Marcos's interview after his match against Stan.
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Q. How much did you take out of that?
A. What can I say? I didn't play very good, that's all I can say. I wasn't here today - I don't know where I was - and that's all. Stan played a great match. He was serving pretty good, he was making winners whenever he needed to, so that's all I can say. I can't say anything more.
Q. Marcos, how is your leg? You were talking about you had some thigh problems in Brisbane?
A. Very good. Physically I feel okay. I'll have a hit also this afternoon. It's a bit disappointing, you know, coming here playing a match like that, not only for me but for the crowd too, and for Stan too, but that's the way it is. I'm sorry, and I hope I can win after tomorrow and play better and have some time on court.
Q. At the end of last year and again in Brisbane it seemed like every time you stepped on the court you'd get hurt, like last year and in Brisbane. Does that get inside your head a little bit?
A. A bit, yes. Every time now I wake up and I feel some pain I'm scared, you know, so I need to get some confidence in me, in my game, in my body, and I think it can take time. So I'm trying now not to put pressure on me. I'm trying to just go out there and have some fun like today - no, I'm joking, not like today - and just get some confidence in my body and my mind.
Q. You had five foot faults; does that reflect that lack of confidence and that rhythm?
A. Yes, today also the wind was a bit - on the serve, I didn't feel very confident because of the wind also, but it's not an excuse. I'm not going to find excuses, but yeah, I had some foot fault calling also in Brisbane, so I guess that is a point I need to work on too.
Q. You have still obviously got more matches here. Is it important for you to have a win to get your confidence back?
A. Win, no, but feel good on court, yes. That is the most important, of course. If I win a match, I would be very happy, but the most important is to have a good match, a good fight, playing good and that's all.
Q. Marcos, what happened to your hair? The commentators were asking, is it superstitious?
A. No, I just cool off at night. I just wanted to shave it, and that's what I did. That's all. Nothing superstitious. And my beard, I have more hair here than there.
A. I have been working on physical, I have been working a lot on my body last month and a half, basically, and then the serve and some strokes. But like I said, the main thing - everything is fine, I'm playing very good in practice, and the main thing is to get some confidence in me and my game and my body and everything, and I think I'll be back. It's not a matter of tennis, it's just a matter of confidence and feeling good on court, finding the rhythm, the tactics, and that's all.
Q. You changed coach a few times last year. Are you happy now?
A. Yes, I'm very happy, and I think I'm looking for the long term, so we'll see how it goes.
Q. Do you draw confidence from the fact that you have done so well in Melbourne previously?
Q. Do you draw confidence from the fact that you have done well in Melbourne?
A. What does 'draw confidence' mean?
Q. Does it give you confidence?
A. Yes, it gives me confidence, not only the final in Melbourne but my whole career I have had great results, and that's why I want to play tennis. I don't accept being 97 in the world or 100. I want to be back in the top 10, and that's what I think every day, and that's why I am doubting in myself, which is good to do sometimes, to have doubts in yourself. So I'm just looking to find a way to come back in the top 10. Like I said before, it will take time. I don't know how much time it will take, but I am ready to do anything to get back.
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