Re: Stupid Journalist Questions at Press Conferences
1997 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Flushing Meadows, New York
August 30, 1997
F. MANTILLA/J. Van Lottum
6-7, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
An interview with:
Q. Your opponent seemed to suggest that you were not really hurt or it wasn't as bad as what it seemed like. Your reaction to the way he reacted?
FELIX MANTILLA: Well, I think he was very nervous because he was playing in the US Open, but that is tennis. I was cramping and I fight - fight a lot. And for that, I won the match.
Q. You took your first timeout in the second game of 1-0, 15-All and according to -- I think it also helped you mentally. Do you think the same?
FELIX MANTILLA: No, I was strong mentally all the game because I was playing the fifth set in the US Open and I knew that I must fight all the game and I was cramping. But, I was still fighting all the match. I don't think that if I am cramp, I must lose the game. I was fighting and it doesn't matter if I am cramping or not.
Q. If you do a low serve over the net, isn't that a bit provocative as well to your opponent?
FELIX MANTILLA: Yeah, I think he was -- his arm was a little bit tired because he saw me that I couldn't move and he was very nervous. But, I think that I played a very great fifth set. I was playing very well. And, moving, well.
Q. You can have cramps, but on a few moments when you scored the good point, you made a fist to him. Isn't that kind of unfair play?
FELIX MANTILLA: To him, no.
Q. The Open, he did the same to you.
Q. I asked him the question; not you.
Q. I answer to you as well.
Q. But, he is the player; not you.
Q. Okay, but I tell it to you as well.
FELIX MANTILLA: Be quiet.
Q. Yeah, I know, but I asked you the question.
FELIX MANTILLA: Repeat, please.
Q. I asked: You played a few good points; then you showed your fist in the final stage of the fifth set, isn't that a way of unfair play against a qualifier, against an unexperienced player while you were the No. 13 in the world?
FELIX MANTILLA: 12. You don't see the ranking?
Q. No. 12.
FELIX MANTILLA: Well, I think that I must do that every match I must play. I am like this. I am a player that I fight all the game and I do that with qualifier or Sampras, it doesn't matter.
Q. Also the low serve over the net, is that kind of a trick to show or let him guess how you feel, doing it on purpose?
FELIX MANTILLA: If I can serve like this, what am I to do, lose the point? I try to win the point like this.