MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS 2019
Friday, 20 April 2018
A. ZVEREV/R. Gasquet
4-6, 6-2, 7-5
(Transcribed from ATP recording.)
Q. Can you talk about the match this evening.
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: I started off not too well. Still a little bit of thought that my birthday, back of my mind, but still a different day.
I’m just happy that I could turn around the second set. I thought I played probably the best set of this tournament so far on all levels, from the baseline, returning-wise. Obviously the third set was very intense, a lot of tight moments. I feel like in the tightest moments we both played the best tennis.
I’m just happy with my performance tennis-wise, also mentally-wise. On all sorts of levels, it was a different match.
Q. Did you enjoy the atmosphere out there?
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: Yeah, it was great. I think always in south of France, or in France, when a French player is playing, it’s always going to be a great atmosphere.
Obviously a lot of spectators were for him, how they should be. Yeah, I enjoyed it out there.
Q. Tomorrow against Nishikori, another semifinal in a Masters 1000. You have a pretty good record. How much do you look forward to that match?
ALEXANDER ZVEREV: Yeah, he’s playing great tennis this week so far. Had a great match today against Cilic. Obviously a very long one, as well. It was similar days for both of us together.
I played him one time in Washington on a hard court, which is a completely different surface, which is one of the faster courts on tour. It’s going to be a different match. Hopefully I can be ready for it, and it will be another good one.
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