“How are you coming out of this match (loss in three sets to Marton Fucsovics)? With mixed feelings. My opponent played really well. I have rarely seen such a start to a match, except among the very best. Over the first four games he has an incredible level of play, as if he has all the zones in mind. I progressed in this game quietly, even if the score was severe, too much in my opinion compared to what was happening on the court. I tried to be brave until the end, but he held on. He was there from start to finish, despite the cramps.
After a difficult period, were you reassured? It had been a long, long, long time since I had felt so good on the pitch, with some great streaks. That’s why I’m disappointed, not frustrated.
It gives you some pep to go back? This kind of good game, that’s why I play. But the sadness of the previous matches does not fade. And my defeat in Parma, it was what can be sadder (6-0, 6-4 against the Spaniard Martinez). I go out having the impression of having done beautiful things, of having countered, attacked … You tell yourself that you have played tennis. Yes, it’s hard, it’s not like before. But I played a very sharp guy and he cramped before me … So I said to myself: “There, it’s okay!” When it goes well, it can come back, even in a Grand Slam tournament where you can be tense. “