Articles & Interviews
Hamburg, 14 May 2005
Press Conference with RICHARD GASQUET
Gasquet vs. Rochus 6:1, 6:1
Q: Congratulations. It must be a wonderful feeling to get into a Masters Series final?
A: I speak really bad in English (laughs). Yes, I am so happy to be in the final in Hamburg. Itís incredible. For me to play a final against Federer itís a dream.
Q: It must be a dream for an 18 year old to go into a final against a player with such quality and class and have a winning record against him.
A: Yes I won in Monte Carlo but it was an upset for me. He is the favourite tomorrow, but I will play a great match tomorrow. I will do my best and we will see. But I will be very happy to be in the final.
Q: Has it been difficult to play seven matches and do you feel tired?
A: Yes, I was tired, but Rochus was more tired, I think. Tomorrow I will forget that because itís the final. Itís very important to play a final against Federer for me. I will play a great match.
Q: What are your memories of the match in Monte Carlo?
A: An incredible match. I am thinking all days about this match. It was incredible to win against him. I donít realize it today. But tomorrow I have to play another match against him. But Iím not the favourite. So, I will play a great match and Iím happy to be in the finals. Itís a great result for me.
Q: Does it help that you have had 3 matches that have gone reasonably quickly?
A: Yes, it was quick, but I played great tennis. Itís incredible to win three matches like this. I have energy for tomorrow I think.
Q: Because thatís going to be important for the best of five.
A: Yes itís really important. Itís difficult for me to play five sets. But it will be great. I will have a lot experience after this match.
Q: How many 5 set matches have you played?
A: One but it was on grass court not on clay. I think itís difficult for me.
Q: Do you like this court because itís usually regarded as very slow?
A: Yes, itís slow. But I like this court because itís slow, I can play good tennis on this court. When I play good, I can play on every court I think.
Q: The weather forecast suggests that it might be cooler tomorrow, maybe a little rain which will make it even slower. Will that help you?
A: Yes, I think because if itís slow it will be good for me. I think Federer doesnít like slow courts. I donít know. I prefer to play him on a slow court.
Q: Is clay your best surface?
A: No, I donít know because I can play on hard court, grass. I donít know.