“How do you approach a match with these very hot and very humid conditions?
It’s very hard. I took about fifteen shirts to play the game, six or seven pairs of socks, three pairs of shoes and I used almost everything. When you get there, you know you’re going to suffer, it’s going to be hard but it was the same for the opponent, he had a lot of trouble today (tuesday). These are Grand Slam matches, you need experience. And I had managed to make four matches last week with a physique that held up well so that gave me confidence for this first round.
You were up to the quarterfinals at Winston-Salem, did that put you in a good mood?
It did me good to play four matches in a row, I beat Musetti, I beat good players. I was unlucky in the last game but we played almost three hours. I saw that I had recovered well and I knew that I was ready to play that one. And that was the case because he was not fresh either. I’m happy to win another game here in New York.
We saw you very little this summer, you decided to keep cool by skipping Montreal and Cincinnati?
I simply didn’t want to play qualifying. Cincinnati, I played it 15 times so I had no particular pleasure in going back there to start in qualifying. I didn’t want to. At 36, this kind of stuff is not always easy so I decided not to play. I still trained a lot but it allows me to be mentally and physically fresher here. »