Full interview, from the RG Website
Q. It looks like Rafa is making it through. What do you feel about a quarterfinal with him?
CARLOS MOYA: Well, that match is not over yet. So I think if we get to play each other, it's going to be a tough battle. We know each other very well.
But I have a lot of respect for Hewitt. He's a great fighter, great champion, and he has lost the first set and is a break down, but is still able to come back.
I just want to say that if I play Rafa, it's going to be a beautiful match to play and very tough for both of us.
Q. What do you think he's learned from you?
CARLOS MOYA: I don't think he learned anything from me. And if he learned it, he did much better than me (laughter), so...
No, not really. He always had his own team, and I just helped him in whatever he came to ask me. But, you know, I don't think he -- I was an important part of his career, I don't think so.
Q. Does it feel strange for you to be, like, the second oldest guy in the 16's with Jonas? We don't think of you as an elder statesman.
CARLOS MOYA: Well, I'm proud of that. Now I'm the oldest guy on the field. But I still remember when I was the youngest guy in the draw, and now I became the oldest. So the time passed so fast, and the only one realizing that. But I'm very proud of being the oldest guy now. And I think I still have very good tennis ahead of me.
Q. Is it easier or more fun now?
CARLOS MOYA: It's different. When you're younger, maybe you don't value the things as I do right now. For me, it's a great honor to be in the last 8 in a Grand Slam like this one. So I enjoy more now.
When I was 22, 23, I was Top 10, I was supposed to be in the quarter finals of the Roland Garros, and now I'm in the Top 20, so it's great for me to be here.
So I enjoy things different now than when you're younger. You're top 10, when you're forced to be in the quarterfinals, and it's not a great deal. Now it's great to be somebody to be here.
Q. It seems you were a little bit nervous at the beginning of the match today, is that right?
CARLOS MOYA: Yeah, a little bit. Still I had chances to break his serve the first three games that he served, and I didn't make it, and he did in the first game that I served. So I know the pressure was on my side, and it was a match that I had to win. I was favorite, and that's not easy at this stage of my career.
He surprised me a little bit. He was changing the rhythm very well. If he was in the last 16, there was a reason. He's playing very well. He doesn't give you much rhythm. He comes to the net when you don't expect him.
So I knew that I sooner or later was going to start to play well, but that break didn't came. So I just had to wait. I was lucky that when he served for the set, I broke his serve. And from then on, it was everything easier for me. But still it was a very tough match.
Q. Is it strange to play someone like Jonas on clay? I mean, he is not a clay specialist.
CARLOS MOYA: Yeah, yeah, little bit.
Q. What do you feel against him? Is it very strange?
CARLOS MOYA: Well, a bit strange. If I knew before the tournament that he was going to be in the fourth round, maybe it was a bit surprised, because he didn't do very well last weeks, and not even in his best years on clay. But winning three matches gave him a lot of confidence. And also in Hamburg, he won third set with David Ferrer, and David told me he was playing well.
So I knew when I was going to the court, it was going to be a tough match. I knew it was going to be a tough battle. And he's very experienced, and he plays different than the other guys. So I had to pay attention. As you said, I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but I finally was able to win in three sets.
Q. Rafa has been doing a Blog on the internet, and he's mentioning a lot about how you and him are playing the Playstation, the football. Can you talk a bit more about that, and the rivalry, and what the atmosphere's like.
CARLOS MOYA: It's a pretty nice atmosphere when we play, the four of us. You get so nervous like if it was a tennis match. But it's good to have some fun. There's a lot of pressure here, and it is a way to not think about tennis. It's something that we enjoyed, we like. I think it's good for our mind to relax a little bit.
Q. Can you tell us the difference between Moya who is a guy who won the French Open ten years ago and the guy you are today?
CARLOS MOYA: Well, I probably was more -- had more winner mentality, I would say, because I won Monte Carlo the month before, and then I won the French Open. I was feeling that I was playing very well, but still there were many other guys that were doing very well. I was one among the favorites, but not the first one. I remember beating Rios gave me the confidence to win the whole tournament.
And now, it's maybe more a surprise that I'm here, and it's much less pressure for me when everybody's talking about Nadal and about Federer. You try to find your way to get to the quarters, and then see what happens when nobody is talking about you. It helps you in a sense.
So it's different now the situation when I was in '98 and right now. As I said before, I'm trying to enjoy more now. I know these are my last years of tennis. I'll try to make them more enjoyable then when you're 20, and you don't even think about when it's going to be the end of your career. Now it sometimes comes to your mind that maybe you have two more chances to be in Paris, and you try to enjoy it. That's what I am doing now.
I'm playing very well, and I am very happy to be here, to feel this pressure, to feel this atmosphere. That is the biggest difference ten years ago and now.
Q. Bjorkman said he felt very achy during the match, and the balls felt heavy probably because of his age. I was wondering if you felt any of that because of your age?
CARLOS MOYA: No. I mean, what I felt today was that the conditions were much different than the last five days. I played two different tournaments, and being on that court with such a heavy balls with -- the weather was not very nice today, and, you know, I don't think it was good for me. I lost the last five years on that court, so that sometimes comes to your mind.
But I feel very fresh; I feel healthy. And I'm 30 years old, but I don't think I had a lot of injuries in my past years, so that helps me a lot. I'm still able to be on court for a few hours and not feeling any pain or nothing.
Q. So it doesn't take you longer to recover now? Like you feel pretty fresh the next morning after a long match as you did when you were 20?
CARLOS MOYA: Well, a little bit. I don't remember what happened when I was 20. To be honest, I think, physically, I am fine. Maybe you lose a little bit of explosivity. I don't know how if I'm right. You're less explosive than when you are 20 years old. But recovery is fine. I don't think I have any problem in that thing.
Q. Regarding the serve today, there were a few foot faults. Seems to be frustrating you. Was there a problem with your serve? What was happening there?
CARLOS MOYA: Well, I don't know. The thing is that with my second serve. But if they call that, it's probably that they saw that. I don't realize if I step in with my left foot or not. You know, I just have to accept it and try to fix it for the next matches.
It's not that it happens very often, but in some moments, really, it's hard to accept that you've been called a foot fault with a second serve. And a few times it was 30-All, and give him a chance to break my serve.
THE MODERATOR: Spanish questions, please.
Q. What does it mean to reach the quarterfinals again?
CARLOS MOYA: It's a great honor for me. I haven't reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for quite a long time, and I'm delighted. I'm happy and I'm the oldest one. And I feel very proud of being the oldest guy on the court. I've been playing here for many years, and I was in a position to take my time, to enjoy tennis. And my tennis is quite good, and I can compete with all the other players. I'm proud of that.
Q. Flavia, your fiancee has been with you. Is she important to you? Does she play an important part so that you win?
CARLOS MOYA: I mean, she helps me quite a lot. But not only her, the family, the relatives. I mean, it's very important to be supported by many people. So at the end of the day, I can concentrate only on tennis.
Off court, my life has been made easier with them, so I feel good in my mind.
Q. 3-0, 5-2, a difficult first set.
CARLOS MOYA: It is true that I was a little bit surprised, nervous. I mean, I didn't warm up, and I had the opportunity to break his serve, but I couldn't convert the breakpoint. Then at 5-6, I knew that I had time, and I felt a little bit nervous. Sooner or later I would have to step up my level, and it happened that way. That's why I won.
I played this game well, and I won the tiebreak and then things were simpler in the third set. I mean, things got complicated, but I'm very happy because I've won the match. And it was really significant for me.
Q. You might play against Rafa. What do you think of that?
CARLOS MOYA: Rafa hasn't yet won the match. I respect Hewitt. He is a great champion. He might win the match. But if I have to play against Rafa, it will be a specific match in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. So it will be a specific occasion. And if I play against Rafa, I will pull out all the stops in order to win.
Q. A lot of things have been said about the national anthem and the lyrics. What do you think of the national anthem? Would you be willing to sing the national anthem with the new wording?
CARLOS MOYA: Of course I will sing the national anthem. It is true that we tennis players do not have the opportunity to sing the national anthem very often. It's wouldn't be a problem for me to sing. It is one of the national anthems where we don't sing lyrics of the national anthem, and it wouldn't be a problem for me.
Q. You've said that you had wanted to play the match with Rafa. Will it be a rival or a friend?
CARLOS MOYA: Rafa will be an opponent, a rival. On the court, you don't have any friends. We all compete, and basically, if an opponent wins, basically, I mean, he would have more points and he will earn more money than you. And a friend wouldn't do that.
So Rafa will be a rival. When you are on court, you want to win the match, whatever the manner. And it will be the case tomorrow -- or rather on Wednesday. And off court, we are friends.
Q. Anyway you would have beaten him on the Playstation?
CARLOS MOYA: No, it's the same thing as on court.
Q. So you've seen Rafa, and you saw Rafa when he was young, ten years ago. I mean, did you think that he could achieve such a level?
CARLOS MOYA: At the start, you know, that it's difficult, but he was the best in his category. But other players, I mean, it didn't fully suit. In other words, we are a little bit surprised -- we were a little bit surprised. I believe in Rafa, of course. But when you have a look at his surge, you realize that he's been very good. In fact, he underwent some injuries.
And it is true that the career has taken a new turn against the U.S. as part of the Davis Cup match. Against the U.S. following this Davis Cup match, it was a watershed. I would say that this win awakened the fighting spirit of Rafa, and that's where he started his career, so to speak.
Q. Precisely, you've talked about the final of the Davis Cup, because Rafa came through before. And your career has changed, too. What have you done in order to reconstruct yourself?
CARLOS MOYA: I wanted to come back to my traditional patterns, I would say. There were two aspects, the mental aspect, I think that I've given it all just before the Davis Cup, because I wanted to be prepared. Following the semifinal against Roddick, the Davis Cup match, I was overburdened and I squandered a lot of energy.
Then on, I am under the impression that I've written a script, so to speak. And after that, I mean, I felt a little bit down, and I was not really ambitious at that time. So after all these years, I was a little bit exhausted. I was a little bit overburned because I achieved my objectives.
So that's what happened and that's what I felt. And at that time, people told me that I was not on the right track. People told me that my backhand was poor, and, in fact, I wanted to improve my backhand. I mean, with other athletes, I mean, I've noticed this type of phenomenon. With golf, for example, golf players, they change their swing and they lost out, so to speak. And I am under the impression that I've lost my game plan, and, in fact, had some problems with my backhand, and that's what I wanted to do to improve my backhand.
At the end of the day, I can strike a good balance between a good backhand and my game plan. So it took time, and I would say that all of these factors have contributed to the fact that a few years ago I was a little bit of overburned.
Moreover, I changed coach, and I didn't want to withdraw from tennis this way. I mean, in the past two years, the matches haven't been so good. I have lost against players against who I had never lost, and I gave myself a chance in order to become a very good player by sticking to my game plan. I would say that my backhand has improved significantly. I mean, it encompasses, basically, and it summarizes the situation of the past two years.
Q. Albert Montanes said before playing Rafa that he didn't know how to beat Rafa. Do you have a plan to beat Rafa? I mean, do you have the same feeling as Albert?
CARLOS MOYA: It is true that Rafa is an all-around player. He is a complete player. We played against one another. I mean, the last time he beat me was a tough match in three sets. So between Rafa and myself, I would say that there will be less difference than the ranking indicates. Because I know him very well, there are some emotions. I mean, there is pressure to take into account.
It is true that I respect him quite a lot and vice versa. We've shared a lot of things together as well. It is true that I'm more impressed when I play against Rafa than when I play against Federer, because I've been knowing Rafa for quite a long time. So it is true that there are some players who are impressed because Rafa tends to be an outgoing player. I mean, he jumps on the court. So for me, it's less intimidating than the other players.
But I can tell you if I step on the court, it won't be a foregone conclusion. I will enjoy playing against him on Center Court against Rafa.