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When I was 25, it's quite easy, after a couple of weeks of practice, it's quicker to get going whereas now it takes a little bit longer, i've made quite big changes to the way I train off the court as well. But the weight and things like that, that's my fault. I've never had that in my career before.
Obviously Ill find out on the court tomorrow if I have doubts about my movement and how my hip and stuff is feeling, but Ive done what I could to make that easy on Andy Murray, theres nothing for me to worry about, but I know its easy to say that but when you get on the court, psychologically it can be tricky.
How I'm going to feel if I play for four hours in the first match? I can't answer that question honestly, i need to be mindful of how I'm feeling on a day-to-day basis. Right now you can't say for 100 percent certainty when you only started competing 10 days ago how you're going to feel after every match and each day.
I'm a bit stiff just now. Just normal stuff that you would get after maybe playing on a grasscourt for the first time in a while, the longest I have practiced in the last year has been an hour and a half. I was on the court for significantly longer than that in a more intense environment. So, you know, I'm feeling decent, considering that.
If you're saying you're taking injury timeouts and stuff purely to try and throw the opponent's rhythm off, to use it tactically, that isn't good, something has to happen with that. That's breaking the rules intentionally. I'm not saying he's the only player that does it. But if you go and say that, obviously you're going to get fined.
Getting out on the match court... the adrenaline helps numb some of the pain. I moved well today and thought I did pretty well for the first match, i'll spend some time with my physio this evening, get an ice bath, then have a light practice tomorrow. I'll work a bit on my passing shots and lobs because it will be a different match against Dustin Brown.
To represent your country at the Games is an unbelievable experience, but to lead out Team GB will be an incredible honor, the biggest in sport, this is my third Olympic Games and it is a very special competition for me. I obviously have great memories of London and I am 100 percent focused on winning here in Rio.
His consistency and drive over the last few years has been incredible. I don't know if that's ever happened before, where someone's pretty much gone over a year consistently reaching the finals of tournaments, in an individual sport, if you have a really bad day, wake up, you feel terrible, you lose at this level. He hasn't had really any of those results or those matches over the last few years. That's very impressive.
It's not up to me to decide the punishment, but if you're taking performance enhancing drugs and you fail a drugs test, you have to get suspended, if you're taking a prescription drug and you're not using it for what that drug was meant for, then you don't need it, so you're just using it for the performance enhancing benefits that drug is giving you. And I don't think that that's right.
That's the plan, but it's hypothetical just now. Providing everything goes well, I would play in the Davis Cup, then have a little break and play Toronto and the Olympics, and potentially not play in Cincinnati, i've always enjoyed representing my country. Statistically I've played by far my best tennis when I've played for Great Britain.
Amelie did come in at a difficult time, when I had just come back from back surgery, which was tough, when I started working with her officially I was ranked 11 in the world -- I had just dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in eight years -- and I'm now back up to number 2, which is my highest ranking.
Everybody wants me and Novak Djokovic to dislike each other and people always try to stir things up between us, it’s impossible to be extremely close when we’re playing in these sorts of matches because it’s so mentally challenging and physically demanding and you need to try to still have that competitive edge as well.
I think in grand slams you have to try to conserve energy when you can really because the two weeks can be quite draining physically and mentally, if you can get yourself off the court quickly, capitalize if your opponent maybe isn't playing as well, if you're on your game, try to push yourself to keep playing that way. It can pay off toward the end of the tournament.
A lot of the things that I want to work on and improve in my game( are things) that he was very good at himself, mentally he was very strong. He got the most out of his game. He was a very good competitor. He was obviously physically very strong as well, he played singles and doubles most weeks and had a very long career.
The most important point in any team is that everyone has the same vision, everyone wants to move forward together, i feel that's what I have now. Maybe the last four or five months of last year it wasn't like that. It's not as much fun traveling when that's the case. If everyone isn't right into it, that isn't how you want to work.
I had the( shoulder) problem in Abu Dhabi couple of days ago and haven't had much time to serve after that. We flew straight from there and arrived yesterday, it doesn't really make sense for a right-handed player to have a problem with their left arm. So I am not sure exactly what it was and I had a scan in Abu Dhabi and that was all clear.