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August 31, 1992

Goran Ivanisevic


Q. Goran, What was the difference between the Olympics and today?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Olympics I played four games in a row; five sets the day before semi final; I played doubles, five sets, I was very tired. He played great. Played the best tennis of his life, so, but today, I mean, last week I beat him very tough match. Today it was little bit windy. I think it helped me because when he is playing good, he is hitting only forehands. So today he couldn't go around and hit a forehand. So I play more on his backhand and then I hit his forehand and backhand again. So he didn't know what to do. Then at 5-2 in the third, I was thinking about Wimbledon because I played him there. I had 2 sets to love 5-2; I lost my serve and 5-4, I was considering much more. Had a little bit of luck with one backhand and that was it.

Q. How do you think you served today?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: I serve okay. When I needed, I served okay. But just two games in the game I was rushing a little bit. You have 5-2 up, then you think it is over, but it is not over. And then I was rushing. I was more confident every time like that, I am rushing more and I cannot put the first serving, that happened today.

Q. Did you notice the miles per hour, the chart on the serves at all? Did you pay attention to some of your--

GORAN IVANISEVIC: No, because I can't concentrate if I look.

Q. Goran, you said at New Haven that you didn't feel very confident. Are you confident now?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Not yet. I mean, this week I was practicing a lot. I feel much better, but not great. I still not playing like I know I have to play. This match is going to give me a lot of confidence because I beat a great player. So I am going to be more confident in the next match.

Q. Who would you choose for winning the U.S. Open this time?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Sampras, Courier, Edberg, Becker, maybe me. A lot of guys. Agassi. So, I don't know who is going to win. You have to pick one.

Q. Goran, you talked before about how important it is for you to keep your concentration. You called it going crazy sometimes. After going through that at Wimbledon, do you think it is going to be easier for you to keep your concentration for two Grand Slams?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Sure, because if I can do it in Wimbledon and Olympics games, I can do it anywhere. I am ready. I mean, because before I was taking Grand Slam tournament like it was very nervous, then I couldn't play like two matches in a row good. But now I try to play like normal tournaments. So I am trying to play. Trying to fight. I think it is going to be more interesting. I am going to be much more dangerous than before.

Q. I just want to ask you about going crazy. How do you know when you start to lose it? You start looking around at the stands?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, I start to rush. I walking like crazy man. Just walk. I don't know where I am going. Like you running against somebody, somebody chasing you and you are running. So that is the problem. Then I can't start just running, running. But one day I say, "This is enough. You have to stop. You have to try to control this. And now I am good. I am not running anymore."

Q. Did somebody ever-- obviously English is not your first language. So I am interested in your use of the word "Crazy," because if clearly you are not a crazy man.

GORAN IVANISEVIC: I mean crazy. I don't mean crazy like crazy. I mean crazy nice way, you know, it is different.

Q. Did somebody call you that?

GORAN IVANISEVIC: No, nobody called me like you are crazy, crazy. You are a little bit, you know. But I am young I can still come back.

Q. Thank you.

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