Q. Do you still remember your great game last year, fourth round, against Novak Djokovic? What would you change if you were to play him again?
For sure there is always few things to change when you think about a match in the past, but you cannot change. I don't think too much about that. I try to improve and to find what I should change for the next one, but that's it.
Q. So far what do you think is the missing link to win a tournament like this one?
I'm improving. I'm really happy. I finished last year in the top eight. I feel I'm close from the top guys to beat them maybe once or to stay close from them.
But I'm not thinking I'm not winning a Grand Slam. I'm too far away. I'm trying to improve my game. I'm trying to control what I can. That's mean the practice. That's mean my schedule, always to try to improve, to be a better player. The rest we'll see.
I know I can win more matches. I know that I can play and beat the best players in the world. But doesn't mean that I will do it.
Q. This prize you got today, Swiss of the year, what does it mean to you?
Q. How late was it this morning when you learned you won the prize?
Q. Switzerland only once has been to the final of Davis Cup. Do you think you and Roger can now step up? Maybe he's going to change his mind, you can team up and qualify for the final.
As you say, for that we have to play together the Davis Cup. Didn't happen the last few years. Again, we all hope that he will change his mind to play the first one.
Q. Many colleagues say you could be the next one who could rush into the top of the world rankings. How do you handle all the positive comments about you and the near future?
But, yes, for myself, I'm looking what I'm doing. I know it's tough to be in the better position in the ranking, it's tough to still improve. But I'm trying my best. I am working hard with my coach Magnus. We worked hard last season. Won my first tournament. That was really great for me, something really positive.
I will try to continue like this this year. As everybody knows, it's tough to beat the top players. Last year Novak and Rafa and Andy was really, really strong. It was the same with Roger the past almost 10 years. So it's tough to get there. But I'm not focused on that.
Q. You mentioned the relationship between Magnus and you. Can you describe it.
No, it's been great so far. He's not traveling 100% of the time with me. I think it's better for us not to be 24 hours together. So far it's been great.
Q. Are you happy he doesn't get so much attention like Boris Becker with Djokovic?
Q. The conditions here can be very tough. How do you see this tournament with the heat? How do you prepare yourself?
I know for myself I feel strong when we have to play with the fitness side. It's not a problem at all. I did a good preparation in the off season. I feel I'm ready for the first match. I'm playing tomorrow against Golubev. He's a tough player. He can beat the top players. He's really fast.
You never know what can happen. I have to be ready for that first match.
Q. The top players always talk about the mental part. To beat the top players, it's important to believe and be strong mentally. How do you see that?
I really need to focus on every match and not thinking about playing the top players because before that I need to win a few matches.
Q. You talked about a gap between the top three, top four, and the rest of the players. How hard is it for young players now to try to get into that same bracket, even into the top 50?
You need to be ready physically. When you're 18, 19, you're not at your top. It takes time to be there. I think that's one of the reasons.