His interview after the result:
He sounds pleased with his own match, he was motivated (to improve his ranking, win a 2nd match and take his revenge for RG), so he played a very good match all in all in his opinion.
"So far, everything was fine. But things became tougher then..."
He watched the first 2 sets in Qi Zhong and left for the 3rd set because it was so late already. It was a huge match, Fed really was very good in the 1st set. It was exactly what he didn't want to happen: a never-ending rollercoaster match.
When he arrived at the hotel, Andy had already missed 5-6 MP. He was told the good news in the hotel lift by a friend of Novak who was getting the news on his cell phone.
"How do you feel for this semi-final? Like a miraculous survivor?"
He answers it would have hurt not to qualify despite of his 2 RR wins. There are very few possibilities for that to happen after having won 2 matches - and it almost happened. After what happened in Bercy and the "black days" he went through there, it would have been tough. "It would have been a bit much." He's glad to be able to defend his chance himself.
He knows Nole very well, he has no weaknesses in his game. He's attacking a bit more now than at the beginning of the season, which means he sometimes is less consistent from the baseline. But he's very dangerous. Very strong on big points. And he looks like he has recovered the desire to play lately.
But it's a TMC semi-final, Gilles doesn't want to waste this chance.