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November 19, 1993

Goran Ivanisevic


Q. Goran, your game, was it the same problem as yesterday?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, I was breathing very hard again; it was tough. But it was only for a couple of games, then he gave me again the thing to smell. I was okay then after that.

Q. You took medicine? You smelled something?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, he gave me some -- not medicine, just put it under my nose, and I can smell and I can breath normally again.

Q. Same thing as yesterday?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Same thing as yesterday.

Q. What happened to you twice when you served for the set, first set and second set?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: First set, I played little bad game. First he played terrible game at 4-3. He never misses that backhand volley. Never saw it in my life. Missed a couple of volleys. Then I played it. At 5-4, I think he played a great game. First, he passed me on the first point. Then, second point, I hit a great serve down the middle, and he hit unbelievable forehand return. Then I hit a doublefault. And then on 30-40, he hit it again; this I hit a first serve; he hit a backhand; he came in, and it was just too fast. You can't do anything after that, I mean, you just -- then I, in tiebreak, I made this easy mistake with the smash. I wanted to change my mind, but I was really clear in my -- I mean, I was really -- I think one of the best matches ever I play mentally. I was really clear all -- and I knew I have to stay with him because I knew he is going to -- he is going to play one loose game; then I am going to have my chance and I did it.

Q. Did you think that he is going to break you again in the third set?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: No, because I was really strong. I was -- didn't -- he didn't have any chance. I was serving very good. Every time I was really close I serve ace. Last game at 4-3 I felt a little bit that I have to stay that game with him and I am going to get a chance, so I get the first chance in the third set and I just hit a return and that was it.

Q. Is this problem which you use the smelling thing, is that just something you are learning to live with now?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: I hope not because I mean -- because it is very bad, the taste, you know, so I hope this is -- I mean, this is the last tournament, so after this I take little off, I hope I am going to feel okay.

Q. Do you feel well or is it just --

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Just I start to feel dizzy and then if I can't breath I feel dizzy a little bit, my body feels a little shaky.

Q. Are you going to see a doctor tonight or tomorrow?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: No, no. I think -- I am okay for this tournament. It is okay, but maybe after all this I am going to maybe make a checkup to see what is going on.

Q. Goran, this time last week you must have felt your chances of being here were slim; let alone being in the semifinal. Your thoughts now?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, I was sweating in front of TV last week hoping that Pioline was going to lose and now I am here now, I am in the semifinals and last year I played Boris; now I play another German, Michael, so I hope -- I think it is going to be a good match. It is going to be -- we both going to serve and volley. I had chances two weeks ago in Stockholm, so this is going to be a good match. It is going to be good for the people and I give it my best and we see what is going to happen.

Q. Last week, against Pioline, you didn't seem to be very motivated in the second set you didn't play --

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, I didn't play -- I was really tired. I was tired from the first round. For the finals I was just -- it was too much. Because Pioline, you have to be really clear to beat him because he is a very good player and I was not ready to beat him that day. It was really too much.

Q. Thank you.

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