December 5, 1995
Q. Cedric, when you played the first point for 6-All in the third, you were certain
there would be a tiebreaker, right? When did you understand there wasn't any and did this
shock you and put you at a disadvantage because you knew you had to take his serve?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: No shock because I took my serve. I hold my serve without any problems
right after. After, yes, indeed I thought I would have to have a break to take his serve
and I had lost all his breaks and didn't have a chance to take his. It is going to be
hard. In the tiebreak I thought I would have a better chance, as I did, in the second set.
Last time I played tiebreak against Boris I made and I knew that he was going to be a bit
nervous serving doublefaults and so forth, but this unfortunately wasn't the case today.
He played a great match and it was hard for me to take his break. I could play even
better, I suppose, but he was very good today.
Q. Are you satisfied with the way you played?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: Yes, but it is so repeating all the time - Krajicek or Becker, I am
always losing. Other players, not necessarily the best. I played Carlsen (phonetic)
(Larsson) in a tournament recently and I lost to him in a tight match. It is always the
same scenario. This starts driving me crazy.
Q. How can you change this scenario; just have to win, don't you?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: Well, I suppose this is why they are at the top of the ranking. In a
way I feel like I can't take the matches, although I have got a lot of opportunities to do
so - sorry about that.
CEDRIC PIOLINE: No. It is the play all together; it is not just a matter of confidence.
Q. This season is totally over for you. What is coming between now and the beginning of
the next season?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: Holiday. Because I have been playing for quite awhile now. I need some
Q. Long holiday? When are you going to start practicing again?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: I don't know. Wait and see. When it comes, I play again.
Q. And when you start practicing again, do you know with whom you are going to do this?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: Well, maybe, maybe not. There might be some developments.
Q. Nothing new? You don't know who is going to be your coach?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: No. And if there is nobody, I will do it myself.
Q. I noticed that there is a new racket. It is not the white one any longer. Is this
CEDRIC PIOLINE: I have been trying it for a week. I was in an exhibition match last
week. I thought it was a good tournament here to try out a new racket. I had had it during
practice quite a few times and I felt it was a good one; I liked it. Since there are many
players playing with such a type of racket, I thought why shouldn't I, and I took it here.
Q. Is it very different from the one you had before?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: I was the last player to play with a metal racket. The rather classical
one, this one, graphite fiber - I don't know exactly, but I think everybody plays such a
Q. Does it make a lot of difference when playing?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: It is not the same feeling as with my old racket. But one advantage,
one benefit is a better control than before. Sometimes I don't hit all that perfectly, but
I have got to get used to it. I feel rather confident.
Q. Talking about your holiday again, what is coming? Nothing?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: No, no. I first take advantage really, and in order to have a beginning
not too hard after, I am going to start, during my holiday, to practice a little bit.
Q. When and where are you going to start again next year?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: I don't know. Is there something in Geneva? They talked about changing
CEDRIC PIOLINE: No. That is a classical headline for tomorrow, I suppose.
Q. Why not Australia? Do you need a longer break?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: Well, I had, last part of the season, very hard time many tournaments
and I haven't stopped since Cincinnati, but one week, second week of the U.S. Open I was
qualified, the only week I didn't play a match, so ever since beginning of August; we are
at the beginning of December now. Now couple of days off and I suppose I need some rest
and some practicing and then come back next year.
Q. When did you decide you wouldn't want to go to Australia?
CEDRIC PIOLINE: Well, I kept pondering about it, what did I want to do, and I noticed
that once the season has started it is hard to change things and I never played very well
in Australia, and it is far away and there are no regrets about this decision. I made it
and I hope it is going to be beneficial for the remainder -- for the whole of next season.
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