Q. Long day?
Q. How you feeling? Pretty proud of yourself for what you did out there?
Yeah, so it's good.
Q. What were you telling yourself when she came out to serve for the match?
I just told myself I was going to be aggressive, play my game. Obviously I got ahold of a few returns. I played a really good game to break, then played pretty well from there.
Q. When you're telling yourself to focus on your returns, like is it just focus, hit them hard, get them in? Or is there something particular or specific that you're thinking, racquet head speed, footwork?
Even if I don't get it where I want to go, even down the middle was good. Just something so I would be in the point, because otherwise I was setting it up to her and she was hitting pretty hard.
Just simple things like that.
Q. When you went off at 3 0 in the third because of the rain, were you thinking, Darn, I had the momentum?
Q. You could see it from the court?
Q. You were thinking it was going to strike your racquet?
Q. Your matches are always pretty exciting.
Yeah, no, I mean, I did my best. Sometimes it comes out very in a roundabout way. I get there in the end. That's good.
Q. Do you like that or would you have it be boring and routine?
Q. You had an incredible sequence at crunch time. You hit a dropshot.
Q. Talk about the athleticism in that sequence.
Like I said, in that game I really focused on my game and myself, being aggressive and playing my shots. It worked, so that is good.
Q. What does Paul bring to you?
And he's a good coach. It works out well.
Q. It seems like you had a little bit of trouble getting your engine revved in some of these sets. Is that nerves starting out? Your opponents are coming out more ready than you are?
No one is going to play that well for two full sets and beat you like that. Most of the time it doesn't happen. Sometimes it does. But you just kind of got to stick with it.
I mean, today she came out, she was firing, she played really, really well. Like I said, she was acing me second serves at like 170, whatever it is.
But, uhm, both of the matches that I played, the girls have played extremely well. Kind of got to go with it, stick with it, do your best to get out of it.
Q. Another young opponent next Svitolina. What do you know about her?
Yeah, no, should be good. She's around my age, I guess. Yeah. Yeah, looking forward to it.
Q. The fall season post US Open wasn't some of your best tennis. Was it just a long year? Were you kind of waiting for everything to end?
I was kind of fighting, like wanting to do really well and then being super tired. It was kind of like a bad combination.
In the end it was like okay. I learned a lot. If anything, I think I learned more about myself than anything. Just traveling, being with Andrew a lot. I don't know, it was crazy.
Like some things that happened were insane, but we definitely learned a lot and it was totally worth it. Never been to China; never did the Asian thing.
I think it was good. If anything, it was a really good learning experience.
Q. Did you shut it down after the season ended for a couple weeks?
Q. Two weeks, three weeks? What did you do?
Q. What's more important, your credit card or your friends?
Q. In your gut, do you think Sloane Stephens is ready to win this tournament?
So, you know, I'm just working on that, working on myself. You know, just playing and being happy.
Q. You were talking about fatigue. Have you thought about redoing your schedule this season compared to last season?
In the end, it was all stuff that I loved to do, I wanted to do, but like it was just tiring for anyone. Just kind of wears you down after a while.
Q. Do you feel like your reception here in Australia was different than it was last year, when you're out?
But, no, everyone's always really nice. It's kind of the same thing. Like that court I played on was wild. They were waiting for the Australian kid, but still, they were still there.
I don't know, they're always nice. Yeah, I like it.
Q. You said you didn't know who you were playing in the next round.
Q. You don't know what I was going to ask.
Q. The question is, do you know if you win the next round who you're going to play?
Q. It's not often you play players younger than you.
Q. Now you're the veteran. Teach the teenager a lesson.
No, it's always the same. You're always playing against someone else. You have to play every opponent like it's do or die. I mean, obviously third round of a slam is important, it's crucial. You got to the third round, you've done well.
Like I said, I'll be fine. I'm excited to get back on the court. It will be good.
Q. You said you were not leaving the hotel too much. What have you been doing to relax your mind other than order room service and dream about going to Louis Vuitton?
Q. What are your shows?