Sunday, May 25, 2008
Interview with David Nalbandian
Q. This game, was it for you the best way to begin
Roland Garros, the way you won this game?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I feel that I can play
better, but it's good to win in three sets, not play
a lot of games. I think maybe I will win the second
set a little easier. I have a lot of break points, a
lot of chance.
I could have made it, but I finished at 6‑4, and it
was good enough.
Q. Do you know your next opponent, Jeremy Chardy?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, I don't.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish.
Q. The first matches are always important for you.
Do you have the feeling that this match was useful?
It's good you won in three sets.
DAVID NALBANDIAN: As I said, it's always better to
win in three sets than playing for too long. It
wasn't my best match, but it helped me play better
Today I played a few good shots, and that's going to
help me improve.
Q. How do you feel from a physical standpoint? Any
problems with your forearm?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: I am fine. Things evolved day
after day after Rome. I'm fine at the moment.
Q. Your look, your hair, there is something...
DAVID NALBANDIAN: I was fed up having my hair cut.
Q. You said you could improve on some points. What
are you unhappy about today, or what are you not
pleased about today?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: I made mistakes on many
breakpoints against real good players, players with
whom you need to be more careful. I cannot afford to
do these kinds of mistakes anymore.
For the rest, I'm fine.
Q. David, I don't know, but in the draw, Round of
16, you have a good draw, so what we have to look
DAVID NALBANDIAN: To take things one day after
another when we know what it's like playing in
Paris, there are days when the match is played very
quickly; others when the court is slower.
So when the more difficult games come up, I have to
play my best tennis to try and win, so I have to
play each match in order to win. I'm usually the
type of player who would win in four to five sets,
and I'll try and make the lot out of the
opportunities to win as much matches as possible.
Q. So what's your feeling about this tournament? Is
it like the other years, or is it more open to
DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, very similar. I can't see any
difference. It's probably a bit more difficult,
because there are young players coming in, and they
are increasingly dangerous.
But I think ‑‑ well, it's quite similar.
Q. Those young players, are those people you know
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, I mentioned Tsonga, Berdych,
Gasquet, Djokovic, all these players are being very
much present, and we have great respect for them.
Q. So you have two weeks ahead of you, matches that
play five sets, great pressure on you. In your
opinion, which players are best prepared to play
these matches on clay?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, Rafael, that's clear. He's
demonstrated that for many, many years. He's
absolutely incredible, so he's a great favorite.
Q. Coria is back after three years not playing here.
What do you feel about it?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, he's not an easy player.
He's a great specialist of clay, and they tell me
that he's getting better and better and improving
his tennis. So wait and see.