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August 9, 2005

Paul-Henri Mathieu

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, P. MATHIEU/A. Roddick 7-5, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: English questions first, please.

Q. How does that rank up there for big wins for you?

PAUL HENRI MATHIEU: What was that?

Q. How does it rank in importance?

PAUL HENRI MATHIEU: It's a great victory for me. I mean, I play a very good match today. I knew, I mean, I could beat him. Two years ago I beat some great players, so I knew I had my chance.

Q. Can you talk about that one point that was so fabulous? He lobbed you.

PAUL HENRI MATHIEU: I mean, I don't know what to say. I mean, it was a great point. I don't know. I just try to put the ball in play. What a winner. But, I mean, it was a great feeling. When I saw the ball was in, I mean, it's a great feeling. You try to enjoy it.

Q. When did you start to feel that you had a very good chance of winning?

PAUL HENRI MATHIEU: When I broke him back I think in the first set. He broke me at 2-All. At 3-2 I broke him back. I think I knew I had my chance.

Q. Could you see a change in him?

PAUL HENRI MATHIEU: No. I think I was returning very well today, so I really serve pretty good. So I think that was the key.

Q. Did you think that long game in the second set with the breakpoints was absolutely crucial?


Q. Yes.

PAUL HENRI MATHIEU: Yes, I mean, it was a very important game for me. I didn't make a lot of first serve. I think it was very big game for me in the second set.

Q. What were you telling yourself to do? Play on his backhand?

PAUL HENRI MATHIEU: No, I mean, I was trying to playing my game, try to put the ball in play, not to miss so much. And when the ball was short, just go for it.

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