“This is your 105th victory at Roland Garros in 107 matches … What more can we say?
The numbers are amazing yes, but I can’t think of that right now, honestly. We’ll talk about it again when I finish my career. Today I am happy, I won an important game against an excellent opponent. I found a way to play my best tennis when I really needed it. It gives me a lot of confidence.
It’s the first time you’ve lost a Porte d’Auteuil set since the final against Thiem in 2019. How did you react?
It was a tricky situation, 4-3 for him in the third set. I had to keep my cool, think about the things I was doing well in training. Now was the time to do them because it was very, very difficult. I’m very proud to have produced my best tennis from 4-3 to the end, with few mistakes, lots of winning strokes. I started to find my forehand long in line, I played with more angle, I found more length with my cross forehand, I raised a little better. And my serve worked better in the third set.
But that’s normal, I don’t pretend to come here and not lose a single set. I don’t tell myself that if I lose a set it’s a disaster. It’s part of the game. We play against the best players in the world. I accept losing sets as I have accepted throughout my career. What matters is how you recover from losing this set.
“It’s always a huge challenge facing him, one of the best players in the history of our sport. We train for these kinds of moments ”
You may discover Novak Djokovic on Friday within the semi-finals, if he beats Matteo Berrettini. What does this duel encourage you, which might be your 58th in opposition to the Serbian?
We will see what occurs tonight (Wednesday), but when so, we all know one another very properly. Anything can occur on this sort of match. It could be an essential recreation for each of us. But it is a semi-final, not a last, it makes a giant distinction. There shall be so much of work left for the winner. To have an opportunity of successful in opposition to him, you need to play your best tennis. It is all the time an enormous problem dealing with him, one of the best gamers within the historical past of our sport. We prepare for these varieties of moments. “