“From the first point of the match, we felt that you got into your opponent’s head…
I think there was also a particular context. Obviously he must play the Masters given his ranking (9th in Race). These are very tough situations. All players in the race for the Masters at the end of the year at Bercy know that it is not easy. Finally against me, it’s a good round for him. He still has a good opportunity even if he also knows that it will be hard and that the public will be ready to yell at him as soon as he misses.
It is logical that it is tense like that at the start of the match. At the same time, behind him he had an incredible attitude, he didn’t say a word, he fought until the end. But we’re here to do the best we can, it’s all due respect and we had a big, big fight. In the third set, I only think about keeping the score and finally I see that he too is starting to get tired. I give all that’s left and it’s over.
“Tennis is a series of tournaments for 52 weeks, but I know that after this Bercy I will not be able to play for four or five weeks. It’s been my life for the last two or three years, that’s why I decided to quit. »
What makes you regret quitting?
As I said, my ranking (188th) reflects my level of play. We tend to forget it because I play a good Roland or I play well here, so people tell me why are you stopping? But you don’t realize how much effort it takes just to be able to play two matches when tomorrow (Thursday) I know that I will no longer be able to walk.
Tennis is not that, it’s a series of tournaments for 52 weeks, but I know that after this Bercy I won’t be able to play for four or five weeks. It’s been my life for the last two or three years, that’s why I decided to quit. Here, I try to choose my moments, my tournaments. It’s my last year. Inevitably I had big goals on Roland and here, big concerns also to be at the level. I’m happy to see that I manage to hold the level if I prepare myself even though I know the ton of effort it takes.
“I know I hurt all over; I serve, I no longer have a back; as soon as I hit a forehand, I have more hip; my support is in the air, my buttocks hurt, it’s getting very complicated…”
You said on the court that you felt alone at the start of the 3rd set but the whole room was behind you…
When I say I feel lonely, it’s because I missed a great chance to finish in straight sets. I know you have to be very lucky to win this kind of match afterwards. It’s not just playing well anymore, because he too has break points in the key. A ball that comes out of nothing, but if it goes in there is a break, it’s 4-2, it scrolls and then it’s over. So here I know that a moment ago, it was I who was in his racket more than the reverse.
I know I hurt all over; I serve, I no longer have a back; as soon as I hit a forehand, I have more hip; my support is in the air, my buttocks hurt, it’s getting very complicated… But then, I tell myself at some point that I’m still there: ”Enjoy it, it’s your last match, well if you hurt all over, if you can’t play anymore, you can’t play anymore, it doesn’t matter give everything you have left.” And then you raise your head, you make a winning point , people are there, you do a second one, people get fired up and you say to yourself ”well, maybe it can start again”. And here it comes back like this. »