The course of the match
- Roland Garros Men's Singles
- Roland Garros Women's Singles
"A tough game. I'm not going to watch in tears. My feeling is that he played well. I don't think I played badly, but he played well. The problem is that it's always the same and if he continues to play in this way, my opinion is that at the end of the year he will be in the top 30. The last time I said something like that for someone, he didn't. Kudos to him for playing like that today. I hope he will continue to play like this, otherwise I will be disappointed, I will say to myself: why did he succeed today and not in two days? »
On the somewhat tense exchange with the public
"No, it was fine. The only thing, when I asked the referee to check the mark, it was very close in my opinion; I was chatting with her where she saw the ball inside. I was booed for I don't know what reason, I told them: "Shut up!", because I was talking with another person but not with the crowd, so they should shut up at that time. Otherwise, everything went well in my opinion. »
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His clay court season
"Every time this season ends, I'm satisfied, whether it's once in the quarter-finals, in the first round, in the fourth round, I'm happy. Today, with the wind and the dry court, my mouth was full of clay from the third game. I don't know if people like to have clay on their socks, you can throw them in the bag after the clay season. I don't like it. I like this season to be over. I will be able to rest well, that's one of the advantages. Lots of relaxation in the days to come. Happy to move on to the next challenge even if, obviously, I would have liked to stay longer in Paris even if it's clay."
On the grass season that is looming and the reception of the British public with the Russians
"You can't control everything. If people decide to be mean or difficult, that's how it will be. If they are nice, so much the better. It is not for us to decide. Of course, I will be happy if I can go to the UK to play Wimbledon. Before I go to play in Halle and it's a tournament I love. I haven't been able to play well so far. It's not easy to play on grass. I can't say I love grass, but it's always better than clay. Last year I played 2 finals, I will try to do even better this year at Wimbledon than in previous years."