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July 14, 2019

Shintaro Mochizuki

Wimbledon, London, England

S. MOCHIZUKI/C. Gimeno Valero

6-3, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What was it like to walk out on Court No. 1 with all the crowd there and the applause?
SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI: I'm shy, so I was like, Why do I have to do that? But it was fun, yeah.

Q. Did you feel any pressure at that moment?
SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI: Yes. It's so many people were there. Yeah, I was a little bit nervous, yes.

Q. Talk about playing and training where Nishikori is also doing his training. Can you talk about learning from Kei.
SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI: He's really nice. He gives me a lot of advices at the academy. Like sometimes I practice with him. I learn from him a lot.

Yeah, he's smart (smiling).

Q. You said that you're shy. You're very expressive on the court. One time you did a jump smash. How did that feel? Have you always been like that?
SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI: No. Was a big chance to do that, so I just did it for fun. Yeah, it was easy ball. I just wanted to make people, like, having fun watching me, yeah.

Q. You said you haven't always been expressive on the court with the c'mons?
SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI: I don't care about the crowds when I play tennis. Like I just focus on myself, just play tennis. Yeah, that's it.

Q. You have an interesting style of playing, a lot of net play, coming in behind your backhand. When did you first develop this? Who is your teacher for this style of tennis?
SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI: My coach, like Natsuo, he taught me. I liked coming to the net. My coach taught me, like, I'm good at that. I just practiced a lot and improved with all matches. Like my coaches gave me a lot of advices.

Yeah, I like coming into the net, yeah, a lot.

Q. Talk about how important it was for you to win the very tough semifinal. You had some match points, saved some match points.
SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI: I was too nervous because I lost semifinals at French Open, Roland Garros. I was up 5-2 in the third set. If I win the game, I get to the final. I was too tight.

Yeah, Martin was playing good. I was really nervous. But I was happy winning that 10-8, close match. It's always good for me winning, like, close matches.

Q. In the second set, you had breakpoints in the second game, then a very long game that you held. Would you describe that as an important point in the match?
SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI: Yes. Like first set, I got broken twice, two games. I wanted to hold my service game a lot. It was good. I played really tough. He had some breakpoints, but I just tried my best to hold my service game.

Yes, it was really important game for me.

Q. Who are your favorite professional players to watch?
SHINTARO MOCHIZUKI: Roger Federer, I love watching him on TV, yeah. I don't want to copy him, but I love watching him.

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