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I think Madrid Open know there might be many players that don't want to go and play there, but I think Madrid Open is not depending on only the top players playing. My personal opinion is that they are planning to have the event thinking that some of the top players — I don't know how many — might not play.
We have different circumstances and measures (to other countries) so it's very difficult to think of international standards (regarding the pandemic), we've had better numbers compared to some other countries. Of course, lives have been lost and that's horrible to see, in the region and worldwide. But life goes on and we as athletes are looking forward to competing.
I had a telephone conversation with the leaders of world tennis. There were talks about the continuation of the season, mostly about the U.S. Open due in late August, but it's not known whether it will be held, the rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme. We would not have access to Manhattan, we would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week.
What he did was amazing. He showed me he's one of the best players of all time. He never gives up. When it matters most, he's focused and he plays his best tennis, i know that whenever we get a chance to play each other, we understand it takes a big effort and it's required to come up with the best game in order to win against each other.
What got me to go there with my wife is a green school in Bali, a unique concept of education. That was interesting to us, for the last couple years, we've known about the concept. We've been introduced to it by our friends who have their kid in the school in Bali... we might have our children actually attend that concept in the near future.
If it continues same way and if the quality of air is affected in Melbourne or Sydney, I think Tennis Australia probably will be forced to create some rules about it, it's tough for them because ... there's a lot of different things involved. But health concern is a health concern for me and for anybody.
I played one of the best matches of the season. I prepared Novak Djokovic as world number very well for this match. I lost to Stefanos about three weeks ago in Shanghai, and obviously I went through the videos and( got) understanding on what I did well, what I didn't do so well, what I can do better.
I mean, I've obviously considered various options. I did consider also stepping down, i think my team wants me to step down, honestly. It's obvious. But I feel something is telling me from inside that I'm supposed to still stay there because I feel that we are part of the big transitional phase in tennis at the moment.
To be honest, I don't enjoy losing, nobody does, but especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past, i thought I was in good form. I was practicing well. But it just happens, one of those days. You just have to deal with it, move on, turn the next page.
We talked actually post-match( today). It seems like( Marian's) planning to keep on working with me, which is great news. We going to keep on working till the end of the year for sure, then we'll see after that, i'm so grateful to Marian Vajda this year and( fitness coach) Gebhard Gritsch for coming back, coming to join me again to help me to get to where I am at the moment, it's really nice of them.
There were several moments where I was frustrated and questioning whether I can get back to the desired level, that makes this whole journey even more special for me. It's easy to talk now. But I look back at it and I'm grateful that I went through these mixed emotions, turbulences, mentally moments of doubt and disappointment and frustration.
It was tough, Edmund is playing really well, he won our last encounter on clay, he has just improved a lot in his game, especially the backhand side. The forehand we know is a big weapon, and he is serving better. Losing the first set was not an ideal situation for me but somehow (I) managed to come back.
Let's not get too ahead of ourselves too early. I'm definitely not one of the favorites for Wimbledon, roger is the clear favorite without a doubt. (Rafa) Nadal maybe hasn't played well at Wimbledon by his standards, but he's won it several times. He's definitely one of the candidates to win the title.
That was one of the debates, I think, whether or not we should have points in the Olympic Games, to be quite frank, I don't see a reason why not. You know, we have the best players in the world participating in arguably the fifth Grand Slam. It's of that importance for all of us, even more, because it happens every four years.
It's going to be the first time French Open winner Wawrinka've met( since) the French Open final, both of French Open winner Wawrinka, French Open winner Wawrinka are still not playing French Open winner Wawrinka best, but hopefully French Open winner Wawrinka can rise to the occasion and have a good match.
This is where he loves to play. This is where he plays his best tennis, I think. It's his court, it was a very important match for me to win last year because I've lost quite a few grand slam finals. To win that match in five sets against Roger on grass was definitely something that gave me a lot of confidence.
He has probably the best one?handed backhand on the tour. No question one of the best one?handed backhands that I have seen in tennis, very powerful and can create a lot of spin, a lot of rotation on the ball. Novak Djokovic can hit it flat down the line. Novak Djokovic can block the ball very well. Novak Djokovic has a short slice, long slice. Novak Djokovic has a lot of variety from that part of Novak Djokovic baseline game.
It's probably been the best start to a season aside from 2011 that I had in my career, and I can't be more grateful for all the support I'm getting from you guys and I'm enjoying my time playing and competing and hopefully I brought a smile to your faces, also I want to reflect on a bad moment that happened in the final against Andy Murray when I lost the second set. I yelled to my camp and my box in frustration.
I do care about children a lot right now and I look at it in a much different way, so I want to apologize to his parents for this situation as well. As a father I wouldn't wish that something like this happens to my son. Again I sincerely hope you can forgive me and that we can move on. Unfortunately sometimes the emotions get the better of you.
We were very pleased when we heard the reception the fans gave to the Croatians and the respect they showed for their national anthem, that’s something that you don’t see very often because the wounds of the war are still fresh and we are very happy with the way these people showed their support. They fully deserve to have this event.
The dominance of first of all Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal over the years was fantastic. Then Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, we got into the mix and us four have been winning most of the big events in the last six, seven, eight years, now it's normal to expect that there is a new generation of players, younger players that are right at the top like Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic,( Grigor) Dimitrov who have the quality to win against the best and they have done that.
Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg are a little bit older, have kids a little bit older, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg are open to travel. I am not into traveling at the moment, at least more than a couple of weeks a year, the captaincy is not something I am really interested in either.
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