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April 26, 1995

Goran Ivanisevic


Q. Goran, you seemed maybe a little bit frustrated in the first two sets when it was not working as well as you wanted in the last set, even when you had a tough moment, and then you looked very quiet and calm and it was okay for you; isn't that right?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah. But first two sets, I didn't play very good. I gave him a lot of free points. I knew he is a tough player and he is not going to give me a lot of free points, but I have -- two, three times we really -- I mean, I have to hit a winner. I was missing a lot of balls. I mean, my serve was not working. Even when I won the second set, I didn't do anything too much. I just -- maybe I hit a couple of more winners, but I was missing a lot 'til 4-1 in the third. I mean, but before 4-1, I had -- first game I have six game points, breakpoints, and then he broke me. Then I have another one to break back and then every game I have something. But then I start to play much better. Then I make him run more and I was hitting more winners.

Q. But at this moment when you had these breakpoints on the first game, that third set and then he broke you; it was 3-Love and then 4-1; you kept your concentration perfectly.

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, I was -- I said to myself -- I mean, I had so many chances and I think I have to make one because every time I had a breakpoint he play unbelievable. I mean, I couldn't do anything. When I say -- I just stay there; keep my serve because he is not a big server and every time when I play on his serve, it is deuce, I mean, so many tough points, so I said one time I am going to break him. So I was fighting there, kept in my mind; then I broke him. Then when I broke him first time, I knew I am going to win.

Q. How was your knee today?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: My knee was good. It was not hurting and it was good.

Q. And the conditions, because it was cold and a little bit windy; it was not too tough for you?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, but this year, I don't know why, but they put so much clay on the courts and the courts are very, very slow. I don't know what for, but it is very slow conditions today and very tough to play. I won, so it doesn't matter.

Q. What do you think about the last 12 points? You won the last 12 points.

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Last 12 points I played very good; especially the last game, I think that was the only game in the the whole match I served good. I served three and a half aces and I mean, finally I knew I had to serve one game good, so I was waiting for the last game.

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