Q. Did it feel very different having Boris in the box with you tonight?
Q. You speak some German. I take it you speak English with him?
But he has accepted my kind request to speak to me in German as much as he can because I would like to refresh my knowledge. I used to speak it.
Q. You had it before you went to Pilic's academy?
Q. I know it's early days with Boris, but do you expect to get enough benefits in this tournament or are you thinking it will come later on?
He definitely has great observations on my game, on tennis in general. We do speak a lot about different things. We try to get to know each other as much as we can.
And the understanding is great in the beginning. I did not expect ourselves to understand each other so well right away in the second or third week that we working are with each other.
So it all goes in the right direction. Hopefully we can go far in this tournament. But it's a long year, obviously. Yes, this tournament right now is our priority and our focus, you know, to do well here. Then we hope to maintain that consistency with a success and good cooperation throughout the whole year.
Q. How important is it to be focused in the tiebreaker, not let him in?
I know that I haven't played my best, especially in the second set. But, look, also credit to my opponent that was playing really nice tennis from baseline. On the other hand I was a little bit too passive in some stages of the match and was trying to find the proper, I would say, setting and proper balance and footing in the court.
It came at the right time, in the tiebreak in the second, and the whole third set was great. My service games, most of the games were won comfortably. I won many easy points with the first serves and had a high percentage of the first serves in. That's something that makes me obviously very encouraged for this tournament and for every next match.
Q. Are you playing with the same racquet that you played with last year?
Q. After the second set you changed the T shirt.
Q. Serbian Orthodox New Year today. Are you going to celebrate tonight?
Q. What's been the one most important thing that Boris has said to you that has struck you in your time together with him?
Let's see how that is going to go, and then we'll see what the effect and result will be from his advices, yeah.
Q. At this point can you say whether it's more about strokes or...
Boris has won so many Grand Slam tournaments, was No. 1 of the world. He knows exactly the way I feel, what I need to face, what sort of challenges I need to overcome during the tough moments, the tough matches. That's also where he can give the right and positive input.
We'll see. It's just the beginning.
Q. Is he different as a person or a character than you expected?
He has, of course, the German discipline and determination to do everything in the right way. Of course, he's balancing that with he's a storyteller, he's a fun guy, so we get along really well.
Q. What do you think about your next rival?
For me it's just really important to focus on my game, you know, and try to do the things that I need to do on the court properly. If I do so, I have always good chance to win.
Q. When athletes get to a certain level, sometimes they don't like to change things much. Are you someone who fears no change more than change?
The reason why Boris is in our team is not totally my decision. As I said few days ago, it's also Marian's initiative that we need to find somebody that has been in similar situations as I am right now. So we thought of Boris, and here he is.
On a positive note, I'm sure that he can bring a lot to not just myself but to the team in general from different perspectives.
Obviously you can always look on the negative side, right? Life is changing. Life is evolving. I believe that I made a right decision. That's what matters to me.
Q. I don't mean just Boris. Change of racquet...
Q. Will you be speaking to Marian during the fortnight?
Of course, he's also in touch with Boris. We are all trying to communicate as much as we can because we're aware that this is one of the keys to success of my career, is the communication between the team members. Everybody is in touch with everybody. Everybody knows what's going on. That's very important.
I'm very honest and open with them. I can talk about my personal life. Those are the people that are more than just the team to me. They're friends and people that I can rely on. I'm very fortunate to have these kind of people around me, yes.
Q. You probably have more women fans around the world.
Yes, I mean, it's another step in our relationship, getting engaged. I'm very happy. I love. I'm loved. That's the nicest thing you can experience as a human in my eyes.