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April 11, 2005

Gael Monfils


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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