David Ferrer: “I tried to play more with my forehand, and he was more tired than me in the final of the fourth set”
TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 2nd of June. D. Ferrer d. K. Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1. An interview with David Ferrer
Q. Can you just talk a little bit about the match today? It looked a lot tougher than the match against Kevin last year here?
DAVID FERRER: It was tough. I think first and second set I played very good. I think I did not too much mistakes.
In the third, he played better, no? He get up his level.
Nothing else, no? I played consistent. When I lost the third set I tried to play more obviously with my forehand, and he was more tired than me in the final of the fourth set.
Q. You have Rafa next. Obviously you played him in the final last year. But how different do you think it will be playing him this time when you’ve just beaten him in Rome?
DAVID FERRER: Is different, because is another year, is quarterfinal and is not one final of Roland Garros.
Anyway, every year is different, the feeling is gonna be different, and last year the weather is gonna be different.
Well, I will try to do my best. I will try to play aggressively with my forehand and try to finish the points on the net.
But of course it’s gonna be difficult with Rafael more in clay court.
Q. Do you take any confidence out of the fact that you were able to beat him on the clay in Monte Carlo?
DAVID FERRER: No, no, I don’t think so. Because in Monte Carlo was three sets. Now here is gonna be Grand Slam, five sets. Is gonna be different.
Q. This is the 10th quarterfinal in a Grand Slam tournament. In the past two and a half years your physical condition has been top notch.
DAVID FERRER: I’m very consistent. I’m very happy with that. I had some bad days, but not necessarily in the Grand Slam tournaments.
Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, so far they have won lots of Grand Slam tournaments, so a great credit to them.
Q. You played the final against Rafa last year, so what are the lessons learned from this final last year against Rafa?
DAVID FERRER: I was very nervous. I was jittery. It was a little bit too much for me, but I’m calmer, had time to adapt. I think that I will be calmer, more serene, but I don’t know exactly what will be my state of mind when I play against Rafa, but I won’t think about the final that took place last year.
Q. How can you put some doubts in Rafa’s mind on clay?
DAVID FERRER: You have to be aggressive, to play well. You have to adopt game plan, the right tactics. Of course, it’s important not to commit errors or mistakes, and you have to sustain the pace of Rafa’s shots all along the match.
Q. You have a new coach. What has the new coach provided you with? Why?
DAVID FERRER: I decided to have a new coach, because with Javier Piles we were not totally involved in tennis. The new coach is very happy to work with me. He likes traveling with me.
So now I’m with Rafa Garcia, and that’s this year I decided to have a new coach, and it paid off.