N. DAVYDENKO/S. Koubek
6‑2, 6‑1, 6‑4
An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Good start to the tournament, no?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: That's it? That's question?
Q. That's a question. Was it a goodstart to the tournament?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Um, yeah. Three sets match, it's really tough ‑‑ the conditions now differentbetween last year and now. It's like 28,like afternoon can be 30. It's very hot,because practicing yesterday, it's one hour, it's, you know, it's reallydifficult to play.
Sometimes you thinkabout better to play first match like 11:00, finish at noon. But now it's already start to be hot. Butthree‑set match, it's always good.
Q. So you obviously have been injured and you've had some good successhere. What are your expectations forthis tournament?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I really disappointed, you know. I start in clay court, and I was thinking Ican be fit for the Roland Garros.
But after Madrid, retired, haveinjury, and I can't play next week in, like last week, I didn't playKitzbühel. I didn't prepare really goodfor Roland Garros. Really difficult.
Like any matches, I need physical training,because five‑set matches can be ‑‑ I don't know what I can expect me nowwith tournament. I really ‑‑ Idon't say I'm prepared for this tournament. Just was not now, no injury, it's for me important. Try to be fit. And I think like my coach say, it's by everymatch you're fit fighting, you're physically better. That's was I hope I'm not dying on the courtand can be physically better every match, every match.
Q. Becauseyou're not as physically fit as you want to be, are you trying to keep thepoints shorter?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: No, no. Really, it's ‑‑ no, my tennis is different. Sometimes I try to play short, but sometimesI need to make long rally, and because of the good control from baseline tofind for the futures. That's what I needhere now, Roland Garros. I don't knowwhat's happen in the futures, next matches, how I can be fit.
Q. We have a lot of new faces in the top 10 this year. You're not in the top 10, but do you thinkthat we're seeing sort of a generational shift in the game right now?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: No, it's like ‑‑ same guys what wasplaying last year before, Verdasco, Simon, Del Potro, Monfils. I'm losing points every week. I need now the fan points, and I need now tryto come back. I was for years to 5.
For me, after injury,long injury, I just want to maybe find my game back, like confidence and maybeenjoy also tennis and this year, I don't know what can be my result, if I canfinish top 10 or finish, like, 30, 20? Just, we'll see in the futures. But if I find very good, how I can play, I can finish the play.
Q. You said you want to enjoy tennis this year. Were you not enjoying tennis in the lastcouple of years because of the Sopot investigation and all of that?
NIKOLAYDAVYDENKO: Not only the investigation, everything. So many matches, sometimes just tired, losingsome stupid matches. Should be, you needto win and you lost, and it's everything together. It's was not every week enjoying. Now I try and enjoy every week. If I can, maybe I can play good.