March 20, 1995
KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Q. Hi, Jim. What has been the differences when you have
lost to this guy and have beaten him, if there is a general --
is there a general consistent theme?
JIM COURIER: Today is just -- it was just a case really that
I didn't play very well and that is going to be tough for me to
beat a player that is clever like Mark, if I am not playing well.
I just had one of those days, didn't come, and I haven't had
too many so far this year and, hopefully, I won't have too many
more. I will have to try and fight through it. I tried to fight
through it today and unfortunately couldn't quite get through
Q. Jim, you played Mark a number of times. When you do play
him, does your mind flash back to wining the previous matches
that you had against him?
JIM COURIER: Well, I mean, I try and take what I have done well
against him in the past and keep that in my mind on what I need
to do to beat him. I have a general idea because we have played
a lot of matches together and we do practice on occasion also
in Palm Springs, so, you know, we are very familiar with each
other's games. I don't think there is many surprises out there.
Q. He is a player that can do so many different things against
you. Is that pretty frustrating out there?
JIM COURIER: Well, this is the fourth time I have played him
this year, and he did the same things today that he has done the
other times and I beat him pretty handily the other times. It
is just -- it was more me than him today, I think.
Q. Take a few days off and get on clay?
JIM COURIER: I am not going on the clay for another couple of
months. I am going to Asia.
Q. How much of the fact was the wind today?
JIM COURIER: Well, the conditions are the same for everybody.
I am from Florida, so I generally adjust better to the wind than
most people, but, you know, I don't know if that had anything
to do with the way I played. Maybe it did. Maybe it didn't.
But, you know, that is a poor excuse, because it is the same
for both players, so I don't really want to use that as an excuse.
Q. I kind of just meant fairly -- I am not --
JIM COURIER: It was a normal Florida breezy kind of day.
Q. You have been able to turn around last year into a good
start this year. I think I have read that you are trying to be
more relaxed in your approach - I don't know if that is true.
Do you feel good about continuing that approach?
JIM COURIER: I am just going day-by-day. I am taking things
as they come - just like anybody else.
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