Still can’t seem to track down full transcripts, so I guess this will have to do.
“It wasn’t my best match but it was a correct match,” said the reigning champion, “I played safe, I stayed focused all the time and Philipp tried to play more aggressively for a few moments but he made more mistakes than usual and that helped me a little bit. My serve was working well, I worked well from the base-line and I felt good. It’s important to win and Philipp is a tough opponent. To play against him in the second round was a challenge for me.”
It’s always good to be correct, no? And he acknowledges he played safe – it was all that was needed.
“Please don’t compare me with Roger because he has lost very few matches in his career,” he said when asked about Federer’s evaluation of him, that he “never has a shock result and never loses to anyone outside the top 10 or top five” – this before the Swiss world No.1 had fallen to the unheralded Ernests Gulbis in the second round. “I don’t know, I just do my best and one day I’m going to lose. Perhaps tomorrow , but I hope not. I just do my best. Every match is difficult and I try to do my best every day. We will see what will happen.”
We know you do your best, it’s why we likes ya.
And, in case anyone needed a reminder that he’s a one-match-at-a-time kind of guy…
“It’s a little bit tiring talking every day about a final when I am only in my second match,” he sighed when quizzed on whom he would like to face on Sunday. “I can start thinking about the final on Saturday night. On Wednesday afternoon is very difficult for me to think about the final. I have a tough opponent tomorrow and I’m focusing on that. I’m not looking that far ahead.”
You tell ’em, Rafa.