TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 12, 2008
A. MURRAY/G. Simon
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Have you heard about Andy Roddick pulling
GILLES SIMON: Yeah.
Q. What's your reaction to that? How do you
think it affects your chances for qualifying?
GILLES SIMON: That doesn't change anything for
me. I just have to win one more match. Even if
it's not Roddick, if it's Stepanek that I have
to play in two days, it's gonna be the same for
Q. Could you give us a view into next season
going into 2009? How you see it panning out for
you? And, of course, given the financial crisis,
whether it has any concerns.
GILLES SIMON: Well, I didn't start to think
about the next season. I just know that I want
to play better in the slams. That will be my
first goal. And then to stay in the top 10
After, I don't know. I didn't think about it
Q. In today's match you had the same chances to
break, but you wasted too many chances. Why?
GILLES SIMON: Well, I don't know. I just missed
all the opportunities I had today. Even if the
score is tough for me, 6-4, 6-2, it was a long
match, so that was a fight.
But, like you said, I missed all the
opportunities I had. I could come back to four
games all, and I missed some easy shots. Then it
was the same in the second set: 1-0, three more
chance to break, and I missed it again. So
that's why I was really nervous at the end of
But when you play these kind of players, it's
never easy because he never miss a shot, so you
have to play a good point to finish the game. I
don't know how many unforced errors he did
today, but should not be that much.
I really have to do every point. I have to play
a winner shot to win every game, and I didn't
manage to do it.
Q. Since Andy Roddick dropped out of the
tournament, you'll be playing with Stepanek. Do
you think that will be much easier to play with
him compared to Andy?
GILLES SIMON: Well, I have a bad memory the last
time I played against him. It was in the first
round in Roland Garros. And, well, I don't know,
it was 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, something like this, so it
won't be easier for me (smiling).
Q. Can you just talk about the level of tennis
that Andy Murray is playing at the moment. How
well is he playing?
GILLES SIMON: How is he playing? He's defending
every time, all the time. Plays always in the
court, never outside. He's playing so slow.
But still he has a good serve, so it helps him
in the important moments. But I know the way he
play, because I play the same way a little bit.
So I know what I can do to win against him. I
just didn't manage to do it today.
But he's in good shape and he's really confident
because he played -- he didn't miss anything.
When I had the chance to come back, he didn't
give me any point. And with that level, of
course, he's really hard to defeat.
Q. From Love-4 down in the first set, did you
change anything to break back? Did you change
anything about your game, or did you just
execute it better?
GILLES SIMON: Well, the first set was really
hard for me because I lost the two first games.
They were really important because it was long.
We played very good tennis during those games,
and finally I lost the first fight of the match.
Then I was a little bit lucky to come back,
because it could be five games to love for him,
and finally I played better. My tactic was
better. I was not playing too fast. I was
But then when I decided to accelerate, I just
gave everything. I could do the difference like
this. In the four first games, I was playing
just like he wanted: right-left, right-left,
with a good rhythm. But then it was difficult to
surprise him. I did that better at the end.
But finally, like I said, I missed some easy
shot when it was 4-3, Love-30 on his serve.
That's why I lose that set.
Q. This is the first time you have played in the
Masters Cup. Is the feeling different than
playing in other tournaments like Grand Slams or
other Masters Series?
GILLES SIMON: Well, for me it's the same because
I'm discovering new sensation. It was already
the same in Madrid when I played the semis and
then the final. It's a nice feeling to play here
because the stadium is wonderful. I'm playing
good. I'm playing the best player in the world,
so that's why I'm playing tennis (smiling).
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