27th GERRY WEBER OPEN 2019 June 15th to 23rd 2019

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Interview with Philipp Kohlschreiber

You didn’t give him a chance to break your serve, served superbly, a confident win – was it the way you had imagined?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: You can never really plan anything but, of course, you wish that you win your service games confidently and use the chances you get. Both worked well today. Yes, I’m very satisfied. And on grass it goes quickly if it’s best of three. The rallies are short and I think I dominated them today, I was the aggressive player and made him run, dictated the points. I really felt comfortable today and made a lot of points.
A lot of points? On Friday, you will probably face Nadal. So far you’ve lost a lot of matches against him apart from the quarter finals here in 2012. How will you go into the match?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: I already said a few times that I think that Rafa doesn’t have such a comfortable first round against Dustin. For sure, Dustin is highly motivated. Of course, the chances are good that Nadal will win but first I will watch the match. Tomorrow, I have the opportunity to watch the match, that’s good. Of course, we’ve had a lot of hot matches. I won here which was an absolute highlight. And should we play on Friday, I’ll have good memories, it’s the same court and I think it was the quarters, too. But I’m not looking that far ahead at the moment. Tomorrow, I will take it easy and watch the match.
Here in Halle on grass the chances are …?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: Surely better than in Paris, yes.
Will you watch the match in the stadium or comfortably from the couch?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: No, I think I’ll go to the stadium. Live you see a bit more. There’s no need to watch the entire match but in order to get a tendency. Everything is so close here, you don’t lose any time. I can walk over when they warm up and sit up there comfortably. It’s also a lot of fun to watch tennis. We’ll see who will come out the winner and what I can learn for my match.
How will you spent the day tomorrow? Will you do a tough practice session or rather prepare for Friday?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: I think that I will play tennis today and go to the gym. I’ll rather work more intensely this afternoon. Tomorrow, I will play 45 minutes of tennis, take it easy at the gym and watch the match which is part of preparation actually, will spend some good time at the hotel, get a rest and start Friday fresh and fit.
Does this mean that the transition from clay to grass, which so many players describe as difficult, is finished for you?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: I think there is always something you could work on but I won both matches confidently. There was no real risky moment. I always feel comfortable in Halle and have always played well here. I think so far I did well and I’m definitely happy. Of course, now things will get tougher and tougher. Most probably I will have to compete with the top players now.
So, what did you take out of the Murray match. Were you annoyed because the chance was there or did you rather think that you are close?
Philipp Kohlschreiber: I wasn’t annoyed. Definitely, I was disappointed which is normal after having fought for so many hours. You just want to win. Of course, it hurts, but all in all I was satisfied that I didn’t give up and kept a good attitude. I presented myself well and was positive most of the times. I had the feeling that I was the player – of course, he often showed his quality – but I think I dominated the rallies and was aggressive. That was a great feeling. I tried to take the aggressiveness, the confidence and the wittiness and fun with me. So far, I’m happy with how things are going. Hopefully, I will sit here and talk to you as the winner a few more times.
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