April 11, 2005
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. What happened today seemed logical to you?
GAEL MONFILS: I still believe the score is a bit tough on me. I had my chances, but I didn't convert them.
Q. For example, the breakpoint at 3-All?
GAEL MONFILS: I had two, but mainly during the rallies I was getting too excited. My dropshots were not very good. However, I played good tennis. He played the important points better than I did. I was not far behind.
Q. Precisely, didn't you spend too much energy during the first six games?
GAEL MONFILS: No, usually I start off pretty bad. So if I'm able to attack from the start, it's even better. But what happened is I was too excited, I rushed too much, my dropshots were just average.
Q. Were you impressed by his topspin and by the way he moves?
GAEL MONFILS: He does good topspins, he runs well, but I wasn't impressed.
Q. Is it better to play him on clay or on other surfaces?
GAEL MONFILS: It's everywhere the same.
Q. Do you believe you had the right shots to bother him?
GAEL MONFILS: Yes, I even could have won.
Q. Can you draw some lessons from this match for the French Open?
GAEL MONFILS: Yes. For a first round, I played a solid match. I hadn't played on clay for one year. To tell you the truth, before the season, I was a bit afraid because I got injured last year.
Q. Were you bothered by the light?
GAEL MONFILS: I wasn't seeing very well. That's why I asked them to put the lights on.
Q. When did you start playing again on clay?
GAEL MONFILS: About a week ago.
Q. During that match, did you learn that against a player like Nadal you can enjoy yourself?
GAEL MONFILS: Yes, but in better conditions.
Q. At the end it started raining. Did you believe that you would have a chance to recuperate?
GAEL MONFILS: Only rats think that.
Q. What is your program going to be from now on?
GAEL MONFILS: I have to discuss it. I'm going to Barcelona to play the quallies.
Q. You're not going to do physical training?
GAEL MONFILS: I have to discuss it. I'm playing well. Maybe I should play qualifications. Everything will depend on what is going to happen this week and in doubles.
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