Showing posts with label Interviews. Show all posts
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Andy Murray Interview Australian Open Semifinals Thursday, 29 January, 2015

Andy Murray Interview Australian Open Semifinals Thursday, 29 January, 2015

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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.

Tomas Berdych Interview Australian Open Semifinals Thursday, 29 January, 2015

Tomas Berdych Interview Australian Open Semifinals Thursday, 29 January, 2015

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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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

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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.

Stan Wawrinka Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Stan Wawrinka Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

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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

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.

Kei Nishikori Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Kei Nishikori Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

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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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rafa Nadal Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

Rafa Nadal Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

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Q. Were you feeling at all unwell or unfit today?

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.

Andy Murray Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

Andy Murray Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

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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.

Tomas Berdych Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

Tomas Berdych Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

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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.

Q. What did he change?

Nick Kyrgios Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

Nick Kyrgios Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

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Q. Tough night. How did you see it?

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...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

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?

Q. Yes.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I go to the net to shake hands (smiling).

Stan Wawrinka Interview Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

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

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.

David Ferrer Interview Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

David Ferrer Interview Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

Q. After the last match, your nail was bleeding. How much does it affect you?

DAVID FERRER: No, nothing, nothing. Kei was better than me. Much better today.

Q. Looking back last year when you played Kei at World Tour Finals, did you feel any huge difference in Kei's play?

DAVID FERRER: No, every match is difference. I know today Kei, he did a very good match. He play maybe his best match with me, sure. But I don't know. You have to ask to him.

Q. How about his serve?

DAVID FERRER: Very good. Very good.

Kei Nishikori Press Conference Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

Kei Nishikori Press Conference Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

Q. This is the seventh time you beat David. All the previous matches went to the final set. How do you feel beating him in straights?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, actually felt little bit weird on the court because I usually play three or five sets all the time against him. Yeah, play really comfortable on the court. I was a lot of confidence going on to this match, and I was playing, you know, almost 100% tennis, really aggressive, good forehand, and serving also was really well. So, yeah, it's not like always favorite to play against him. But today was little bit different, different game.

Q. You're playing Stan Wawrinka next. You know him pretty well. You've practiced with him before the tournament. Can you explain to us what is your relationship with him and what do you think?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, it's going to be really tough match because I seen his play on TV couple matches. Even today he was playing really good. You know, he can hit balls forehand, backhand - great backhand actually. He can hit anywhere from even at the back. Yeah, it's going to be tough match. But obviously I'm on quarterfinals, so never easy matches coming up. Hopefully I can play another good match.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rafael Nadal Interview Australian Open R4 Sunday, 25 January, 2015

Rafael Nadal Interview Australian Open R4 Sunday, 25 January, 2015



Q. It seems like after 5-all you had no problems anymore.

RAFAEL NADAL: Problems? There is always. There is always some key points of the match that change the dynamic of the match. Is true that I was lucky in the first set to have the set with me because was very dangerous. I think Kevin was playing very aggressive from the beginning, going for the winners every shot. He had the breakpoint before in the 3-2 or 3-All, I think. Then with the 5-All I was lucky, sure. I played two forehands down the line, because was not an easy forehand because he pushed me. I changed the direction, but I can miss that shot, no? Then a few good serves, but especially the ace again. Yeah, but in general, even if he had that chances in the first set, even in the first set seem that he was having more chances than me, I was playing better than the days before, no? I felt myself with better rhythm in the legs, better rhythm with my forehand. So in general, I am very happy the way I played today. The way that I improved my level is not the most important thing; obviously the victory is.

Q. Until the game that you broke him in the first set, you had only won one point on his serve. Was it a matter of you figuring out the serve, or did his level of serving drop?

Tomas Berdych Interview Australian Open R4 Sunday, 25 January, 2015

Tomas Berdych Interview Australian Open R4 Sunday, 25 January, 2015

Q. It's your eighth consecutive quarterfinal here. Why do you think you do so well at this tournament?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I like this place. I always trying to come back very prepared. You know, you have pretty much a good sense of time when you going to play and you can plan the things quite easy. So, yeah, I mean, that's one of the reasons. I mean, really, the conditions and the way how it is all around here, that feels good to me. So that's why I like to play here.

Q. You've been very strong so far in the tournament. How do you feel about your game and how are you approaching the match against Rafa knowing that recently you haven't had the best record against him?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I'm feeling very good. It's been a great, great run so far. But, yeah, I just put myself in the best possible position right now. I'm just really looking forward to it. I'm going to have to, you know, add something extra again. I mean, that's how the tournament is developing, just move forward, just be ready for it. You know, I'm feeling strong both like physically, mentally. Just looking forward to the match.

Nick Kyrgios Interview Australian Open R4 Sunday, 25 January, 2015

Nick Kyrgios Interview Australian Open R4 Sunday, 25 January, 2015

Q. How disappointing was it to be two sets to love down not having done a lot wrong?

NICK KYRGIOS: Not disappointing at all. I knew it was going to be a tough battle. He's playing some of the best tennis he's played ever since coming off that win against Roger. I knew it was going to be tough from the get-go. I just had to draw on my experiences of coming back from two sets to love. Paid off in the end.

Q. What's the overwhelming emotion for you right now?

NICK KYRGIOS: Yeah, it's crazy. I don't think it's sunk in yet. When I saw I had finally won the match it was incredible. It was the best feeling I ever had. To know the body could come back from two sets to love, knowing I haven't had matches, it's just massive confidence.

Q. You lost a five-setter when you were two sets up. You said you wanted to learn from that match. You've won all five-setters since then. What are you doing differently now?

NICK KYRGIOS: I think I'm just managing my emotions a bit better out there. I thought I was pretty composed for the whole match. When I needed to get into the crowd, I did that. They were unbelievable tonight. I think they were a massive part of that win. I'm just learning every time I step out on the court when to show emotion, when not to.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Interview Saturday, 24 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Interview Saturday, 24 January, 2015

Q. How important was it to win that first set?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it was turning point probably winning the tiebreaker as close as it was. I thought I served very well, allowed myself to have a lot of free points in the first serve. What I could have done better I thought was just capitalizing on the opportunities, breakpoint opportunities, especially in the first set. But again, credit to him for playing well, serving very well, especially down the T. It's hard when somebody serves 215 down the T, on the line, you can't do much about it. I thought it was a good match. It was a big challenge for both of us. He was a former top-10 player. Somebody that loves playing on the big stage, a powerful game. I'm glad to go through in straight sets.

Q. He said he was particularly impressed with your serving, you were varying it a lot. Are you pleased with how you served?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I'm pleased. I didn't give him too many of the similar serves. I changed the pace, the angles. I tried to go for accuracy, vary with the serve, not give him rhythm. He had a couple of opportunities. I think the closest he was was Love-40 in the second set. And then couple of the last serve, my service games in the third set where he get 15-30, Love-30. But because I served well, I think that's what helped me to get out of the trouble in these big moments.

Q. What you said on court about playing some of your best tennis out on the stadium, does that ring true between the lines, that if you come on a certain court, have had success there in the past, you have more confidence just because of the place?

Kei NIshikori Australian Open Interview Saturday, 24 January, 2015

Kei NIshikori Australian Open Interview Saturday, 24 January, 2015



Q. Give us an idea of what you changed up in the first set.

KEI NISHIKORI: I think I started playing more, you know, side to side. I was hitting to only his backhand, especially first set. He was playing really solid actually. Great forehand, hitting really aggressive. You know, also good serve. I think I was started little bit shaky, little bit tight. But after second set I tried to change my mind, tried to hit through every ball. Return was getting much better. I hit couple winners from returns. Yeah, after first set I was playing I think really solid.

Q. Any reason why you were feeling shaky in the first set?

KEI NISHIKORI: I don't know. I think it's little bit everything. He was playing aggressive, hitting really deep, good serves. I really couldn't do anything. You know, the tiebreak is always, you know, tight points. I just couldn't go hit through. I didn't want to risk it too much. So that's why I couldn't get the tiebreak. But, I don't know, after playing first set, I started feeling little bit, not relaxed, but no pressure. I start thinking to just go for everything.