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Old 01-27-2006, 01:15 PM   #61
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My last comment on the subject, all of this contoversary would have been avoided if he would have conceded the point and gave it to Seb. That would have been the sportmanship thing to do. If he had done that, the media, spectators and fans wouldn't have thought twice about the incident.
Very true, but main wrongdoer was the umpire. Stupid not to replay the point or give it to Seb.
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http://www.tennis.com/Tennis_Wrap_Up...p?ENTRY_ID=233

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The anti-Baghdatis has issues, no doubt, but his mysterious, misdirected rage makes him a personality, too. Taking a point from Sebastien Grosjean deep in the fifth set of their quarterfinal, after tossing his racquet and potentially distracting him, went against all the unwritten, and maybe even some of the written, laws of sportsmanship. I wouldn’t have thrown my racquet in that situation—I probably wouldn’t have had the energy—but knowing the irrationality that competition can inspire, I’m not prepared to say I would have given away a point at that stage, either.
At least somebody admits he's also unsure whether he had given the point away at that moment or not if he was in Kiwi's situation

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The text says that Kiwi bought this cap at the fan shop
haha aww that pic is cute thanks dani!
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He had the word "Kiwi" on the back of his cap yesterday. They only showed him once.
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He had the word "Kiwi" on the back of his cap yesterday. They only showed him once.
where did they show him?
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Hamburg, 17. Mai 2006


Pressekonferenz mit NICOLAS KIEFER


Mirnyi - Kiefer 6:2, 6:2


F: Nadal und Federer haben das Turnier erschöpfungsbedingt abgesagt, Tommy Haas musste gestern aufgeben wegen einer Pollenallergie, leider sind Sie als weiterer Publikumsliebling heute ausgeschieden. Viele Zuschauer sind sehr enttäuscht. Können Sie das nachvollziehen?

KIEFER: Ich bin auch enttäuscht, weil ich mir mehr vorgenommen habe für heute. Ich habe mich eigentlich ganz gut gefühlt. Ich bin schnell unter die Räder gekommen am Anfang, habe gleich ein Break bekommen und musste immer hinterher laufen. Er hat die Oberhand gehabt, hat frei aufspielen können. Ich habe einfach nicht zu meinem Spiel gefunden. Das ist das, was mich enttäuscht. Es ist schwer gewesen. Ich muss sagen, er hat unglaubliches Tennis gespielt, aber trotzdem … Es war schwer. Mir tut es natürlich auch Leid für Zuschauer. Klar habe ich mir einiges vorgenommen, klar ist es sicherlich nicht mein bester Belag, aber trotzdem habe ich mir gewünscht, dass ich ihn schlage, dass ich weiterkomme.


F: Bis Ende des zweiten Satzes haben Sie gespielt wie mit angezogener Handbremse. Zum Schluss hat sich das geändert, Sie haben aufgedreht, hatten mehr Power. Woran hat es gelegen vorher? War der Druck zu groß vor deutschen Zuschauern? War es die Anspannung?

KIEFER: Meinen Druck baue ich mir selbst auf, weil ich unbedingt gewinnen will. Ich gehe da raus und versuche um jeden Ball zu kämpfen und versuche eine Lösung zu finden. Heute fing es gleich unglücklich an. Ich musste immer einen Break hinterher laufen. Wenn er die Oberhand hat, ist es schwer. Das weiß ich aus den anderen Begegnungen. Heute habe ich nicht gut returniert, wieder ohne Aufschlag gespielt und das ist natürlich schwer.


F: Zum Ende des Spiels gab es einen kleinen Disput mit dem Linienrichter. Hat das das Fass dann noch zum Überlaufen gebracht?

KIEFER: Klar, es ist nicht einfach gewesen. Ich habe innerlich gebrodelt und war auf 180. Da habe ich ein bisschen am Break geschnuppert und doch noch eine Chance gesehen. Das ist das, was ich die ganze Zeit versucht habe, zu kämpfen und dran zu bleiben. Das letzte Spiel war 0:40, ich hatte meine Breakbälle und die habe ich nicht genutzt. Klar, wenn dann so ein enger Ball ist, ist man innerlich natürlich noch aufgedrehter, aber letztendlich hat es daran auch nicht gelegen. Er hat einfach gutes Tennis gespielt, das muss ich akzeptieren. Es fällt mir zwar schwer, weil ich mir mehr ausgerechnet habe. Ich bin enttäuscht, weil ich mir mehr vorgenommen habe. Gestern hatte ich super Unterstützung gehabt, heute auch. Die Zuschauer standen die ganze Zeit hinter mir, aber ich konnte es halt nicht umbiegen.


F: Was ist es, warum es hier nicht klappt? Sind das allein die Verhältnisse und warum sind die für Dich so schwierig?

KIEFER: Ich würde nicht sagen die Verhältnisse. Fakt ist, dass ich mich über die letzten 10 Jahre schwerer getan habe auf Sand.


F: Das war das neunte Mal, dass Du hier warst, 1 Mal 3. Runde.

KIEFER: Das ist glaube ich nicht nur hier in Hamburg so. Bei den anderen Sandplatzturnieren ist es auch so. Es fällt mir sicherlich schwerer, aus welchem Grund auch immer. Ich fühle mich halt wohler auf schnellen Belägen, auf Hartplatz oder Rasen. Gerade auf Sand muss man vielleicht mehr Geduld mitbringen. Ich bin ein Spieler, der das Risiko liebt. Ich gehe auf die big points. Andererseits muss man trotzdem auch versuchen auf jedem Belag solide zu spielen. Ich hatte Monte Carlo 3. Runde, Rom 2. Runde, hier 2. Runde, jetzt versuche ich in Düsseldorf noch mal bisschen reinzukommen, so dass ich die Sandplatzsaison bei den French Open gut beenden kann. Aber woran es genau liegt, kann ich auch nicht sagen.


F: Das hat nichts damit zu tun, dass Sie hier in Deutschland spielen und der Druck größer ist als im Ausland?

KIEFER: Ich habe in Rom genauso 2. Runde verloren oder in Monte Carlo auch. Ich spiele gerne hier und natürlich würde ich lieber weiter kommen. Wenn wir Hamburg auf Rasen hätten, würde es vielleicht ganz anders aussehen. Das ist halt nicht so. Ich muss mit den äußeren Bedingungen zurechtkommen. Darauf kann ich mich vorbereiten. Es gibt auch keine Ausreden. Der Typ bin ich nicht. Ich bin hier, muss auf Sand spielen und dazu muss ich mich stellen. Das tue ich auch. Mein Ziel muss sein, auf Sand eine Lösung zu finden und etwas dazuzulernen. Über die Jahre ist es sicherlich besser geworden, aber nicht optimal, ganz klar. Es wäre natürlich schön, wenn ich auf Sand noch mal was reißen kann. Letztes Jahr in Paris war es eigentlich ganz gut. Ich muss jetzt versuchen, so schnelle wie möglich wieder in mein Spiel zu finden, dass der Körper wieder richtig in Takt, richtig in Schuss ist, sodass ich Düsseldorf dazu nutze, dass ich für Paris guter Dinge bin.


F: Kann es sein, weil eben Sand nicht der beste Belag ist für Sie, Sie die Flinte früher ins Korn werfen bei solchen Matches auf Sand?

KIEFER: Nein auf keine Fall. Ich versuche wie auf jedem anderen Belag auch bis zum letzen Ball zu kämpfen und das habe ich heute auch wieder versucht, nur ist es mir nicht geglückt. Gestern war es genau das gleiche. Es war eng, es war auf Messers Schneide. Ich habe alles versucht, bin dran geblieben und habe dann auch durchs Kämpferische verdient gewonnen. Heute ist es halt schwer gewesen. Es gab keinen Rhythmus, die Bälle wurden schnell ausgespielt. Er kam vor. Da muss ich akzeptieren, dass er gutes Tennis gespielt hat. Was mich enttäuscht ist, dass ich manche Bälle hätte besser spielen können. Gerade die Passierbälle, gerade die Returns sind meine Stärke.


F: Die Reihe der Topfavoriten hat sich ja jetzt gelichtet. Wer ist denn Dein Favorit?

KIEFER: Es gibt noch ein paar, die drin sind, aber ich kann nicht sagen, wer es ist.


F: Wann geht es nach Düsseldorf?

KIEFER: Ich gehe davon aus, dass wir Sonntag spielen. Von daher so früh wie möglich. Morgen oder übermorgen.


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Hamburg, 17 May 2006

Press Conference with NICOLAS KIEFER

Mirnyi - Kiefer 6:2, 6:2

Q: Nadal and Federer cancelled the tournament due to exhaustion, Tommy Haas had to retire yesterday because of his hay fever, unfortunately you lost today, being another of the audience's favourite players. Many visitors are very disappointed. Can you understand that?

A: I'm also disappointed because I wanted to achieve more today. I actually felt quite well. But I got lost early on, got an early break, so I had to try and catch up the whole time. He was on top, could play his game. I just couldn't find my game. That's the thing that disappoints me. It was difficult. I have to say, he played incredible tennis, but still… it was difficult. Of course I'm sorry for the audience. Of course I wanted to achieve more, of course it is not my favourite surface, but still I hoped I could beat him, I could get to the next round.

Q: Until the end of the second set you played pretty restrained. It changed at the end. You had more power then. What was the reason at the beginning? Did you feel too much pressure, playing in front of a German audience?

A: I put pressure on myself on my own, because I really want to win. I go out there and try to fight for every ball and try to find a solution. Today it started unfortunately. I always had to catch up on a break. It's difficult when he is on top. I know that from the other matches against him. Today I didn't return well, played without my serve, of course that's difficult.

Q: At the end of the match you had a little dispute with the linesman. Was that the last straw that broke the camel's back?

A: Of course, that wasn't easy. I was boiling inside. I nearly got the break and saw my chance. That's what I tried to do the whole time, to fight and stay in the match. The last game was 0:40, I had my break balls and I didn't use them. Of course you are even more nervous then, but that wasn't the reason. He just played good tennis, I have to accept that. I find that difficult, because I expected more. I'm disappointed, I wanted more. I had really good support yesterday, today as well. The audience was behind me the whole time, but I couldn't change the match.

Q: Why doesn't it work out here? Is it only the conditions or why is it so difficult for you?

A: I wouldn't say it's the conditions. It's a fact that I struggled for the past 10 years on clay.

Q: This was the 9th time you were here, once you reached round 3.

A: I don't think that's just the case in Hamburg, it's the same at other tournaments on clay. For sure I find it more difficult, for whatever reason. I just feel more comfortable on faster surfaces, on hard court or grass. You have to be more patient on clay. I'm a player who loves risk. I go for the big points. On the other side you still have to try and play consistent on every surface. I was in the 3rd round in Monte Carlo, 2nd round in Rome, 2nd round here, now I will try to get into it in Düsseldorf, so I can finish the clay court season at the French Open well. But I don't really know the reason for it.

Q: It has nothing to do with the fact that you are playing here in Germany and there is more pressure than abroad?

A: I lost in the 2nd round in Rome as well, the same in Monte Carlo. I like to play here and I would love to get further. If Hamburg was on grass, it might look completely different. That is not the case. I have to adjust to the conditions. I can prepare for that. There are no excuses. I'm not the type for that. I'm here, I have to play on clay and I have to confront that. I'm doing that. My goal is to find a solution on clay and learn something. It surely got better over the years, but it's not as good as it should be. It would be nice if I could win something on clay. Last year in Paris it went quite well. I have to try and find my game again as soon as possible, to find my fitness again, so I can use Düsseldorf to get in the right shape for Paris.

Q: Could it be possible that you give up earlier on clay as this is not your favourite surface?

A: No, definitely not. I try to fight for every ball the same as on other surfaces. I tried that today, but it didn't work out. Yesterday it was the same. It was a tight match. I tried everything and managed to win because I fought until the end. Today it was just difficult. There was no rhythm, there were fast points. He came forward. I have to accept that he played good tennis. I was disappointed, because I could have played some balls better. Especially the returns are my strong point.

Q: There are not that many top favourites left. Which one is your favourite?

A: There are some left in the tournament, but I can't say who will win.

Q: When will you go to Düsseldorf?

A: I suppose we will play on Sunday. Therefore as soon as possible. Tomorrow or the day after.
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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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The situation is for Nicolas Kiefer, injuries has the Hannoveraner in its career too is sufficient not again had, and nevertheless it is this mark different. For three months the 29-Jaehrige at an injury of the left wrist laboriert. On eurosport.de he speaks exclusively about his situation.

How frustrating is it, if one must call the second Grand Slam tournament off of the yearly?

Nicolas Kiefer: It is already annoying. But I know also that I cannot force anything. I wanted to absolutely try everything for New York, the large tournaments am my highlights. But I learned in the meantime that plan nothing at all brings. One is disappointed only if it does not fold. Thus I was with already resound and Wimbledon, whereupon I had been pleased in such a way. Since then I think only from day to day.

To last you had hoped still for your participation. Why didn't it fold nevertheless?

Kiefer: One hopes naturally that it goes faster with the healing. Actually I should begin two weeks ago ago to train again with the racquet. But I had thereby pain and had to restrain. I tried it then again and went it again not. I would have played in New York, if I had been able to train two weeks on highest level. But it makes no sense, which I must accept simple in such a way.

How far did your injury heal in the meantime?

Kiefer: The operation is now four weeks ago, and only two small scars are to be seen. When playing it does however still to pain. The musculature must be developed again, me is missing still somewhat the strength. That needs simply time.

It immediately clear you in Paris was that the injury is so serious?

Kiefer: I would have never thought that the fall was so bad. I realized correctly also only on the next morning that somewhat is not correct. The first physician meant, I was to place the hand calmly, but I wanted resound and Wimbledon to absolutely play. I trained a little and noticed that it does not go. That was my error, that was perhaps two given away weeks.

How did it continue then?

Kiefer: I had daily therapy and everything made, what went at all: Syringe, ultrasonic, manual therapy, current therapy, everything. It became also better, but I could not train simply pain-free with the racquet. Two wrist specialists guessed/advised me then to a Athroskopie. Actually I try to avoid such things. But if it is the last way out, then I must make it for stop.

Did the operation run well?

Kiefer: I was sceptical at the beginning of nevertheless somewhat. As the rail got could I mean hand neither upward nor downward to move. And do not mean left arm I any more from alone did not hochgekriegt. One day after the OI I had no more feeling suddenly in the small finger. There I became then nevertheless somewhat jerky. The physicians say to one then: that comes already. Fortunately they were right.

But with your return to the route it will probably still somewhat last. Did you check off the season already?

Kiefer: In no case. On my play plan the large Asia route in September and the tournaments stand in Europe. I feel more fitter than ever before, which concerns strength and perseverance. Perhaps the break is an advantage for me. In the last year I was very tired and leached out for the end of the season and therefore no longer so well played. Now I feel freshly, particularly from the head. Also the distance from the tennis was good. I am glad the whole tennis players and coaches times to have seen.
How did you gekriegt the head freely?

Kiefer: I had time for things, which I thus could not make in the last ten years. The whole year am I on the way, come only times one week to Hanover over to ease to meet friends and family and then am I again away. Now I was since at the end of May nearly only in Hanover. That is unusual for me, but it was also mad. When it was so warm, I had constantly grilled football with friends and during the WM had looked. That made enormous fun.

And you stand thereby at the grill, where you eat nevertheless no more meat?

Kiefer: But clearly, I was the absolute grill master - I eat Pute and chicken still. And the food buying is also mad.

They push with the trolley by the supermarket? Tennis professionals are considered as rather nevertheless generally delicately...

Kiefer: Well, on tournaments is evenly provided for everything. If I train, the bottle water already stands on the plant. There one does not think that one which to drink to buy would have. In the Players Lounge there is also everything and in the evening goes one eating somewhere. Now I am written even purchase note. I must worry about everything and take the responsibility.

That sounds, as if you would have retrieved the little "normal" life.

Kiefer: Yes, is probably correct. At my television also still somewhat broken went. Otherwise I call that in the hotel lobby and am regulated. Now I do not have to worry about things, which are for my joy completely normal and everyday, for me however. I have no notion from electronics only unfortunately. But Hanno Balitsch (professional of Hanover 96) is there talented, repairs for me that.

I take Okay back, that with the "normal life" again. But it seems, as if you would have carried forward much positive from the injury time. One does not know that actually at all from you...

Kiefer: That was in former times reliably my problem with injuries. There I down-pulled myself, with the fate gehadert and thought, how badly I am. It is annoying with the hand, but straight in these phases one must see the good sides of the life. I learned from the past injuries and became now many more relaxed. Over things to excite, which one cannot change, nevertheless nothing brings itself.

Which realizations still collected you?

Kiefer: That the body and the health are the most important. I worked much to my Fitness and also with Yoga began, in order to ease still better to breathe better and to concentrate me more on me. I must say, it bring much to me. I am always somewhat sceptical with new things, but it helps me so far.

Thus do you waste all with your injuries in the last years still no thoughts to be shifted completely on house man activities?

Kiefer: I am 29, many say, I become older. But I feel still young, rather like 24 or 25. Of stopping is not to be thought yet.
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Great find Mary, I didn't even see the interview!
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KIWI IN THE CITY

If any of you have time in the next few days to translate this, could you? I tried to babelfish it but it was a horrendous translation and it gave me a headache trying to read it so I only made it like one paragraph.

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Today there is a long Kiwi interview in Süddeutsche Zeitung. I don't have time to translate it all now. One thing he says is he isn't yet sure if he wil really be able to play Hopman Cup. "I had to commit six weeks in advance but I'll play only if I don't have any problems with traning in the four weeks before the tournament".
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And here is the translation:

Tennis professional Nicolas Kiefer (29) once was considered to be Boris Becker's successor. In 1999, he played ATP masters cup's semifinals in Hanover and was ranked 6 in the world. In his career with many ups and downs he won nine ATP titles. This year he played semis at the Australian Open what was his best Grand Slam result ever. But at the French Open his wrist was seriously injured. Now he is preparing his comeback. He wants to play Hopman Cup (december 30th to january 5th).

SZ: Herr Kiefer, you're on your to the soccer stadium right now. How difficult is this for you: Watching other sportsmen doing their job while you are injured?

Kiefer: I enjoy the diversion of watching sports. On friday, I was at an hockey match. I am a completely normal fan then. I cheer when a goal is scored and I get angry when something goes wrong shoutung things like: "Man, why doen't that guy play faster!" Or: "Play more wing attacks." Sitting on a stand seat you can see such things so much better.

SZ: How much tennis did you watch since June?

Kiefer: I watched the Wimbledon final in TV. At the US Open I commented some matches for eurosport. That was very interesting. I learned a lot about different tactics, about where the players are standing on the court and how they act. That's why I watched all the records of my this year's matches. Apart from that I didn't get much of tennis.

SZ: Did you conciously look away?

Kiefer: No. I simply didn't have time. Rehabilitation is a fulltime job. It takes much more afford than my normal training.

SZ: At the French Open you had to retire in the third round after you had lost the first set to Tomas Berdych. What had happened?

Kiefer: In the match before against Marc Gicquel from france I fell on a net post. My knee ached horribly. But I kept on playing and won. The next day my knee was fine again, but strangely enough I coudn't move my left wrist any more. I tried everything but it didn't work. Later it came out that the wrist capsule was torn. On june 17th I had an operation in Ravensburg. Unfortunately not everything was healed. So I had another operation in october in Berlin. After that the wound became inflamed what was horribly painful for some days.

SZ: How many fellow players called you?

Kiefer: One. Andre Agassi.

SZ: What did he say?

Kiefer: He invited me to Las Vegas to meet his doctors. I told him I really would have liked to come but I was lying in hospital and was allowed to leave house only five minutes a day.

SZ: You had several injuries in your career. Did you develop some sort of comeback routine?

Kiefer: Yes, I had already had various problems. But never before with my hands. I mean: You really need your hands! The first days I couldn't even waggle my little finger. I couldn't open my front door of my house. I had to ask my very nice neighbour to let me in. Elderly ladies can be very helpful.

SZ: Cycling professional Udo Bölts once said: When a true champion returns after an injury he isn't as good as he was before. He is better.

Kiefer: You learn to fight in such situations. In the last months a watched all that Rocky movies again. Amaizing what a thin guy Sylvester Stallone was in the first parts. Then he trains a lot and gets stronger but he always is hit back. But he stands up again and again. In one sequel he eats raw eggs before jogging in the morning. When I imagined putting a basket ful of eggs beside my bed I realised: Maybe you should not go too far with these things.

SZ: Your belgian collegue Kim Clijsters, who also had very long break due to wrist injury, said after her comeback: "With some shots I am better now because I had to do a completely different training. Can you report similar things?

Kiefer: My fitness is better than it was in the last six years. At rehabilitation you work on your body very thouroughly. I agree with Kim Clijsters in that point. On the other hand she is an example how you should not do it. She came back too early and had to take another break very soon. I won't touch a racket before I a have good feeling and the doctor says it's one hundret percent okay.

SZ: You signed in for Hopman Cup in Perth at the beginning of january.

Kiefer: Commitment ends six weeks before the tournaments start. I only will play if I have practised at least four weeks without any problems.

SZ: You start your comeback in a time when Roger Federer is dominating world tennis like he wants. Is this frightening you?

Kiefer: The way Roger is playing at the moment cannot be a benchmark for me. Regarding the things he can do I must see: The maximum is being number two behind him.

SZ: Why are you that modest? At the last three Grand Slam events you always forced him into a fourth set.

Kiefer: That's right. But to be on his level I would have to beat him from time to time. And to pass him I would have to beat him several times in a row. No-one is able to do that at the moment.

SZ: Why does he play that well?

Kiefer: You can try what you want. He always has the right answer. There isn't one special shot he has or so. Not even Roger himself can describe what it is that makes him so special.

SZ: You are 29 years old. What goals do you still have in your career?

Kiefer: I have become very reserved with aiming goals. I have had so many goals and have been stoped by injuries so many times. But there are two goals I still have: I want to win the Davis Cup and I want to try it again at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008. Earlier I underestimated what a success for your country does mean.

SZ: Where does this change come from?

Kiefer: Before I went to the Olympic games in Athens many people told me: "Hey, return with a medal!" I plainly answered "Yes, okay" but I didn't really understand why that medal should be so special. At every tournament we get a cup that is much bigger. Finally Rainer Schüttler and I won the silver medal in doubles. We played five sets in the final until 3 a.m. We could have won the gold medal. We had four match points. I was uncredibly disappointed. But when I came home all the people - friends, relatives, neighbours - wanted to have a look at my medal. That was when I understood what such a medal can mean.

SZ: Yor are a big fan of team sports. Why is it that difficult for tennis players to form a team?

Kiefer: We are individual fighters twelve months a year from an early age on. You cannot just switch that butten that quickly.

SZ: What do you miss most at the moment?

Kiefer: Traveling. I am a tennis professional for eleven years now and before that I also traveled a lot. I hadn't been at home for such a long time for 15 years. I enjoy being in Hanover, and I learned a lot in the last months: For example, how important a shopping list can be or what stamp you have to put onto a letter. At the tournaments there are always people around who are doing these things for us. It was an exiting experience to care about life by myself. But now I have had enough of that. I want to take my racket, go to the next plane availible and say: Just bring me to any place.

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