From the atp site - what Nico had to say after the match with Lapentti:
Massu: “It’s difficult to play in this heat, 46 degrees inside a centre court. It’s concrete all around you so it’s even hotter and it was hard to breathe. I fought against this throughout the whole match. It was tough to find air and I was lacking oxygen throughout the match.
“At the start of the third set, I started to feel some cramp. I’ve never had cramps in my life so it was scary but luckily I won that game. I tried to play shorter points from then on and luckily the cramps didn’t continue.
“I’ve had a tough year with my health. It was tough as I was playing the best tennis of my life and then I got injured so it was tough. I’m feeling well physically now. To win in a tournament where I have great memories, I’ll always come back here as long as I can. My game suits Kitzbuhel well. I have great memories here and I hope that can continue that this year.”
On Verdasco tomorrow: “I hope I can perform tomorrow as I have been. He plays pretty quickly but I’ll try to impose my game. It’s important to rest first but my desire is there. My desire to get back to the top is there so I think that will favor me. Mentally I’m very strong and very positive. From the three hours we played today, I was strong the whole match, thinking how I could win which is very positive as it’s not easy to do that.”
So sad he lost but he fought to the end and I didn't think he would have that much in him after yesterday. So proud of him and his fighting spirit.
You're the best Nico. As far as I'm concerned getting to the semis here is as good as winning the whole thing when you're still coming back.
And really, the last 3 tournies he's been in he's made the the quarters in one and the semis in two (if memory serves me right) Any player would be happy with those reslults even if not injured! Love ya Nico!!!
Best Wishes to: Marcos~Janko~Ivan~Marat~Lucho~Rafa~Tommy H
Gaston-best of luck in whatever you decide to do.
"Its hard to argue against cynics-they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side." Molly Ivins, 1944-2007
Nico i'm so proud of you .. saved 7 mp before verdasco won this ! ! ! soo sorry ! but you did an excelent job ... you're such a fighter you really rock .. actually i almost cried today when he saved all these Mp