“You have arrived at last tournament of your career. I imagine it must be going through your head.
Yes, there is a lot going on. It’s not easy to put things in order. I don’t necessarily try either (laughs). I just try to be focused on what I have to do, like I always have in the end. It’s kind of the only thing I know how to do and that I’ve more or less mastered, trying to be ready for my first-round match. So there you have it, the rest, for sure, it’s a lot of mixed feelings, a little contradictory too. I don’t have the energy to put them back in order.
Do you still manage to project yourself on what will surround your next match?
I don’t consider it too much. I try to let myself go. In general, I like to control everything, but there are too many things. I prefer to disconnect completely and focus on the only things I know how to do, which is showing up in the best possible condition in the first round, doing my gym sessions, kicking, moving, reassuring myself on the field and healing myself. I try to be as fit as possible because Andy (Murray) is a very tough player to beat. My logic does not change, I will play the match to win it. There may be only one match or several, we’ll see. At Roland-Garros, it had been a very good surprise, it had gone well. I hope to be able to do the same here. We will see that on the field.
“It’s been quite a few years now that in every game, in every tournament, there has been this fear of not being able to show up because a physical problem is there. »
You were sick last week. Did you worry that it might ruin your goodbye?
I got sick after my first round. I played on Thursday and I was playing very well, but I was coughing continuously at every point. It was really not pleasant. I started to feel my back ignite. I had a very complicated night behind. I told myself that if I went back there on Friday in the same state, it might make things worse. Afterwards, it’s been quite a few years now that in each match, in each tournament, there is this fear of not being able to show up because a physical problem is there. I know it, and it does not change for this tournament.
You are going to play Andy Murray in what will be a kind of gala match.
You have to play one… Each opponent has its advantages and disadvantages. Andy is a difficult player to play, especially for me (the Brit leads 16-2 in their clashes). I never really liked his game, it was always difficult. Now I still beat him twice. I cling to that, I tell myself that I can always do it. I was also able to worry him several times, matches where I served for the victory, certain matches hung especially on the last confrontations. It’s been a while since we played (2016 in Vienna, Murray won 4-6, 6-2, 6-2). We’ll see. It’s a special game. I will try to concentrate, play well, move well. We’ll see what’s next. »