August 21, 1998
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
Q. Was that one match too many?
LEANDER PAES: I was a little tired after yesterday playing singles and doubles. I
really think that the difference was Goran's serve versus mine. He serves a lot better
than I did and I had to work twice as hard on his service games and I don't think I even
got to breakpoint.
Q. You expected him to be serving well. What was your plan to combat that?
LEANDER PAES: Well, yesterday against Pete who has another huge serve, I wanted just to
get the serve back. I wanted to start the point out. Regardless of whether he had an easy
ball or easy volley, whatever, just start the point out; then let my speed take over.
Today I struggled to get the serve back. Especially on second serves, every time I had a
second serve that I tried to chip and charge, I was missing a lot; playing a left-hander
today the ball was kicking differently, so I found it a little tough to adjust. And I
think that really made the key. But I could not really get into a groove of chipping and
charging and playing my style of tennis today.
Q. Was there any sense of coming down after yesterday?
LEANDER PAES: Again, I kind of get up for every match. I felt that in the end, like the
beginning of the second set, I had to force myself to say: Come on, let's get on with it,
and I had to give myself a little bit of a push so that was the only time that I found
myself maybe slipping a little and I said: Let's go, let us pick it up. I was able to, but
not enough, I guess, today.
Q. Do you like his chances of making, as he put it, a breakthrough in the US? He has
never won a U.S. tournament. Won 22 tournaments, but never in the States. Do you feel like
he is playing good enough to make that breakthrough maybe here the way he played against
LEANDER PAES: I think that if he serves as well as he did today, he has a good shot at
it. In conditions like this, if someone starts getting his serve back, makes himself
working for the point, it will be tough. But I think after today's result, especially
after he beat me, he does have a good shot.
Q. Do you look forward to the doubles championships in Hartford? You did very well
there last year. Do you like that tournament?
LEANDER PAES: Definitely. Again, for the last couple of years, doubles was basically
earning me my living; playing Davis Cup for the country and stuff helped, but I enjoyed
playing doubles with my partner and we are No. 3 right now so we are looking at Hartford
fairly closely, having lost the first round here, that doesn't really help our cause, but
we have got the rest of the year ahead of us. Got one Grand Slam left and we need to get
our act together.
Q. You have already qualified, have you not, for Hartford?
LEANDER PAES: Well, the cutoff comes up, I think, like three weeks before the event, so
basically we have still got a lot of work to do. We are No. 3 right now, so, as of right
now we are in -- the top 8 teams go there, as you all know. As I said, there is a lot of
tennis still to be played and especially having to handle singles and doubles, it is more
challenging for me, so we have got to prepare our schedule very, very carefully.
Q. You may have answered this at the outset, but after yesterday's big win and now
today, what -- emotionally is this sort of a roller-coaster?
LEANDER PAES: I generally find myself -- sure I was very happy after winning yesterday,
but I don't really go too high or too low. I just -- it was a good day at the office
yesterday and not so good today, so I come out and try and do my best, I come out and try
and work and do whatever I can do within my capacity and I have had a great week overall.
It would have been nice to have been playing doubles this afternoon, but I guess that is
the way it goes. I can't complain, I had a good win yesterday.
Q. Are you playing next week?
LEANDER PAES: No, I am taking the week off. I am just recovering from this cough cold
and stuff that I had and the Open being best of five sets in singles and doubles, I figure
that physically I just need to get myself ready, so I am taking next week off. I will be
on Long Island just training and having some fun there and maybe hit the links a little
bit and get ready for the Open.
Q. Will your and your partner also take the week off, do you know?
LEANDER PAES: Yes, we are both together in long island. Yeah.
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