” You have learned Monday morning that you were going to playhow did that happen ?
I had planned to warm up this morning at 10 a.m. just in case and Pablo (Andujar, who eventually forfeited and freed up a spot in the draw) saw me in the locker room and he said to me: ”Come here” to talk to me. He was the one who told me first and then the ATP confirmed it to me and told me that I was going back. I was very happy. I played in the second rotation and it was not easy because I was very tired, I felt knocked out. Today (Monday)it was very hot and it went well for me so I’m very happy.
Did you know for a while that you were going to be lucky-loser?
I had echoes saying that he could not necessarily play but as long as it was not official, I was a little afraid. It had been known for a day or two. It was complicated, I told myself that it was going to happen and this morning, as it did not fall, I even said to myself that he was going to play and finally it was confirmed. I was happy when it was official.
You struggled to get into the match with the loss of the first set…
The start was complicated, I didn’t have a lot of energy, I wondered how I was going to be able to win three sets and as the match progressed, it was getting better and better physically. My game settled in well, I was offensive, I took time from him. It smiled on me, I served very, very well, I went up well on the volley where I won a lot of points.
“I had a second goal, which was to play well in the Grand Slams”
What do your recent results (Challenger title in Segovia, first two Grand Slam victories) say about your development?
That’s great. My start to the season was not bad but not up to what I expected. The results have been great lately. I work a lot. I’m glad it pays and I don’t want to stop here.
The Top 100 (he is 119th in the world), is this the next objective for the end of the season?
I don’t look at the rankings too much but I imagine that I am necessarily getting closer to the top 100, it was a goal at the start of the season. I had a second goal, it was to play well in the Grand Slams, to qualify, to pass a round in the tables, it’s done. So I’m going to try at the end of the season to have fun and play my game without focusing too much on the rankings. It’s the best way to add pressure. »