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Old 01-06-2008, 11:31 AM   #136
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lol That would be great. But based on the rankings I doubt Germany gets a second spot for doubles. Maybe Haas/Kiefer would be the only team that has a chance for a wildcard. I guess Kohlmann/Waske get the first spot?
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Thanks for the info, I couldn't follow many things lately, so I also didn't get these funny news!! But would be cool if Kiwi was part of the doubles action again in the Olympics.
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I think Waske/Kohlmann would only be able to play if either one of both players had a top 10 doubles ranking (very unlikely) or thanks to a WC.
Kiefer and Haas could play doubles without the need of a WC AFAIK, as long as they're in the top 48 players of the singles ranking. At least that's how it was 4 years ago, I think?
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There was an interview with Kiwi in the German media. I thought to post it and also tried to translate it as best as possible for all the non German speakers here

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WR-Interview mit Nicolas Kiefer
"Jeder Tag auf dem Platz ein Geschenk"
Tennis, 08.01.2008
Von Jörg Allmeroth

Melbourne. Nicolas Kiefer (30) ist einer der erfahrensten deutschen Tennisprofis. Nach schwerer Handgelenksverletzung und langer Pause steht er wieder unter den Top 50. Seine beste Weltranglisten-Platzierung war 2000 Rang 4. Am Montag beginnen in Melbourne die Australian Open.

Herr Kiefer, freuen Sie sich auf die Tennissaison?

Nicolas Kiefer: „Ich empfinde jetzt jeden Tag, den ich auf dem Platz stehe, als Geschenk. Ich bin dankbar, dass ich meine Karriere fortsetzen darf. Wenn alles dumm gelaufen wäre mit dem Handgelenk, hätte jetzt schon Feierabend sein können.”

Gab es Ängste, den Anschluss verpasst zu haben?

„15 Monate sind eine kleine Ewigkeit. Wenn du dann wieder anfängst, geht es wirklich bei Null los. Alle sind voll im Saft, voll im Geschäft drin - und du musst wieder Gehversuche wie ein Kind machen. Aber ich habe mir einfach vorgebetet: Du hast die Kraft und das Talent.”

Können Sie ihr Profileben jetzt noch einmal so richtig genießen?

„Ich werde bestimmt nicht mehr über das Leben auf der Tour jammern, denn man muss sagen: Wir haben einen geilen Job. In den letzten Wochen war ich in Thailand, in Katar, nun in Australien - wer hat das schon?”

Sie gehören mit Tommy Haas und Rainer Schüttler nun zur älteren Tennis-Generation. Spüren sie dieses Alter auch in den Knochen?

„Wir drei sind ja nun noch längst keine Rentnerband, beileibe nicht. Wir haben sicher noch klare und anspruchsvolle Ziele, sind nicht einfach nur so dabei im Wanderzirkus. Ich arbeite intensiver als je zuvor im Training, absolviere mein Programm so gezielt, dass ich körperlich voll mithalten kann.”

Was haben Sie sich für 2008 vorgenommen?

„Ich würde gerne noch mal in die engere Weltspitze aufrücken, unter die Top 20. Mein Motto bleibt: Zufriedenheit ist Stillstand.”

Trauen Sie sich eine Olympia-Teilnahme zu?

„Die größten Chancen, in Peking etwas zu erreichen, gibt es im Doppel. Ich will gerne mit Tommy Haas antreten, wir haben schon darüber gesprochen und werden uns in Melbourne noch mal zusammensetzen.”

Aber Haas und Sie gelten nicht gerade als dickste Freunde...

„Ich sehe da keine Probleme. Und keine Berührungsängste. Sportlich wäre es die stärkste Lösung. Wir könnten richtig angreifen in dem olympischen Turnier.”

Und was wird aus Ihrer Rückkehr ins Daviscup-Team?

„Ich muss da genau so warten wie die anderen Spieler. Patrik Kühnen will ja noch Melbourne abwarten, bevor er das Team nominiert. Ich dachte eigentlich, dass er schon eine Mannschaft stehen hätte. So ist es für mich schwer, die Turniere im Februar zu planen.”

Dass in Braunschweig auf einem Sandplatz gegen Südkorea gespielt wird, dürfte Sie nicht freuen...

„Die Entscheidung ist für mich unverständlich. Patrik hat mir das zu erklären versucht, aber ich kann es nicht recht nachvollziehen, dass wir uns von den Schwächen des Gegners abhängig machen. Ob nun Benni Becker, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Florian Mayer oder ich nominiert werden: Wir kämen alle besser auf einem Hartplatz zurecht. Mit diesem Herüberschielen, was der Gegner mag und nicht, sind wir ja schon mal reingefallen, gegen Weißrussland in Sundern.”
Quelle: http://www.derwesten.de/nachrichten/...30/detail.html

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„Every day on the court is a present“
by Jörg Allmeroth

Melbourne. Nicolas Kiefer (30) is one of the most experienced German professional tennis players. After a serious wrist injury and a long break he is back among the Top 50 players. His best ranking results has been no. 4 in 2000.

Mr. Kiefer, are you looking forward to the tennisseason?

I see every day when I’m on the court as a present. I’m grateful that I can continue my career. When my wrist injury had go awry everything could have been over for me.

Were you afraid to catch up with the other players?

15 months are a little eternity. You start from 0. Everyone is fully fit and into the game and you have to make babysteps. But I always told myself: You have the strength and the talent.

Can you enjoy your life on the tour right now again?

I won’t moan about the life on the tour and can just say that we are having a fantastic job. In the last weeks I have been to Thailand, Qatar and now Australia – who else has something like this?

Together with Tommy Haas and Rainer Schüttler you are belonging to the older tennis generation among the players. Do you feel like your age in your bones?

We are no senior citizen band and still have clear and demanding aims. I’m working harder than ever in the training and do my program so targeted to be able to fully compete physically.

What are your aims for 2008?

I would like to get back closer to the top players among the Top 20. My motto is: Contentedness is standstill.

What do you say about a participation of the Olympic Games?

The best chances to achieve something in Beijing are in the doubles. I would like to play together with Tommy Haas. We already talked about it and are going to speak about it again in Melbourne.

But you and Haas are don’t considered as best friends.

I don’t see any problems there and no fears of contacts. It would be the best solution in sporting terms. We could really try to achieve something in the Olympic tournament.

What’s about your return to the Daviscup team?

I have to wait just like the other players. Patrik Kühnen will nominate the team after Melbourne. I actually thought he would already have the team. It’s been a bit different to plan the tournaments in February.

You won’t be delighted that the encounter against South Korea is being played on clay in Braunschweig...

This decision is incomprehensible for me. Patrik tried to explain it to me, but I can’t understand it why he have to make conditional on the weaknesses of our opponents. Whether Benni Becker, Phillip Kohlschreiber, Florian Mayer or me get nominated: We all would do better on a hard court. With this peer to have a look what the opponent likes or not we already failed against Belarus in Sundern.
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Kiwi will play a showmatch against Blake in Kooyong tomorrow!!
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Australian Open - Kiefer: "Das Kribbeln ist wieder da"
Eurosport - Mo 14.Jan.

Im ersten Teil des Exklusiv-Interviews mit eurosport.yahoo.de spricht Nicolas Kiefer über gute Omen und große Ziele bei den Australian Open. An "Down Under" hat der 30-Jährige beste Erinnerungen. 2006 kämpfte er sich bis ins Halbfinale vor und schaffte den bisher größten Erfolg seiner Karriere.

Ihren Aberglauben haben Sie immer noch nicht abgelegt. Sie wohnen wieder im selben Hotel wie 2006. Auch im selben Zimmer?

Nicolas Kiefer: (lacht) Das ist geheim. Aber im Ernst, allein durch Aberglaube gewinnt man auch keine Matches. Ob es das gleiche Zimmer, die gleiche Dusche, das gleiche Essen ist, das hilft ja nicht wirklich. Ich wohne dort, weil es einfach schön ruhig ist. In den anderen Spielerhotels ist es wie im Zoo.

Dass Sie hier 2006 gegen Juan Carlos Ferrero gespielt und gewonnen haben und jetzt wieder, ist dann also ein gutes Zeichen?

Kiefer: Es hätte sicher schlimmer kommen können, aber es ist schon ein schweres Los für die erste Runde. Ich habe in den letzten Jahren hier immer sehr unangenehme Gegner zum Auftakt gehabt. Aber das ist ja der Grund, warum ich so hart arbeite: Ich will wieder in die Position kommen, dass ich gesetzt bin und in Runde eins gar nicht auf einen so starken Gegner treffe. Aber es ist natürlich ein gutes Gefühl, zu wissen, dass ich ihn zuletzt geschlagen habe. Und mein Vorteil ist, dass ich frisch in das Turnier reingehe. Obwohl ihm das Finale von Auckland vermutlich Selbstvertrauen gegeben hat.

Und wie vor zwei Jahren haben Sie wieder eine Fußverletzung. Ein gutes Omen oder doch ein Handicap?

Kiefer: Am liebsten hätte ich natürlich nichts. Der Fuß wird zwar besser, aber ich gehe davon aus, dass ich es am Dienstag noch merke. Aber es wird nicht so schlimm sein wie im letzten Jahr, als ich die ganze Zeit nur Schmerzmittel nehmen musste. Sicherlich ein paar Tabletten, denn ganz ohne wird es nicht gehen. Aber es ist ein Grand-Slam-Turnier und dafür habe ich in Doha nicht weitergespielt, um nichts zu riskieren. Melbourne ist einfach viel wichtiger.

Was ist Ihnen von Ihrem letzten Auftritt hier noch in Erinnerung geblieben?

Kiefer: Die ganze Atmosphäre werde ich nie vergessen. Das war super, vor allem die Unterstützung der Fans und der ganze Hype drum herum. Das hat schon riesig Spaß gemacht. In der ersten Runde musste ich dann ausgerechnet gegen Paradorn Srichaphan ran, mit dem ich in Thailand die Saisonvorbereitung gemacht hatte. Ich musste sogar einen Matchball abwehren. Aber das Entscheidende ist, dass ich mich durchgekämpft habe, egal was passierte. Das bleibt hängen. Und das Kribbeln, diese innere Unruhe, ist auf jeden Fall schon wieder da.

Da spielten Sie auf dem vielleicht besten Niveau Ihrer Karriere, dann kam die einjährige Zwangspause und Sie spielten sich danach sofort wieder unter die Top 50. Sind Sie wieder so stark wie Anfang 2006?

Kiefer: Ich kann das, was 2006 war, nicht mit dem vergleichen, was jetzt ist. Ich muss von dem ausgehen, wo ich jetzt stehe und ich mache mir da absolut keinen Stress. Ich hatte ein bisschen wenig Matchpraxis und ich weiß jetzt schon, dass sicher am Dienstag nicht alles so rund laufen wird. Ich merke auch, dass mir die ein, zwei Wochen jetzt fehlen, als ich in Thailand verletzt war. Ich konnte nicht im vollen Umfang trainieren. Aber manchmal ist ja weniger mehr. Vielleicht war das gar nicht schlecht. Und bei Best-of-five-Matches kann viel passieren, da hat man alle Möglichkeiten.

Australian Open - Kiefer exklusiv: "Kann Federer schlagen"
Eurosport - Mo 14.Jan.

Im zweiten Teil des Exklusiv-Interviews mit eurosport.yahoo.de spricht Nicolas Kiefer vor den Australian Open über die kleinen Bürden des Älterwerdens und überraschenderweise auch über seine Zukunft als Fußball-Trainer.

Sie haben verletungsbedingt eine einjährige Zwangspause hinter sich und greifen jetzt wieder an. Haben Sie sich verändert?

Kiefer: Ich bin sicher etwas ruhiger und entspannter geworden. Aber eigentlich hat sich nur eines verändert: Ich muss keinem mehr etwas beweisen. Nur ich mir selber. Mein Ziel ist, konstant zu spielen, und ich will herauszufinden, ob ich aus meinem Körper noch so viel rausholen kann, dass ich bei einem großen Turnier richtig mitmischen kann. Ich traue mir das auf jeden Fall zu und ich glaube noch immer daran. Dafür trainiere ich so hart.

Haben Sie heute mehr Angst vor Verletzungen?

Kiefer: Ich habe gelernt, dass ich mir keine größere Verletzung mehr leisten darf. Ich bin jetzt 30 Jahre alt und der Heilungsprozess geht langsamer, irgendwann ist dann Schluss. Da muss ich einfach noch mehr auf meinen Körper achten.

Dauert es jetzt länger, bis Sie sich von Verletzungen ganz erholen?

Kiefer: Ja, ich habe das immer unterschätzt. Und allein schon, dass einem morgens kurz nach dem Aufstehen ganz schön die Knochen weh tun, bis man so richtig in Gang kommt. Früher, als ich noch beim Davis Cup mit Becker und Stich gespielt habe, da waren die auch gerade so um die 30. Wenn wir trainiert haben, sagten die am nächsten Tag: "Wir müssen jetzt mal ruhiger machen, heute geht gar nichts mehr." Da habe ich natürlich mit meinen 20 Jahren gelacht und gedacht: "Das kann doch nicht sein". Jetzt kann man wohl über mich lachen, aber so ist das eben.

Welche Konsequenzen ziehen Sie daraus?

Kiefer: Ich werde 2008 Prioritäten setzen und nur noch die wichtigen Turniere spielen. In den Pausen will ich mich dann körperlich und spielerisch weiterentwickeln. Denn wenn ich mal nicht mehr so heiß bin, dann bin ich nicht mehr hundertprozentig dabei und kann dann mit den Topspielern nicht mehr mithalten. Stillstand ist Gift. Auch hier in Melbourne. Ich muss mein Spiel machen, aggressiv spielen, Fehler in Kauf nehmen. Die Beine müssen brennen, die müssen glühen. Dann geht noch was.

Auch im möglichen Viertelfinalduell mit Federer?

Kiefer: Soweit denke ich nicht, obwohl ich mit ihm natürlich noch eine Rechnung offen habe. Roger legt immer noch einen drauf. Dafür steht er zu Recht oben. Die meisten haben vorher schon verloren, weil sie die Hosen voll haben. Wenn ich gegen ihn spiele, sage ich mir, dass ich ihn schlagen kann. Sonst müsste ich gar nicht auf den Platz gehen. Sobald der Ball im Spiel ist, gibt es kaum einen Unterschied. Für beide sind die Chancen da. Aber bei den wichtigen Bällen spielt er halt unglaublich präzise. Das muss man akzeptieren. Nur fühlt es sich eben besonders gut an, gegen ihn zu gewinnen. Bei mir ist das Gefühl leider schon länger her.

Ein gutes Gefühl gäbe Ihnen sicher auch eine Goldmedaille in Peking, auf die sie so hoffen. Wäre die sogar besser als der Davis-Cup-Sieg?

Kiefer: Am liebsten wäre mir natürlich beides. In Athen waren wir kurz davor, Silber habe ich jetzt schon. Eine andere Farbe wäre auch schön, aber Medaille ist Medaille. Das wird aber schwer und ich wäre froh, überhaupt in Peking dabei zu sein.

Und wollen Sie dann tatsächlich auch mit Tommy Haas Doppel spielen?

Kiefer: Wir sind die beiden besten Spieler und würden mit Sicherheit auch im Doppel eine Waffe darstellen. Wir spielen beide gut von der Grundlinie und am Netz und wir haben früher oft zusammen gespielt, als wir angefangen haben. Danach haben wir uns mehr auf das Einzel konzentriert, weil beide Wettbewerbe doch Kraft kosten. Ich hatte mit Tommy in Paris-Bercy schon mal gesprochen Wenn es passt, werden wir im Sommer hoffentlich das ein oder andere Mal noch zusammen bei einem Turnier spielen.

Warum bedeutet Ihnen die Teilnahme so viel?

Kiefer: Die Olympischen Spiele sind nur alle vier Jahre und irgendwann läuft einem die Zeit davon. Und wer weiß, ob ich nicht 2012 schon bei Hannover 96 auf der Bank sitze und die Spieler irgendwo hin dirigiere. Nein, das war nur Spaß...

Okay, was ist denn wahrscheinlicher - Hannover 96 erreicht in dieser Saison die UEFA-Cup-Ränge oder Sie holen eine Medaille in Peking?

Kiefer: Das ist eine sehr schwere Frage. Eigentlich nicht zu beantworten. 96 hat eine gute Ausgangsposition. Und ich traue mir eine Medaille zu. Sagen wir einfach, es wird ein sehr aufregendes Jahr - mit vielen Highlights.

Das Interview führte Petra Philippsen / Eurosport

http://de.eurosport.yahoo.com/140120...-schlagen.html
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Sorry, only German. I don't have time to translate this right now...

http://www.mopo.de/2008/20080509/spo...as_kiefer.html
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Hamburg, 12 May 2008

Press Conference with NICOLAS KIEFER

Kiefer - Mathieu 6:4, 6:4


Q: Who was your little colleague here?

KIEFER: My greatest Fan, he especially came from Hanover to see me.


Q: Have you known each other long?

KIEFER: Yes.


Q: But not related in any way?

KIEFER: No.


Q: The first match couldn't have been better, right?

KIEFER: Sure, it's always nice to start with a win. I was a bit nervous at the beginning. I practiced hard during the last weeks, but it's always the question if you can put that into action during the match. I felt the ball well. It was a good start, I played good points, always stayed in the game. The thing that counts is the win. And the audience helped me a lot as well. It was a great atmosphere. That makes me happy as well.


Q: What happened during the first match point?

KIEFER: I thought the ball was out. I could have continued playing. That wasn't the reason for sure. Something like that is not supposed to happen. We have the hawk's eye on grass or hard court, but not here. Here the umpire decides.


Q: Isn't it difficult to turn the switch afterwards?

KIEFER: Of course it's difficult. I don't know what would have happened if I continued playing the ball. All in all I played at a very high level today. I played my game, I played aggressively. That makes me happy of course. That pushes me, especially considering the upcoming French Open.


Q: Mathieu said something at the net to you at the end?

KIEFER: He congratulated me.


Q: He looked pissed off.

KIEFER: I would have been as well (laughs).


Q: What can we expect from you during the next week?

KIEFER: Every round is difficult. Mathieu was at 16. You shouldn't underestimate that on clay. I always played tight matches against him. I have to go from match to match. Tomorrow I have a break for a day, I can recover a bit, work on a few things. The big advantage here is the audience who stands behind me. I rely on that. I wasn't here last year. This year I'm here again. Every year I can play here is like a gift to me and a bonus. I don't know if I will be back in Hamburg. So I want to get everything I can from my body, I want to give everything every time I go out on court there. That's what I will do for the next match. Wawrinka or Martin is no easy opponent. Wawrinka just played the finals in Rome. But anyway, the match starts at 0:0: I can always fight.


Q: How many percent did you play today? That was a good achievement. How much more is in there for you?

KIEFER: You can always achieve more. The thing is, I can hardly judge what happens. I went to Rome without any practice beforehand, and it served me quite well. I don't know what it is in percentage. It is important for me to get up in the morning and know that I can ask 100 % from my body. If that is the case, I can play my game for sure.


Q: Is is good to have a day's break or does that disturb your rhythm?

KIEFER: Okay, I could have played doubles tomorrow.


Q: To put it mildly, your balance sheet here in Hamburg could be better. What was the reason for that in the past?

KIEFER: I'm at a stage in my life where I don't have to look back much, I don't have to prove something to me. I try to give 100% every time I go out there. No matter how I feel, I can give everything. I can fight and that's what I try to work on. That's the greatest challenge of the sport, you have to fight and you have to keep up your attitude. You have to show what you are able to show.


Q: You said you weren't sure if you would come back to Hamburg. Was that concerning your own career or the fact that the tournament might not stay in Hamburg?

KIEFER: I hope the tournament will stay a Masters Series. That is a big issue. Of course we fight for it and if there is anything I can do, I would like to do it for the tournament. It's one of the most important tournaments in Germany. What I meant was that I hope it will be still here in Hamburg next year. And if my body holds up I will play of course.


Q: Who is we?

KIEFER: We players.


Q: How do I have to imagine you fighting, do you go up to the ATP?

KIEFER: We try to talk to them. That's the only thing we can do. It used to be a Super 9 tournament, now it's a Masters Series. It's one of the most important tournaments for us Germans. That's why I go out there and try to fight and give everything. That's the most important thing. I hope we will keep the tournament when the decision is made in August.


Q: There is also a Players Meeting, were you discuss things. Was this a topic there?

KIEFER: That's more for general things, new rules or marketing stuff.


Q: What's your impression? Is anything happening? What's the tendency?

KIEFER: I haven't heard anything myself. The big decision is in August.


Q: But time is running out for the ATP and therefore for the players as well. There is no new tournament schedule. The players have to know what's going on. Do the players put any pressure on?

KIEFER: No, we have this year's schedule and the one for next year will be out in August or September, and then we'll see what's on it. Hamburg will stay for sure. I think the question is just in which form.


Q: And when.
But I don't buy it that Mathieu only congratulated him at the net. We understood some more and it wasn't "well played" in French and he was not only pissed off because of having lost.
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:30 AM   #146
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Hehe, true.

Was there a kid from Hannover? Must have missed him.
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Was there a kid from Hannover? Must have missed him.
No idea I only watched the video from the press conference and noticed nobody.
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Thanks Nelly,for good translate!
and nice win for Hamburg 1st round.
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No idea I only watched the video from the press conference and noticed nobody.
Well yeah, of course. That "colleague" of Kiwi was present at the match, it seems?
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Press conference with Kiwi today after the Wawrinka win from the Hamburg site.
Video: http://dtb-tennis.rent-a-cluster.net/rm/kiefer.2.rv

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Hamburg, 14 May 2008


Press Conference with NICOLAS KIEFER

Kiefer - Wawrinka 7:5, 7:5


Q: You put in an amazing start there. But you got a bit nervous at 4:3. What happened?

KIEFER: No, I didn't get nervous. Maybe it looked like that, but I just focus on my game. I try to play my game. He just returned well, played better and so it got tighter. The match was on a very high level for both of us. There were some really tough rallies. As you could see, it was a bit like chess. It just went one way or the other. But nevertheless, my aggression was successful at the end.


Q: Are you a bit surprised by yourself? You had two matches on a very high level after the past weeks.

KIEFER: My preparation on clay wasn't that long of course. The French Open are the absolute highlight of course. So you try to get going as good as possible. Naturally I'm happy that I could beat two relatively good players on clay. This will be good for my self confidence. I'll try to keep this going. Now I'm still here in Hamburg, 3. round, so I try to keep on going.


Q: You were very emotional on court. At least it looks like that, with a lot of gestures. It wasn't always like that.

KIEFER: On the inside I'm on fire as well, like other people as well. There were a lot of tight situations and when you win these tight balls, you get an even further push forward.

Another big thing was the support of the audience, of course. It was brilliant to play out there, great atmosphere, like this tennis is the most fun. Of course it's great if you win at the end then.


Q: There was an incredible amount of positive gestures, up to the sky or blowing kisses. Are you surprised that you are nearly loved that much in Hamburg?

KIEFER: Well, it's home (laughs). Of course it's great that it works out like this. I was asked about this this morning already. It's all about the Masters everywhere. I think, everything is in favour of the tournament. We have great weather, we have so many visitors, we have one of the best centre courts of all the Masters Series tournaments. And of course it's great that I'm still in it and try to wave the flag as long as possible. It gets more and more difficult with every round, but compared to Monday I got even a bit better.


Q: Could you do that again tomorrow against a player who is even further up and stronger?

KIEFER: Nikolay ist very tough of course. Especially on clay. You could see it as well, at all the big tournaments, Masters or Grand Slams, he makes it to the finals or semis. He is very consistently. Of course I have to play even better tomorrow. My advantage is, I will go out on court, and even if I don't play my best tennis, I will run and try to play my game, play aggressively again. I know the audience is on my side, and that will help me as well, I think.


Q: How does your body react after 2 hours and 23 minutes?

KIEFER: I was happy when it was over. No, physically I'm okay. That's my advantage, I could work on my fitness during the time I didn't play much tennis, when I was injured and in Hanover. That will pay off now. The match is for 2 sets, 3 at the Grand Slams, but I have the conditionm, the perseverance. Now we will play a bit of doubles and then it will go on tomorrow.


Q: I saw you had a patch on your right shoulder, Was that prophylaxis?

KIEFER: Yes, with that serve (laughs). No, it was prophylaxis.


Q: Football players often say, that they got the match at 2:0. Was there a point during the match …

KIEFER: You can't compare tennis and football. Football players play for 90 minutes. This was a bit more.


Q: Was there a moment you realized you were better than your opponent?

KIEFER: I knew from the start that it would be difficult. Everybody knows he played the finals in Rome last week, he beat good guys. I knew what I had to do, he returned well. There were a couple of tight balls, but I could win them, that was the most important thing. I can't say there was a turning point. Of course, at 5:4, when he served for the set, he had his set balls, but I stayed in the game and that was the most important thing, this attitude, that was why I won.


Q: Were the drop shots part of a tactic you planned before?

KIEFER: There were quite a few good ones, some were not so good, but I could win most of them.


Q: 2001 was the last time you played 3rd round here. What are your goals for this year?

KIEFER: Goals? I go from match to match. I had to laugh a bit when I was welcomed as the great hope. I am 30 (laughs). Great hopes are normally a bit younger. What do you mean with expectations? Of course the expectations go up, also of the audience. I just try to go out there, enjoy it and suck in the atmosphere. I don't think there is anything greater than playing at home, in front of such an audience. Tomorrow is another day. I don't know what to expect yet.


Q: What will you do for the rest of the day? Will you recover or will you even dare to go out to a café with weather like this? Or would it stress you too much if 20 people asked for your autograph?

KIEFER: I don't have the time, I have to play doubles soon.


Q: It's bright until 9 pm.

KIEFER: If I have to play for 3 hours again I won't make it
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