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November 17, 1993

Michael Chang


Q. Michael, did you feel you were playing Stich or Germany?

MICHAEL CHANG: Just Michael.

Q. Were you aware of how good a match it was?

MICHAEL CHANG: Well, that really wasn't totally my concern. My job out there is not to make a good match. My job out there is to go out and try to win the match. I much rather win a match than have to lose a match and have it be a great match. So, yeah.

Q. You were wearing a brace? Do you have a problem with your back?

MICHAEL CHANG: No. Just the weather is cold outside, so I think when the weather is cold anywhere, muscles tend to stiffen up a little bit. Just to keep things warm.

Q. Michael, everything was going your way. Certainly the first set and you were very strong in the second. What made the difference? What happened?

MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I think the 3-1 game was a very critical game. I know I had one doublefault and one loose forehand, and I think that was the major difference in probably winning or losing the second set. I think if I would have held on to that service break, it would have been a different story. The tiebreak was really close. I had an opportunity to -- you know, a few points here and there made a difference in the tiebreaker. I had an unfortunate volley in the net. I had an open court and I missed that one. And I missed the first point. I think I missed a forehand as well. And that, when it comes down to a tiebreaker here and there, I guess the best player in the world-- it is going to come down to one or two points. So, yeah.

Q. Michael, general question, at end of the year ATP will give its review of the year in a couple of days time to us. Is there anything in general that you feel is not working with the ATP Tour?

MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I think that as far as the ATP Tour is concerned, a lot of the things that the top players have, you know, felt that a few things should be changed, you know, we have voiced our opinion to the ATP, to Mark Miles, and to Weller Evans and a few people on the board at Cincinnati. That was the place where all the players got together, I think, except for Boris. We got a chance to voice our opinion on a few things. We will see if the ATP actually takes action on it. If -- yeah, so we will leave it at that. We will see what happens next year.

Q. One or two big issues or --

MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I think the big issue partly had to do with last year being that, you know, Courier winning, you know, two Grand Slams and still having his No. 1 ranking in jeopardy and all the players felt that that was something that really shouldn't happen. And they are working on a few of the points for Grand Slams and I think that when a player is able to win two of the four and no one else comes close to doing that, you know, I don't think that their ranking should be in jeopardy. I think all the top players feel that way as well.

Q. How do you see your future in this tournament?

MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I think that it depends on a lot of factors. Obviously, for me, it is still trying to concentrate on each point. Andre, to me, is going to be a tough match and I think that Michael and Courier is going to be another tough match. I don't think that Courier has a very good record against Michael and things -- you never know what can happen. So for me, my goal here is to just keep concentrating on what I have been concentrating on and try to keep focused and don't let one loss get to me, or affect my game for the rest of the tournament, in my play, so, yeah.

Q. Thank you.

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