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January 31, 2015

Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Nicolas Mahut


6-4, 6-4
An interview with:

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What went wrong from your side?
PIERRE-HUGUES HERBERT: What went wrong? I had a small problem starting the match, before the match. Twenty minutes before the match I felt a big pain in - I don't know how to say. I was bleeding by -- I had a problem. I felt sick 20 minutes before. I don't know if it's because was a final or if it was because anything. But after this I took some medicine because I couldn't almost run or anything. I was really in pain. And when I started the match I felt dizzy the whole match. I had the feeling, yeah, it was maybe the worst minutes of my tennis career because I wanted to do everything for my partner, for everybody who was expecting something. And actually I couldn't be 100%. Yeah, maybe the worst minutes of my life on court because, yeah, so much pressure, and I couldn't react.

Q. So probably you play 50% or something like that?

NICOLAS MAHUT: All the credit...

PIERRE-HUGUES HERBERT: All the credit to the Italians who played really good. But the fact is for me inside it was really hard, because I got the feeling it go so fast at this level. We had an unbelievable team against us and they played a really good match. But in the important moments, you have to be 100%, and I didn't have this feeling today, yeah. All the credit to them. And I felt really bad for Nico because I felt he made a great match and he played really well, and I was just not at my level.

Q. The ball in the first game of the second set. You touched the ball three times, I think.
NICOLAS MAHUT: Maybe four, I don't know. Sometimes it happens when it's coming really fast. I tried to put the ball on the court. I don't know if only one player can touch the ball twice in the frame and put the ball on court. So I just tried to but the ball. It's true, it hit the frame twice. So umpire have to see this, but didn't change anything. Other question?
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