Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: TMS Hamburg
Hamburg, 13 May 2004
Press Conference with CARLOS MOYA
Moya – Verdasco 6:4, 3:6, 6:4
Q: You missed a lot of breakpoints. What was the problem? Were you nervous or mentally tired?
MOYA: I don’t think I was nervous, but he has a very good serve and he put a lot of pressure on me. He hit the forehand and backhand very hard. Still, I think I should have a better percentage on those breakpoints. Sometimes this happens. Mentally it was a very though match for me because I knew I had so many chances I didn’t take and then he was very tough in the third set. So, I had the feeling he was going to win that match. But, I kept fighting and he got tired at the end. Maybe that’s why I won.
Q: How do you see his potential?
MOYA: He has no limit. He was hitting the ball so hard. All that I could do was run and wait for his mistakes. He forces you to take more risk than I usually take. His serve is good. He is very complete. He hits hard and has good returns. Maybe he is still young and doesn’t have that experience. But when he gets that, he’s going to be a top player.
Q: You have been playing a lot lately. How are you feeling physically and mentally?
MOYA: Today, some part of the game, I was feeling a little tired, also mentally. I had so many chances, but I saw he was dominating and controlling the match. But, I kept fighting and kept putting pressure on him. I was thinking, ‘now you have to win the match’. I think he realized that he was playing perfect, but could not doing. I have one night to recover. My matches have not been very tough until now. Maybe today has been the toughest in the last 10 days. But, I’m healthy. So, I don’t think it’s going to be a problem tomorrow.
Q: Is it special to play Federer?
MOYA: He is the No. 1 in the world. It’s always special when you play him. I know it’s on clay, but he won here 2 years ago which I never did. I have a lot of respect for him. I will try to play well tomorrow and to beat him. The other times I played him, it was different conditions. Now, they are better, but still it’s going to be a tough match.
Fernando Verdasco | Paul-Henri Mathieu | Richard Gasquet
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga | Marat Safin | Juan Carlos Ferrero | Carlos Moya | David Nalbandian | Mathieu Montcourt | Nicolas Mahut