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August 17, 1995

Bernd Karbacher


GREG SHARKO: This is Bernd's third ATP quarterfinal of the year and third in the last four tournaments. This is his first quarter on hard courts this year and he will be playing Reneberg actually in a rematch of last year's quarterfinal here and he leads Reneberg 2-1 lifetime. Okay, questions for Bernd.

Q. Felt like you were hitting ball pretty crisp today?

BERND KARBACHER: Yeah, of course, for me it was a little bit easy than for Todd because I played twice during the day on, I think, the outside courts are a little faster than the stadium and for Todd it was -- he played a night match yesterday and it is much slower and you could see that he hit a lot of balls; just flew away and he couldn't keep the ball in play. I hit the ball pretty good and I was really surprised. He made a lot of mistakes. It was pretty easy for me.

Q. How do you feel having another chance at Richey? I mean, you came through last year playing him. How does that set up he has always had a lot of success here too?

BERND KARBACHER: Yeah, of course I think for me maybe it is not a good draw, but I think for me it is advantage because I won against him this year in Key Biscayne at the Lipton 6-3, 6-3 on hard court; I won last year on hard court in two sets, so I think that is the advantage for me. I know how to play him. But he played really well today and yesterday when he beat Ferreira, he played really well. So I think he is playing well at the moment. But let us see what happens. I hope I can win another one, another third time.

Q. Do you feel obviously after these last few days good going into the Open?

BERND KARBACHER: Yes, of course I came here last week for Cincinnati for the tournament and I had only one day to practice on hard court because I played a tournament on clay before, and then I beat Stark in two sets and then I won against Kafelnikov and I played really well and then I lost to Courier. He played a very good match. So I was very happy the way I played last week and I hope I can keep on playing like that and I know that I play well on hard court and especially these tournaments, I like them very much, so I think it is the hard court season -- the second time of the hard court season starts very well for me, so I am really looking forward to the U.S. Open.

Q. You had a lot of success on service returns today. Was a lot of that just guesswork or something that you saw in his serve that you could attack?

BERND KARBACHER: No, it was not guesswork. Sometimes you have to guess a little bit on the first serve because he hits the ball very hard, but I think -- I don't know his first serve percentage -- I think it was not very high today and when he hit the first serve; then I couldn't return it very well and then it was one of these days, he had no success with his serve and service was coming and I was lucky one and hit a return winner, so for him, it is very important how he is serving, and he had problems -- maybe with the balls, I don't know what, but I think my return, okay, I know that my return is pretty good on hard court, so it fits really good.

Q. Were you trying to go crosscourt with a lot of those?

BERND KARBACHER: To be honest, you don't truly know where the ball is flying. You try to hit the ball in front of the body and that is it -- to block it and you cannot really say on a first serve with 120 miles per hour that you are playing crosscourt or down the line a winner. You try just to get the racket to the ball and if you really hit it front of the volley; then the ball is going in the field and sometimes I think I made some really some good returns was also when he came in on the serve and I hit it really down to his feet and that is very difficult then to hit a good volley.

GREG SHARKO: Anything else for Bernd?


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