November 1, 2000
MODERATOR: Questions for Magnus.
Q. What are your thoughts?
MAGNUS NORMAN: You can never know, never expect what's going to happen. I got through
the first round on Wednesday evening, got a walkover already, I'm in the third round
already. But it's nice. I like it here in Stuttgart. I have a title here in Weissenhof
like last year. I have good memories from here. I like the city. It's nice to get some
practice in. I would have liked to play a match today, but it's better to have a rest,
better to rest than to play. It's a sad way, of course, to do it. Marc had a fever, I
think. He came up to me like a couple of hours ago. Obviously he's disappointed. At the
same time, I'm looking forward to tomorrow. Just been practicing a little bit. I'm feeling
very motivated again to play well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.
Q. I've read somewhere that you've been feeling very tired like after the US Open. Were
you considering taking some time off?
MAGNUS NORMAN: I did, yeah. Especially after the Olympics. I went straight from the US
Open to the Olympics. I was very, very tired. I had no motivation, and the body was aching
all the way through. I took a week, a good ten days off from everything. I went to Vienna
to get some practice and to play a match. Then in Shanghai I felt like my motivation was
back again. I feel fresh again. I feel ready. I had some big goals still to achieve this
Q. For instance?
MAGNUS NORMAN: One was getting to The Masters. That's obviously the case today. It's
been confirmed. But obviously I'm looking -- I'm perhaps No. 3 in the world now in the
race. It can only get better from here. You know, Sampras has pulled out from Paris, as
well. I know I have a good chance. But indoors, it's not really my surface. I have to play
very good to be able to be on top of the race at the end of the season. I feel like no one
is really taking me as the favorite, either for Stuttgart, Paris, or Lisbon. It's very
nice. I'm No. 3 in the Champions Race. Nobody really thinks I'm going to play very well
indoors. I'm very motivated to show everybody that I can even play indoors.
Q. How have you spent time waiting for the match?
MAGNUS NORMAN: It's very tough. What can you do? I was here at 10:00 practicing this
morning with Thomas Enqvist. Then I went back to the hotel, had lunch. I was walking
around a little bit in the city, preparing for the match. I was really pumped when I came
here. Then all of a sudden, you know, all the motivation is gone. You have to go practice.
I was practicing pretty hard here for one hour just to get the frustration out of the
Q. Are you feeling you're as prepared as you can be?
MAGNUS NORMAN: Absolutely, my game is 110% there. I'm ready.
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