There's a sense of urgency on every point, on every shot. It's an incredible challenge. I certainly didn't have enough today.
I always worry about health -- is everything holding up
Over the last 20 years, I've come full circle, ... To be here at an age where I can take in that sort of love and be at an age where I can embrace it is a tremendous feeling.
He went through a stretch where I was lucky if I was in every third point on his serve, but I just said to myself I wanted to make him earn it and I finally got a chance in the fifth set.
I had my moments for sure but I wasn't confrontational. And sometimes you get on the court and you'd find yourself very confrontational. It was all a discovery.
I question myself every day. That's what I still find motivating about this. I don't have the answers, I don't pretend that I do just because I won the match. Just keep fighting and maybe something good happens.
Listen, James is an easy guy to like, and he's an easy guy to root for, ... If he's getting the better of me, if we happen to play, you know I couldn't wish it for a better person. He deserves support. I just hope it will be a great standard match.
I prepare to be there under any circumstances, which in many years has been less than ideal,
This is one of the most exciting things to happen in my 20 years in tennis.
He can keep his spin, but I'd rather take away his speed or make him right-handed. Any one of those things would change the dynamics dramatically. I'd first go speed, (and) then I'd go right-handed then I'd go spin. On clay it's different. Spin would probably be right up there with the speed. On hard court, I can take the ball early and I didn't have much issue with that, but I did have issue with his ability to use his speed to get a hold of a point and then he wouldn't let go of it once he had it.
Young said during a recent conference call that he decided to turn pro when he received a wild-card invitation to a tournament in San Jose. He is excited to play, ... I'm a little nervous. I mean, I hope I don't play one of them.
I might surprise you a little bit, ... I feel good. I'm certainly going to be looking forward to it. Mentally just being out there is going to take care of that. Physically I'll be able to make somebody earn it, that's for sure.
It's always awkward playing somebody for the first time. Tonight I just stayed with executing my shots, stayed comfortable.
It was good to close that one out, it was only getting tougher,
I think one of the greatest joys I have now in my career and in my profession is to be playing at an age where I can appreciate it more than I used to... It's a whole different lens you look through the older you get.
I don't know if I can put in context with how this compares with some of my greatest moments on tennis courts, but it's right up there,
I've been criticized for not having perspective in the past and I thought that of myself many times but not there.
Andre was for a time fighting his own personal battles, whatever they were, and wasn't putting his whole heart into the tennis. The way I see it in his eyes, this is just frosting.
It's really disappointing to miss this year's tournament and I was really looking forward to playing again in the Bay Area.
I kept my head down and kept wanting to make him earn it. In the third and fourth set, I felt I was a bit living on the edge with my serve. But then in the fifth, I settled down a little bit on my service games and put enough pressure on him to get that break.
I plan to return to the court as soon as my ankle is fully recovered.
I love playing here -- a lot of memories, a lot of great matches. This is disappointing. It would have been nice to be here, but it's not worth being less than my best.
Today required a lot of concentration because it only took a mental lapse for one or two shots and the set's over with, ... On a calm day if I'm taking risks against a guy like that, all he needs is one game and then he's going to win the set. I couldn't afford to get too risky. Points happen too quickly out there.
Listen, with the state of my ankle right now, there's no chance for me to be able to play again,
Sometimes it's just harder to remind yourself about what you're doing and why you're doing it... Other times, you have a great desire for it, but physically you're not responding the way you want. That presents other challenges. Then sometimes it all comes together.
You feel inspired by it -- the hair on the back of your body is standing on end and occasionally it leads to some magic.
Well, I actually tell my son that I don't have any hair because he asked me the same question that I gave it to him when he was born, so he actually still believes that. He's five years old.
I think a perfectly played drop shot is one of the prettiest to watch in the game, ... In order for the drop shot to work, somebody has to be respecting what it is you might do besides that. ... When it leaves the racket, you know if you've done it or not.
I've been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.
I was pretty nervous coming out here today. It took me a while to settle in. But it felt good.
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