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I thought we could start a new thread with articles and interviews... ;)

Here his interview after his win against Rochus:

Rogers Cup - Interviews


P. MATHIEU /O. Rochus

6-1, 6-2

An interview with:

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU

(Translated from French interview.)

THE MODERATOR: Questions in French .

Q. Maybe you should come back and explain in French why you said in your opinion you played a better match today than when you played Roddick . Did you feel better today?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I played a super match against Roddick . I didn't say I played that much better today. But I think on the important points, I was strong. I played a wonderful first set. I think he played well also. They were close points, but every time I was the one who won the point. I played with a lot of confidence.

Q. How do you explain your success since the beginning of this tournament?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I don't know why because if I knew why, I'd win all the time. But it had to happen one day because of all the work I put into it.

Q. What makes you happier with your game these days?


PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I think since the beginning of this week, I've been serving very well. I knew that when I make a high percentage of first serves, confidence grows a lot with that, and I win most of the points after a good first serve.

How many points did I win?

Q. 80. After those three matches that you won, do you feel as confident and as ready for your next match?


PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: One thing for sure is I must not feel happy because I am now in the quarterfinals. I've been playing late two nights in a row. When I walk out of here, it's time to go to bed. When I wake up, it's time to get back into match situations. This time around, I can recuperate a little more. But I must find a way to keep focused.

Q. How much sleep did you get?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Not much. At 2:30 room service knocked on the door for no reason, and I had a hard time falling back asleep. It made me nervous. I woke up at 8, so I didn't have a very long night's sleep.

Q. How are your training sessions with Tulasne ? They must not be training sessions like the ones you have when there is no match played. Are those training sessions specific and do they enable you to be more ready for your matches?


PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: We mostly do warm-ups. We have trained before this tournament in Paris . Those training sessions were very demanding. But nothing replaces a victory in the tournament.

Q. If you could choose your next opponent, would you prefer Davydenko or Beck ?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: It's difficult. All matches are difficult matches. Beck is a very good player. He beat Nalbandian yesterday. He plays very well at this time.

Davydenko is in the top 10, and he'll be difficult also.

Q. You played Davydenko recently.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Yes. I lost, so I want my revenge. Winning here is a great motivation to continue working as hard. Against Davydenko or Beck , they will be difficult matches.

Q. If you play at the same level of play that you have had until now, what do you think your chances are?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I have my chances. Playing as well as I do, I think I have a chance to win for sure.

Q. The surface here is very fast. Does this suit your game?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I like hard surfaces. Most people say I'm a clay court player, but the last two tournaments I won were indoor tournaments which were on hard. I love this surface. I learned to play on this type of surface. I adapt very well. I've always liked fast surfaces.

Q. When was the last time you felt you played as well as this?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Roland Garros , I started to play very well there. I lost against Cañas . I had two match points. I was getting to play better and better. It's too bad I lost.

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From l'equipe.fr
It's in french but I will translate it later ;)

11/08/2005

Mathieu en quarts

Un sur deux. Paul-Henri Mathieu s'est qualifié pour les quarts de finale, jeudi à Montreal, grâce à sa victoire sur le Belge Olivier Rochus, 6-1 6-2. Au prochain tour, il affrontera le Slovaque Karol Beck, qui a éliminé le Russe Nikolay Davydenko, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4). A l'inverse, Sébastien Grosjean a perdu au même niveau du tableau face à l'Espagnol Rafaël Nadal, 6-4, 6-4.

Après avoir créé la surprise en sortant Andy Roddick au premier tour, Paul-Henri Mathieu s'était sorti d'un piégeux duel franco-français face à Arnaud Clément mercredi soir. Et après six petites heures de sommeil, il a ressorti les raquettes jeudi matin pour une démonstration : «Je fais un superbe match contre Roddick mais là, c'est certainement mon meilleur de la semaine.»

«Avant de venir à Montréal, j'ai fait une grosse semaine de travail avec des entraînements difficiles», a expliqué Mathieu. Et la semaine passée dans les coursives de Roland-Garros fut aussi celle du renforcement de sa collaboration avec son nouvel entraîneur. Obligé de quitter Patrice Hagelauer au printemps, après qu'il fut reproché à ce dernier par certains joueurs de cumuler les fonctions d'entraîneur de l'équipe de France de Coupe Davis et de Mathieu, le Strasbourgeois a trouvé refuge auprès de Thierry Tulasne. Un coup gagnant.
 

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*julie* said:
après qu'il fut reproché à ce dernier par certains joueurs de cumuler les fonctions d'entraîneur de l'équipe de France de Coupe Davis
Hmm...

I don't think it's Richard, Arnaud or Mika. He seems quite close to the 3 of them. Monfils seems unlikely as well to say that. Could it be Seb?
 

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THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. Can you assess the match for us? We didn't have a chance to see it. Seems you must have won very easily.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: The score is very tough, I think. I play a very good match, I mean, I think the best of the week. No, I mean, I play great first set. I won 6-1. The second set, at 3-1 I had a chance to break him for the second time. I didn't took it. He start to play better. But I was serving good, so it was okay. Even if the score is easy, it wasn't that easy.

Q. Can you tell us about the state of tennis in France. It seems that so many players from France are doing very well in this particular tournament. It looks like the game is on the rise in France. Is there a particular reason why so many good players have emerged at the same time?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I don't know. I mean, we are a lot around 100, 110, 120 in the world. Now they're coming up. We try to come in
the top 50. Gasquet play well before the French Open. So we start to playing good. I don't know why.

Q. What would a victory in this tournament mean to you, where you're at in your career? You were on the verge of becoming a very good player a couple years ago. Would a win here vault you to a different level as it has for Gasquet?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: In every tournament, you want to win some matches. I'm happy to win three matches in a row. I hope I can win again tomorrow. Every tournaments are different. You always want to win.

Q. Do you have a preference for your next opponent?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Beck is very solid, I think. But Davydenko is very tough. He played very good, it seem, this year. He is in the top 10, so he is very tough.

Q. You were mentioning earlier you thought this was your best match of the week. Considering the victory you had in your opening round against Roddick, it sounds a bit surprising to hear that. What maybe was better for you today that hasn't been there?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I mean, I play a great match, too, against Roddick. I think today, no, I mean, today was another great match. I was feeling better on the court. Before I play Roddick, I didn't win so many matches. Today I won two already. So I had little bit more confidence.

Q. At the beginning of the match, I'm not sure how many people in this city knew your name. Now people do. How does that feel as a young athlete?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I don't know. I will tell you tonight when I go out for dinner (smiling). I don't know. I mean, you get used to it. It's kind of nice.

Q. Do you like the speed of these courts? They do appear to suit your game.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Yes. I mean, sometime we say I'm a clay court player. But, no, I like to play on these courts. I like to play when it's fast. I won two tournaments indoors. No, I like it. It's true, is fast.
 

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Hmm...

I don't think it's Richard, Arnaud or Mika. He seems quite close to the 3 of them. Monfils seems unlikely as well to say that. Could it be Seb?
:scratch: I have no idea... :shrug:
 

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Hmm...

I don't think it's Richard, Arnaud or Mika. He seems quite close to the 3 of them. Monfils seems unlikely as well to say that. Could it be Seb?
If it's true (which i doubt...) that must be this stupid angry jalous whinner: Lisnard... :rolleyes:
Or it is another invention by the media to made a scandal up. I read elsewhere that they couldn't keep working together and knew it at the start of their collaboration simply because it was not allowed for an international coach, a DC team coach to work with a player on the tour. He only made a "pige" with Mathieu as they said. It was the plan.

Thanks Julie! I like the room service anectdote. Someone doesn't want him to sleep well because he's winning too much or what? :lol: That's like the plate of pastas anectdote... :rolls:
 

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No one seems to like Lisnard. :tape:
Well, there are good reasons for that... And i don't waste my time not liking him. I'm indifferent. I hope he changes and i might like him.
 

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Thanks Julie! I like the room service anectdote. Someone doesn't want him to sleep well because he's winning too much or what? :lol: That's like the plate of pastas anectdote... :rolls:
That's more than likely...Otherwise, how did the hotel staff dare to wake him up at 2:30 AM without any purposes... :mad:

I hope this time Thierry will be on the watch in his doorway... :devil:
 

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Tell me more. I don't know about his history. :lol:
Anyway, that can't be Lisnard. From what some ppl like Choupi explained, it must be players of the DC team who didn't agree to let Patrice be at the disposal of Paulo alone on the tour. He's not one of them. Sorry to have accused him. :eek:
He complained at the 2005 Aussie Open after he "won" his 1st round match against an injured Seb Grosjean who was very likely going to win (he was up two sets to none...but injured himself...) but refused to retire. He said he was lying or making it worse than it was because he was a "bad looser", because of sour grapes. He put forward injuries he said he had to play through too... And he was very mean in his words. His reaction was stupid. He was supposed to know Grosjean enough to know he couldn't have done what he afirmed he had done. They knew each other almost since childhood. Grosjean even mentioned him in his book (the one he wrote with Arnaud...). He lost in the next round.
He is known to often have this kind of attitude even towards his fellow countrymen. He tends to complain a lot, whinning about this and that, finding bad excuses to his defeats, accusing very easily other players of very bad things etc...At one time, we heard of this kind of things so often from him it was unbelievable. He made a fool of himself. It was like "That's again this Losnard whinning! What it it today? The net was too high?..."
I didn't heard these kind of stories about him recently. Maybe he has changed. I hope so.
That's nothing. I've never really disliked someone in my life and it's not someone like him with the little stupidities he has done that will make me start doing this. Anyway, i don't like him either. Everyone can be an asshole during a period of one's life. I had my time. I just hope it's over now for him and he understood he had a lot of defaults, put himself in question, wanted to change and did it. ;)
 

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That's more than likely...Otherwise, how did the hotel staff dare to wake him up at 2:30 AM without any purposes... :mad:

I hope this time Thierry will be on the watch in his doorway... :devil:
:lol: I'm sure Thierry will be happy to help with that! I already imagine it from here: "I won't stay this guy's coach for long if i have to do that kind of stuff. For God's sake, i'm not his nanny! He always put himself in trouble! And we don't know what his Cincy draw will look like yet! That will be something, i'll need to get use to." :haha:
 

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Anyway, that can't be Lisnard. From what some ppl like Choupi explained, it must be players of the DC team who didn't agree to let Patrice be at the disposal of Paulo alone on the tour. He's not one of them. Sorry to have accused him. :eek:
Which makes it all the more intriguing... Who do you think it is?
 

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Here is an article post by smucav on the General MB. I decided to post this here cos there are some comments about the collaboration of Paulo and Thierry Tulasne.

Mathieu solves coaching problems and flourishes
On DC loss: 'I was very perturbed and I couldn't put all my mind on my tennis'

By Georges Homsi, Special to TennisReporters.net

Coaching changes have affected Paul-Henri Mathieu.

FROM THE ROGERS TENNIS MASTERS SERIES IN MONTREAL – After his remarkable performances in Davis Cup against Spain in Alicante in 2004 and against Sweden in the first round in March of this year, Paul-Henri Mathieu was earning a much deserved reputation for being an anchor of the French team.

In Alicante, he scored a fantastic five-set victory over former No. 1 Carlos Moya and, in his hometown of Strasbourg, he defeated both Joachim and Thomas Johansson, giving France two vital points in this opening tie. Although his results on the ATP and Grand Slam events haven't been to the standard of his Davis Cup performances, French captain Guy Forget has counted heavily on Alsace-born Mathieu to help his team advance further in the 2005 campaign.

But, things didn't go as smoothly as Forget would have hoped when France was challenging Russia in Moscow last month. With Grosjean out because he "needed a rest," Mathieu, teaming alongside Richard Gasquet, was once again expected to help the team overcome Russia, in the absence of its leader, Marat Safin.

Yet, for Mathieu, being in a good mental space is a key element of his success, and it quickly became obvious that he was neither serene nor confident. Crushed in straight sets by both Nicolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev, he was only the shadow of the player who was so dominant earlier in the year against Sweden.

The reason for the Frenchman looking so lost out there was mainly an ongoing "affair" with the French Tennis Federation. Back in early May, Mathieu decided to part with his coach Olivier Soules, for lack of compatibility. He expressed the desire to train with Patrice Hagelauer, who is known for having coached Yannick Noah in his prime, including the year he won Roland Garros. A trial cooperation began until the end of the French Open and it went better than any could have hoped. At Roland Garros, Mathieu displayed some amazing tennis, even holding two match points before bowing to Guillermo Cañas in a thrilling five-setter.

The problem, however, was that Hagelauer is employed by the French federation, which had to give its approval before Mathieu could benefit from his help all year long. Incidentally, Hagelauer was also a coach of the French Davis Cup team and apparently, some members of the team expressed to the federation their concern about Hagelauer coaching both the team, and one of the potential Davis Cup players.

FRENCH FEDERATION NIXES COACH
As a result, in spite of a very fruitful cooperation which lasted a little over a month, and the determination of both Hagelauer and Mathieu to continue working together, the federation refused to give its OK. "It was not an easy situation. I just couldn't understand it," Mathieu said.

What the federation didn't realize then, was that it was jeopardising its chances in Davis Cup. "I was very perturbed and I couldn't put all my mind on my tennis" says Mathieu to explain his two horrible matches against Russia.

Since then, a new perspective arose for the Frenchman, as the federation offered him an interesting alternative in the form of Thierry Tulasne, the former coach of Sebastien Grosjean. Tulasne left his duties with French juniors, to be able to travel with Mathieu on a trial basis.

Things seem to be moving in the right direction, judging by the form shown by Mathieu in Montreal this week. "I must admit I am enjoying working with Thierry, although I didn't know him so well. And it is showing on court," he said.

Mathieu was so disappointed after his Davis Cup mediocre performance that he was eager to work twice as hard. "I really did appreciate this will to bounce back," Tulasne said.

This week, in Montreal, Mathieu offered a display of his new attitude, upsetting Andy Roddick in the first round in straight sets. Things are still going his way as he also played two very solid matches to oust Arnaud Clement and Olivier Rochus. "I have been serving very well, and playing well the big points' Mathieu said. In the quarterfinals, he will test his form against Karol Beck, who upset Davydenko 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4).


Silverwhite, this article made me realize that it's more than likely that Seb was the one who prevented Hagelauer from being Paulo's coach. These are only suppositions but...

During today's match the commentator said Tulasne is really happy about Paulo because it's the first time he has seen such a hard-working player. And the other commentator answered (laughing) that he may have other reasons to say so...I had the feeling they were refering to Seb cos he was training with Tulasne in the past.
Moreover, Seb has an american coach and didn't play the last DC match...
That might be reasons of this little "chill" between Seb and the fft. All these little facts could make sense. :rolleyes:

:lol: I feel like a detective.
 

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Silverwhite, this article made me realize that it's more than likely that Seb was the one who prevented Hagelauer from being Paulo's coach. These are only suppositions but...

During today's match the commentator said Tulasne is really happy about Paulo because it's the first time he has seen such a hard-working player. And the other commentator answered (laughing) that he may have other reasons to say so...I had the feeling they were refering to Seb cos he was training with Tulasne in the past.
Moreover, Seb has an american coach and didn't play the last DC match...
That might be reasons of this little "chill" between Seb and the fft. All these little facts could make sense. :rolleyes:

:lol: I feel like a detective.
True. And Grosjean is known not to be a "hard-worker" so that's what i thought too hearing those commentaries. They often make fun of him because of that. I read the L'Equipe article you're talking about with the "i've never been with such an hard-worker before" quote from Tuslane. I think that would make sense. But don't think that was direclty against Paulo even if it's close to be. But he didn't want a DC coach who can have an influence on DC selections of players to work with a player on the tour. In short, he wanted to still be able to give crappy excuses not to take part in a DC tie when he wants to and still be one of the first choices for selection, knowing that a lot of French players more motivated by DC than him are coming strong and that he may not be that "undisputable" in the future... Maybe i'm going too far. I don't know...

I feel like a bad detective... :eek: :lol:
 

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True. And Grosjean is known not to be a "hard-worker" so that's what i thought too hearing those commentaries. They often make fun of him because of that. I read the L'Equipe article you're talking about with the "i've never been with such an hard-worker before" quote from Tuslane. I think that would make sense. But don't think that was direclty against Paulo even if it's close to be. But he didn't want a DC coach who can have an influence on DC selections of players to work with a player on the tour. In short, he wanted to still be able to give crappy excuses not to take part in a DC tie when he wants to and still be one of the first choices for selection, knowing that a lot of French players more motivated by DC than him are coming strong and that he may not be that "undisputable" in the future... Maybe i'm going too far. I don't know...

I feel like a bad detective... :eek: :lol:
I'm guilty myself. I was going to say that Seb probably didn't want to play the Russia tie because of the coaching issue (maybe he wanted to protest or he wasn't sure he would play or something), but I didn't want to offend the Seb fans. :p

In any case, it's really disappointing that there is such pettiness in the team. Whoever it is (it may not be Seb) brought the team down in a way since Paulo was troubled by it and couldn't play well.
 

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P-H MATHIEU/K. Beck

6-2, 6-1

An interview with:

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU

THE MODERATOR: Paul-Henri advances to his first career ATP Masters Series semifinal. He is also the third Frenchman to reach the semifinals in the Open Era here in Canada, the first since Fabrice Santoro in 2001, and also Patrick Proisy in 1972.
Questions for Paul-Henri.

Q. Could you tell us, how did you end up at Bollettieri's?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I was in Bollettieri when I was 15. I left when I was 18. I went back in France, and I had the opportunity to be coached by Thierry Champion. That's why I left.

Q. Why did you go there in the first place?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Because when you are kid, is a dream to go in Bollettieri, just to practice, to see the other players.
I think it's a good school.

Q. Do you feel like you're practically playing in front of a hometown crowd here?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Here? No, I mean, because the people speak French?

Q. Yes.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Yeah, I mean, all the French guy, I think we feel good here because many people speak French. I don't know exactly if I feel like a Canadian when I'm playing. But I know the crowd was with me today. It helped, for sure.

Q. It looked like another relatively easy win against a tough opponent. It looked towards the end of the match you were really waiting that extra second on every ball to wait for Karol to move, then put it into the open court. Was it your plan to wait a little longer?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: In the beginning, I knew he played two tough matches so I tried to make him move and do not miss so much. At the end it was difficult because he was going for everything, so I try to put the ball in play and just keep him moving.

Q. He's been on the side courts the entire tournament. You started off against Roddick on centre court. Do you think that made you feel more comfortable?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Yeah, for sure it helped me a little bit. When you play on centre court in the first match, you know a little bit the court. I knew the crowd little bit, so it helped little bit, for sure.

Q. Is the centre court a little faster?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I don't think so. I play on the central court and Court BN. It's fast, too.

Q. You've had a lot of injuries in your career. Are you healthy now?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Hope so (smiling). No, I mean, I started playing good in 2002. Right after that, I pull a muscle in abdominal, so I was ?? I didn't play for four months, then I start playing again. When I was playing good again, I got injured in my wrist, left wrist. I stopped for seven months. It's exactly one year I start to play again, so I started in the same period last year.
Is not easy to come back. You have to do everything from zero. You have to play the small tournaments again, play the quallies. Is not easy.

Q. Once you get back to where you are now, it becomes easier?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: No, because you want always to go better. I was 30 before, so I hope I can go more.


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I'd like to say that i have nothing against Seb. But everybody knows that between him and DC, it's not a "love story"...The only problems he have are tied to this competition and the members of his team...
Thank you for the interview, Silverwhite! :yeah: Still have to progress in English Paulo for someone who spent 3 years of his teenage years at Bollitieri's... ;)
 

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I'd like to say that i have nothing against Seb.
Me neither. I just wish that things will get better within the DC team. :angel:
I was a bit shocked by the comments of Paulo when he said that all this story about him and Hagelauer had perturbed him during the DC match agaisnt Russia.

Anyway, now that he has a new coach , things seem to turn out right! :D
 

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Q. Compared to yesterday, you played the same match but with a totally different score. Yesterday we had the impression that Olivier hit very hard. Now there were many more highs and lows.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I knew he was like that, the nonchalant type at times. I had played him at Queen's. He did the same thing. I lost the first set, won the second set. That's a danger against this type of player. We have the impression that he only tries a little, halfway, doesn't give his full effort, then when he has a chance, he passes you. I really tried to stay concentrated the whole match. Thanks to that, he could not come back into the match.

Q. Today your serves were for sure an element on which you could build.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Yes, for sure, and it helped me a lot. But since the beginning of the week, I served well. When we can count on a good first serve, it's important and it helps, even for the rest of the match.

Q. It's your first Masters Series semifinal.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Yes.

Q. Can you tell us how you feel achieving this.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I'm very happy. It's obvious I did not think coming here that I would be still playing in the semifinals. Today I am. We always want to go further in the tournament. It's true that I'm very happy to be there today.

Q. What is the explanation of the success that you experience this week?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Like I said yesterday, there's no secret. If there was one, we would do it week in and week out. It's true that I experienced a period of time where I didn't win many matches, so I was bound to win at one moment or another. I trained very hard. Today I'm seeing the results of this hard work.

Q. Can we say that in the weeks before this tournament, you were really deep in trouble as far as your play is concerned, even more importantly so than when you were injured?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: It's quite different than when I was hurt. I know that after Davis Cup it was a difficult period. I was very sad to have lost those matches. The reaction to this is either you let go and you go deeper in the hole and it's very difficult to come back. But when I went to Stuttgart, I made an effort to overcome this feeling that I had and I won a match. Right there it put me right back on track. I could train a few days on hard before coming here, and it helped me. I really wanted to bounce back.

Q. Do you think it was a very important effort of your will to bounce back after what you experienced?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I don't think so. It takes an effort, but I've made efforts that were much more important than this.

Q. Would you say also one reason for your success is the peace of mind that you have found again with the arrival of Thierry Tulasne as a trainer?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Physically I think that I'm a little better than I was before. I had a difficult period after Davis Cup. I was a little tired, but I feel better now. Since I'm with Thierry, I feel much better. When you have someone by your side to talk with, it helps a lot. It helps to bring peace of mind.

Q. Would you say that playing on hard is less difficult than playing on clay?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: It's true that I like clay, but when you are physically fit, you can play well on either surface. I've played very well in indoor tournaments as well before today.

Q. Can you say a few words about your next opponent, even though we don't know who it is yet. Is Nadal someone you know well?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I've seen him quite often on TV. I have watched many of his matches. He's a very good player. He's No. 2. Maybe he will become No. 1. He played well on clay, but he's showing us that he is playing quite well on hard also. He has a very strong mental state.

Q. What can you do to beat him?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: I think when you play a player like him, you have to be strong mentally. You must show him that you are as present on the court as he is, as intense as he is, that you are on court to win also.

Q. His opponent Puerta, you've played him before?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Did I play him before? I don't remember. No. It's even more surprising that Puerta is still here. It's not a surprise when you win a lot of matches on clay, eventually you do well on hard. There are quite a few South Americans doing well. They are very confident, and that helps their game. They are dangerous on any surface.

Q. There are eight players from France in the main draw, if I'm not mistaken. I suspect there must be a competition amongst you, who will do the best.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: They're not here. They've left.

Q. No one stayed to watch you?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: Richard is here still. He will leave tomorrow. There's no competition amongst us. We all try and win as often as we can. We had French players playing each other second round, which was good. That made sure one of us was third round. We're always happy when there are many French players. If there is a competition, it's a very healthy competition amongst us.

Q. You had a lot of success in the Juniors and your first year on the ATP Tour. Do you want to use the success that you are experiencing this week to show the world that you can be top 10?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: In the Juniors I only had one success. I won Roland Garros. But I played very well in 2002. I had good results. It's the first time I am playing so well in a Masters Series. I hope to continue and to do more of the same in the next weeks.

Q. Do you know the difference in your ranking that these results here will bring?

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: No. Last year I played in August and had a few points there. I'm happy to say that I defended all those points from last August. In a year, it's not easy to go down to 50 in the world. We play three, four months. Today I'm very happy to be back ranked amongst the 50 best players. I hope to have an even better ranking. It's difficult to know the difference in ranking that I will have now because everybody is so close to one another in the rankings. You cannot think that you'll be in the top 10 easily in a year or so. First you want to be in the top 50. Actually I became in the 40s. It's very difficult to have a specific goal as far as ranking is concerned when you start a new year. Most people never think about the ranking. Unfortunately, it's like this, but it's the same for everybody.

Q. You have admitted coming here to Montreal you did not think you'd be in the semifinals.

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU: It's true that I had not won many matches and that I was just coming out from a difficult period. But to say that I would be in the semifinals, I had never expected that. But today I will profit from this and I hope to continue. I did not expect this at all.

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