Q. Talk us through that third set. Struggling with injury, then you went on to win 12 of the last 13 games.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. There were a lot of turning points in the match. As I think everybody predicted, it was going to be a big battle. Of course, Grand Slam finals for both of us, regardless of the record that I have here, and him playing also three times the final not winning a title, regardless of that, we both knew that, you know, we have equal chances to win it. Very similar match to the Australian Open final in 2013 when we played over two hours the first two sets. Tonight two and a half hours the first two sets. Very physical. Very exhausting. We both of course went through some tough moments physically. You could see that I had a crisis end of the second, beginning of the third. Just felt very exhausted and I needed some time to regroup and recharge and get back on track. That's what I've done. I started hitting ball and trying to be a little bit more aggressive coming to the net, shortening the points. I got a very important break of serve at 2-Love for him in the third that got me back in the match mentally, as well. It was a cat-and-mouse fight. It always is. We always try to outplay the opponents with the groundstrokes, with the long rallies, a lot of variety in the games: spin, flat, slice, dropshots. I think both went out with the full repertoire of the shots we have. I hope everybody that watched it enjoyed the finals. From my side it was definitely very exhausting. Just glad that I believed it all the way through. Saved some breakpoints at 3-All in the third set and managed to make that break and win the third. After that I felt huge relief. I felt I could swing through the ball. I felt the momentum was on my side and I wanted to use that. At this level very few points can turn things around on the court as we could see tonight.
Q. Even if you know him since you are both 11 years old, he said he was distracted by you limping or having a problem to the hand or foot. Should it happen between two people who know each other so well?
Q. Can you describe how your emotions were going as it ran away from you near the end?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, obviously had opportunities in the first three sets. Then the fourth set, I mean, obviously I need to watch it back to see if I played badly. I mean, he was just ripping everything. Returns he was hitting on the baseline, this far from the line all the time. Once he got up a break, he just loosened up and was just going for his shots. I couldn't recover. So the fourth set wasn't as frustrating to me. The third set was frustrating because I got a bit distracted when he, like, fell on the ground after a couple of shots. It appeared that he was cramping, and then I let that distract me a little bit. That's what I'm most disappointed about, not so much the fourth set because I think, especially at the end of it, he was just going for everything, and it was going in. But the third set was more frustrating for me.
Q. Do you think he went for broke at the end because he was afraid of a fifth set, that he thought he couldn't last a fifth set?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I don't think so, because he was moving unbelievable at the end of the third set, sliding and chasing everything down. I think it was just more that once he got up he loosened up a bit, and then was just going for his shots. Maybe if he started to miss a couple, then you kind of rein it back a little bit. But he wasn't missing, so he just kept going for it.
Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open Semifinal Friday, 30 January, 2015
Q. Can you go through this match because there were a lot of ups and downs. You came through at the end, but it looked like a huge struggle for you.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I did not play on the level that I intended before the match. There were parts of the match where I stepped in and played a game I needed to play, but parts of the match where I played too defensive and allowed him to dictate the play from the baseline. He has great depth in his shots. Once he has control of the rallies it's very difficult to play against him. So, yeah, it was very emotional, very tense, as it always is against a top player in semifinals of a Grand Slam. Of course, judging by the last two matches we played here in Australian Open last two years, we could expect something like that, five-setter. So the battle was great. It was no different this year from the previous two years in terms of, you know, fighting from both sides. The only difference was that the fifth set went completely my way. But, again, it was a tight first opening game of the fifth set where he had some breakpoint opportunities, missed an easy ball. Yeah, I mean, a couple points decide a winner in these particular matches when you're playing for Grand Slam final. I can say I'm glad, of course I'm happy and satisfied to go through. I'm proud of the fighting spirit that I had. But the level of performance was not where I wanted it to be.
Q. When Jim Courier spoke to you after the match he asked you if you had any physical issues, but then you sort of talked tactics.
Stan Wawrinka Interview Australian Open Semifinal Friday, 30 January, 2015
Q. There were a lot of ups and downs in this match. How would you describe it?
STAN WAWRINKA: Describe the match? Strange. Not the best, for sure. I think there were a lot of up and down. Beginning conditions weren't too good. It's quite flying a little bit. Balls are not easy to control. Not much. It was not the best match, for sure. I don't know. Next question (smiling).
Q. At one point you asked for eye drops.
STAN WAWRINKA: Nothing special. Just need it. Didn't work well just after, but it was okay. Nothing special.
Q. Why do you think there were so many ups and downs? Both you and Novak seemed to have trouble keeping your best level.
STAN WAWRINKA: You know, at the beginning, as I say, was for me the first night session. Had to adapt a little bit the game. It's quite fast this year. It's not easy to control. Again, I think I'm physically well, playing well in general. Really happy with my level. It was mentally that I think I'm paying off the price to finish off the season with Davis Cup, not having a bigger off-season, trying to focus really well to start well the year with winning Chennai and being here trying to do the best. I told my coach before the match and already yesterday that I was mentally completely dead and no battery. Tough to focus on what I want to do. Tough to focus on my game. And that's what happened today.
Q. Tell us what it means to be in your fourth Australian Open final, eighth of your career Grand Slam final?
ANDY MURRAY: It's great. I played very, very well tonight. Very happy with the way that I played the match. And, yeah, to be in the final four times here, I mean, because I'm surrounded by guys like Roger, Novak and Rafa, doesn't look like much, but that doesn't happen that often. So I'm very proud of that.
Q. Talk us through what changed between the first and second sets, so different.
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I thought the beginning of the match he started out well. I was a little bit tentative at the beginning and getting used to his ball. He hits the ball extremely hard and flat. At the start I felt like I was on the back foot a little bit. Towards the end of the first set I started to come into it more, be more aggressive. Then second set I just picked up from how I was playing at the end of the first. I felt like I could have won the first set. Obviously had some chances there. I was extremely aggressive in the second set. Managed to run away with it.
Q. A really tight first set. What was the difference out there today?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, firstly, you know, I'm really not happy and not really in a, yeah, good mood. I'm very disappointed to lose this match. I mean, it was a big match. But anyway, I just need to come back stronger and get myself better for it, and that's it. I mean, what was the difference? I had one bad set for the second set, and that's it. I mean, I was just trying to get my chances, trying to fight for it, but as I said, it was not enough and I'm very disappointed with it.
Q. What do you think changed between the first set and second set for you?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, we going to be looking for just small details. It's probably, you know, probably for you guys that you might do something about it. There is no any excuses. He's been playing well through all the match, and that's it. You know, I handled better the first set. He just took advantage of me not having a great second set, and that's it.
Q. If he had won the first set it's a totally different match, right? Do you feel that pressure?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, of course, it was a close first set, but I thought I had more chances in the first set than him. Managed to stay tough in the right moments and win the crucial first set. Obviously winning it in a tiebreak and making the break of serve first game of the second set was definitely huge really for me. I could start swinging through a little bit more, be more aggressive into the court. You know, since that first game of the second set I played a great match.
Q. How much confidence do you take out of the last two matches that were very tricky and you didn't lose a set?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I take a lot of confidence. I try to carry that in every next match, next challenge. Obviously I'm going to play Stan, who is the defending champion here. We played five-set matches in 2013 and '14 Australian Open. I'm going to be ready for a fight. But knowing that I have raised the level of performance tonight, and probably playing the best match of the tournament so far is affecting my confidence in a positive way. Hopefully I can carry that into next one.
Q. Any way you could be playing better?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I'm a self-critic. But, again, I got to try to take the positives out of every match. Tonight there was not much I could complain about. From the first game till the last I played the way I wanted. I created a lot of breakpoint opportunities. The key of tonight's match, one of the keys, was to get as many balls back in play, returns back in play. I thought from the back of the court I had more chance than him to win the points. I executed very, very well. It's easier said than done, but I feel very good about my game in this moment.
Q. Do you remember the first time you faced Stan here in 2005, qualification?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Playing Stan 2005 in qualifications here? Are you sure?
Q. And you won; you can check?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well done for that stat. I can't remember that match honestly. But it's great to see somebody I know for a long time -- I know Stan is two years older than me, but we did play some junior events together, Grand Slams. You know, to see him doing well, especially in the last two years... He loves this sport. He's out there working hard. All these years we all knew that he has great quality tennis game, but mentally he didn't believe enough that he can win Grand Slams. I think that changed in last two years. That's why his results are the way they are and he's a Grand Slam champion, Davis Cup champion. He's playing very confident. Yeah, so he's one of the guys to beat in this tournament, so I look forward to the challenge.
Q. You don't remember this match?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: First round maybe probably? I remember second and third round was Wesley Moodie. Thanks for reminding me. I'll mention it to Stan tomorrow when I see him.
Q. You've had a few easier wins over Stan away from the Grand Slams. Last three games you played in Grand Slams it was deep in the fifth set. What made those matches more intense? How do you prepare for the next one knowing how long the last three have been?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: As I mentioned before, I'm ready for the battle. When we played last three Grand Slam matches they were the finals stages of a Grand Slam, semifinals, quarterfinals. Grand Slams are the tournaments where you want to perform your best. I'm sure we both are very much aware of that fact, and it's why we get to play on a high level against each other and we push each other to the limit in a way. It's a very physical battle, as well. But I haven't had too many long matches during this tournament. I'm ready for it. I'm going to practice tomorrow, do a little preparation for that match, try to analyze his game and what I need to do in order to win.
Q. Stan played an unbelievable match against Kei today. Did you see any of it?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. He played a great match. Kei has been playing his best tennis in the last 12 months. To be able to win straight sets against him is pretty impressive. Being the defending champion, obviously he's got some of the pressure here. He is facing this kind of role for the first time in his life. He's been playing some great tennis under the circumstances. Got to give him credit for that. I like Stan; respect him a lot. But I'm sure once we're both on the court we both want to win.
Q. Did you watch the highlights from last year's match with Stan?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I haven't watched, but probably now is the time. I will not watch the last point of that match (smiling). Everything else is fine. Again, of course you need to do a video analysis. You need to get yourself in the right state of mind for the matches like this, because this is now semifinals of a Grand Slam and you're playing a top player. There is no going back now. It's the time to perform the best you can.
Q. Is it the Boris Becker effect we're seeing on your serve?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Definitely he's got his contribution there, no question about it. He has joined the team last year. It's been 12 months that we've been working together. He's working closely with Marian and the rest of the team members obviously in improving my game, getting it to the highest possible degree. Serve was one of the tasks, one of the things that we wanted to improve. I know I can't serve as fast as Milos, but I'm trying to use the angles, the accuracy, align myself to have some free points with that serve. That's what I used well during this 10 days now so far.
Q. You've been in a lot of semifinals in Grand Slams and you've won seven. Can you tell at this stage anything, that this one feels good or what's going to happen from now on?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Of course it feels good. It never gets old being in the last four of the Grand Slam. Sometimes, you know, obviously people around you think this is something that is normal from a top player, to reach that final stage. You're expected to perform well and reach semifinals of a Grand Slam. But I don't take anything for granted. I try to be aware that there are thousands of players around the world who are fighting equally as I am to be in this position. So that keeps me grounded, and I try to enjoy every moment and work hard for what I have.
Q. Having Boris in your camp, how much does that really benefit you from a mental side of things?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, that was the biggest contribution he could bring to me. Because he was the No. 1 player of the world, multiple Grand Slam winner, he understands exactly the kind of obstacles and challenges, mental challenges, I have to go through and I'm facing during the match. Especially in the later stages of tournament. That's where we talk a lot. It took us some time obviously from the beginning of the partnership to understand how we work, what's the daily routine, what's the mindset because we are different people, but we went through the same circumstances and situations in our careers. That's where he can help me the most.
Q. After everything that happened in the tiebreak, how happy were you to see his dropshot hit the net?
STAN WAWRINKA: That one I was really happy because I was not going to get to that ball. Yeah, I had the wind with me, so it was not easy to make a dropshot, especially at that moment. No, it was a crazy tiebreak, but good tiebreak. Good to finish in three sets.
Q. You were serving very good with a lot of variety. Was that your plan?
STAN WAWRINKA: Yeah, for sure today I was serving really well. I'm happy with that part of my game. It's never easy to break Kei because he's playing so well. You need to be focused on what you need to do. You need to change the speed. You need to change where you serve also. Yeah, I think it was one of my best match if I look about that.
Milos Raonic Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
Q. What is the dominating feeling after a match like this?
MILOS RAONIC: Everything will be okay.
Q. How important was it to win the first set?
MILOS RAONIC: It obviously has an importance, but I think we're both at an experienced level where we can find our way around. I don't think it's a deciding factor. I just think it gave him a bit more belief, and he didn't allow me to organize my game.
Q. How did you feel about your serve tonight?
MILOS RAONIC: I wish I would have served better in certain moments, but I didn't lose because of my serve.
Q. In the tiebreak in the third set, did you feel more aggressive in your game?
KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I start feel more comfortable in the third set, especially after I found out couple points that, you know, I could go little more aggressive than first and second set. I was mixing up serve and volleys. My serve was much better than first couple sets because I was making more first serve. I was struggling my serve. That's why I couldn't get good rhythm first and second set. Yeah, tiebreaker was really close. If I could get that one, might change the whole thing. But, you know, he was serving really well until end of the set. So, you know, I think I have to give him credit. Yeah, he obviously played really aggressive and played great tennis. Think obviously play wasn't 100%. But I didn't play really bad. So, yeah, congrats to him.
Q. Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
KEI NISHIKORI: Well, for sure that my serve could be, you know, much better. I don't know. He was playing good, especially his serve. I couldn't do anything. I got one break. That was kind of lucky. He was missing a lot that game. Well, you know, third set I was playing more comfortable. Yeah, like I said, the tiebreak was the really key for the game.
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I am feeling okay. Just was not my day. I didn't play with the right intensity, with the right rhythm, and the opponent played better than me. In sport, when you are going to play against an opponent, was a day that the opponent played better than me.
Q. Do you think it's also the fact that you haven't played such a player for a while, the whole process of coming back?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is probably not the day to talk about that. We talked enough about that before the tournament and almost every day, so is a day that I just can congratulate my opponent, accept that. Is obvious that I needed something more to be more competitive, as I did in the third. The third was the right set, the right game that I have to play. But is obvious that before I didn't play with the right confidence, with the right intensity, losing court, playing very short. I make him play very easy. So you cannot expect to win matches in quarterfinals of Grand Slam helping the opponent to play well. That's what I did. The first two sets, the beginning -- since the beginning of the third, I played with more character, more the way that I have to play to have chances to keep being -- to be where I want to be, to be where I have been for the last lot of years. I don't know how many. So that's it. Just will keep working hard on the things that I have to do. As I said when I arrived here, the process always is not easy. When you have injuries, are difficult the comebacks. There are so many examples around the world of sport that have been tough to be back. For me, I'm not an exception on that, no? I have to take the positive things. Without being at my top level of tennis I was able to be here in quarterfinals. Is not a bad result at all for me arriving here the way I arrived: only with one match, only with five matches in seven months. So taking the positive part, that's the thing that I have to take. That's just the beginning of the season, and I want to keep having chances to compete well against everybody. I need to keep working the way that I am doing for be ready for the next. The season is long, I know. Beginnings are tough. I need to be ready to accept all the situations that's going to happen or happened and try to be strong, accepting everything, and working hard to be back the way that I want to be. When I say 'be back,' I don't mean win or lose, I mean have the feeling on court that when you are there you feel confident, you feel you can compete against everybody with equal conditions.
Q. As a man who likes his football, was that the perfect away performance?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I didn't go into it obviously thinking like that. I was, yeah, just trying to win against Nick, which was tough 'cause he has an exceptional serve and makes it very difficult for you when he's serving. And, like I said on the court afterwards, it was very tricky conditions, as well. So I was quite happy with the way I handled everything tonight.
Q. What was the wind doing out there? Was it swirling?
ANDY MURRAY: No. The end where we walk out onto the court was a really strong breeze. When you were at that end you were playing with the wind, so it was tricky 'cause it was very strong breeze. When you're down the far end of the court you had to do a lot more defending. If you tried to play with any sort of height the ball was dropping short. It was very easy for me or him to attack. So, yeah, I tried to just keep the ball low from that end, used a lot of slice, and played pretty flat. So it was tough for him and it worked.
Q. Nobody can beat Tomas Berdych 18 times in a row?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, no (smiling). I heard that already. I did, so...
Q. How was it? What were your feelings when you were playing? Did you expect him to come back? You thought it was in your hands?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I mean, I start pretty well. I start with the plan that I set up before the match, and then it turns that it was the right one. I was able to keep going with the same plan all the way through the match. Even though that it was the first two sets kind of looks easy, you know, but you're playing Rafa and you know what kind of opponent he is and you have to be ready for anything. So, you know, that's why I keep myself really focused and was keep going all the way till the end and trying to make my chances. Even though he just changed a couple of things - he gets better in the third set - but still I was able to finish it and close it up in three sets.
NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it was a really good experience. That was my first Aussie Open Grand Slam match playing on Rod Laver, so that was really cool. But he was way too good for me tonight. There are some things I can take from that match and get better at. Yeah, he was just way too good for me.
Q. How do you like his chances?
NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, I said to him at the net, This is your time; go get him. I think he's got a really good chance of winning the whole thing.
Q. What did he say to you?
NICK KYRGIOS: Good tournament. Good luck for the rest of the year. We've got a pretty good relationship. We've talked about it on Twitter. He's been a guy that's always been supporting me, so...
Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015
Q. Strange that you've never played him before, you've both been on the tour for years. Was it difficult for a little while to work him out?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it was. I got the crucial three breaks at the important moments, especially in the second and third at 5-All, managed to play some good passing shots. I was trying just to make him play an extra shot. He takes away the time from the opponent. His serves and volleys, very difficult serve to read. Nice slice serve. I approximately knew what was expected of me. I tried to analyze his game. I did watch him many times. But it's different when you haven't played somebody on the court. On the court you actually get to feel what his rhythm is and style of play. So it took me some time. But, you know, overall was a good performance and I think I have to take the positives from tonight and definitely what stands out is the serve. I got a lot of aces, got a lot of free points there. That's something that obviously encourages me for the rest of the tournament.
Q. What is serve and volley's future in your opinion? Because he did it tonight successfully.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Him?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I go to the net to shake hands (smiling).
Stan Wawrinka Interview Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015
Q. You were up two sets and a break. How do you explain the match changing after that?
STAN WAWRINKA: That level, you can change quickly. I did maybe two mistakes, then he start to play a little bit faster, a little bit more flat. I start to be on my defensive a little bit too much. Can be quick. But, no, I'm happy to get through. Was important to win that match again. Is great for me to be in quarterfinal and get there, still there.
Q. Do you remember last time you managed to come back like that in a tiebreak, down 0-5?
STAN WAWRINKA: Not really. I think one time in Shanghai against Kubot, was losing 6-2 also. No, losing 5-0, was a bad start to the tiebreak. At 6-2 I knew it was close to come back because I had the wind with me. I had to focus on every point. I knew if I was going to come back at 6-5, was going to get nervous. I did a good passing shot, along line. They always know I go along line. It was a good one. Nothing special. Just focused point after point.
Milos Raonic Interview Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015
Q. How do you sum that one up?
MILOS RAONIC: I thought it was okay. I'm happy with sort of the attitude that got me through. I stayed calm even though things weren't always panning out how I would have liked. I came up with the right play on my first match point. He came up with a great shot. Missed a lot of breakpoint opportunities, but overall I can't complain too much. I fought my way through.
Q. Compared to the level of your other matches?
MILOS RAONIC: It depends. Because obviously he was changing up things. Obviously I felt better playing against Becker. But I think the level was about the same. But just because he was changing up things a lot, him making me feel more uncomfortable. So I don't think it was on my level.
Q. Did the Canadian weather conditions have an effect on the speed?
MILOS RAONIC: This is too warm to call it Canadian weather conditions (smiling). So I don't think so.