Goran Ivanisevic Interview

The Lipton Championships
16 March 1994
J. COURIER/ G. Ivanisevic 6-3, 7-5

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Goran, first, about yesterday, the incident on the doubles court. Can you describe what it feels like to be hit with a serve from Marc Rosset in the back of the head?
Very nice feeling, I tell you. It's -- you have to try once. It doesn't hurt at all. I mean, it's an unbelievable pain because you just wait for his big second serve; I mean, it's coming here right on my neck.

How bad was it?
I was really swollen, and then I couldn't -- doctor was pointing the finger; I couldn't see the finger. I mean, my reflexes was pretty slow. So then I went to hospital, took some MRI x-rays to see if anything broken or blood inside, so everything was okay.

What did you say to Marc this morning?
What did I say to him? I mean, we're gonna play more doubles this year, so I'm going to serve, you know.

Was it still bothering you tonight at all?
Still sore, not bothering me

What is so difficult to play when you play against Jim, what makes it so difficult, do you feel it's mentally very strong?
At first, I mean this is when I lose today, I mean I'm happy the way I play because I lose to him in Australia, I played pretty badly and didn't do anything, but today at least I came in and I have some chances, and I play completely different game than I play in Australia. I was trying to come in every chance I had. But I think he played very good.I think I hitting the ball very good, better than in Palm Springs, for sure. He's tough, you know, he's very good competitor and, I mean, I had chances, I had these two breakpoints and he doesn't give you so many breakpoints and you have to take the chance. But the way I play, I mean, in five years, yes, I didn't win one match, so this year I win couple of matches, so it's not bad.

Goran, why is it so bad; it seems so bad for you to concentrate for any length of time out there when you're out there.
It's tough. It's very windy. It's tough. Sometimes you hit the ball and it's not going anywhere. Sometimes just push the ball, it's flying with the wind. It's not easy. You have to be really mentally tough to play on this sort of condition because it's really, really tough to play.