Interview with Robin Soderling
Sunday, June 7, 2009
6‑1, 7‑6, 6‑4
An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You mentioned already probably you lost today against the best player of all‑time. When you went into this match, what was different than when you were playing it? I mean, in the way of what you wanted to do and what you couldn't do out there.
ROBIN SODERLING: You know, I think the match ‑‑ the match was what I expected. You know, I played Roger so he many times, so I know his game now. But, you know, I think I didn't play aggressive enough.
But it's always ‑‑ you know,every time I played Roger, after the match I always said, I played so bad today. Now I learned that it's not that I played bad, he makes me play bad. So that's what's so difficult playing against him.
Q. Obviously you beat Rafa, then you got to beat by Roger, and all of us have been sort of consumed by the idea that Rafa has taken Roger apart a lot lately ‑ except of clay recently ‑ but in majors. What is the difference for you between them when you face them on court?
ROBIN SODERLING: They're both great players, of course, but they have different game styles. You know I think Roger's game doesn't suit my game at all. He doesn't allow me to be aggressive. He always had me on the run today.
With Rafa, it's different. It's easier to be aggressive, you know. In all my matches against Rafa I think I dictated the game, I dictated the play.
But against Roger, for me,it's been so far impossible to do that.
Q. Secondly,on that, you said Roger is the greatest of all‑time. As a player, does it give you pause to say that, because he's had such trouble will with Rafa? Can he be the greatest, but he's had problems with this one guy? Or in your mind, it's like, I don't care. I know what I see?
ROBIN SODERLING: Yeah, I played him, so I know. I never played anyone playing that fast. He's a great player. He doesn't have any weaknesses at all. He really deserves to be called the best player of all‑time, I think.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about the positive for you in this tournament?
ROBIN SODERLING: Yeah, I had a great tournament. I had the two best weeks of my career so far. I've been playing some very good matches and I've been beating some very good players.
You know, I always knew before that when I play my best tennis I can beat anybody, everybody. But I think I showed it today ‑‑ I showed it during this tournament, I could do it a lot of matches in a row,which feels very good for me, and it's very good for my confidence.
Q. Do I think it will change something for the future now? I believe in yourself?
ROBIN SODERLING: Hopefully. I always ‑‑ think I always believed in myself, but for sure this gives me a lot more confidence. I know I didn't have my best results in Grand Slams before this tournament, but I think now I really showed to myself that I can do well in Grand Slams.
Q. Can I just tell us your thoughts about the incident when the man came on the court and sort of danced in front of Roger? Were I surprised that security was quite slow in coming out? Were I worried when it happened?
ROBIN SODERLING: Yeah, it wasn't really a nice thing to see. I mean, I think the security was at least as surprised as we were.
But, I know, I mean, it's very bad that things like this can happen. At the same time, it was ‑‑ we only play one set, so we both needed to stay very focused.
So I tried not to think about it too much. It's a shame that things like this can happen.
Q. I mentioned during this week that your breakthrough on clay is very surprising for I. What is to expect for I in the future going now on your better surfaces?
ROBIN SODERLING: Well, I know, I think I can play well on all surfaces. You know, I don't have any surfaces that I feel like, you know, it's not ‑‑ that doesn't suit my game.
So far I maybe had my best results on indoor tournaments, except for this tournament. I feel very confident, and I feel very good for the grass now. You know, I played good matches there as well. I didn't have the results, but, again, I played good matches.
Hopefully I can put it together for the next Grand Slams, as well.
Q. Would you be disappointed if you can't have results at Wimbledon,the next Grand Slam?
ROBIN SODERLING: Yeah, I'm always a little bit disappointed ifI lose early in the tournament or if I don't play well.
I also know that in a Grand Slam everybody is ‑‑ all matches are tough. You know, you need to play well from the first point until the end,until the last point, you know.
So, yeah, I think I will be ‑‑ if I don't play well in Wimbledon I will be a bit disappointed. Again, I know that I can beat everybody, but I can lose to a lot of guys as well when I don't play my best tennis.
Q. If you have only one memory of this tournament, what is it?
ROBIN SODERLING: I have so many. Of course beating Nadal. You know, it was a very nice for me. You know, I think I made what was supposed to be impossible, to beat him on clay in best‑of‑five sets ‑‑ I mean, no one else have ever done it before and I finally made it.
So I will remember that for a longtime.
Q. Did you already talk to Magnus about the game? If yes, what did he say?
ROBIN SODERLING: No, I tried to, but he said, No, we don't talk about the match now. We take it later tomorrow or something.
Q. What tactic have you had to do? What did you try and did not obviously work today?
ROBIN SODERLING: Thank you. You know, I tried to stay aggressive. You know, I think that's you what have to do against Roger. He plays so well when he can take the initiative.
But it didn't work today, as you said. He played too well and he didn't let me to be aggressive at all. So I have to change something for next time we play.
Q. How does he prevent your aggression?
ROBIN SODERLING: He's even more aggressive. I have to say he plays even faster. Simple as that.