Goran Ivanisevic Interview

December 8, 1994
G. IVANISEVIC/ B. Becker, 6-4, 6-1


Interviewers - black
Goran - sage.

Goran, would that be the best you ever played against him?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, I think so. I played great at Wimbledon, but today I think I returned much better than at Wimbledon. And I mean, everything what I hit basically went in.

You seemed to keep your concentration up very well despite losing your temper in that fourth game.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, but that was -- that ball was not even close, you know. That was deuce, and that ball was 10 centimeters long. That guy didn't call it. But then I lost my temper a little bit, but then after that, I played better and better after that point.

Do you think that is a case for looking at those replays on television and then changing your opinion if it is wrong like that? That ball was clearly out. Everybody could see that.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: I think that is one possibility what they can do. I think it takes time. It is a good idea, but it would be too much, I think. Because calling straight away and then have a little TV on next to him, maybe, because that ball was not even close, okay. If it is a close ball, but you don't know -- this ball was not even close. It was way out.

It was a good example of a very bad call.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Pretty bad umpires. There was a lot of bad calls. Also this machine -- they have a machine on the service line which is -- I don't know what for - just for show. Because it was ten times the ball was long and/or in, and they call it long. It is very bad calls with this machine. I don't know why but a lot of bad calls.

Would you be in favor of having television replays then?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Why not? It is not a bad idea.

It is slightly ironic, Goran, that you are playing some of your best tennis when you are actually suspended in a way.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Yeah, you know, this is not ATP, so it is okay with me. It is good that Grand Slam Cup allowed me to play this event, this is ITF, and I can play. ATP disqualified me for two months and disqualify from Hopman Cup, I think, is stupid, but you can't fight that, so I decide to play good here.

How can they disqualify you from an event of which is not part of that Tour?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Ask Mark Miles. He is the chief. He can explain.

What about your confidence, because after Frankfurt you lost your confidence; here, you played so well?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: I lost my confidence, but I was working a little bit and I played very good tennis. That maybe one of the best tennis I played this year. I don't know how; why - strange, you know, but I just played unbelievable tennis.

Can you illuminate us a little bit as to your conversation with the umpire when you got the code violation?
GORAN IVANISEVIC: I told him how his mother is doing and his father. I said something bad, but I didn't mean -- I was like in the run, you know, like you are saying the things and then geez; then he give you the warning. I deserve it, okay, I said one bad word which cost me, but that ball he should call out because it was a clear mistake, but it is okay.