Q. How are you feeling going into your home Grand Slam?
But I think, yeah, so far the summer's been pretty good.
Q. Your thoughts when you saw the first‑round draw?
But obviously try to rectify any problems that I had out there yesterday and try and obviously do a lot better on Monday.
Q. Does that match mean anything now?
Look, obviously yesterday would have been nice if it went my way. But, you know, it gives me a chance to really think about what happened and try and work on things and go into Monday, you know, with a clear mind. I certainly won't be thinking about that last match a couple days ago.
Q. What were your thoughts overall on the Hobart experience?
Whatever happened yesterday, I thought it was exactly what I needed. So, yeah, it was nice to get those three really good matches under my belt and it's always something I kind of lacked going into this tournament, was match play. Yeah, it was actually nice to get that this time around.
Q. In terms of your game overall, any areas you need to sharpen up?
I probably would like to return a little bit better on Monday than what I did yesterday, you know, just overall do things a little bit better. Cut down those errors, obviously, but still play the way I want to play.
I know how I want to play and be aggressive and try to hit winners, there's going to be some errors. You got to keep that ratio going the right way.
Q. One of the few players to have beaten Serena Williams in the last few years. Giving Ash Barty any tips?
Look, playing Serena is always a tough prospect. I think Ash has to go out there, soak it all up, really enjoy the moment. Obviously she's not expected to win. But go out there and have as much fun as you can.
I guess it will be a really good opportunity for her to play one of those big‑match moments so early on in her career.
Yeah, I mean, but Ash is a good player and I'm sure she's going to love the opportunity.
Q. The Aussie Open hasn't been particularly kind to you. You've spoken in the past about the pressure, how difficult it can be playing on your home patch. Do you still feel there's a great weight of expectation on you?
But, you know, I don't think that's really bothered me this time around so far. At the end of the day it's always been a really positive thing. Anyone that has ever come up to me just wants me to do well and they wish me luck. It's always that nice kind of, you know, talk or whatever you want to say. I know they just want the best for me.
I want to try to play well and play my best tennis here in Australia and give them all something to cheer about. It is what it is. I do enjoy playing here. I just want to try to do as best as I can.
Q. Does it feel a little bit different this year?
But, yeah, look, this time around I feel fine. It's not to say I'm sure on Monday I'll be nervous going out there for the first match. A first round anywhere, you always feel that.
Q. Have you embraced the occasion and the crowd or do you try to block it out?
Kind of depends what the moment is and the situation. But there's no doubt, I'm sure, yeah, the crowd can play a big role in trying to get you over the line in a tough match.
Q. Does a 17th seeding help you a little bit, remove a little expectation from the public?
Q. For you, do you feel there's a little less pressure on you to perform, given your ranking has dipped off a bit?
You know, it is what it is. Because I'm seeded 17 this year instead of 8 or 9, whatever I was last year, certainly doesn't lower my expectations of what I think I'm going to be capable of doing.
Q. Are you surprised by the number of injuries we've seen on both the men's and women's side so far this season? If so, why do you think that's happening?
I think sometimes coming off an off‑season where you've been able to take a break, train, do all those things, then you get into the matches, you can train and do everything as much as you want, but as soon as you play a match, it's a whole different prospect.
Yeah, I don't know. I think maybe it's just one of those things. Maybe you don't train as much, you come here, all of a sudden with a week to go you try and bump it up. I don't know. I don't know what everyone's situation has been.
Look, I think it's one of those things. Matches do take a much bigger toll on you than any sort of training you do in the pre‑season or any other part of the year.
Q. Earlier in the day Rafa said the courts here were a lot faster than he experienced. Do you feel you have enough time to adjust?
I think compared to previous years, absolutely. Whether the court is faster, the balls are definitely different. The balls go through the air a lot faster. It's easier to get something on it, try to hit winners, whereas a couple years ago it was almost impossible to hit winners.
The balls are definitely different. Yeah, all around it makes for a faster feeling out there.
Q. You traditionally hit a very heavy ball. Do you think that will help you this year?
So much depends on the conditions, whether it's hot or cold, whether the sun is out. There's so many different factors that can affect the conditions in Melbourne. I guess it depends on day to day.
Q. Any major change that's taken place with the coaching team?
But I'm really pleased with the way it's gone so far with Miles. I'm enjoying my time on court, the way that things have gone, discussing things after matches, all that kind of thing. I feel like we're on the same wavelength, which is obviously a big plus. Yeah, looking forward to hopefully spending a lot of time with him in the future.
Q. Is that a significant thing, trying to enjoy time on the court rather than feel the pressure?
Yeah, that's what I'm trying to do.