October 7, 2014
J. BENNETEAU/Z. Zhang
5‑7, 6‑3, 6‑3
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions in Chinese.
Q.¬† I\'d like to ask you, your first set, you won it.¬† Can you explain for us why the next two sets you didn\'t perform so well?¬† What do you think are the main reasons for your loss?¬† Also, comment on your partnership with Wu Di yesterday in the doubles.¬† One set was 6‑3 and the other set was 6‑0.¬† Explain that to us a little bit.
ZE ZHANG:¬† First of all, in terms of singles, I put up a good game.¬† I didn\'t think I put up a particularly bad performance for the second and third sets.¬† Shanghai Masters is an opportunity for me once in a year.¬† I want to go through and make a breakthrough every time.
All of my components are awesome.¬† I do my very best in preparation for the second and third sets.¬† I think probably that\'s because my energy is a bit low.¬† I didn\'t have enough time for full readjustment.¬† For the third set, I had a bit of a stressed leg.
In terms of doubles, yes, the second set we lost pretty fast.¬† I think mostly because me and Wu Di, since our preparation for the Asian Games, we have yet to pair up as a doubles team ever since, and our opponents were also very good, the Australian Open winners.
The first set was pretty close.¬† The second set, I think our opponents just brought out their best game.¬† They were very meticulous in terms of their technique.¬† That\'s why we were not able to beat them.
Q.¬† I\'d like to ask about your upcoming schedule.
ZE ZHANG:¬† I think I will fly back to Nanjing tomorrow, take a break for a week, then I will fly to Shenzhen for the China championships.
Q.¬† You are ranked 190.¬† Are you satisfied with your performance this season?
ZE ZHANG:¬† I think it\'s a bit less than my expectations.¬† Earlier I also talked with my coach that many of the games I competed in previous competitions, I put up a good performance, but eventually I didn\'t win.
I think I need to come up with some more courage and more confidence.¬† I should try to find more ATP 500s, more ATP 1000s so I can fight these top players so I can bring out my best performance and hopefully I will improve even faster looking forward.
Q.¬† Because you were in the Asian Games, you were not able to compete in some previous tournaments.¬† Now you have to compete with the top players immediately.¬† Are you disappointed?
ZE ZHANG:¬† In fact, I\'m not.¬† When I was competing in the Asian Games, I\'m fighting on behalf of the country, so I\'m very proud.
Now, the first competition I come to face with is an ATP 1000.¬† It\'s pretty top‑level games.¬† It\'s actually good for me because I will have the opportunity to face the top players.¬† I think I\'m still really far from bringing out my best game.¬† I\'m quite disappointed that I didn\'t win today.
Q.¬† Just now you said that the Shanghai Masters is a once‑in‑a‑year opportunity for you, a rare opportunity for you.¬† I\'d like to ask you if this helps you in terms of your career development?
ZE ZHANG:¬† There\'s only nine ATP 1000 tournaments, and in China there is just one, here in Shanghai.¬† Therefore, it\'s significant for me.¬† It\'s a once‑in‑a‑year opportunity for me.
I value such opportunities very much.¬† I also hope that I could make a breakthrough at such an event.¬† But I didn\'t obviously, so I feel a bit of shame.¬† Hopefully next year I will put up a better fight.
Q.¬† Last year\'s Masters was very special for you because you were with Federer in the doubles.¬† Did you meet up with him and have a chance to talk with him?
ZE ZHANG:¬† Unfortunately I have yet had the opportunity to talk with him.¬† He\'s a big brother.¬† I hope I can have a conversation with him, learn more from him, and hopefully his experience, his best performances could teach me some good lessons.
Q.¬† Just now you said that you have some good performances, but at critical points you were not able to make a breakthrough.¬† You mentioned for the following games you would summon up some more courage.¬† Does that mean you\'re scared at these top‑level competitions?
ZE ZHANG:¬† Personally I hope starting from next year I will continue to pick some high‑level, big‑skill games just so I will see the top‑seeded players, look at them face‑to‑face without thinking of the fact that they are top 100 or top 50, then I won\'t be intimidated.¬† I will feel more familiar.
Q.¬† You mentioned the word \'breakthrough\' quite a number of times.¬† What is this breakthrough you\'re talking about?
ZE ZHANG:¬† Which means hopefully I will break through into the top 100, break myself through into the top 100.
Q.¬† The Japanese player Kei Nishikori made it to a very top level.¬† Some fans say he\'s a big source of inspiration.¬† What is your opinion?
ZE ZHANG:¬† I think Kei is one of the first Asian players to fight into the tournament finals.¬† There\'s certainly some pressure.¬† Hopefully he could transform such pressure into motivation.¬† I hope I will work more diligently like him.
I think he\'s incredible.¬† He won the title in Tokyo.¬† He\'s really a good role model for all of us to follow.
Q.¬† Just now you mentioned the top 100 or top 50 players, you\'re not so familiar with their faces yet.¬† You did out‑compete Gasquet before.¬† In the Australian Open you had a good performance with some top‑level players.¬† I\'d like to ask you, would you draw some experience from your previous successful record?
ZE ZHANG:¬† When I\'m saying I\'m not familiar with these people, it\'s not that I don\'t know them by face.¬† It\'s more that I hope I can get used to practicing with them, competing with them, get used to fighting them.
Yes, last night I did remember some of my competition with Gasquet.¬† But I think today I did put up a good performance, but I wasn\'t able to win in the end.¬† It\'s a shame.
Q.¬† You know exactly what it is like to be a professional player. ¬†Recently there is a book published by Novak Djokovic about diet and routine.¬† Are you doing the same?
ZE ZHANG:¬† You\'re right, I also follow some rigorous routine and diet.¬† My diet is critical.¬† For example, I can\'t eat too oily stuff.¬† I can only eat vegetables or fruit.¬† I have to sleep at a fixed time, not too late.¬† This is something a professional player must observe, of course.
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