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January 15, 2008

Fernando Gonzalez


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. There was a very curious situation with the crowd disturbance. What did you see from where you were standing? What happened?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: I don't know. I see it was very noisy from both sides, but the police came in.
I don't know exactly what happened with them. I saw that they threw spray. I know nothing else.

Q. When you say it was noisy, was there anything you were taking offense to? Anything insulting to you?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: No. Well, they say a few things, but it's part of the crowd. It was really fun for them. I mean, it was a lot of Chileans and a lot of Greeks, too.
But for me it's fun to play like that. It's like a Davis Cup match. I think the people enjoy it.

Q. Did you see the reaction once the police used the spray?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: No. I saw only -- I mean, I saw when the police came in, but I don't know why. I don't know. I don't know what they were doing. I mean, I don't know exactly.

Q. Were the Greek fans saying anything offensive to you that you could hear?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: No. Only one thing in Spanish, but it's nothing like -- I mean, it's nothing that bad. I mean, they're fans.
It was very noisy, but also was the Chileans. I mean, it was fun.

Q. Have you ever seen anything like that in a tennis match?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: Well, in Davis Cup. Well, maybe last year. But today I saw many, many Chileans, and it was really exciting for me.

Q. But never police having to come in and use pepper spray?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: No, that's the first time.

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