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April 24, 2008

Richard Gasquet


S. QUERREY/R. Gasquet
2-6, 6-3, 6-3

(Translated from French)


Q. You started off well. Was it the lack of preparation? Were you surprised?
RICHARD GASQUET: I had several breakpoints. And if I could have won them, I might have been able to pull it out. During the third set, I felt tired. At 4-3, I felt my legs being very heavy. I felt tired.
The pain in the back and the lack of preparation didn't help me. But if I had made those breakpoints, maybe I would have won.

Q. What about your back?
RICHARD GASQUET: It bothers me when I play. But this is not the reason why I lost. I stayed late last night and I didn't have the ideal preparation for that match.

Q. At the end of the second set, what did you do wrong?
RICHARD GASQUET: I think I lacked some matches and I was tired. But losing those breakpoints hurt me a lot.

Q. There were positive parts of the game. Is there something positive to take out of it?
RICHARD GASQUET: It's always difficult to see positively when you just lost. If I had had an extra week of preparation, I might not have lost that match.
But he served well. Also I didn't have enough freshness and my legs were too heavy. But this is tennis.

Q. He's a complicated player to play against?
RICHARD GASQUET: Well, he gives you no rhythm, and he serves very well. Now I'm going to try to prepare for the other tournaments.

Q. Are you going to Munich?
RICHARD GASQUET: No. I'm going to have some rest because I came in late and I had physical problems so I need rest and I need to stay out of tennis for a couple of days.

Q. Are you taking a lot of medication?
RICHARD GASQUET: A lot of antiinflammatories. It bothers me, but it didn't prevent me from playing today. I think I panicked at the end of the match. But I tried to stay there until the end. I'll do better next time.

Q. Those breakpoints affected you?
RICHARD GASQUET: I should have also missed less. Maybe if I had had more energy, I would have been able to miss less.
But now I must think about something else.

Q. Compared to yesterday, what didn't you do as well?
RICHARD GASQUET: It was difficult to go backwards because the court is smaller than center court, so this was not ideal. Also I was dominating the game during the first two sets. I must say, he was a bit lucky. Sometimes you lose a match and it's quite difficult to explain the reason.

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