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Old 06-10-2004, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Rainer Schüttler - Post Match Interview

Post Match Interview......

Donnerstag, 10.06.2004

That was a really tough battle against Johansson today. Are you
satisfied?

Of course I am. I already knew before the match, there will only be a
few break chances. I knew he's serving very strange and that he's
difficult to fight. I lost against him in Sydney, he was also serving
big at that time, so it was clear that this would be a tough match.
You need to play point by point and you must adjust yourself that
there will be perhaps four or eight services by him, that you cannot
reach. Nevertheless it's important to stay focused, than you get your
chance. I was very happy to have won the first set, afterwards I
served better and didn't let him any chance to break me. It reassures
me that I'm able to win also against a youngster like him.

You seemed to be a bit injured in the second set? What happened?

Oh, nothing bad. I had some pain in my hips for one or two points,
but afterwards it was fine. It's a bit slippery on the court but it's
normal on grass. You have to try to manage it as good as you can.
Beyond that the court is much better than the last years. They did a
pretty good job here.

Is it special for you to play in Germany, especially in Halle?

Of course, it is. I always like to go here, I feel pretty much at
home, today I even had some support from my home city. Halle is close
to my hometown. I play the quarters for the first time this year, and
I hope I can even go a little bit further. I think the crowd enjoyed
it today, too. The atmosphere is great, it's really something
special.

Would you like to play final against Federer on Sunday?

I would love that to happen. He has already played great tennis here
last year. He's the favourite this year, too. But also Roger some
days wake up and stand up with the wrong food. That can happen every
day. There is in any case nothing to lose playing against him.

You played really aggressive today. Was this your best grass court
tennis ever?

I tried to play very solid, and if you look on the statistics, you'll
see I played 73 percent first service and made the point in 80
percent of these cases. I'm very satisfied and was very relieved to
have won the first set. Afterwards it was important not to let him
any chance to come back, therefore I had to play that aggressive. If
I had only stayed at the baseline, the rallies would have last too
long and I would get in trouble. I had to show him that I'm still
concentrated, otherwise he would have easily beaten me.

Your next opponent is either Nicolas Kiefer or Jonas Björkman. How
would you rate them?

Kiwi has always played sensationally good here. Jonas is very
dangerous, especially on grass. He's the doubles number one, he
really knows how to play volleys and returns.

What did you do after Paris?

Paris was really frustrating for me, especially losing the doubles
after a tough match, too. Afterwards I didn't want to see a tennis
ball for one week. I absolutely needed the break. It's done me well
obviously.


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