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It's the first day I was playing under such heavy conditions, two previous days I had played in the night. The feeling on court was completely different, i played against an opponent who started the season on fire, winning two matches against two great players with very comfortable results. Today was a very, very tough one.
This has been a complicated week for me, especially at the start. Today I enjoyed playing tennis again, I lost against a top rival and I was competitive until the end, what I needed to do was play more games like this to have a chance of victory. It has been a good base for what is to come. There are some victories which hurt you and others which can help you and this is one of those.
Me and my coaches knew he (Struff) was going to play aggressively, it was one of those matches where every point counts, he put me under a lot of pressure so I had to play through that but my serve was solid throughout, i'm aware that I was facing someone who has beaten Tsitsipas and Goffin this week so I'm very happy that I was able to win.
The first two rounds I played more than well enough to win. I had two confident scores against two good players, the second set( there) were a little bit more mistakes and the wind was even( greater) later in the match. These things are part of the game and just try to be ready for it... You have to adapt. You have to find solutions.
I am happy when I am on Tour, but I am happy without the Tour. I am happy being at home, being with the friends, being with the family, playing some golf, being out with the boat, i enjoy life outside of the Tour, but I really know that this kind of life can wait. So I am happy outside of tennis, but of course I am not happy when I am not on the Tour because I am injured.
This tournament marks the start of my favorite part of the season, i know that I have to play better than what I did. I'm working to be playing well again as soon as possible. If I did not believe in my chances, I would not be here. I would be doing other stuff, because I already achieved all the things I needed to do in my career. I still have the passion and motivation to keep playing tennis.
I’ve come here with a different motivation because I’ve had a spell that wasn’t good for me because for the last seven months I’ve been fairly inactive and had complications, i’m closer to the level I want to reach which is why I feel I’m taking little steps forward and that’s good. Recovery is like a ladder which you don’t climb running but rather step by step.
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