Goran Ivanisevic Interview

Goran Ivanisevic vs. Andre Agassi (w), 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
Friday, August 7, 1998
3rd Round


Interviewers - black
Goran - sage.

Goran, you had the big serve. It doesn't work. What goes through your head?
Well, I didn't lost the match because of that. I should win easy two sets. He didn't have any chance. I play better from the back. I play better -- from whatever he did, I play better, and at just important points and I had to break him or I had to do something, I didn't do it.

Do you think what's costing you is little mental mistakes or lapses or what do you think it is?
Maybe I had two lapses two games. Maybe two badly played games in the second set on my serve. I lost first service game on love, and then I broke him back. I had a chance to break him at 4-3 and to go 5-3 up. It was close games. And then at 5-4, 0-30 at 15-30 I had easy second serve. I had to do more with that. 5-5 pretty bad game. 6-5 I had a break point. He came in on easy shot for me and I wanted to hit back so hard and I missed it. And in the second set, you know, twice I lost my serve. Twice I had the game point and I had two double faults. But against him, you know, you have to risk sometimes because he's returning so well. And it's better to serve wide, long than in the net so I know the rhythm is there. When I hit in the net, then I know that I'm forcing too much and something is not there. But first two sets I served great and then a couple of bad games, which I wanted to force too much, and I didn't have to because I was serving so smoothly

Goran, can you tell us a little bit about the way Agassi is playing now and the way he's been improving from a while back?
Agassi's always tough. Even if he doesn't play well, you know, he's tough, but he hits the ball okay. I don't think he's hitting the ball like he hit in '92 or '93, but maybe I'm wrong, but he hits the ball well. He still moves me around, and today I could run and hit with him, but when you're not able to run well, then you're going because he's putting the ball so deep and finding the corners very well, so if you can't run, you can't hit the winners all the time, you know.

He's one of the few guys, though, who can get your serve back.
He's picking my serve very well. He's going for one side, and then he's putting pressure on me also because I know he's going to one side, and most of the time he's guessing right. And when he guesses right, then you're in trouble. Then the ball comes so fast back that it's just scary, you know. You have to do something.

You were having troubles finding motivation after Wimbledon. Did you feel differently today?
Today I felt okay on the court. I felt happy. I felt fun to play. It was nice. It was a little humid, but conditions were good, good crowd, and I felt okay to play. It was a good match, and I mean I'm sad because I should win that match easy in two sets and I let him into the match. I let him win, and that's what pisses me off.

What are your feelings about playing here in Toronto at York University?
I mean it doesn't matter where I play. When you play good, you're good. But the conditions are well here. It suits my game well. The balls are flying. You can hit a lot of aces, the points are getting quickly done. So that's kind of what I like.

How did the delays affect you or did they affect you at all?
This is nothing compared to Wimbledon. So I'm used to that. This is part of tennis. You have to be prepared for anything.


Kelly McKee Dorsey
McKee Court Reporting, Inc.