I always had the theory that the most important thing is be happy, enjoy what are you doing, and be fresh mentally.
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Hard courts are very negative for the body. I know the sport is a business and creating these courts is easier than clay or grass, but I am 100 per cent sure it is wrong.
I didn’t play a great match, but once I pass the first two rounds, things get easier. I’m used to the court and the conditions.
I always work with a goal – and the goal is to improve as a player and a person. That, finally, is the most important thing of all.
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Every year I go to Broadway to see a musical – I like the music. I saw ‘Mamma Mia;’ I saw ‘Les Miserables;’ I saw ‘Phantom of the Opera’ like six, seven times.
My uncle developed the training philosophy. His idea of good tennis training is basically quite simple: you must try to gain time.
Its silly to say it about a tennis player, but Im an unbelievable hero in Germany. And Germany needs heroes more than any place.
I admire a lot of people, but in terms of sport I’ve always loved the mentality of Tiger Woods on a golf course. I always love his eyes when he’s setting himself and focusing on his decision; he has a really strong, focused face and believes that he can make the shot.
Today people hit the ball with much more strength. Almost every player is capable of playing a winning stroke from any position. This means the balls arrive more quickly. If you want to reach them, you have to slow down from a high speed or suddenly change direction. These are moments when you can injure yourself, and that’s what wears us out.
I live where I would like to live. I live in Majorca, Spain, and I am not sure there are better places.
Some people may learn something from the way I play tennis. But there are also players who are better than me in certain techniques.
I drew my strength from fear. Fear of losing. I don’t remember the games I won, only the games I lost.
My goal is to improve my game, stay healthy and be competitive. If I have that, I know I can be able to win tournaments, which in the end is what it counts.
I don’t really care what the man on the street thinks. I never did anything to please him in the first place, and I’m not going to start now.
I still take advice from my mum on what clothes look good on me. I used to listen to her a lot more, but I’ve started to choose my own things from time to time.