's really powerful ... Iwant to be powerful too, and I want to dominate on the tour thesame (way) like she does." Aryna Sabalenka on growing upwatching her fourth-round opponent Serena Williams. * "I don't take very seriously the Valentine's Day ... But Iknow it has a meaning. I don't know exactly if it's becauseyou're losing, 40-Love. I don't know. I have to find out just tobe prepared for the next time." Garbine Muguruza, when askedabout the meaning of 'Love' in tennis scoring. * "Before the match I was thinking, better don't eat a bageltoday."Hsieh Su-wei after securing a 6-4 2-6 7-5 win over SaraErrani, who had dominated their previous three meetings and wonthree sets 6-0 over that span.

Reaction to the tournament continuing without spectators after the state of Victoria declared a five-day snap lockdown to fight an outbreak of the novel coronavirus

* "We've always said the number one priority was the safetyof the community and our guests. We've got an event to put onand we've got to do it in a safe way."Australian Open tournamentdirector Craig Tiley. * "It's rough. It's going to be a rough few days for I thinkeveryone. But we'll hopefully get through it."Seven-timeAustralian Open champion Serena Williams. * "I feel like that's always something that is not in ourcontrol. They can say, 'Okay, you know what, this AustralianOpen tournament, we kind of freeze it'. (But) I'm happy that thetournament is going to go on."Two-time Grand Slam championGarbine Muguruza. * "I mean, clearly it's unexpected. Still being veryfortunate to be able to play a Grand Slam tournament in themiddle of a pandemic."Former world number three Grigor Dimitrov. * "Well, I'm not really sure. That kind of seems a bitfunny. But I don't know, I don't make the rules. I'm just herejust trying to -- I don't know, just having fun."Naomi Osaka ontennis players being deemed as 'essential workers' as Melbourneenters lockdown.

Day five highlights

(Compiled by Hardik Vyas and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin)