Goran Ivanisevic Interview

Interview with Goran Ivanisevic
November 15, 1994
B. BECKER/ G. Ivanisevic
6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5)


Interviewers - black
Goran - sage.

Do you think you lost this match about the volley?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: It is not because the volley. I mean, I had my chances. I didn't make it. Every time on big points I didn't make them. When I play him, I don't know what happened. He was playing better on big points, that is it.

You had your chances to lose one or two points. How frustrating is that (inaudible)?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: It is pretty bad because every time when it is a match with him, a tiebreak, I am losing and the second time in two years I am losing the same match against him here. I mean, I had five first points in the tiebreaker, I mean, to be 5-0, I had five easy balls to put -- to win a point, but all easy mistakes, I mean, two passing shot, one volley for me, I mean, and those things if you give the player like him, you don't have a chance. Then 5-3, put me back 5-4 and then 5-All another doublefault. I thought I could have saved serving and I did a doublefault. But I had too many chances and I didn't do anything, so it is no way against him that I am going to win like that.

Did you feel as if you were playing the whole crowd as well as Boris.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: I don't care about crowd. They can scream even harder, you know, I mean, it is better for him, but I don't care; I had to win this match today; I had chances in the tiebreak. Doesn't matter crowd or not, I had my chances; I didn't do it.

Did the match two years ago go through your mind when you were playing the tiebreak?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Didn't go through my mind at all, but it is frustrating, I mean, it is all these tight matches I lose against him here, but I mean, what can you do; it is another two matches I won one set, and it can be helpful for the next two matches. I mean, it is not over yet.

Does this feel like a round robin match to you or it seemed like more?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: I mean, it is nice to beat him; doesn't matter -- especially here, you know, because two years ago I had bad experience and now this match, I wanted to win. I mean, I don't like to lose to anybody, so I wanted to win, and I couldn't do it again.

Do you think it more difficult to beat Boris here in Frankfurt in this atmosphere crowd behind him?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, but he didn't play so well today. I mean, he was -- I was pretty bad match, anyway, and he was nervous; I was nervous, a lot of mistakes and then in the end, you know, he was better.