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February 19, 2014

Matteo Manassero


Q.  (Inaudible) what aspect of your game was responsible for the first round?
MATTEO MANASSERO:  Tee to green I played very solid.  That was my goal coming into today.  It was very important, I think, in match play to keep the ball in play and always have a shot at birdie.  And that's what I did.
I only hit a poor shot on 3, which wasn't really good, but I managed to get away with a par and won the hole.
The rest after that, it was really solid.  I left a few putts out there, but obviously I can't complain.  The greens are very difficult to read at times.
So I was really happy coming in the week.  I knew I was playing solid, but nothing was really coming (inaudible).
Today it's a nice piece of confidence for me.

Q.  Yesterday when we chatted you said I just need some confidence.  How important is a day like today when you beat a player like Luke?
MATTEO MANASSERO:  Of course, it's really fortunate.  Also, coming in a week like this with not a lot of confidence, the first match, it's really important.  It puts you‑‑ if you win it, but more importantly if you play well, it puts you in a nice position, and you know that you can keep going and it's a match after another.  But you know that you can put a good game on and that's the most important.
Playing with Luke, it's never easy.  I mean, it's very nice, because we have a similar kind of game.  We battled one to another with the same kind of strength and ability.  So it was fun.  It was great.

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