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September 10, 1992
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Q. Michael, can you tell us what was the book you look at
the beginning of the match?
MICHAEL CHANG: That is just my player book.
Q. What is it exactly?
MICHAEL CHANG: That is just my player book.
Q. What do you write in it?
MICHAEL CHANG: Secrets.
Q. How to play this match, things like that?
MICHAEL CHANG: No, I mean, I try to learn from every match.
I just basically try to learn from all my matches, whether I
come out on top or whether I lose. I try to improve on it as
it gets better and better, and you know, that is just for me.
It works well.
Q. What does it mean to you to be in the semifinals of the
MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I think for me this year in particular,
you know, I haven't had great results. I haven't had great results
in the Grand Slams and I think that coming here and getting to,
you know, past the round of 16 was an accomplishment because I
have been stuck there for a few years. To get to the semis is
even better. I think for me, you know, it is important that I
not go into the next match kind of like satisfied. Because I
think that I have to keep my head down, keep working at it, give
myself the best chance to try to win this tournament, but you
know, getting to the semifinals, for me is actually my second
best effort in Grand Slam tournament, so I am pleased with that.
Q. Michael, you mentioned that you try to learn something
from every match. What did you learn about playing against an
injured player in your match with Lendl in the French Open in
MICHAEL CHANG: Well, I think that for today, I actually thought
he was cramping. I didn't realize that it was actually an injury.
I didn't see -- he didn't seem like he could get up for the overheads
so well. Whenever he came in, I tried to throw up a lob. I didn't
want to change my game to all of a sudden keep the ball in play,
make him move because Wayne is a good enough player if he gets
the right ball whether he is injured or not, if he is in position,
he can hit it. Basically, I tried to stay on top of him. I tried
to keep with my own game plan, and you know, not let the injury
thing bother my performance. If he was going to win, he was going
to have to do it playing better tennis. I think in the fourth
set, he did do that. He held serve throughout the whole set, and
played a good tiebreaker, so he deserved to win that set. The
fifth set, I think he got a little bit tired second game. I think
he hit a few unforced errors. I think that was maybe a little
bit of a let-down during the fourth set, you learn a lot. That
is one thing that is difficult to teach, you kind of have to experience
it yourself as far as playing injured player or playing a player
who is cramping, because it is something that it is easy to say,
well, just focus; just stick with the game plan, but it is tough
to get it out of your head. You know, it is something that you
kind of have to, I guess, kind of go through. I think everybody
has had matches where they know that their opponent was injured
going in. It is something that you have to just concentrate on
your own game.
Q. Talk about that shot you made at the net breakpoint,
in the third set that gave you 5-3 lead when you had to kind of
twist around; you were set up for the backhand volley; he kind
of was going to pass you on the forehand side; you had to kind
of twist in the air to put that one away. Do you remember much
about that point?
MICHAEL CHANG: I actually do. I went to cover the line. I
didn't he -- I thought he was just too far out to hook it back
crosscourt. I was just covering the line. I was surprised he
got it back. I just kind of stuck my racket out, and you know,
just lucky to get the ball and -- the racket and it went in.
I think he was a little surprised I got it back; then he missed
Q. Were you at all upset about being moved off the stadium
MICHAEL CHANG: No, not at all. I think that in a situation
where Mal and I-- we kind of discussed it. We were like, well,
you know this Lendl/Becker match could go long. In fact, if we
did play after that match, we wouldn't have finished 'till like,
I don't know, three o'clock in the morning. Which would have
been a joke, and neither one of us really wanted to, whoever won,
didn't want to play two days in a row. And you know, so we didn't
really have any bother about playing in the grandstand. Same
-- I didn't talk to Wayne before the match here, but I had no
objections playing in the grandstand.
Q. Since winning the French at such a young age Michael,
you had a bad injury; then your ranking fell a pretty good amount.
Did you ever doubt at any point in your own mind that you might
never come back to reach a final four?
MICHAEL CHANG: I think everybody has their doubts. Everybody
has their doubt, but I think it is something that you know, I
think whether it is in your tennis career; whether it is in life,
you know, everyone is going to have their ups and downs, you can't
just say I will just take the ups, and leave the downs. That
is the way life is. And I think that for five years that I have
been on tour, I have learned that the times when I am down is
really the times that I have learned the most, and it has helped
me to persevere, you know, persevere not only my tennis game,
but in my life and mentally, because it does play in your mind.
You go into tournaments and you lose first rounds, time after
time, and it plays with your mind and it is something that you
just have to kind of persevere at, and know that you just have
to keep working at it. Things will eventually come back up, and
it is just a matter of getting through that period. It is true
that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. You have
to keep-- you just have to keep walking until you see it.
Q. When you came out on tour, you know, first game out on
tour you were always playing big matches against players that
had more experience than you. Last two, you have been more experienced.
How much did that contribute to your victory in the last two
MICHAEL CHANG: I don't know. It is really tough to say because
you know, Mal and Wayne, they have been on tour for about, I'd
say about three years, three and a half years, so I haven't been
on tour as any really that much longer than they have. You know,
I think that they both had their fair share of tough matches.
Wayne played an earlier five set match in a tournament and, you
know, he got to the semi-finals in Australia Open, and I believe
he got to, like, round of 16 at Wimbledon. He knows how to play.
And he knows how to play in the big tournaments as well as Mal.
I think that, you know, as far as like going a little bit farther,
I think it is going to take a little bit of time as far as maturing,
and realizing that you are capable of going out there and winning
a Grand Slam because both those guys definitely have the potential.
Q. Michael, you don't have a good record in tiebreaks.
Might it be that because your game is so much geared for the longhaul,
that tennis in little short bites is not for you?
MICHAEL CHANG: What is my tiebreak record?
Q. Something like six and ten.
MICHAEL CHANG: Six and ten? Well, I think it is important that
when the tiebreakers come, I have had a few matches. I played
Rosset earlier in the year. I won that one 7-6 in the third.
It is funny, I don't remember the tiebreakers that I lost. I
know I lost one today. You know, I don't know what to say. It
is tough to kind of work at it. I mean, tiebreakers is really,
you know, comes down to, you know, a few points here and there.
Q. You went often to the net today. Was it only for this
match, or are you trying to improve it more and more?
MICHAEL CHANG: I am trying to improve it more and more. I think
that as I play tougher guys, as I play guys who are always coming
in, it doesn't matter -- I guess, it doesn't matter if they are
ranked high or low, I could be able to mix it up. I have to be
able to kind of keep them honest. If I let a guy like Wayne come
in all the time; always be on the offensive, puts myself in a
difficult position, and you know, with the way that everything
is -- the technology of rackets, the courts, the balls, everything
getting a little bit faster, it is becoming more and more difficult
to be able to win that way.
Q. Who do you prefer to play, Lendl or Edberg?
MICHAEL CHANG: I have no preference, really. I have no preference.
Q. How do you match up against either of these guys?
MICHAEL CHANG: I lost to Lendl last three weeks, so it is funny
because I played Ivan -- I have always lost to him two out of
three sets, except for one exhibition in ATT, I played him twice
-- three out of five sets, and one was in the French Open and
the other one was last year in the Grand Slam Cup and I won both
of those after I was two sets to love down. So I don't think
that the strategy for me is to lose the first two sets in order
to beat him.
Q. Edberg has his fourth match point now. Would you have
any advice for him?
MICHAEL CHANG: Serve and volley.
Q. Thank you very much.
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