March 9, 1995
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
Q. Pete, how did you feel out there today?
PETE SAMPRAS: I felt good to finally win the tiebreaker. Haven't
won one this year. I felt I hit the ball pretty well. The conditions
with the air being so dry here is pretty fast. He is a good player;
serves well; returns well; is one of the better doubles players
in the world and I really needed to be at my best. I thought
I played a pretty solid match. I lost a little concentration
in the second; got down a break, but there was only one break;
played a good break; unfortunately, doublefaulted at a bad time,
but I played a good matchpoint. It was a good one to get through.
You are not going to get a lot of rhythm out there; someone like
Bjorkman, so I played Patrick Rafter now who plays pretty similarly,
so hopefully I can play a little bit better tomorrow.
Q. Pete, the tournament obviously began on Monday. Was
it tough to sit out three days and not play until Thursday?
PETE SAMPRAS: I played doubles yesterday, so I got a little
bit used to the court and the balls and so I feel like I played
-- playing doubles was a good decision even though I lost 6 in
the third. Usually don't have Thursday starts, but with the Monday
final here I felt it was okay.
Q. Pete, you just mentioned about the tiebreaker. Going
into the tiebreaker in the first set, what were your thoughts
having not won one this year.
PETE SAMPARS: It was in the second set.
PETE SAMPRAS: You just can't think about it. You can't think
about the ones that I have lost. You just have to basically not
think about it and it is tough sometimes. You just have to play
each point like it is an important point and that is what a tiebreaker
really can come down to, a point here and there and got him today.
I just can't think about the record and not worry about it.
Q. Was there a reason you had been struggling in those tiebreakers
earlier this year until now?
PETE SAMPRAS: Just lost two tough ones to Courier and lost a
tough one against Todd after being up 5-1. It is just -- you
just can't worry about it. You just have to not think about when
you get into that situation. It is just bad luck, you know, hopefully,
I can winning one today; hopefully can really turn it around.
Q. You have had some tough matches against Pat Rafter in
the past. What are your thoughts going into that match?
PETE SAMPARS: Well, I need to make him play a lot of volleys;
need to return well. Obviously, I need to be solid on my games,
service games; not playing any loose points. Very similar match
like I played this morning; they both play pretty similar. Hopefully
I can return little bit better than he can. Hopefully break him
Q. You feel it has been a rather trying year for you so
PETE SAMPRAS: It has been a couple of strange months as far
as the Australian Open, the experience down there and the last
couple of weeks of -- you know, it has been a little different.
There have been a lot of changes kind of going around me and
I just have to get through it and it looks like I won't be with
Tim for quite sometime. He is back home in Chicago. That has
been a little bit difficult, but I will get through it.
Q. Pete, as far as coaching goes is there a big difference
between Tim not being around and Paul -- is Paul helping you coachwise?
PETE SAMPRAS: Well, I think Paul is a good friend of mine; a
good friend of Tim. He is trying to make this whole situation
as easy for Tim and I as possible, and he and Tim talk about my
game and what I need to work on, it's a team effort. It is not
like Paul is moving in on me. He is a great guy and got a great
character, and it looks like I will be going with him for quite
awhile, because Tim is going to be receiving some treatment.
But they do have pretty similar philosophies. They think I should
come in more and stuff like that. They will be in contact for
a while and just see what I need to work on when I am off the
road and on the road.
Q. Along those lines, how much do you attribute, -- what
exactly do you attribute Brad Gilbert's contribution to Andre?
Do you see things that obviously came from coaching?
PETE SAMPARS: Well, I don't see anything in his game that is
different. I mean, he is pretty much playing the same type of
game. I think Brad has maybe got him a little bit more disciplined
with practicing and preparing for his matches, playing maybe a
bit more smarter because obviously Brad was a pretty smart guy
on the court. Just him being there, I think, I am sure has helped
him out, but I don't think there is anything specific in his game
that he is doing differently. He is just doing a lot better.
Q. Pete, is it is any easier now for you knowing that Tim
is not going to be with you next week or expecting him to be there
next week that you can now maybe settle down a little bit more
and concentrate on-the-job at hand?
PETE SAMPARS: I think it will. I think there is -- at Australia,
we weren't really sure what was going to go on and who I was going
to be with or --- kind of a strange time for me because everything
just had been going so smooth for the past three years and I talked
to Tim everyday, if not every day, every other day, and it is
just trying to help him get through this whole thing. Hopefully,
he can beat this, and so now I pretty much understand what is
going on and he has told me everything and Paul will be traveling
with me for as long as it takes for Tim to really get back on
Q. I asked Jim the same question, so I am not singling you
out for punishment. If you don't play Davis Cup, will you feel
guilty about it?
PETE SAMPARS: Well, let us put it this way. I have yet to make
my final decision, so there is still a little time to think about
it and maybe before you know it, I might decide to play.
Q. There has been talk about the possibility of this event
becoming a men's and women's Lipton-type event. What would be
your thoughts about that?
PETE SAMPARS: Well, I don't want to say anything that is going
to get me in trouble. With the grounds here, you know, it is
not -- there is a lot of people around. I'd prefer rather to
play a men's tournament.
Q. Are you sure you want to say that? You don't want to
play the women? You'd do well.
PETE SAMPRAS: I would. I think with the size of the place,
I think one event is plenty. Okay.
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