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June 23, 2011

Juan Martin Del Potro


J. DEL POTRO/O. Rochus
6-7, 6-1, 6-0, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What is your feeling today after this match?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: I'm feeling better than yesterday. I think today was better match for me. I play really aggressive during all the match and I take all my opportunities to be a quick match.
So that's important for my next round because I don't have a day off this week. I playing since Monday to tomorrow. So will be difficult.
But I hope be ready for fight.

Q. How do you explain the difference between yesterday and today?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: I don't know. Just I had a little bad luck. I have set points, and he play really well. And today I'm still trying, serving well. I was more aggressive with my returns. All my breakpoints I played more aggressive than yesterday and I closed the match easy, no?

Q. In which shape are you? No problem physically?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Yes, I'm getting better. Slowly, but I'm getting better.

Q. Slowly, what?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: It's not easy play a Grand Slam, play this Grand Slam since 2009. I will play tomorrow again. Hopefully be in good shape for play Simon, he's really nice player. He has a lot of talent, so will be difficult.

Q. You met twice.

Q. A very long match at the US Open.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: At the US Open. He play really, really good. We just play on exhibition last week. But, you know, tomorrow will be a good match for both. So I want to be focused, to be ready for play good tennis.

Q. You hit 75 winners today and yesterday.

Q. 75. You must be pleased with that statistic.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Yeah. Looking here I played 30 aces, too. It's a nice number. But hopefully be the same tomorrow. I will need all my weapons: my serve, my volleys, my forehand, if I want to stay alive in the tournament.

Q. Do you think that's the key for you on grass?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Yeah, I think so. If you have nice serve and you play focus all the points, you have chance to play a good game. I don't know if you gonna win or lose, but you will have any chance for sure.

Q. How many double-faults did you have?

Q. It seems players are double-faulting less than before. Why do you think that is?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: I'm thinking I made my first double-fault in the tiebreak, so it's a bad moment for make a double-fault. So I will change that for tomorrow.

Q. But in general, people are hitting fewer double-faults. Why do you think that is?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: I don't know. Well, you have to give your serve whatever you can. If you play against good return players, is better if you be more aggressive with your first and second serve. I think that's the reason.

Q. But that would mean you might make more double-faults.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Yeah. Hopefully not. But I will think about you if I make a double-fault.

Q. Can you tell us a bit about the shoes.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: The shoes? I don't know. Was to the crowd.

Q. Was it losing the set or was it stopping the match?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: I lost the set. Once again I stop a match for another day. I think the crowd was, until the last point with cold, windy, rain, so was a good idea for them.

Q. Did the crowd ask for your shoes? Have you ever given your shoes before?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: No, the first time. After the match, I saw the kid with my shoes and I sign for him.

Q. Did you walk back to the locker room in your bare feet?

Q. Is playing on grass easier for your body than hard courts, maybe even than clay?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: No, it's really difficult for my physically and for my game playing here on grass. But this year I'm here for learn, for improve my serve and volleys.
And after French, I came here for practice a lot, every day. If I have a good result, it's better. But if I not, it's a good moment for improve my game here and for be ready for the next years.

Q. What parts of your body does it hurt?
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Well, after a match, every part hurts. But we have a good physios, good massages, and I will try to be in good shape for tomorrow.

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