press conference of today..( just a quick translation- I am sorry but my English is not the best ) Maybe someone has more time to do the whole interview. My translation is more like a summary. I just found it interesting, what he said again about Novak Djokovic, because of all the discussion of the last days
He says, that he wasn´t satified the way he played today, because he played defensively and waited for Zopps errors. It worked in the first set, but in the second Zopp was a bit more lucky and he lost concentration. Then he was looking for outside factors e.g the spectators. He says, that he has to be more aggressive, if he wants to win the tournament. He also mentioned, that during the match he wasn´t able to show his real skills, he just wanted to keep the ball within the lines. But it was enough to win today. He also said that Jürgen is a good player but he was also far away from the level he can play, but Ernests thinks that Jürgen will be able to come back on tour.
For him its also strange to be the best (seeded) player in the tournament and he feels a lot of pressure because of that. This is why he just wants to win the matches and then fly home. He says that he doesn´t think, that he is the best player of the tournament or the favourite, but his ranking is the best ( I just wanted to translate this, because of all the haters, who will think that Ernie is becoming arrogant again)..
But he really wants to win this tournament!
They are also talking about the rackets in Ernies bag and that he has 7 with him( so maybe he can destroy some) At some tournaments he just had two rackets with him and then he knew that he must not destroy one.
about the US Open: We already heard most of the things he said:
He felt good, practised good ( with Gasquet for example)and people said that he was playing really good, but during the match against AHM he did not feel well and he also had some problems with his health.
The interviewer also asked him about the NOVAK-changing-statement and Ernests:
"Everyone of us has changed. And it would be funny if he was the same person as he was with 12.."
He also talks and practices normally with Novak and that he doesn´t have any problem with him.(Until now ) He just feels, that he has changed and on the one hand he says that its normal that he has changed, but he doesn´t really understand people , who change because of money/success..
he thinks that Novak is a good tennisplayer and he respects him for the fact that he is number one of the world, but Ernests is of the opinion, that other qualities are more important to be a great person in general..