“It has been a long time since we last saw you so diligent on a tennis court. What happened to arrive at this result?
What happened was that it had been a very long time since I entered a court with people around me supporting me. Being in empty stadiums is not something that I like. So being in Madrid in a Davis Cup atmosphere with French people who support me from start to finish, it makes me feel good and makes me love tennis again. That’s why I play and it warms my heart.
Like I said before, it’s a tough time for me. I have trouble feeling good in my head, in my legs, in my tennis … But I don’t just play for myself, I also play for the people who are there and who support me. I had to, for the recognition of this support, not to let go. It was not easy, I had to put myself in my head. It’s not easy to get back to the circuit. For me, it’s a bit like the start of my season. Today, I will only retain the public. I only play to feel emotions on a court and that’s what happened today (Tuesday).
“I know that a lot of people criticized me and I really wanted to show them that they can be silent”
The end of the match was tense. What is going on in your head?
Yes, it was difficult to finish the game. There is the adrenaline, the people who support you, it warms my heart and I had a lot of emotions when it came time to serve. I wanted to do well. I know a lot of people criticized me and I really wanted to show them that they can shut up. It’s not easy for me to lose every week, to travel from country to country and to feel bad. With the support of the people in Madrid, it put extra pressure on me because I wanted to do well and it paralyzed me. But what I find very positive is that I knew how to stay focused as it had not happened to me for a long time. It’s a kind of renewal. And I also want to thank Pierre-Hugues (Herbert) who stayed from start to finish. Sometimes I looked for his gaze because I know he’s an honest person, a great guy that I respect a lot. In these moments, there are looks that do good and his made me feel good.
In the attitude, you were very good. But is there a risk of relapse?
Perhaps. If I find myself in a closed-door tournament tomorrow, locked in a bubble, I’m not saying I won’t feel bad. Today was great, but if the conditions are different it will be difficult. But for now, I’ll take advantage. As for all the people who talk about me, I tell them that in a normal atmosphere, I am able to come back to a very good level. Before the pandemic, I was 22nd in the world. I am eighth at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. This break was very difficult, but you have to remember that I can play tennis.
“Everyone thinks I don’t know how to play tennis, but I can play. I have something that others don’t have, I don’t need to be hard in training to play well ”
We know that you do not practice lots and also you handle to tug off a excessive degree match like magic. What’s your secret?
Everyone thinks I do not know play tennis, however I can play. I’ve one thing that others do not have, I haven’t got to be exhausting in coaching to play nicely. I have to really feel good in my head. My trip did me lots of good as a result of there have been lots of issues to say and it touches me. I did not do physics for ten days, nothing. I didn’t contact the racket. Five minutes of paddleboarding, however my girlfriend fell so we stopped. But that minimize was what I wanted. I did a coaching session with Carla Suarez Navarro once I arrived right here on Saturday afternoon, one other yesterday (Monday) with Arthur Cazaux who’s a good friend. And I felt I used to be able to play.
What has occurred in the previous few weeks is unrelated to the degree of tennis. It was in the head. On the morning of my matches, I felt like I could not get out of mattress. But at present I get up with out strain. I used to be in an excellent temper, I laughed, my legs have been transferring nicely. So I had indicators that confirmed me that it was okay. And the reception on the courtroom completed placing me nicely. Because I really feel that there are individuals who do not like me, however there are additionally individuals who like me lots. And that makes me really feel good.
We discovered that you’ll not be chosen for the Olympic Games, what’s your response?
I want good luck to those that can be there. I cannot be at the Games, however I can be doing different tournaments throughout this time. It’s half of the sport. I talked about it for a very long time with the Federation, it was not a choice that was taken in a single day. I’ve no drawback with that. But perhaps I present them that at the Games I might have finished a bit of higher than they thought. “