Goran Ivanisevic Interview

Interview with Goran Ivanisevic
November 18, 1994
P. SAMPRAS/ G. Ivanisevic, 6-3, 6-4


Interviewers - black
Goran - sage.

You didn't seem to be, in the beginning of the match, to be on top of your game?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: It is tough, you know, I know I am playing good, but I cannot win. Then it is tough inside. He played good tennis today. I had only chance last game when he choked a little bit. He was a little tight. He needed that game to win, and he was missing a lot of first serves. I had a breakpoint, easy second serve, but I wanted to hit like an idiot, then I just missed.

Can you explain your conversations with the umpire?

All of them.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: First of all, I deserved the volley (sic) because I say a couple of bad things, but then this line lady -- I mean, okay, I told her something nice in Croatian and then she came up to the umpire and she said that I said something half English/half Croatian, which I didn't say. I said only Croatian. She did not understand what I say. She was just guessing. Then I got penalty point because she was guessing what I might say to her. I think that is not correct. I mean, if she would understand, it would be okay, but I don't think she understood because if she understand, I don't think she would get up on the chair because she would get heart attack straight away.

She guessed the right --

You don't want to tell us what you said.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: You don't want to know. You want to know, But I don't want to tell you.

You have done real well here before in this tournament. Is it disappointing a lot not to have done well this time?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: I did twice semis and this time I had a tough group. It is not the end of the world. I lost against three great players, so it would be everything if I win this first match, but put me a little bit down and everything could happen if I win this first match. I lost by a couple of points and then it can be around, but now I lost the first match, I lost to Stefan; today it is Pete. I mean, just big names and it is not -- I played my good tennis. I had fun here and it is not so bad.

Are you worried with your final situation?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: I don't know what -- now they have a meeting, you know, what is going to happen, you know. I don't know the rules, if suspended, I am going to be two months, probably, but I don't know if they are -- it is only ATP Tour events. I don't know if it is also Grand Slam Cup and exhibitions, so they say it is everything. But I don't think they have a right to disqualify me from exhibitions and Grand Slam Cup. Good thing in these two months, it is only one ATP tournament in Sidney. If I'm not going to play for two months, I am going to start in Australia. They cannot win this ATP; let them have fun; who cares.

You were saying all through Wimbledon that you were a lot calmer, you didn't want to get annoyed like that. What has changed since then for you to go back that way?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: No, I was calm. This year I behave very good. I had all my fines. I had like $6,000 fines only on press conference because I didn't show up at the press conference. That what hurt me; only $2,000 what I when I throw the racket. That is a bigger thing, so I was much calmer this year. I could control myself, but only bad thing, I couldn't control my press conference, you know, so that hurt me a lot, that 6 press conferences cost $1,000 each one, so... I think the next day I have to improve my press conference. I have to come. I have to show up.

Why are press conferences hard for you?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: No, I mean, sometimes I am too frustrated; I don't want to come because you guys ask some difficult questions, you know, so I don't know what to say; then I rather not to go, you know, just rather pay; give it to charity, but then I realize when it was too late whenever I was already $7,000 fines then I realized I am in big trouble, it was too late already. So next year I am going to think, but that was maybe bad thing this year what I did, I didn't go to these press conferences, so next year I am going -- you are going to see me every time.

Who is going to win, Goran?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: I don't know. It can be Pete, Boris, Andre. I don't know. I mean, it is open, pretty much.