In what state of mind do you come out of this second Grand Slam final lost this season?
Sad, a little disappointed, but with a lot of hope for the next Grand Slams, the next tournaments. I know I gave it my all. She played amazing at times. I think she played the game for two weeks. But it’s Iga (Swiatek), when she’s in the final, she plays like that. I have a lot to learn from this final surely. But I’m happy to have been able to go this far. I won the 2nd place in the world, a qualification for the Masters at the end of the season. There are already a lot of positives. We will learn from this final once again and we will come back stronger.
Is the regret mainly on the first set, where Swiatek starts very aggressively and where you seem a little restrained?
A bit, yes and no, I would say. She was hyper aggressive, she was playing her best tennis, she was hitting all the lines. I saw the statistics at one point: 92% of first balls (90% at the end of the first set exactly), I’ve never seen that in a tennis match! Sometimes I can be hard on myself, but there. Afterwards, I was able to reverse the game a bit, which was good. It could have been 6-2, 6-2. I’m very happy to have been able to do this already. Next time I can completely turn the game around and win in three sets!
“You have to put a lot of pressure, I have to be like that with myself, a little hard, tell me that I have to win
You always remain very positive, you are sure to bounce back, you are openly aiming for the place of world No. 1, is that a real strength?
It is important. Before, I was a very negative person and it affected me a lot. I realized that I gained nothing from this. The thing is that before the final, during this tournament, I gave everything, I did everything 100% and at a certain point, I can’t do better. I will learn from this. What remains for me is to be positive. I know that I am one of those players who will win a Grand Slam. It will come with difficulty, but it will come one day. I keep this positivity to really be there and win this put… Grand Slam (smile)!
Aren’t you putting too much pressure on yourself by thinking like this?
If there is no pressure, I relax, I know myself. You have to put a lot of pressure, I have to be like that with myself, a little harsh, tell myself that I have to win, that I have to win. Because I deserve this. Otherwise, if I say, “Ah it does not matter, it will be for the next final etc. »there, it will not do it, I know myself.
“There are people who want to see me play in Tunisia, it’s a good opportunity
Between Wimbledon and the US Open, which of the two lost finals ultimately hurts the most?
In fact, both are going to hurt really bad. Wimbledon was tough, that one too. It’s part of tennis unfortunately. There is only one winner. Hopefully there won’t be a third.
There’s a new tournament on the calendar, the WTA 250 in Monastir (October 3-9), where you’ll be playing at home! What can we expect?
Listen, I’ll be there, I’m ready to win this tournament! There will be a lot of pressure on me, but I will be ready. It’s nice to have a tournament like that in Tunisia. It shows that we are evolving, that tennis is evolving in Tunisia. And I’m really happy that we welcome this 250,000 dollars, to move forward, to inspire young people. It starts there. There are people who want to see me play in Tunisia, it’s a good opportunity.
But how are you going to prepare for this tournament?
I have my brother’s wedding next week, so I’m going to dance a little to loosen up and be ready for it (smiles).