There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it.
A man who wins, is a man who thinks he can.
Tennis can be a very frustrating sport. There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it. You have to put in the hours because there is always something you can improve. [Y]ou have to put in a lot of sacrifice and effort for sometimes little reward but you have to know that, if you put in the right effort, the reward will come.
You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you.
I fear no one, but respect everyone.
When you’re good at something, make that everything
I always believe if you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you will come out stronger. Everything in life is this way.
Once you find that peace, that place of peace and quiet, harmony and confidence, that’s when you start playing your best.
I am a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.
The more I lose, the more they believe they can beat me. But believing is not enough, you still have to beat me.
When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up – and for me it’s tennis.
The one thing you can do for sure is push the luck on your side
When I was 12 years old, I was just horrible. My parents were ashamed to watch my matches. I would play on a court at the local club and they would watch from the balcony. They would scream, ‘Be quiet’ to me and I would scream back, ‘Go and have a drink. Leave me alone.’ Then we would drive home in a very quiet car. No one speaking to each other.
I’m not the kind of guy who wakes up angry.
My game is a lot about footwork. If I move well, I play well.
You always want to win. That is why you play tennis, because you love the sport and try to be the best you can at it.
Success is a nice thing because it always means you’ve taken a step forward and it gives you a sense of pride, which in turn gives you confidence and experience-a positive circle, so to speak.
Mentally, I’m not ever going to go away.
Sometimes you have to accept that a guy played better on the day than you.
I definitely feel there’s room for improvement.
I definitely need to use my chances when they come because definitely there wont be many.
Previously I always thought it was just tactical and technique, but every match has become almost mental and physical – I try to push myself to move well. I try to push myself not to get upset and stay positive, and that’s what my biggest improvement is over all those years. Under pressure I can see things very clear.
Winning or losing, it’s always something special and something you’ll remember, even more so when the match was as dramatic as it was today. It’s even more memorable when I see my kids there with my wife and everything. That’s what touched me the most, to be quite honest. The disappointment of the match itself went pretty quickly.
Seriously. I’m not playing to prove anything to journalists. I’m playing for myself, for my fans,to make people happy.
The crowds are very important for tennis. It makes you play better, but it can also make you nervous and that’s the beauty of it.