Goran Ivanisevic Interview

First Round Stella Artois Interview - 1998


Interviewers - black
Goran - sage.

I surprised myself from the beginning and I played one bad game. It was a good match, everytime I had break points on his serve..he had only 1 or 2 on mine and he broke me once, but I am happy the way I played

Is this a part of the season you'd like to get back into the top 20?
Yes, it was a very tough season for me. I didn't play very well, only won 1 tournament in Split and my Grand Slams continue to be bad. I mean, I've only won 1 round last year at Wimbledon. So usually I never play good here, except last year when I played the final. I mean Wimbledon is the tournament I can win and I always hope I can win. It doesn't matter how I play. It is important to pass the first week, then anything is possible. I am always hoping. I mean, now I am playing better. I am not in the greatest form, I always am hoping I can win, but there is 2 weeks to go and I think I can be ready

What were you most pleased about in your game today. Was it the serving or the return?
Return. I return very good today. It was very windy and tough to serve and very tough to volley, but I think it's getting there. I think in 2 weeks....but it's nothing, I mean last year I played good here and lost to Norman at Wimbledon, so it doesn't matter. I just have to put my mind that I can win and I have to believe and anything is possible

Is that the greatest struggle for you the mind game?
Not now, no. I've passed all the bad times. It doesn't matter, I am 24 and I've been through bad times last 6 months, but I'm happy to play, happy to be on court and I'm looking forward to next match and I need matches to win.