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November 17, 1995
Q. Michael, you started off aggressively today. Was that part of your tactics?
MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I think it was. I think part of it is just wanting to get off to a
good start. I think that against Jim, you just can't afford to get off to a slow start. I
think once Jim starts taking command of the match, I think it is very difficult to get it
away from him. So for me, it was just trying to get it off to a really good start.
Q. How does it feel to finally be in the semifinals?
MICHAEL CHANG: It feels pretty good. I think that I have been, I think, over the past
few years, it is frustrating not being able to do better, but my thinking is always is to
try to -- if at first you don't succeed, try, try again, and that is pretty much what I
have been trying to do and, you know, just hopefully, my time would come.
Q. Did you have a feeling you played better at the net today? You seemed to have been
very, very efficient at the net today.
MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I think that it was -- obviously, for me, it was very important to
be able to play good all-around tennis, you know, against Jim, period. I think I need
every aspect of my game in order to beat him. I need to be able to serve well. I need to
be able to hit well from the ground. I need to be able to volley well. And, you know, I
think that for me, that is very important against Jim. Jim is just a very solid player
and, you know, if he always kind of knows what you are going to do, it is very easy for
him to set up for his shots and stuff. So it is important for me to be able to just play
good all-around tennis.
Q. Michael, your serve seemed to be a lot more effective than Courier's. Were you
surprised by that?
MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I am hoping that it will be something that will be more and more
common as the years go on because I have worked pretty hard on my serve and I know that
Jim has a very good serve and I returned serves well today. I was able to get a lot of his
first serves back today, and turned them into good shots -- yeah... That is just part of
trying to hold my service games, getting a good percentage of good solid first serves in.
Q. You started all the work in order to get more aggressive. Are you looking to become
even better with your serve and volley game --
MICHAEL CHANG: I am hoping it will get better. I think that that is what I am trying to
accomplish, try to get things better and better and, you know, I look at my game now and I
think it is a good game, but I think it can continue to get better. I still feel like
everything can be improved. Everything can be refined more and more and, you know,
hopefully those things will come in time.
Q. Looks like you are going to play Pete Sampras now. What are your thoughts on that
MICHAEL CHANG: Well, obviously Pete has been playing some very solid tennis lately and,
you know, I think that over the past couple of years, I haven't been able to do quite as
well against him as in the years past. But, you know, I think that it is going to be a
tough match. I know Pete's game quite well and Pete knows my game quite well and,
hopefully, I am able to go out and accomplish what I want to. Hopefully, the shots will be
there, you know, as they were today and, you know, hopefully be able to pull out a
victory. But, you know, against Pete, it is always a tough match, as is the same with Jim.
Q. I have a special question. As you know, Steffi Graf has a lot of problems with her
taxes here in Germany. Who is managing your earnings, your family or yourself?
MICHAEL CHANG: My dad pretty much does a lot of the financial things, yeah.
Q. You know yourself exactly what happens with all this money prize money and
MICHAEL CHANG: Yeah. Yeah, I have a pretty good idea, so my dad keeps me pretty well
informed because that is basically, you know, it is my business and yeah, everything for
us is very much a family thing. I think that whether it has to do with taxes or just, you
know, where we are going to go for Christmas and that type of thing, it is something that
we always sit down as a family and take the time to discuss things so that everybody has
their voice of opinion and we can draw what we think is the best conclusion from there.
Q. Being in the semis, do you think there is still a slight chance that Tom will give
you a phone call for the Davis Cup or there is no chance at all?
MICHAEL CHANG: I really don't know. I would have thought that if Tom had any kind of
question whether Andre would play or not, I think he would have contacted me already. Tom
is a very organized person and the Davis Cup is not that far away, so I kind of think that
he would have notified me already, but honestly, I think that Andre would have sufficient
amount of time to prepare, so it is something that we will just have to kind and wait and
see. But it is something that I really don't expect.
Q. Say, Michael, that jumping smash that you did once in the match, is that something
you got from Sampras or did you develop that over the years?
MICHAEL CHANG: Actually Pete got it from me. No, I am kidding. Sometimes you got to do
what you got to do. I think it is pretty clear-cut that Pete is, more or less, the
inventor of that shot. Pete is probably the best at it. Because I can recall a few
occasions where I have actually gone up and, you know, hit the shot and it wasn't --
didn't go where it was supposed to go, so it is not a very easy shot. So yeah, but that
was kinds of a semi thing. I really didn't get up that high for it, so, yeah...
Q. What about your jumping passing shot at the end of the match?
MICHAEL CHANG: I think that is something for me, maybe I invented, but I didn't try to,
so just going out and trying to do my best; hit the best possible shot -- yeah... So, I
don't see Pete hitting that shot. Maybe that is a good thing.
Q. Took five participations to reach the semis. How do you explain that?
MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I like to think that each year I get a little bit better, so, you
know, hopefully that is part of the reason and, you know, I think that a lot of it is, you
know, learning -- learning from the past and what you got to do and getting used to being
in kind of the Elite 8, so to speak, and I think a lot of it is just the Lord's blessing
that I am there, so you just keep working at it; keep working at it and if things don't go
the way that you want, you need to persevere at it. Hopefully those opportunities will
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