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Old 08-15-2006, 06:15 PM   #69
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translated from a German article:

Kiefer attacks again

Nicolas Kiefer did well overcoming his surgery on his injured left wrist. A smoothing of swellings of the jointskin and erosions of a cartilage supernatant was carried out [I'm using the words of Phoe here because otherwise I would have had no idea how to translate all these special terms *g*]. Currently the Hannoverian tennis ace is in treatment of the 96ers fitness specialists. The 29 year-old will have his comeback at the US Open (28th of August to 10th of September). NP-writer Jonas Freier met Kiefer for an interview at the Maschsee [that's a lake]

The tennis pro: he's fighting hard for his comeback at the US Open and thinking of the Olympics 2012: "Maybe I'm still playing with 36."

Nicolas Kiefer about his goals this year:
At the beginning of the season I simply set the goal to say healthy. At the Australian Open I got all the little things pretty well together while reaching the semifinal. After that I contained somewhere this level until getting injured at the French Open.

... about Wimbledon:
I wanted to attack at Wimbledon, I usually played well there and wanted to fight it out. I'm a Grand Slam player. Then I fell in Paris and couldn't start at Wimbledon. Since then I did not hold a racket in my hand anymore because it simply was not possible. From this experience I learnt that I should not plan anymore so much in advance. Just enjoy day by day: what happens, that happens.

... about his next goal:
The next big tournament would be the US Open. I had to undergo a lot of treatment during the last weeks and did a lot of fitness work. And I believe that I'm coming back physically fitter than before. For my game I just have to find the right rhythm again.

... about his cooperation with coach Sascha Nensel:
We are practising together since the last 10 days again and do a lot for the fitness. This was already one of my strengths, but you can make your strengths even better. And then we try to start again next week with a racket. But before playing the next tournament again, I would need to be at least two weeks without pain.

... about his future on the tennis court:
I had a lot of injuries, but maybe I can play longer to make up for that. Maybe I will be still playing with 35, 36. Roughly, my next goals are the next Olympic Games in China and if everything is going well, London 2012. Actually, Olympics are the greatest. At the beginning of my career I did not give enough importance to them. But they gave me memories which I will never get again. It was big.


THE PERSON: "I'm absolutely a bunch full of energy"

Nicolas Kiefer about his time during the injury:
I'm only concluding positive things out of these last six weeks. Due to my injury, I got great impressions at the FIFA World Cup, I was very close to the team, had super-great moments, but also sad ones after the lost semifinal. The World Cup were my holidays. But the most important thing was that my body took the time which it needed. Now I'm completely recharged and can start strong in the 2nd part of the season, presumed everything is going to be okay.

... about the emotional Kiefer:
Formerly I sucked up too much into me. Now it is: with this person on the tennis court I can identify myself. I'm somebody who is throwing the racket and releasing some words from time to time. But that's me. If I'm not heated-up enough or if I can't build some tension from some little things, then I'm missing something. Some need a chocolate bonbon in order to run at the right temperature, and I'm needing these tingly situations.

... about the fluctuations of his emotions
I'm such a bunch full of energy and can't contain all this energy. Unfortunately, sometimes it happens that I can't control myself anymore and that I'm unpredictable. Sure, I know that I'm going to crash with some people with this behaviour. On the other hand, I know very well how my fans stick to me. I see this on my homepage, how they speak courage to me. They are hot too and ask: Hey, when are you going to play again - we want to see you playing. That's great to see.
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