TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 10, 2008
G. SIMON/R. Federer
4-6, 6-4, 6-3
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. I'm wondering what was your reaction when you
found out that you qualified for the event and
then that you were playing Federer in the first
round? How did you prepare?
GILLES SIMON: Well, I was just happy because it
was a good thing for me to play here in
Shanghai. I knew it was a good experience, too.
Finally, yeah, I played against Roger the first
I just wanted to play my chance, and I just
wanted to give everything on the court.
Q. Not many people are able to beat Roger
Federer. You've beaten him both teams you played
him. Talk about how that feels and also what you
think you have in your game to beat him, what
GILLES SIMON: Well, I hope I have the game to
defeat so many players. It's always hard to win
against Federer. I know that I have to play my
best tennis. But in another way, it's easier for
me because I have just, yeah, I have no question
in any head. I just want to give everything,
every point to my may best tennis to win.
It's easier to play in that way.
Q. I would like to ask you in the eighth game in
the decider, you were leading, and you were
trailing behind and then you came back. What
were you thinking about? In the third set, the
eighth game of the third set.
GILLES SIMON: Yes, I was really nervous at this
time because I had so many opportunities to
break him the game before. I lost I think eight
points in a row. So it wasn't the best moment of
the match for me.
But finally I played a good game with a good
passing shot and then an ace, then a wonderful
lob, too. So I was just happy when I was leading
4-3 in the third because I knew I had just a
hard time just before, and then I had the chance
to win one more time.
Q. Could you please compare this match with the
Toronto one. Roger said his service is not that
powerful because he was conscious with his back.
Do you feel so?
GILLES SIMON: Yes, his serve was a little bit
slower than unusual. But, like I said, he's not
-- he has a good serve, but his serve is not
that fast. But he has all the serve. He serve
everywhere in the first serve and the second
serve, so it's really hard to read. It's never
easy to break him because every time it's an
important point he always has his first serve.
So it was a little bit easier for me, but not
Q. As the one who qualifies for the Masters Cup
at the last second, what's your reaction and
emotions to make one of the biggest upsets in
the history of Masters Cup, to beat Roger, who
won here like four times?
GILLES SIMON: Well, like I said, I was first
really happy to come here because I was just No.
9. So I knew that I had the opportunity to play.
And after when I get into the court, it's to win
the match. So I kept that in my mind from the
beginning of the match. I felt that I have a
chance to win in the second set. I just wanted
to do the maximum for that.
I defeated him once in Toronto, so it was easier
to finish the match. I had no complex when I
served in the last game. And, for sure, it was
one more time one of the best victory of my
Q. You beat Roger Federer once. People might
call it an accident or surprise. Now it's the
second time. What would you call it?
GILLES SIMON: A second accident (laughter).
Q. I would like to ask you, I notice that during
the game a few times you were trying to smash
your racquet but you controlled yourself. What
were you thinking about? You thought actually
you need to be more patient with Roger Federer,
considering that he's been suffering from his
GILLES SIMON: Well, so many questions (smiling).
I was, yes, a little bit nervous today because I
had really nice sensation when I was practicing
this morning, when I was practicing, yeah,
yesterday. So I felt that I have a good chance
to win. But finally in the first set I didn't
play the game I wanted. I was not that much
confident on the court because it's never easy
to play against Federer.
But then, like I said, in the second set I
really felt that I have a chance to win, but I
didn't manage yet to play my best tennis. So,
yeah, I was a little bit nervous when I lost
some important points not playing my best
Q. When the game was going to the third set,
were you confident that you will win the game?
If the match is a bit longer, is it easy for
GILLES SIMON: Yes, it's always easier when it's
a long match because you lose all your complex
and you just play your game when you start to be
tired. When it's one hour and a half that you
are on the court, you just play your best tennis
because you're just thinking about the game. So
for sure it helps me.
But I didn't wait the beginning of the third set
to think that I have a chance to win. Because if
you come on the court and if think that you have
no chance to win, you just lose in two sets. So
I really start to believe in me and my chance to
win at the beginning of the match.
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