August 26, 2008
Q. How was your summer?
MARDY FISH: Terrific. How was yours?
MARDY FISH: Mine was long, too. Mine was long. Started out bad, but then
got it going in L.A., you know, and got a little bit of a break after
losing first round in Washington.
Then played well in New Haven, you know.
Q. So coming in here, you wanted to get some matches in the summer and
didn't go to Beijing. Feel like you accomplished what you wanted?
MARDY FISH: I think any time you make the finals, win four matches on
this level, got to be hitting the ball pretty good. I think a semi and a
final, you know, that was obviously the first time I'd ever lost first
round in Toronto, first round in Cincinnati, back to back Masters
I wasn't expecting that. I had Kiefer Kiefer in the first round and then
Robredo who gives anybody fits.
Those tournaments are always tough. But, yeah, I mean, I won quite a few
more matches than I lost, and certainly I think it was a pretty good
Q. Are you flying coachless right now?
MARDY FISH: No, I got Craig Boynton. Works at Saddlebrook and travels
with me and traveled with me to Wimbledon and through the summer.
Q. What are your expectations coming in here?
MARDY FISH: I'd like to make third round. I'd like to win...
Q. You have Mathieu?
MARDY FISH: Yeah. I think I've lost second round '02 through '08.
Q. You're consistent.
MARDY FISH: Yeah, consistently bad. Yeah, I've had some good
opportunities and some tough draws.
Q. Is it just it's just the home slam and you've come in here really
MARDY FISH: I mean, it's the last tournament of the ‑‑ this is the last
tournament of a really long summer for me, a jam‑packed summer: Newport,
training week in Austin, Toronto, Cincinnati, L.A., D.C. and New Haven,
and US Open. It's a pretty long summer.
I'd like to ‑‑ you know, I'm going to leave everything I got out on the
court for sure, because I've got quite a significant amount of time off
after this. Only going to play three in the fall, starting with Madrid,
because of the marriage thing.
Q. September 25th?
MARDY FISH: September 28th. So I'm going to obviously, you know, take
some time off, away from tennis for sure, which will be nice. So that's
why I played so much this summer.
Q. Let me ask you a question, do you think that some players are
early‑season players and other players are late‑season players? Like
some come out of the gate strong and...
MARDY FISH: Sure, absolutely. Yeah. I think I tend to play well early.
MARDY FISH: Yeah.
Q. Is it because your fresh?
MARDY FISH: Yeah, obviously everybody is fresh. But I like going down to
Australia and I love the heat and the courts are high‑bouncing. I think
that helps me.
Yeah, I've always played well down there, and played well in the indoor
stuff in the States. So the past couple years I've got off to a real
I think that the clay court season is tough for me because I just stall
there. Just kind of sputter around not even moving or doing anything.
Q. Are guys known for being, This is a guy you can knock off earlier in
the year or this is a guy that comes out at the end of the year and he's
MARDY FISH: Yes. You got to be pretty into it to remember who does
really well in Australia and who doesn't.
Yeah, I think I certainly ‑‑ I gather so much confidence in the
beginning of the year, and then I go to the clay and then I just ‑‑
takes me until New Haven to get to back again.
Q. Right. Guys like Nadal, obviously clay has something to do with it,
but I think only six or seven of his 31 titles are after July.
MARDY FISH: Yeah. He probably ‑‑ the season is long. A lot of wear and
tear on the body. Someone like him, every single match and every single
point he doesn't take off.
So, yeah, I mean, he's got ‑‑ that's got to be tough for him for sure.
He's only 22 years old.
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