November 16, 1993
Q. Jim, did you feel that he played out of his skin, or that you were having a bad day?
JIM COURIER: I think Michael played very well. I think he didn't play out of his skin, but I think that he definitely played extremely well.
Q. Do you think it was the fact that you couldn't make it on his serve because you never seemed to really challenge him that much?
JIM COURIER: Certainly if I could have hurt him a little bit more on his serve, maybe he wouldn't have been able to play quite so freely as he did. Really, he had quite a few easy service games which kind of freed him up to take some chances on my service games.
Q. You lost an early match here last year, still made it to the final, but you got tougher ones here. Stich and Medvedev to come. Do you feel you can make it to the final?
JIM COURIER: I still have a chance, so as long as I have a chance, that is all that I ask. I can still make it. Just going to have to win a couple of matches here and see what pans out for the rest.
Q. You say, Jim, what exactly -- how frustrated can you get against a guy like Chang where every is coming back?
JIM COURIER: It is nothing new for me. I have played Michael numerous times. If you haven't played him and you don't know what to expect, you know, it could be frustrating. I knew coming in exactly what I was in for, so there was no surprises, really.
Q. It seemed later on, though, after you're up and your backhand was way down, you were going with slices more. Were you just saying the heck with him, just try anything now?
JIM COURIER: No, but I have had good success slicing against Michael in the past, but my slice wasn't quite as sharp as it needed to be when I tried to use it, so, you know-- but I was just trying different things because you got to try something if what you are doing is not working.
Q. Jim, knowing how well you can play, what level from 1 to 10, where would you put that performance?
JIM COURIER: I don't know. Probably around a 7 until 4-All. And then about a 2 from there on in.
Q. Early on I thought your extra weight of shot would do it all. It looked like --
JIM COURIER: I was hitting the ball great. Really. I thought except for the return of serve, there were rallies. We were having some entertaining points and good points, but, you know, he just kind of outlasted me a little bit.
Q. Jim, what can you say about the surface, is it much slower than last year?
JIM COURIER: Well, I was asked that before. And I can't really recall exactly the speed last year, but I think it is a pretty fair surface.
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