December 7, 1996
Q. You have to obviously blame your serve for the loss today. Can you elaborate on
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: I was basically forced to do that because, you know, Goran was
holding his serve, and he had so many free points. That's why, you know, I tried to play
the same game as he played. I've done that successfully basically for two sets, then in
the third, fourth, and fifth and deciding set, I got a little bit tired. That's why my
most double-faults came in those three sets.
Q. Yesterday you sounded like it was a mental thing. Is it mental or is it technical or
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Today was more physical because I was really, really, really tired.
You know, it was really hard to maintain that level that I was playing first two sets. As
I was saying before, you know, when the time comes to crucial points, I cannot respond
well enough on my serve. Basically that's what happened. The most important, I was forcing
myself to play very risky second serve. My serve ain't good enough. That's why, you know,
so many double-faults.
Q. Not to belabor it too much, but is this something you want to work on between now
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Right now that's the main thing that I will work on. I'm pretty
satisfied with any other aspects but the serve. Hopefully, you know, in those two weeks'
time that I will prepare for the Australian Open, I will work specifically on that aspect.
Q. What is your next event actually?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: I play Adelaide.
Q. Do you plan to play less tournaments maybe next year?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: No. I still will do same thing that I was doing before, play as
many tournaments and singles as I can, and doubles, too, because it really helps me.
Q. Singles and doubles?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Both, yes.
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