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April 29, 1995

Goran Ivanisevic


Q. Goran, you lost eight tiebreaks out of nine against Boris Becker. Does it mean something to you or it is just bad luck or --

GORAN IVANISEVIC: No, if I play like this, it is not bad luck. It is bad for me; not bad for him.

Q. When you were serving at 6-5 in the first set, you put in only one first serve out of six. Is that also something that shows emotion or is it coincidence?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Not coincidence. It is that is what I was doing all day today. I mean, every time when I needed, I didn't put the first serve and when you come 6-5 and you serve for the set, I mean, you serve like that, it is bad. I mean, it is bad, everything was bad.

Q. But you didn't play bad.

GORAN IVANISEVIC: I played very bad. He played very bad and match was very bad and only he won because he served better and I gave him the match. Actually, he didn't do anything. I just gave him present.

Q. What was the problem with the wrist today, you had problems on your serve?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: In the beginning, yeah, when I hit the second serve, but then afterwards it was okay.

Q. No pain?


Q. The fact you didn't play very safe the other matches and that you played very safe this match or did you --

GORAN IVANISEVIC: I didn't do anything this match. The other matches I didn't play safe; at least, I hit the winners. Today I didn't do anything. I just put the ball back and wait for his mistake. He did sometimes -- he was playing smart -- slice, topspin, he comes in; if I pass him, okay, usually I don't pass him and the only good thing that he did he was serving; nothing else; just put more balls in the court than me and I didn't do anything; I could still have tried to at least do something, but I didn't do anything. And I could win.

Q. Do you think the first set was probably decisive, if you had won that?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: I mean, I had chances every game I had a breakpoint and he didn't want -- two points, when he broke me; then tiebreaker I had a couple of set points and he played one lucky volley and -- but then again I was -- had more chances than him, but just didn't do anything. Even when I won the second set, third set I started the same; just putting the ball back and every time when he had a chance he came in and when I had a chance I didn't do anything.

Q. Do you know the reason why if you didn't do anything?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: No, I don't know. Same thing was in Rome last year, also "present" match you just serve better and that is it. From the back he doesn't do anything. Just puts the ball in and he put the ball in and when you are short he comes in and when it is short for me, I don't do anything. It is tough to pass him because he is good at the net and you have to pass him on the breakpoint, the big point; it is tough to do every time.

Q. Is it because it is Boris Becker that you don't try too much?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: I don't know. It doesn't matter. I don't know why. Just -- no idea.

Q. Maybe you should have an idea for the next match.

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Maybe. I don't know if you play fast court than it is easier for me because then I come in; then I know I have to come in, but on this court I don't know why I don't come in, I just -- I don't know.

Q. Did you discuss with Bob Brett a little bit?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, but it is nothing to discuss.

Q. Strategy?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: What strategy, if I play like this, this is no strategy. This is bad, very bad.

Q. Are you going to take some rest this week, not play maybe for a few days if your wrist --

GORAN IVANISEVIC: I don't know. Same thing. Rest or not, not going to help anything.

Q. What is your next tournament Hamburg?


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