Paire's yesterday's presser:
Q. Beyond this loss, I guess youíre quite disappointed with the match you played, because we all know you can play far better. Many unforced errors today, and I guess the match you play youíre sorry about more than losing?
BENOIT PAIRE: Yes, I walked on the court against Ferrer and I knew it would be a complicated match. Itís true Iím very disappointed, very frustrated.
Iím just out of the court, and I must say itís a bit tough because I never managed to play well except for the first two games. Although I didnít serve well on though two games, I managed to play, but I didnít serve well.
I never managed to play my tennis. I never managed to find motivation. Iím not motivated, but Iím a bit tired. When I arrived at the tournament I felt sore.
When you walk on the court and you know you have to play Ferrer, itís a bit difficult. [/code]
Q. What did you learn during this tournament?
BENOIT PAIRE: I learned a lot of things. For tennis, I realized that I had the appropriate level to play against very big players.
I also learned from a physical standpoint I still have to learn, because I was very tired today. I felt very sore when I did some exercises. I even took a very cold bath, and I had never done that.
I used a lot energy on my previous match, and I had difficulties getting back on court. Itís as if my tournament was over after Ramos. I had done something big, and it was difficult for me to get back into the tournament.
I told it to my coach. I said, Itís great, and I donít feel like playing another match.
So what I learned is that you need to remain focused and not start thinking itís over after youíve played a big match.
We know Paire is very fast and agile for his height, but at this point he doesn't have the endurance to really tackle a grand slam tournament.
Dimitrov lost to Almagro in AO R2, he led 2:1 in sets and literally collapsed physically. He had something in the tank for 2 sets against Gasquet (who was feeling unwell himself) yesterday, and this was R2 of a slam as well.
Dolgopolov struggles as well, but he seems to have an excuse.
There were discussions on MTF that the top 100 is aging rapidly, that the game is more physical than ever, but do you think that the up-and-coming and very talented have a real commitment to the sport and are willing to work VERY HARD to get to the top?
Do they rely on their brilliant shotmaking? Did they listen to Federer rambling on how he wasn't exactly a hard worker in the past?