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August 12, 1996

Bernd Karbacher


Q. If you could just go through the match and explain why it didn't go your way today.

BERND KARBACHER: Nothing went my way today. I played terrible. I couldn't concentrate. I made so many mistakes didn't serve well. Nothing was good.

Q. Any reason you can pinpoint as to why you couldn't concentrate all that well?

BERND KARBACHER: Yeah, there are some different reasons. I didn't feel well the last two or three days when I came here. I just-- I don't know, little headache and I thought a flu was coming up, but it is not there, but I just have no power and no energy, maybe -- I don't know, maybe I still get a flew or something like that, but I just don't feel well. I sleep the whole day and I am still tired, so I don't know what is going on.

Q. Were you able to practice much or did you have to take off some time?

BERND KARBACHER: Yeah, I was practicing, but like every time like, I didn't play well, just never felt comfortable when I went on the court.

Q. Did this happen after the third round at Cincinnati just started the last --

BERND KARBACHER: It started, I think when I came here the day when I travelled like with bus, I was already so tired, it was just two tired and felt like when I flew from Europe to the States. Then I went to bed immediately and woke up the next day at 10 o'clock, so -- and then the next day I was practicing one hour. Then I went to bed immediately again, so just -- I don't know what is wrong.

Q. Especially disappointing coming on a week where you had a lot of points to defend and had a lot of success here?

BERND KARBACHER: Yes, of course. It is always -- I played some of my best matches in my career here and I think I should have played much better, but it is just -- sometimes it happens and I had wasn't too lucky the last couple of months. I had to pull out from two tournaments when I was there. I didn't play well today, so just I hope maybe it is getting better next week at the U.S. Open.

Q. What is your schedule? Are you off before the Open?

BERND KARBACHER: I play Toronto.

Q. What do you have to do now to regroup and get back in a good frame of mind for the Open?

BERND KARBACHER: I think I just have to practice well and maybe have a day off tomorrow and start practicing really a lot and I hope that I get in shape. And I think I cannot play worse in Toronto than today, so I think I just keep on trying and I will improve my game and play much better.

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