It was frustrating last night,
I must admit. But, I quickly just turned the next page and
just focused on what I need to do today. I’ve done it in straight sets.
That’s all that matters. So I try to just be in this moment
and look forward to the next challenge. Q: You’ve had great success against Berdych.
What do you think the key has been to that, especially given he has a big serve,
big player on the court? He beat me here in semis in 2010.
It was I think his first Grand Slam final. Obviously he’s been around many years.
He’s an established top-10 player, big game, flat shots, which are
pretty good for this surface obviously where the ball bounces quite low. Yeah, I mean, he’s someone that understands
the occasion of playing big matches, big tournaments. He will not get
overwhelmed by the stadium or whatever. He’s been there so many years.
He’s got experience. So, I mean, for me, it’s important to
start off well. I’ve played him many times. I know what I need to do.
Hopefully I can execute that.
Q: Do you remember anybody who was sitting
in the Royal Box when you made the final here? No. Q: You don’t remember anyone? No. I never really look up at my boxes
or any boxes really. So no, not yet. Q: Have you found out later that somebody was
watching that you thought was particularly cool? Not yet. I think maybe they don’t
come to my matches, I guess. Q: Were you listening to music? Yeah, I was listening to music. Q: Can you tell us what music? Just Russian pop music. Q: Russian folk music? Pop music. Q: Would we not know it? No, for sure not. Oh, okay, we’re finished.
Okay, I’m walking off the court. I kind of was in the moment of doing,
I guess, where you’re meant to go, what you’re meant to do. But my brain just
kept on catching up five minutes later. I don’t know if I explained that well,
but I tried.
I think I just stuck to my guns mostly.
It wasn’t as straightforward as maybe it might have looked out there. I can’t tell you how it really looked, because it didn’t feel that straightforward.
Caroline is a tough opponent to play. There were some difficult moments, difficult games.
I mean, up a break in the first set, you know, you think that’s pretty easy going.
But she fought back. Anything can really happen in a tiebreaker.
I think for myself, just sticking to my guns was definitely key. Q. The last match after we talked to you,
you said your confidence was sort of not skyrocketing, but it was up there. And you felt more confident after every match? Do you feel that way now, still? Yeah, I had a game plan going in.
Like I said earlier, I stuck to it. I want to win on my terms, but at the same time
I don’t want to lose because of somebody else dictating me. At the same time I’d be more satisfied
in knowing that I did everything that I could that day within my control.
That’s definitely been focus points for me. Q. Are you allowing yourself to look ahead?
This is probably the best chance you’ve ever had to win a Grand Slam title. Do you allow yourself to even think anywhere near that far ahead? No chance. If I didn’t do it in
the first round, I’m not going to do it now.
For me it was very good. I think he wasn’t ready
for today’s match. I guess he was, you know,
missing a lot. I know he just came from Milan. So, you know, I think he
had little bit tough time. But for me, I think I played very good
tennis from the beginning, in the end. I never had this kind of quick match. So very, very happy to win today. Oh, was good. After I got injured,
I had a couple days off. Now I’m feeling very good,
feeling 100% again. Yeah, looking forward to
this fight these two weeks. Yeah, this is only Grand Slam
that I haven’t done well in. Yeah, never made quarterfinals. That’s always my motivation,
to go second week. I think this last couple years,
I been playing good on grass. Fit again. So, yeah,
I hope I can make it. Yeah, I think every year is challenging
for me to play a lot of matches. You know, I think there
is a couple reasons, playing a lot of matches
on clay, and coming here, it’s not easy to get prepared
for this grass court season. But I think it’s getting better.
How many breaths did I take
It’s perfect. Exactly what I want.
Well, he made another reference just now in the gym about
Starvin Lee Marvin or something like that. I’ve heard of Starvin Marvin.
He references some more ’80s bands, stuff like that. I guess my IQ
is evolving in that department of learning those little things.
I was wrong. Maybe now is the last chance train.
Maybe is going to be another last chance in five years.
Who knows. Now the age comes more and more. So I have
another eight years to play I remember when I was eight,
nine years old, with my family I did a tour around Wimbledon,
and they took you around Centre Court. And I was saying to my mum
this morning, Remember that photo when I was eight, nine years old,
standing there, now I’m actually going to play there.
I think I spoke to him
right before the interview, I asked him how his
match had gone there. He said, Oh, I served
like 20 double-faults. He asked me if I had any advice
for him in the interview. I said, Try not to
serve 20 double-faults. He said, Yeah, thanks for the advice
about not serving 20 double-faults. I said, You served a few. He said, Yeah, I think I’m
only on about 10 right now. I said, Well, there’s
still time to get to 20. The Shinkansen, which is
like a Japanese bullet train. I don’t know why they do that. My knees are ready for the second
round probably, that’s all. The last time you played
at a slam obviously the match against Simona
at Roland Garros. No, I don’t think about it. If I would all the time
come back to that match, probably I would be
in the crazy house now Every time I watch
her play now, I’m, like, an emotional wreck
and crying and everything. I try not to watch
too many of her matches. It was very special for me to feel
the energy from the crowd again. It was through the
match all the time. So it was beautiful to be back
on the court playing my game, on the beautiful
Centre Court, of course. I couldn’t wish more.
Yeah i mean I haven’t Played against them and I’ve not Seen Him, play Loads but I’ve you know I’ve Heard A few things from some of the Players and I Chatted to him a little bit in Indian wells earlier in the year he’s obviously you know big personality. You know he’s not a quiet guy and yes he’s from what I’ve heard he’s pretty entertaining on the court in terms of the way that he plays and how he is. I’ve had hip Problems since I was very young. You know it’s not it’s not something new to me it’s just been Very Sore the Last Few Weeks and it was given Me Quite A lot of trouble Moving To Certain Shots and Getting Into Certain Positions You know With something like that A lot of it has to really come from from the player because you know What what you Can and Can’t Tolerate and you know We made This Decision on Tuesday that After I hit for a little bit in the Morning that I needed to I needed to take A few Days Break You Know if I was going to give Myself the best Chance to be Ready it was no use Pushing For Like Three Or four more Days Making Myself Worse. I mean there’s You Know Pressure on This Event Because it’s you know, one of the most important that we played during During the Whole Year so you know if I wasn’t nervous or Didn’t Feel any Pressure then I’d be very Worried by that you know then I think Is Not sure I’d be Wanting to Keep Playing if that was the case. I want to be Nervous I want to feel the pressure These These events and but the nice Thing about Is that at the end of the the days I when I leave the Course I get to you know I can get away from It Maybe a little bit More Than it’s some of the other Tournaments Just Because I’m at Home with my family and in my in my own House that’s Nice. you
I’m feeling pretty good. I think it’s
a good moment right now. It goes very fast. So I’m trying
to enjoy it. The previous times, you know, you’re so
concentrated that you cannot enjoy as well. I know tomorrow I’m looking forward to
go on to the court. My last match here. Try to change things after the last two years.
That’s it. Just trying to enjoy also. Q. Venus Williams is the oldest women’s
singles player to reach the final since Martina Navratilova. She’s 37 years old.
What are your thoughts about that? Well, I think it’s very impressive.
I think not everybody can do that. It goes a lot, you know, with the strength
of your body, your style of game. For me, it’s incredible. I don’t think
I could be 37 and playing that level. You know, that final that I had
helped me a lot to figure out a way to play better on grass, because
before I was not very experienced. I had never played a lot of tournaments.
It was just a very surprising moment when you reach a final in a tournament where
you thought it was going to be difficult. Right now I know how to
play more on grass. I think my mind is more equipped
this time because the more experience you get, the more you know
how to deal with these situations, because they’re very special. If you
felt it before, it’s really helpful. So I just have more information about the situation. Well, I think we both have very
aggressive games. I think the serve is going to be very important,
because she has a pretty big serve. I try to have a big one, as well.
Probably being aggressive, you know, serve, all this.
Fast points are important.
Didn’t know that. Yeah, that’s a good day at the office. It was, I think, a very comfortable match. Obviously I knew I was playing
a dangerous opponent. Marcos is always very dangerous, especially on grass.
He’s done well here in the past. So yeah, I felt that I was just
playing good tennis; very focused, I don’t think so I remember when I was a junior I played
a few matches that I finished similar, but I didn’t expect him to get that last ball,
that’s for sure. Yeah, he beat John on grass. Obviously he’s doing something right.
He’s playing really well. I don’t need to — I mean,
I’m not allowed to underestimate the opponent or whatever. I mean,
that’s a hell of an effort, for sure like for him to beat John. I saw a little bit of the last game of the match,
and, yeah, he’s just playing well. So, yeah, for sure
it’s going to be a tough match. I don’t know.
That’s up for you guys to determine. The one behind the back,
I thought the ball was out so I just kept on walking to the chair, and luckily and luckily nobody said anything. Yeah. I mean,
but that was pure luck that I won the point. But, you know, today on days like that,
you just take everything as it is and just put it behind. Well, my goal is to win, you know, Wimbledon now. So that’s what’s in front of me. Every time I go to actually practice at Aorangi
I always see the board out there and see my name. Every year I take a picture
and every year my coach goes, Grigor, you take the same picture every single year. I say, I don’t know. I think it’s cool. Hopefully I can come back one day here
and take a picture on that side.