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Old 04-08-2007, 12:07 PM   #121
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A perfect start


What a start! 2-0 against Argentina after the first two singles. Thomas Johansson beeat David Nalbandian and played as great as he has done during the practise this week - 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 7-6 (7-0). Robin Söderling followed with a thriller where he showed that he just refused to give anything away - 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-4), 6-4 against Juan Martin Del Potro.
Tomorrow I will play together with Robert Lindstedt for the first time. He beat the Bryan brothers recently together with Jarkko Nieminen so he is in good form. We will do everything we can to beat Nalbandian and Sebastian Prieto.

2007-04-06
Finally DC at home


Finally - a Davis Cup tie at home! And against the world class team of Argentina. I have been longing a long time for this, and it will be very inspiring. Thomas Johansson is facing David Nalbandian and Robin Söderling the new young star Juan Martin Del Potro in the first two singles. Thomas has been fantastic in training, but it will of course be a tough task to fight down Nalbandian, who I believe have won 12 of 14 DC singles in his career. I think that Robin Söderling will be hard to beat today. He has been strong lately, and the fast surface suits him well.
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Hi everyone!

I was just wondering if any of you are really big Bjökman fans. The reason Im asking is that when I was cheering in the swedish squad against Argentina I happened to catch Jonas sweatband that he threw into the audience (Its one of those in you avatar BJörki).

Anyway, its a cool thing for me to keep, but if there are big Björkaman fans out there, maybe they will appreciate it more. I would just wash it and use it.

Just wondering...


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Marcus thanks for the offer, very nice of you
Anyway I also got one from him few years ago.
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Hi everyone!

I was just wondering if any of you are really big Bjökman fans. The reason Im asking is that when I was cheering in the swedish squad against Argentina I happened to catch Jonas sweatband that he threw into the audience (Its one of those in you avatar BJörki).

Anyway, its a cool thing for me to keep, but if there are big Björkaman fans out there, maybe they will appreciate it more. I would just wash it and use it.

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Marcus, I also think it is a very nice offer from you
I like Jonas a lot, but there are many bigger fans of him (like Björki for example), so I wouldn´t ask for the sweatband.

But I also want to thank you and the whole Swedish supporter squad for the great atmosphere you created in Gothenburg I have also been there and for me it has been one of the best DC matches ever, not only because "we" won, but also because of the wonderful atmosphere and great sportsmanship
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oh you are so lucky any pics or reports?
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Splendid in Monte Carlo


I have started my preparations for the upcoming Monte Carlo Open. It´s great to be able to play a tournament like this back at home where I live. And it is a great tournament: good courts, good organization, excellent weather, and a certain glamorous feel to the buzz at the terrace with the finest view on the tour. I will play the singles and with Max Mirnyi in the doubles.

2007-04-12
Sundays new starting time


This Sunday ATP will try a new starting day for the tournaments. Mondays have been the first day of a tournament, but the ambition now is to make Sundays the first day of play, in order to put more focus on the start up of each tournament and attract people when they are free from work and have time to come.

2007-04-12
A semi worth its focus


Semi final at home in Davis Cup in September - the big TV networks surely have to cover that! It is said that the poor coverage of Swedish tennis nowadays depends on that the Swedish players doesn´t deliver big enough results. But when we do, like now, being one of the very best teams in the world, we anticipate that the media will reach that level as well. To early for speculation around the match itself. If USA comes with James Blake, Andy Roddick, and the Bryan brothers in their best form, they will be a tough team to beat. But we have done it before in the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg, and the Americans still whine about that nightmarish Scandinavium, so that sounds like a suitable place to do it again...!

2007-04-12
A raving draw


A draw for my favorite football team Hammarby in the first match of the Swedish season. After a very troubled pre-season, that is a result to rave about! They scored! And let just one goal in! I love it.

2007-04-12
Fantastic DC match


We made a tremendous match against Argentina in the Davis Cup quarter final last weekend. Thomas Johansson played his best tennis in 15 months when he beat Nalbandian and gave us 1-0, which gave the whole team a boost, and put extra pressure on Argentina. Robin Söderling beat Del Potro in three very close sets (Del Potro is really good already and will be even better). It felt especially good for me to secure 3-0 and the match together with my friend Thomas Johansson.

2007-04-12
Gothenburg became Little Australia

The Crowd was not as big as we had expected in Gothenburg, but the atmosphere was awesome. A bunch of loyal fans that we had invited saw to that - the same bunch that comes to the Australian Open to support the Swedish players each year. They started up the rest of the crowd and made sure that we won the match in the stands as well. Greeat job!
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Nadie, I am sorry, but I didn´t have time for a report yet I will go to Monte Carlo tomorrow, so maybe I have a bit more time afterwards, but can´t promise.

Pics will definitely come after Monte Carlo! As I still have a "normal" camera I have to scan the pics and that takes a bit more time, but they will definitely come
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Nadie, I am sorry, but I didn´t have time for a report yet I will go to Monte Carlo tomorrow, so maybe I have a bit more time afterwards, but can´t promise.

Pics will definitely come after Monte Carlo! As I still have a "normal" camera I have to scan the pics and that takes a bit more time, but they will definitely come
it's ok I stil haven't written any report from DC against Belarus.
Shame on me

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Still ranked No. 39 in the world, Jonas Bjorkman made light of his advancing years to twice fight back from two sets down to win his first two matches here at the French Open. Incredibly, the Swedish veteran has won his last nine matches in five sets, a figure that speaks volumes about his ferocious will to win and exceptional fitness levels for a 35 year-old. The day before he takes on Oscar Hernandez for a place in the fourth round, Jonas agreed to let us in on his secret for longevity.

“The magic ingredient? Anti-inflammatory pills!” jokes the genial Swede with a laug. Seriously though, Bjorkman’s recipe for success is refreshingly uncomplicated: "I really enjoy myself when I’m on court, and when I win it’s great. I just try to take pleasure from winning each point, without worrying about the result. If I lose I know I can go home and be happy with my family." In short, Jonas loves tennis, loves competition and loves his family. No wonder he hangs on in there!

Doubles delight

Bjorkman last made the fourth round as long ago as 1996, and since then has never made it past the second round of the singles. A world number 4 in November 1997, he has become known as a doubles specialist over the years, winning no less than eight Grand Slams, including the last two French Opens, alongside Max Mirnyi. Not your average tennis player...

Often to be found in the company of his wife Petra, (“my soulmate”) and young son Max, who was born in 2003, Bjorkman has lots of plans for when his playing days are over. He dreams of becoming his country’s Davis Cup captain and intends promoting wheelchair tennis. The BNP Paribas Paris Masters finalist of 1997 can also see himself working in television and indulging his love of ice hockey, and the NHL in particular. “Tennis isn’t my only centre of interest, unlike most of the young guys I come across on tour,” he explains

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So much for the future then, but when he does finally hang up his racket, what will be the abiding memories of his long and illustrious career? “Three Davis Cups, just ahead of a win over my idol Stefan Edberg at the 1994 US Open.”

Those are happy memories indeed, as is the final anecdote told by Bjorkman. One day back in 1998, Jonas was in Monaco preparing for a Davis Cup tie, accompanied by Anders Jarryd and Calle Hageskog (who both went on to become Davis Cup captains themselves). Bjorkman decided to play a joke on his buddies and told them Prince Albert had invited them for dinner. Imagine their surprise when they turned up at the front gates dressed in the best attire, only to be turned away by the startled royal guards...
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A classic chaos


There is often a sort of sophisticated chaos about Paris. When the rain is pouring down, as it has the last days, the French Open is no exception. Impossibly crowded with people in the clubhouse, nowhere to go to relax or practise. Today we managed to find a few indoor clay courts on our own, paid the entrance and got some time to practise.

2007-05-31
Strong statistics


When I beat Peter Luczak, Australia, 3-2 in the first round of the French Open, that meant that I have won 11 out of my 12 latest five set matches, and 6 in a row. It can be a new "fiveseter" today. Or three sets. Or anything else. Anything can happen when you play against the huge (at least 209 cm tall) Ivo Karlovic from Croatia. He moves and plays unpredictably, mixes the highs and the lows, but always serves extremly powerful. It is hard to find your own rythm when you play against him.
But if it comes to five set, he will not stand a chance...!

2007-05-31
Good form


I feel strong and I have played some very good singles despite the fact that I, as usual on clay, I have won in a limitied extent. I have threatened several of the best clay court players - Ferrer, Massu, Acasuso - and won as many, and even more, points as them, but not been able to win the decisive points.
I will play against Peter Luczak, Australia, in my first match in the French Open. He likes the clay, has a strong topspin forehand and is a good server.

2007-05-31
Three in a row


Max Mirnyi and I arrive to Paris as reigning champions. We have won two years in a row, and we are aiming for a third title. But our season has been up and down so far. We haven´t been palying our very best since Australian Open. We haven´t been steady enough, mixing highs and lows, done to many own mistakes, and along the way our confidence has been dropping a little bit. But to arrive here as champions gives us a new boost, and I am happy that we will play best of three sets in Paris, avoiding the unpredictable super tiebreaks.
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PARIS -- Even as Oscar Hernandez' last service return skidded past the baseline, Jonas Bjorkman arched his back, squeezed his hands into fists and screamed as loud as he could.

And then, the old Swede produced his singular, signature celebration: the self-hug. Bjorkman wrapped his arms around himself and, by association, the cheering patrons around Court 7. With joy radiating from his tired, sweat-soaked body, he saluted all four sides. And then, after he had finished blowing kisses to the cheering patrons, Bjorkman bent over in his changeover chair. When he looked up there were tears in his blue eyes.

Thus, for another day, a 35-year-old man defied gravity.

He defeated Hernandez 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-0, 6-1 to advance to the round of 16 at Roland Garros -- something he hasn't done in more than a decade.

"It's only a third round, but for me to be in the forefront in Paris, it's like making the semis in Wimbledon," Bjorkman said. "Because it's obviously a huge surprise for me, for everyone, and I've been amazed.

"I just wanted to give [the Swedish fans] a hug and thank you for the support. It was just a perfect atmosphere out there."

Seriously, how is this possible? How has Bjorkman managed to get older and better?

"Well," he said, "I guess you get brighter. I managed to tactically play, maybe, a little bit smarter than I have in the past. These days everyone is so good on hitting the passing shots, so I'm more patient. Trying to get my opponents to not be aware of when I'm coming to net, trying to take them by surprise all the time.

"Today was a perfect example. I got him to the stage where he was very frustrated. He didn't know when I was coming to net. In the end, I got a lot of unforced errors from him."

In terms of tennis, Bjorkman is beyond ancient. He's the oldest player in either draw and the oldest player ranked among the ATP's top 100 players. It is not a stretch to say that, biologically speaking, he could be the father of Austria's Tamira Paszek (16) or Juan Martin del Potro (18), the youngest players in the women's and men's fields, respectively.

Bjorkman turned 35 back on March 23, but considering the wear and tear on those ligaments that tether the muscles in the daily grind of the game, the amiable Swede is probably pushing 50. Advil, he says, is how he combats the aging process.

And staying in perpetual motion.

In addition to singles, Bjorkman and partner Max Mirnyi are the second-seeded doubles team here and, in theory, headed toward a finals collision with the Bryan brothers. When the joyride in the singles draw ends, Bjorkman and Mirnyi will be eyeing history. They are trying to become the first men's doubles team to win the tournament three consecutive times. Bjorkman and Italy's Francesca Schiavone were the No. 3 seed in the mixed doubles competition, but after his win on Saturday, Bjorkman withdrew.

His singles matches, in particular, would have been taxing for anyone. Bjorkman sent the statisticians scurrying to the archives after he rallied from love-two-set deficits in both his first and second-round matches.

First, he rallied to beat Australian Peter Luczak 6-7 (4), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, then took down Ivo Karlovic (who beat James Blake in the first round), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-3. According to the International Tennis Federation, it was only the fourth time in the Open era that a player has had back-to-back 0-2 comebacks at Roland Garros, and the first time in 13 years.

It was also Bjorkman's seventh consecutive five-set victory and 12th of the last 13. Bjorkman leads all active ATP players in the category of five-set victories; he's an extraordinary 29-12. Was he upset that Hernandez didn't get off to a two-set lead?

"I don't want to have that experience again," Bjorkman said. "Even though I've been very successful with it, it's still a bit of a lottery when you come down two sets to love. I have a great five-set record, and it's good to keep it that way."

Before last year's Wimbledon tournament, Bjorkman had played in 50 Grand Slam singles events and reached the semifinals once, the 1997 U.S. Open. He actually considered quitting singles and carried a 2-10 record into the grass-court season. And then, inexplicably, he advanced to the semifinals at the All-England Club, making him the oldest Grand Slam semifinalist since 35-year-old Jimmy Connors at the 1987 U.S. Open.

Bjorkman won just four games in his loss to world No. 1 Roger Federer, but he could only marvel at his good fortune. "I played a guy who was as near as perfection as you can play the game," he said. "I had the best seat in the house."

So far, 2007 is tracing a similar trajectory. Bjorkman has had a wretched singles season up to this point. Not including a dead Davis Cup rubber in Sweden's 5-0 quarterfinal victory over Argentina, Bjorkman entered Roland Garros riding a seven-match losing streak. Previously, he had won back-to-back matches only once this season and now he has won three straight.

And now he will play 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya, who at 30 is a relative child.

"This victory is almost sweeter than some victories when you were 25, because you were so focused on tennis," Bjorkman said. "And maybe you didn't enjoy them afterwards. You just went on the bike and, 'OK, it's another day tomorrow.'

"Now, I enjoy it a lot more."

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Q. It seemed you had your chance in the first set, but you didn't take it. Do you think things could have been different if you had won the first set?

JONAS BJORKMAN: I think it still would have been very tough for me today. The only good, positive thing was I saw that he was pretty nervous today in the beginning, and, you know, I could control the points, which I was hoping.

But he starts being much more aggressive and making sure that I did not be in a position of controlling him. And on that court, I was already, when I saw the schedule to be schedule on Suzanne Lenglen, I know I was in trouble. It is so much heavier, that court, and it doesn't benefit me at all.

If I win the first, maybe, you know, it is still possible to win. But it's a long way just to win the first. I still think it would have been very tough to beat him today on that court.

Q. You seemed to have some treatment for your shoulders. What was happening in the end of the second set?

JONAS BJORKMAN: Oh, you know, I'm 35. I had just been having a sore shoulder on and off. And especially on that court, when the ball gets a lot heavier, it is so much clay on the boards, so I haven't had any pain for the clay court season.

But then being on that court it was so much heavier to hit the balls. And my shoulder just got more tired than it normally does. Just needed some treatment to get it more relaxed, because it just got really tight.

Q. So is it your right shoulder?

JONAS BJORKMAN: Right shoulder, yeah, yeah.

Q. You say you're 35. Does that mean that you now attack these kind of matches with more of a devil‑may‑care attitude? Is it that enjoy yourself on court because you know it's the other side of the career, and that you've perhaps become a much more dangerous opponent, because you're trying shots which you wouldn't have tried 15 years ago?

JONAS BJORKMAN: Well, it could be. I think I'm obviously, hopefully, more smarter on the court with all the experience I have. I guess in a way, I might be dangerous to play, because I am relaxed and I'm enjoying everything to be here, and I'm enjoying the atmosphere around the tennis much more than ten years ago. You were so focused, you didn't realize that there were some people here that maybe said hi, but you didn't say hi because you didn't see them.

So, in a way, that might benefit me at this stage of my career.

Q. Are you enjoying the Grand Slams where you do get to the second or third round, do you feel this is much more fun than you remember it?

JONAS BJORKMAN: No, I think for me, it's always been something special to come to the big events. The four Grand Slams, the Masters Series events, that's where you're really looking for the atmospheres there. It couldn't be anything better when you play on the big stadiums where there are a lot of people watching. That's where you really want to be.

So I always felt that it was something special to come to the Grand Slams.

Q. Physically, how is it different to play at 35 than it was at 25?

JONAS BJORKMAN: There's no aching the day after. When you're 25, you probably could play every day, four hours a day or six hours a day. And, you know, at 35, you've got to be smarter and try to save energy.

But fitness‑wise, I'm feeling great. I'm still feeling that I can compete, and as long as I do my fitness training and keep healthy, it's obviously still okay. But the recovery is not the same. That is probably the only difference.

Q. So after a really difficult match, can you describe exactly how you feel the next morning when you step out of bed?

JONAS BJORKMAN: It could be tough, sometimes, to put the socks on. (Laughing).

Q. Bearing that in mind, and knowing that you were playing on Suzanne Lenglen, how did that effect the way you were thinking before the match?

JONAS BJORKMAN: Well, I knew already before the game that I needed to take more risks than I have done in the past matches. So my game plan had to change a little bit. But then he started a little nervous, I think, and wasn't that aggressive. So I could still be surprisingly in control from the beginning.

It was just unfortunate I just couldn't take that first set. At least it would have put some more pressure on him. Then I think he had a better idea of how to play me, because we've known each other for such a long time. So he made sure that I was never in a position to try to dictate the points. He made sure that he was doing that, and that made it so much tougher for me.

Q. Do you have any memory of the first time you played him? It was about 11 years ago?

JONAS BJORKMAN: Yeah, I think we played in Marseilles. Never heard of him at that stage. I think it was his first indoor event ever, and I lost.

Q. Reports before the tournament were that the Davis Cup was going to be played on a fast court. Is that still the case or is it up in the air? What is the status on that?

JONAS BJORKMAN: We have no possibility to change. It was already a deadline a couple weeks ago. So it's going to be the case, that if you look to my results in the past 11 years, I still think it's a good choice that we play on fast and play on the best surface we have.

Q. No remorse then?

JONAS BJORKMAN: This is great day. I obviously surprised myself to make the fourth and still having a great match today.

But Soderling and Thomas Johansson's best surface is definitely the one we're choosing for that match. And I have seen so often in Davis Cup people thinking too much about their opponents and forget about what's their strength in their own team.

We played Holland one year. They were putting in clay because they were going to take away Edberg. Then we brought in Larsen, and I think Gustafsson, and we won 5‑Love.

So I think you've got to go with your strength. Even though the U.S. is going to love that court as well.

Q. On a totally different topic, you have some of the most delightful, celebratory gestures in all of tennis. If you were a journalist, how would you describe them in a word?

JONAS BJORKMAN: In a word? In a word. Emotional.

Q. Did you just create them on your own?

JONAS BJORKMAN: Well, the hug was just something in Wimby that just came up, because I was so happy because it was just such a surprise to make the semis after winning three matches going in that event, more or less. It was an event that I'd always been hoping to do well and almost gave up, because I didn't really believe that I could make it that far.

So to have that atmosphere on that day, I think we played a total nine hours, the hug was just such a spontaneous gesture, because I just wanted to hug everyone out there because I was so happy. I felt that was the same in my last match. The victory step has been there for many years. It's more a crazy one.

Q. I was struck by what you said a few moments ago about Suzanne Lenglen. Why is it so much slower than the other courts?

JONAS BJORKMAN: It's a good question, but they have done it differently. They must have done that court differently because it's much darker, even if it's a sunny day with the new balls, you start with the new balls, you get clay on the ball, and it's more or less ‑‑ like if it's water coming underneath. It's just a different system there. It makes your balls a lot bigger and fluffier and heavier.

Q. Do most of the players feel this way?

JONAS BJORKMAN: I think so, yeah. There was some guys straight in the locker room saying he played on the wrong court. Not that I ‑‑ Carlos is just in great form now, so I'm not saying that I should have won on another court, but at least it would have helped me to put some more pressure.

Q. And on another topic, you don't play the type of game you normally associate with Spanish players. But do you subscribe to the theory that certain regions can produce certain types of players, or even the national psyche has something to do with the way people play?

JONAS BJORKMAN: I'm not sure. I think me and Mats coming from the same place, we're very opposite, even if we have the same opportunities of practice. We had a lightning carpet in our club. But he was more natural to play clay, and even thought their indoor season longer, and for me, that sort of matched my practice much better to be an aggressive player.

So I'm not really sure. But maybe it comes up with the idols. You follow up some players and you like to be like that guy or something like that. But otherwise, I think it's just instincts what you like to play.

Q. Speaking of idols, it's sort of a perfect segue to what I wanted to ask you. If Carlos and Rafa played in the next round, do you think even with all of Rafa's accomplishments, that there's still a bit of a psychological dynamic there that he'll have to overcome playing Carlos, someone he admired?

JONAS BJORKMAN: I'm not sure. I think Rafa, when he came up, he was winning most of the matches against the Spanish guys, which maybe was surprising that early stage already, taking that edge from everyone. But I think now he has also seen Carlos playing. I think Carlos now may be playing his best tennis than in the past years, because his shoulder seems to be better.

He had a great match in Hamburg; he nearly won that one. If Rafa, first of all, comes through this match, I think he feels that Carlos is playing much better now. So it is definitely going to be an interesting match. Who knows if he will have some more respect for Carlos, purely because his idol.

Q. Can you relate that to yourself? Were you ever in a situation like that with a player that you grew up admiring in?

JONAS BJORKMAN: I played Mats, and I couldn't sleep the night before, '94, in where was that, Washington. Then I played in 110 Farenheit, which is just perfect for him, because he's just the opposite of all the Swedes. He's loving the heat. Barely get a sweat when it's over 100. So, but that's different. That was the first time I met Mats.

And Carlos and Rafa, are they spent so much time together, I think it was mainly first and second match they played against each other that you had that chemistry on court, that is maybe sometimes a little tougher when you play a friend. Now they've been around for so many years, I wouldn't say that it would be putting something extra in it.

Q. When you're a veteran like you are, do you think that helps or hurts you to be playing serve‑and‑volley tennis as opposed to say baseline tennis? What are the things that start to go a little bit soft first, the things that work for the clay court game or fast court game?

JONAS BJORKMAN: Well, I can't play in a serve and volley anymore. It's impossible on the surface we have these days. I stopped. I think, in general, you've seen Henman, myself, most of the guys who have been playing serve and volley before, we all stopped, because, you know, it's just not possible to do that anymore purely because the competition is so good. All of the players are hitting it stronger. But then the strings, racquets, the heavy balls, slow surfaces, obviously making it more or less impossible.

So I wouldn't say that has something to do with age. I feel if I have a quick court, I can still play a great serve and volley. But it's just you've got to have some benefits. Especially when you hit a volley, you need to see that the ball takes off and not just sits up.

Q. Do you think the courts ought to be speeded up? Do you think it's unfair now toward the slow court players?

JONAS BJORKMAN: No, I wouldn't say it's unfair, really. It's part of the game to have ‑‑ you know, I think, what was it, midnight is when we had this lightning courts. It was not so much fun to watch Becker, Ivanisevic hitting 45 bombs each. But sometimes we can look for what is the medium. I think like on clay, we have really heavy balls in Hamburg, but it makes no sense. It's only going to be 7, 8° every day. So maybe we can have a quicker ball in Hamburg, a little bit slower one in Monte Carlo. So you're just finding a better balance sometimes. Or if you have a slow court, you can have a quicker ball.

That's more that you can work on. Because I think it's good to have a variety of different type of player styles.

Q. One of the fun things in our game is you see certain countries rise up and get really hot. The Spaniards and the Argentines and the Serbs today, and others sort of struggle, the Aussies to a degree. We Americans are sort of in a tough patch. Things get kicked off sometimes like when there is a big star like Bjorn Borg or the Barcelona Olympics or federation, but what are the keys in the cycles of the rising of a nation and sustaining it, and then one that falls off? How can you try and prevent that?

JONAS BJORKMAN: I think it has to come a downside. In our case, we were so successful since Bjorn, '75, more or less, '74. Then it kept going on, more or less, to the end of the '90s, that we had just a bunch of players. At one stage, I think Nystrom was Number 10 in the world, he didn't even get to the Davis Cup squad because he was not good enough.

And it has to come to a stage where you will drop off a little bit. Then it will peak again later on. If you can manage to stay in the top and producing great players all the time, I think that's exceptional. The only countries who can do that is obviously the ones that have money.

Some federations wouldn't have the same possibilities, like the French, you know. They have one coach to each junior player from probably 14 to 18. And in Sweden, Mats Wilander nearly works for free for Davis Cup. So it's just a different situation. Some teams can always maybe have a little bit easier, but it's got to be ups and downs in all sports, I think.

Q. Can you describe how your shoulder felt out there as you hit those heavy balls. Was it more achy or a sharp pain?

JONAS BJORKMAN: No, it's not really sharp pain. It's more it's just so tired. It's no energy left, really, in the muscles. It just gets so tight, and it gets like a big knot out there. So I just needed Stephane to release it, and I got a painkiller just to see if it could drop the pain a little bit.

Q. Can you describe your regimen after the first round or second round after the match? Do you have a masseuse, or do you have to sleep extra?

JONAS BJORKMAN: My wife (laughing).

No, no. I think, yeah, everyone is taking massages down in the locker rooms. You know, you go on the bike and try to get the muscles smoother. You know, I felt great after the first two, three matches. There were no problems at all.

But Carlos is playing at a different pace than all the other guys I played. It was putting so much pressure, so I had to do a lot more running today.
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After playing fantastic tennis and winning three intense matches, it all ended in the fourth round against Carlos Moya on Monday. Moya won 7– 6 (7–5), 6–2, 7–5. Naturally he was a hude favorite, and he is a tough opponent when he gets to control a match with his forehand, but it stings that I couldn´t take further advantage of the oppurtunities that I had. I went on to a 5-2 lead in the first set, and I had 5-3 in the tibreak. I also had ten chances to break his serve in the third set. If I had played with the same quality as in my previous match, the 3-1 victory against Oscar Hernandez, the outcome of the Moya match would have been very interesting.
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The grass season starts today. I will play against Justin Gimelstob, USA, in the first round of the Queens tournament in London. He is tall and powerful and likes to play serve and volley, so that should suit me well. I have just met him once before on grass, when I beat him in three sets in Wimbledon 2003.
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