He says he arrived in Indianapolis in last minute without real preparation and the first rounds always are the toughest ones then. Once he had managed to win these first two matches and to reach the quarters, he was used to the conditions and really started to play for the title.
About the final: "I played really well, I had a good feeling. I was aggressive from the baseline, even though I wasn't as good as I wanted to in my attacking game. But it was by far my best match of the week."
It was his only one in 2 sets. "But I almost took even more pleasure in the other matches, when things were getting tough. I was thinking then: 'It doesn't matter, you're going to grind him out if you can't do it the other way.'"
He remembers the ugly beatdown he got in his first final in Valencia and says that this time he was for the first time completely relaxed before the final. "I felt no pressure. I was never afraid. Not even at 5-4 when I served for the match. No tension at all on matchpoint. Nothing. Tennis is a matter of mind. I won 6-4 6-4 saving 9 BP out of 9. That means I wasn't serving only aces, I was sometimes in trouble, but I was there on big points. He could also have won 6-4 6-4."
When the ATP stats specialist tells him he just saved 17 BP in a row, he exclaims: "I'm a champion!"
He couldn't get a plane ticket for Toronto yesterday, where Tulasne was waiting for him, but he means it doesn't matter as he feels a bit tired anyway and needs to rest before Toronto which is one of his goals. About his first round match he says: "I'm not getting overexcited and I will take this match very seriously, on the contrary, because I so badly want to play Mister Federer." (Fed is - together with Blake - the only top 10 player he hasn't played yet.)