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August 29, 2003

Ivo Karlovic


MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. Can you just talk about what turned it around for you, you know, in the match.

IVO KARLOVIC: In the match, well I started to serve much better. So I had better chance in the tiebreak.

Q. It's hard to probably summarize, but since Wimbledon, have you gotten a lot more contacts from sponsors and from other people?

IVO KARLOVIC: From sponsors, yeah. I am ranked which is the best for me now at the moment.

Q. Can you describe what life has been like for you since Wimbledon.

IVO KARLOVIC: Well, since, it's been pretty much the same because I was always on the tournaments. So it's been the same.

Q. When you were down 2-4 in the tiebreaker in the fourth set, you seemed to lose your serve a little. Does that worry you, since your serve is such a big part of your game? Does that worry you at all?

IVO KARLOVIC: Well, I mean, of course it worries me. But I am trying to stay focused to play as best I can.

Q. You seem to take a little step towards the umpire's chair, clean off your racquet.


Q. You came back very focused with your serve. You really gathered yourself there, didn't you?

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah, of course.

Q. Your ranking has gone up considerably since Wimbledon.

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah, yeah.

Q. Do you feel that soon you won't have to be playing qualifying tournaments?

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah, I mean, sure. I mean, it is my goal. I hope that it will be soon.

Q. You won the GHI men's singles up in The Bronx.

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah, and in the Hampton as well.

Q. Did that really prepare you to come here?

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah, sure, because it helped my confidence. Yeah, it's been good.

Q. Did you try for a wildcard here?


Q. They turned you down?

IVO KARLOVIC: That's right. Because, I mean, no.

Q. Were you surprised?

IVO KARLOVIC: I mean, no, actually, not much.

Q. You've done so well at Wimbledon and now here. What is it about Grand Slams that brings the best out of you?

IVO KARLOVIC: Well, actually, I've been playing also in (inaudible). I don't know, it is also only my form. I mean, always, it's, I mean, the same.

Q. Do you feel greater excitement at places like here?

IVO KARLOVIC: Of course, yeah. I mean, sure.

Q. Did it surprise you how much attention this match got with Hicham, with the crowd yelling, "Ivo" and "Hicham"?

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah. It's been nice. It's been good atmosphere.

Q. Has Goran been in touch this week?


Q. Do you think he will?

IVO KARLOVIC: I don't know, maybe. Phone call, I don't know.

Q. Do you have to do military service still in Croatia?


Q. It's finished?


Q. You did some, did you?


Q. Do you know that Dmitry also won, the runner up in the GHI?

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah. It shows that the level in the challengers is high.

Q. Is your family over here?


Q. Will they fly here?

IVO KARLOVIC: I don't know, no. No (smiling).

Q. Depending how well you do?

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah, sure.

Q. Schalken next.

IVO KARLOVIC: Schalken, yeah.

Q. Have you played him?

IVO KARLOVIC: No, no. I haven't played him. I don't know how it's gonna be. I mean, if I serve good, I mean, anything can happen.

Q. How do you plan to prepare yourself for the next match?

IVO KARLOVIC: I will only practice little bit tomorrow and try to stay focused. That's it.

Q. Do you find people recognizing you now wherever you go?

IVO KARLOVIC: In the streets, yeah. Yeah, I mean... Yeah. My height... (Laughter).

Q. You're the tallest player ever to play in this tournament?

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah. I guess so.

Q. What about Arazi said it wasn't really tennis?

IVO KARLOVIC: No, I don't know.

Q. Said, "We didn't get to hit any balls."

IVO KARLOVIC: I don't know.

Q. You didn't let him hit enough balls.

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah, I mean, of course because if I try to stay, I mean, if I hit back, I mean, he's much better. I just try to, I mean, go in front, forehand.

Q. Were you surprised when he stood back against the fence to receive one of your serves?

IVO KARLOVIC: No (smiling). It's normal, I guess.

Q. It's happened before?

IVO KARLOVIC: It's crazy, yeah, yeah. It's normal.

Q. The weather conditions were pretty bad out there today?

IVO KARLOVIC: Yeah, sure.

Q. How did you feel?

IVO KARLOVIC: It was cold at the end.

Q. Uncomfortable?

IVO KARLOVIC: I was little bit, yeah, tired.

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