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Post-Match Interviews

08-08-2002, 02:00 AM
WHEW! This was hard to do, I've never wrestled with Juan Carlos's cute but thick Spanish accent. Anyway, here are a few more details than what I put in the live scores thread.

Juan Carlos was animated, he didn't treat it as if he'd rather be somewhere else. He kept wanting to interrupt Cliff & Pat so he'd heave a breath to answer as they'd run on and it was all very :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: LOL

He was very nice in talking about his opponent and his future opponent, as usual :) Just the sweet person he is! So, without further ado:


Post-Match Interview with Juan Carlos Ferrero

Ferrero d. Blake 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 (tons of breaks)

Cliff: Juan Carlos, first of all, well-played tonight. Tell us about the difference of getting off of the clay courts in Europe and coming up now, heading toward the US Open on the hard courts. Tell us about the adjustment and how you're doing.

JCF: I'm doing good here in hard court right now, but you know it's very difficult to come to the clay court seasons. We play a lot of tournaments in clay court and we came to the United States, you know it's different hours and everything is different. But, you know, we try to play my best and today I think I play a great match.

Patrick: Juan Carlos, talk about Roland Garros, where you played such an incredible match with Agassi in the quarters, a lot of us thought you would win the final (JCF :rolleyes:, LOL!). How did you feel losing that final and knowing that you've been one of the best clay courters the last couple years?

JCF (hazy smile): I feel a little bit sad, you know, after the final, but you know, I think I played a great two weeks, I played the first time again[st] Agassi and I think I played very good match. You know, the second day I fell down and I turned my ankle, and I thought was impossible to-- to still in the tournament, finally, I could, I still in the tournament, and I think I play very very good tennis.

Cliff: Juan Carlos, asess James Blake's game for us, please. Asess his game.

JCF: I think he has a very good forehand, and also very good movement in the court, and, you know, I think he plays very good on all surface: grass court, hard court, and also in clay court, because I think that he beat quarterfinals in Rome, and I think it's very good result for him. And I think he's right now in United States and he tries to play his best level here today, but I think I play better than him today.

Patrick: Now tomorrow, Juan Carlos, you play another young American, a different style, but Taylor Dent. Do you know about him, and what kind of match will that be?

JCF: I saw the first time against Hewitt in Wimbledon, and I think he went to five sets against Hewitt, so I thi
nk he play it very good. And I think he has a very good first serve, very strong, very fast, and he goes to the net all the time. So, you know, it's one more match where I try to play good tennis again.

Cliff: Help me with this, Juan Carlos--"chavalito"? Patrick?

JCF (smiles): Ah, chavalito is--

Cliff: Mosquito?

JCF: Yeah, mosquito.

Cliff: Well done, thank you.

JCF: Okay.

Patrick: Yes, well done, Juan Carlos.

JCF: Thank you, thank you.

08-08-2002, 02:19 AM
Thank you so much for transcribing this TennisHack, you're a darling. :) LMAO at rolling his eyes! I wonder how long the reporters will keep asking him about that RG final. :rolleyes:

08-08-2002, 02:32 AM
thanks TH! yeah, i heard that interview on tv. i can't believe Cliff had the ask about that damn final once again!:fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

08-08-2002, 03:06 AM
Not a problem, figured it was the least I could do for Becca, as she cried at me for not seeing this one herself. :D

Juan Carlos has strange pronunciations of some words, so I had to listen to it a few times then try to type what I remembered (it took me forever because I have a bad memory for dictation). You know how long it took me to realize he was saying "Hewitt"?! LOL :)

But he's so :hearts:, I don't see how anyone could hate him!

08-08-2002, 03:59 AM
thanks...damn you Drysdale!!

Chloe le Bopper
08-08-2002, 04:49 AM
Its nice to know that Juan Carlos shares my disgust for Cliff and Pat ;)

08-09-2002, 09:38 PM
Okay, yes I know Juan Carlos has a thicker accent with his English than his compatriots, but it's cute and he is always clear, just with a few strange pronunciations.

There were some audio problems before the interview, so this is going to look a little wierd at the beginning. Juan Carlos didn't break a sweat during the match, so he was sitting there, nice and normal and answered some questions that weren't quite as inane as the first interview :)

Some little notes: he was wearing the solid black outfit with the zipper about halfway down. The changeover chairs are like director's chairs, so he was sitting with his left elbow on the armrest, his hand was on the headset and his fingers sort of draped through the microphone piece (between the earphone and the actual microphone). Very causal. The breeze blew a little during his interview, ruffling the front of his hair and his shirt a bit.

Just, you know, if you're into those things :)

Oh, and net points won: Juan Carlos (11/17= 65%), Wayne (33/60=55%) That was before the tiebreak.


Post-Match Interview with Juan Carlos Ferrero

Ferrero d. Arthurs 6-4, 7-6

(Cliff & Pat babbling on inanely, then . . .)

JCF: Yeah, perfect.

Pat: Can you hear us now, Juan Carlos?

JCF: Yeah.

Pat: Juan Carlos, you hear us? :rolleyes:

JCF: Yeah.

Pat: Okay, good, we were having a little trouble with your headset.

JCF (laughs): Yeah.

Pat: Well done.

JCF: Thanks.

Pat: You were very solid on serve today, and obviously it's different to play Arthurs because of the way he plays--a lot of mistakes, but a lot of big serves, too.

JCF: Yeah, you know, it was very difficult to play with him because you never can read the way he's gonna go the serve, and his second serve also is very good because he has a very good kick and, you know, you have to serve all the time very solid to try to break to him but he's never easy.

Cliff: So now, Juan Carlos, you've played a couple of big servers. I mean, you had Blake [eds note: Blake is a big server?] before that, and then you had Dent, and now you come up against Carlos Moya, your countryman. Not quite the same kind of player, right?

JCF (cute little half smile as he waits to answer this question :hearts: ): It's never easy to play with Moya because he has a very good forehand. The last time I play with him in Monte Carlo, was a very tough match. We will see--on hard court we meet with him just one time, and we'll see tomorrow just what happened.

Pat: Why are you playing better now on hard court (JCF laughs) this time of year, Juan Car--I mean, you played well before, but this year you struggled until this tournament.

JCF: You know, it's difficult to say. I like playing in hard court because all of my life I practice in hard court because in (somewhere? sounded like Mi-ack-a-lam-i) before I didn't have clay courts, so all my life I like to play in this court and this year I could play my level.

Pat: Juan Carlos, how about the success of all the Spanish players. Talk a little bit about that over the years. We talked to Carlos about it after his match.

JCF: Yeah.

Pat: Why do you think that it's working with so many of you? [eds note: I wonder who gave them this new material! To use it in two interviews, they must have thought they were pretty suave!]

JCF: You know, it's easy to say, because in Spain, we work to early in playing satellites, and you know, we have the opportunity to practice with very good players like, you know, right now, Moya or Alex or me. You know, and we are youngest so we can go to pratice with them, and it's perfect to me and for the young players.

Cliff: Congratulations, well-played. Semifinalist, he will take on Carlos Moya. Ferrero is through to the final four.

Pat: Well done, Juan Carlos.

JCF: Thank you.

Chloe le Bopper
08-09-2002, 10:05 PM
Thankyou :)

I ended up seeing this - tsn showed it after the moya match.

08-10-2002, 02:37 AM
TSN still sucks! But @ least we got to see the mosquito!

Hey hey hey...remember guys tomorrow @ 3.30pm TSN!

08-10-2002, 02:59 AM
He was so adorable in that interview! :D

Chloe le Bopper
08-10-2002, 05:03 AM
is it 330 jcsting? I thought that it was 3?

They will be showing Ferrero and Moya for sure, since the other semi isn't till 7pm.

It will be taped, but its better than nothing.

08-10-2002, 05:14 AM
Shut up, Scott. :rolleyes:

Chloe le Bopper
08-10-2002, 07:25 AM
What did scott do :o

08-10-2002, 06:03 PM
He was making fun of my gushing during the second interview.

Chloe le Bopper
08-10-2002, 11:20 PM
Oh, just wondering :p


08-14-2002, 12:40 PM
My fav was last interview after the match against Arthurs..

"You know, it's difficult to say. I like playing in hard court because all of my life I practice in hard court because in (somewhere? sounded like Mi-ack-a-lam-i) before I didn't have clay courts, so all my life I like to play in this court and this year I could play my level."

!LoL! TennisHack I feel you..

"You know, it's easy to say, because in Spain, we work to early in playing sateeleetess (satellites),"

LOL! JC you rock!

08-14-2002, 02:20 PM

Hmmm... I have no idea what he meant lol

08-14-2002, 09:35 PM
Originally posted by jcsting
My fav was last interview after the match against Arthurs..

"You know, it's difficult to say. I like playing in hard court because all of my life I practice in hard court because in (somewhere? sounded like Mi-ack-a-lam-i) before I didn't have clay courts, so all my life I like to play in this court and this year I could play my level."

!LoL! TennisHack I feel you..

:o It's supposed to be a place, but I couldn't figure out what he was talking about. :o Strange pronunciations + Spanish cities = :confused: TennisHack translation, LOL :)

08-15-2002, 01:40 PM
Well, I can tell you I don't know any spanish city with such a name lol

Chloe le Bopper
08-15-2002, 01:48 PM
Well I found this on asapsports

Q. Can you tell us how you've been playing? I mean, you're obviously changing your game with hardcourts. How have you been doing on hardcourts?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think I improve a lot since last year coming to this year, because normally I play it all my life in hardcourts in Spain. When I start in Spain, I just have hardcourts there - no clay courts, just hardcourts. So I practice a lot of time in hardcourts, like three or four years in a row. So that the reason I like to play on hardcourts. In greenset, is not -- if it's not a faster court, you know, like - I don't know - indoor like Moscow or like this, it's like impossible to play. I like to playing like greenset, like here or US Open or Australia. I like to play a lot.

Q. Are you happy with how you're playing right now?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, I am happy. Yeah. Because always when I come to United States, I cannot play good, you know. In the US Open I never pass two, third round. Also here last year I did just second round. I play well in Montreal last year, I did quarterfinals against Rafter. But, you know, I wanted to play very good tennis here because I know in United States it's important to play good, you know. I am very motivated to play good here like I am playing, and if I play good in the US Open will be a good effort.

That is no help mind you :p

08-24-2002, 05:14 AM
Hey, I know I'm helpless. To read this thread after it's been closed for 2 weeks. But while waiting for US Open, nothing to do.

Anyway, just want to say I think "Mi-ack-a-lam-i" is Academy that he's referring to. Not that I know any spanish but that makes sense.

Sometimes, I think his English is really not very good. But then I also read at Jon Weitherm's column that he thinks "JC is the second coming of John Nash though you can't tell by listening to his English press conference". (Jon was asked who's smart in the tour). Even Cliff said that he's a strategic player (which sounds like a praise coming from Cliff's month). Anyway, just couldn't keep it to myself to say that JC is a smart guy.

08-24-2002, 11:24 AM
Wow Vera, it makes sense! :)

08-25-2002, 03:40 AM
Originally posted by Vera

Anyway, just want to say I think "Mi-ack-a-lam-i" is Academy that he's referring to. Not that I know any spanish but that makes sense.

That makes perfect sense now that I think about it. I don't have the tape at the moment to watch, but I'm sure if I went back and listened to it it would be right. I was just assuming he was naming a place.

02-02-2003, 12:23 AM
Here's a thread that deserves to be bumped up :)

Off-court interviews from 2003


5-7, 7-5, 6-3

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Juan Carlos, please.

Q. In a way, was that a good match for you to get yourself back into the swing of things?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think so. I think so, because I think is the first match of the year, and I needed some rhythm, you know. And I think I take it today in this match, because I think we play a lot of rallies in the match, and I think I could play a really good, solid match with not a lot of mistakes, you know? And I serve good, you know. I think everything I did good, so I'm really happy.

Q. What were your thoughts after the first set?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Nothing special.

Q. Nerves?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Not nervous, no. I didn't feel nervous, because I try all the time in the first set to come back, you know. Because also he went one game up, you know, because he start serving. And in the second set, I had to win, you know, the second set to stay in the match. I was trying very hard. And I think I did it in the third set, you know, when the good starting with a break. I think I take more confidence than him and, you know, I think was the key of the match.

Q. Were you a bit surprised at the quality of his play?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, because I played against him two years ago in Australian Open in first round and I won in four set. So in that time I lose one set. So I think he won in the qualify to Portas and to Squillari. They are good players. If he won those match, you know, I thought that he was playing good. And I think he showed everybody that he's playing good.

Q. You seem to have had some pretty good battles with Australians lately - obviously, Lleyton in the Masters Cup as well.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, I know. But, you know, I finish the year playing against Australian, and I start. It's lucky.

Q. You finished the year No. 4 in the world.


Q. What do you think you've got to do to go higher? How much higher do you think you can go?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think I can go very high, you know. I have to take the opportunity in those tournament, in Australia, because last year I didn't play it because I was injured. So I think if I play really good these tournaments, I can go up. I can go very high. Because Hewitt defend Sydney and, you know, he lose, I know, first round last year in Australia. But I think I have the opportunity like him in Australia to go up.

Q. But, I mean, if we were sitting here, say, in December...


Q. December, the end of the year, not the start of the year, and you were looking back, would you be disappointed if you didn't finish higher than you did this year?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Not really. Not really because last year was difficult for me because I start the year with a lot of injuries, and I couldn't play Australian, important tournament. So I think I finish 4 in the world, and was important for me because was not easy, the year, for me.

Q. What in particular do you think you've got to do in your game or with your game to help you move those extra places up?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Playing good in hard court I think is the most important, because we have a lot of tournaments hard court. And normally I play good in clay court, but I think right now it's normal that I have to play good in hard court also.

Q. What did you do between the end of the season and the beginning of this one?


Q. Which part of the game did you especially practice?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Nothing special. I practice hard on my physically, and I practice hard the last two weeks of December - tennis. So all the years is the same.

Q. Your Australian record, you haven't done very well on Australian hard courts over the years, have you? Your Australian hard court results have not been very good.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I know, I know. But I played only two times in Australia. But, you know, I think I'm playing good in hard court because, you know, I did final in Shanghai, was on hard court. This result give me so much confidence to play on hard court. So this year I go with a lot of confidence to play Australian Open. Semifinals in the Masters also, Cincinnati and Sydney also.

Q. And you played well in Shanghai.


Q. So you can play --?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I can play good hard court, I know.

Q. Do you think you can play good on any surface if you are physically fit?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think so. I think so.

Q. Does it take a change in your mental approach, or is it a matter of changing the way that you play the game?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, I don't think so. I try to give my same tennis in clay and on hard court. So maybe hard court you have to do more winners than in clay court. In clay court maybe you can stay positive in doing no mistakes. In hard court, you have to be more aggressive. So is the only difference.

Q. When did you arrive in Sydney, yesterday morning?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yesterday morning.

Q. Why did you arrive so late?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Is normal for me. Normally I go to a tournament like one day or two days. So this time was enough for me.

02-02-2003, 12:24 AM
2003 adidas International

January 8, 2003

J.C. FERRERO/M. Youzhny
6-3, 6-2

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: First question for Juan Carlos, please.

Q. Hot enough for you today?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, was enough. With this hot, it's very difficult to play, but I think I played only one hour and 15 minutes. You know, I felt the wind in the court, was not easy to play. But I think I played a really good match.

Q. Can you compare the heat you got when you were in Spain and the heat here? Is it totally different?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: It's totally different because the weather in Spain now, it's very cold.

Q. No, but the summer in Spain and the summer here.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Ah, the summer in Spain. The summer where I am in Spain, it's very dry. Here, it's bit humid. So it's very different. But, you know, it's tough to play here. But it's different, of course.

Q. What was it like being on Court 2? You're a top player, you're playing a Russian Davis Cup hero. You don't make it on to Centre Court.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I know, but, you know, the only difference I think was the wind. The court, it's the same dimensions, you know, the same meters. But, you know, if they put in Court 2, I have to play in Court 2, you know. Doesn't matter, so... I had to play good, and I did it. That's it.

Q. Do you think you deserve better?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: You have to say to him, not to me. I'm not gonna go to tell something. I'm tired of this.

Q. Do you think that you played better than the first round, or the same level?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I had more rhythm maybe. It was a different player, and every match is different. So I think the first match the other day was very difficult because was the first match, and he play really good. Today, maybe Youzhny, he didn't play his high level because the wind, because me, because I don't know why. But I think I play good, and is tennis.

Q. What's your record like against Mirnyi or Srichaphan?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I didn't play against Mirnyi. I played against Srichaphan two times, and I won one and he won one. So we'll see.

Q. What do you think of the way he plays?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: He's playing very good. He won tournament last week, and he finish the year last year really, really good - really, really solid. He's No. 15 in the world right now. I think he is with a lot of confidence because he goes up very fast. So I think he's a difficult player, like not a lot of players, so you have to play.

Q. When you play on a surface like this, which is different than clay, what part of your game do you change to adapt?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I'm trying to not change anything, you know, because I play very aggressive in clay and in hard court. So I try to play the same tennis.

Q. Lleyton Hewitt hasn't been playing very well.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Where, in last week?

Q. Yes. I was wondering if it's been tough for you to recover from the Tennis Masters.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Not now. Some days maybe you remember something, because I had the opportunity to win. But, you know, I am in a new year, I am in a new situation, so I am going to think in right now.

Q. I mean physically. Physically, is it hard to come back so soon?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No. No, no, no. I am very young, so I have to do.

Q. So you think you had time enough to rest, to recover, to relax?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Is not so much time, one month. But, you know, the tennis right now is like this and we have to start very soon, so we have to do. We gonna try to put later, but, you know, we are working on this. But for the moment, it's not so good.

Q. Do you think if you had a longer break that the tennis players would do what the golfers have done and play exhibitions in the free weeks?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I don't know, because I never do. So maybe some day, but I don't know. I can't tell you right now.

02-02-2003, 12:25 AM
2003 adidas International

January 9, 2003

J.C. FERRERO/P. Srichaphan
6-3, 6-1

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Juan Carlos, please.

Q. Are you approaching somewhere near the form that you displayed in the Tennis Masters Cup final?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Is not easy to say, but, you know, was a different time. There was finish a year, you know, play in the final. Here, today, I think I play high level, you know. I think I had to play a bit aggressive against him, because he is also very aggressive, and he's coming to win a tournament in Chennai. But anyway, I think I can't compare to, you know, the final and here, the level, you know, is more or less.

Q. By the time the second week of the Australian Open comes, do you think you will be at the same level?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I don't know, I don't know. Is depend of the day. The tennis is completely different all the days, you know. Maybe tomorrow with Schuettler I go to the court and I play bad and I lose. So I don't know if the second week I will be very good, you know. But only I know if tomorrow I'm gonna play semifinals. If I go in this way, of course I'm gonna be very good for the first week in Australia, because I don't know if I'm gonna be in the second. It's not easy.

Q. Did you surprise yourself with the quality of your game today a little bit?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: A little bit, a little bit. Because is the third match of the year, you know, and I needed some rhythm, some rhythm to play like this. I think, you know, I think also is the motivation. I play against Srichaphan. He came to win a tournament. I had to play very good. I go to the court with a lot of motivation and play very good.

Q. You've played three matches now. The second was better than the first. Today was a better than the second match.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Tomorrow I don't think is gonna be better (laughing). But I don't know, if I play in the same level, I think I have many chance to win.

Q. You were obviously very enthusiastic and very keen out there, too. You were moving very well, serving very well.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, I know, I did very well everything, you know. I serve very good and I move very well, you know, very fast. I play a really good, solid match, very solid match.

Q. Does your motivation have something to do with the fact that the first day you said that if you want to be No. 1, you have to play well on hard courts, play well here because you didn't play last year? Does that have something to do with it?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Maybe, yes. Because I know if I play good here, I can go up to the No. 1, you know, I can be close to the No. 1. So I have to play very good here. Marat retired today, and I won today, so maybe I'm closer than the No. 3. So I go step by step. But I know if I play good here in this month, I have many chances to go up.

Q. A lot of players have been saying that the end of the season is too short, they've had trouble just getting started this year. You had to play up until the end of the season. You started very well. Why?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Is difficult like all the players. Is not easy to be only one month to rest, you know? Is not to rest because you have to practice all the day, you have to prepare physically, mentally, everything. So is not easy, but you have to do because the tennis right now is like this. You have to start very, very soon and you have to finish very late.

Q. As you say, anything can happen tomorrow.


Q. Tennis is like that. But have you ever come into a season more excited about your prospects than you seem to be this time? Is this the best you have ever felt coming into the start of a year?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes, it is. Because last year I didn't play because the injury, and two years ago I played the exhibition in the Kooyong. So I never play a tournament. So is the best start of my life.

Q. Were you surprised when you heard that Safin had pulled out?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Sometimes happen, you know. I didn't know. Only I know that yesterday he retired from the doubles and today, you know, I know that he had a problem in his shoulder. So it's a surprise, of course. But we knew that he has a problem.

Q. Were you disappointed not to be able to play him, to be playing a player of that stature, one and two seeds? It gives you a good idea of where you are for Melbourne.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: You know, I have a lot of time to play against him in the whole year, so doesn't matter.

Q. Would you still say that Lleyton is favorite to win the Australian Open?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: He's the No. 1, so he has to be the favorite. For me, if I play good, I am the favorite because I know that if I am play very good against him I can win him. But of course everybody know that he's the No. 1 and he has a good quality, you know, and he has a lot of chances to win.

Q. Why do you think so many of the seeded players have fallen out here so quickly? I think you're the only one left in the men's draw.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: We have the same problems in the whole year because all the players, you know, doesn't matter the ranking - No. 1, No. 2, No. 80 - you know, everybody play very good in the men's and it's very difficult to play against anybody. So it doesn't matter, the seed. You have to play good. And if you play good, of course if you are No. 3 you are going to win. If you are 3, it's because you are a little bit best of the other ones.

Q. Would you think it's only natural that players sometimes take more care of themselves in a week before a Grand Slam because they obviously want to be fully fit for a Slam? If they feel some twinge of whatever pain in a week like this, warning bells ring.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I know, but if you do something good like this week, semifinals, final, champion, you did it, you go to Australian winning a tournament, with a lot of confidence. And we'll see what's happen there. But you won a tournament. For mentality, it's really good. So you won a tournament, it's because you are playing good. If you go to Australian playing good, you have a lot of chances to win. Maybe you are tired because you play five matches, but, you know, you are in a Grand Slam and you are very motivated and doesn't matter if you are a little bit tired, you're gonna play good.

Q. In between the Tennis Masters Cup and Sydney, did you have a total break from tennis? Didn't pick up a racquet for maybe how long?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: The first two weeks of December I did a lot of physically, you know, with maybe one hour, one hour and a half of tennis. Then the last two weeks of December I played like three hours of tennis and one hour and a half physically.

Q. You practiced on hard courts, I suppose, in Spain?


Q. Was it similar to this, Rebound Ace?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Is the same, is the same. Is not exactly fast, exactly fast, but it's like the same. Is the same name.

Q. Is that in Barcelona you practice?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, no, I practice in Villena. It's Alicante, close to Valencia. You know Valencia?

Q. Yes, of course.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Like one hour by car.

Q. Private club?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: It's academy, my academy. It's with my name, so...

Q. So you don't have problems getting courts?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, of course not (smiling).

02-02-2003, 12:25 AM
2003 adidas International

January 10, 2003

J.C. FERRERO/R. Schuettler
3-6, 6-3, 6-2

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Juan Carlos, please.

Q. Your thoughts after the first set? Did you think, "What happened"?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, I was thinking, you know, I start very, very well, 3-1 winning, you know. But I know him very well, and when he is playing good, you know, he's difficult, when he's gonna come back playing good, when he's gonna come back playing bad. I think he plays unbelievable the first set, aside the 3-1 in the first set. I sit in the chair, you know, and I was thinking, "Don't worry, I have to try to play the same level of the first set," because I was playing good. I was winning 3-1. I was okay until 3-1. So I have to try to give the same level, and I think I did it the whole time.

Q. Is it more difficult for your matches today?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Today, it was difficult today because the wind, you know, I think both players, we felt a lot of the wind today because I think the wind, it goes like this, you know (swirling his hands) all the time, and the ball was going very fast you don't know where. But, you know, I think I play a good match for the conditions today, you know.

Q. It seemed from court side you were trying to finish off a lot of the points by coming to the net. How important is that for you to add that element to the game?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Is important, because you have to finish the points in the net. Because from the base of the line it's difficult to finish all points. Is easy to finish the point in the net, so I try it all my matches and some days I could finish the point well than other days. But I think today I did it well. I tried to go to the net to close the point, you know, and sometimes I did it.

Q. Is that the key to performing better on hard courts?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Maybe, yes, because I am very aggressive in the hard court and also in clay courts. But in hard court maybe you have the opportunity to go to the net more times than on the clay court.

Q. Have you spoken to anyone in particular, apart from your own coach, about volleying, anyone who is a specialist?


Q. Have you watched any film?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, no, no, no. No, no. With my coach maybe sometimes we spoke about something in specials, you know, volley or something sort of special, but not today, no.

Q. How much is volleying encouraged by Spanish coaches generally when you're a junior?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I don't remember. You mean...?

Q. When you're growing up, first learning the game, do Spanish coaches even consider volleying, or is it all from the baseline?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, of course not, you know. All the time your coach -- I mean my coach is telling me that I have to try to close the point in the net, because I think is the tennis of now, you know? How I tell before, you know, it's very difficult to finish all the points from the base of the line. So maybe now with my serve, because is not like Sampras, but maybe with my forehand or with my backhand I try to go to the net very often.

Q. I wish a lot more British coaches would tell their players that.


Q. What makes it difficult for you? Is it a question of mentality? What is the most difficult to go to the net?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Is not difficult, only you run and you go. You have to do a very good shot to go to the net. It's not mentality, is not anything, you know. You know that the net is there and you have to go to finish. So when you do a very good shot, you have to go and you have to finish. That's it. It's all you thinking.

Q. Do you feel you've reached a stage now where you are doing this instinctively, you don't have to force yourself? You do it naturally?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I didn't understand the question. I don't think so. I have to go.

Q. It's looking more instinctive.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I know, I know. I'm trying, I try. I'm working on this, because I like to play hard courts and I like to go to the net. I like to play doubles. It's all the time is volley. So I think, you know, the Spanish guys, we are working on that and we are improving a lot.

Q. Is this also a way for you to beat the guys who are higher than you, like Hewitt, Safin?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Of course. I think it's very important to be in the -- in there. Hewitt, Safin, it's like my age, 21, 22. I have to stay of the same level as them, you know. I have to try to win them, of course.

Q. Did you sneak a look at the draw of the Australian Open before you went on the court, or was it not out yet?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think I play against Squillari first round.

Q. General thoughts on your draw?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think I have Santoro in third round. I don't see any more. Only I see on the TV five minutes before the match.

Q. Your thoughts on tomorrow, looking at the final, your thoughts on Lee or playing Ferreira?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: The only time I played against Ferreira was in Rome like two years ago, and it was very easy because I think he played really bad, 6-2, 6-love for me. So I think I never played against him in hard court. I played against Lee in the Olympic Games two years ago here, also in Sydney, one court over there. I won in three tough sets. He had matchpoint in the second set against me. So I have experience against both players.

02-02-2003, 12:26 AM
2003 adidas International

January 11, 2003

H.T. LEE/J.C. Ferrero
4-6, 7-6, 7-6

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: First question for Juan Carlos, please.

Q. Is this one of the most disappointing losses of your career? I mean, was matchpoint.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, it was like Shanghai. I finish very sad, you know, and I start very sad, you know. Sometimes the tennis is very tough, you know. You feel when you lost the final like in Shanghai, 6-4 in the fifth after two sets down, and here having matchpoint, you know, 3-0 in the third, you know. I have a lot of chances to win. But finally, sometimes the tennis is very tough and right now it is.

Q. Your forehand seemed a little bit off today at times.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: It's very difficult to play against him because he plays like with no spin, and it's very difficult to hit the ball so down, he hit the ball very aggressive. I have to hit the ball with spin and it's not easy to play like this with him. But, you know, I try all the time to put my forehand in, aggressive, and I did it when I could.

Q. You looked very frustrated out there at times.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: In the match? During the match?

Q. Yeah.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Not really. Sometimes I felt little bit, you know, unhappy because I show that he came up step by step, you know, after 3-love and then 3-all and then in the two tiebreaks. Sometimes you have to be frustrated. Is not easy to stay the whole match at the same level.

Q. If you compare with the match during the Olympics, are you surprised the way he played today? Do you think he improved a lot?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think he has very talent. He played very easy, you know, because his shots are very short, you know? His preparation is very short. Maybe in clay is not easy for him, but in hard court he plays very fast. But, you know, two years ago he had a matchpoint and I won. Today was...

Q. The other way around.


Q. Will it be hard to pick yourself up emotionally for the Australian Open?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, maybe in one hour I will be happy - not happy, but normal. Normal. So tomorrow I will be good, because tomorrow I will not play tennis. After tomorrow I will be okay.

Q. Do you feel he won the match or you lost it, having an early break in the third set and also matchpoint?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think we play a great match. He won a match and I didn't lose because I play on my level, I put everything in the court, you know, and I try all the time, I give my best. Only I needed one more point to win. So I think he won in the tiebreak of the third set. That's it.

Q. You've played three three-set matches during this tournament. How do you feel heading into the next fortnight where you'll be playing best-of-five sets? Are you feeling comfortable?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, I feel great. I don't feel tired. If right now I don't feel tired, tomorrow I will be okay, and for the Australian Open I will be all right. I don't worry about this.

Q. Is a day enough break? It's been a busy week, five matches.

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: It is, it is, it is.

Q. Are you going to request a later start for your first-round match, like Tuesday?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, it is. I have to play Tuesday, so I will be okay for that time.

Q. Is it the first time you come to the Australian Open feeling so strong?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I feel strong, yeah. I feel strong because I feeling that I am playing very good, you know? So the player that wants to win me, you know, he has to play very good. So when you are thinking of this, you feel so big, you know, with a lot of confidence. So I go to Australian Open with a good feeling.

Q. If I could just ask, going in there, do you see one player or a number of players as being the best chance to win the men's title?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: It's so long, Australian Open. You have to win seven matches and you never know who's going to. But for sure Hewitt is gonna be. Last year he lost in the first round. Kuerten, if he's playing good, is going to be up, you know. Agassi. There is a lot of players. So it's very tough to say who's gonna be in the final, who is gonna be in the semifinals. It's more tough to say who is gonna win.

02-06-2003, 02:19 AM
:) During the Federer/Ferrero match at the TMC Shanghai on ESPN they showed a little clip of a short interview w Juanqui and I remember him saying, in his quaint English, sth about being happy to "qualificate" for the TMC! :angel:

Oh... wouldn't I love to be his private tutor!!

09-11-2003, 11:27 AM
qualificate...pression...her-wett...and i'm sure theres more, gotta love his juanqui-language!!!