Q. Where does that rate in terms of tiebreaks you've played?
Yeah, it was good to play a solid tiebreak at that stage because he was starting to serve well and making it tough for me. Obviously managed to control the match as soon as I won the breaker.
Q. How is the back?
Q. Were you worried about it when you had to hurdle the barrier at the side in the first set?
Q. Did you have any issues with it being so much cooler today?
But the court, everyone was talking about how fast the courts were playing. You see today the courts aren't playing that fast. You know, the conditions have obviously sped things up a bit.
But it's a lot slower out there on the court today. And, yeah, that was good for me.
Q. The pain you have in your back, the stiffness, is it totally different than what you had a year ago?
I've been happy with how it's been so far.
Q. Three straight sets wins. You can't ask for any more than that.
So it was a good test for me, and I did well.
Q. When you needed to step it up in that tiebreak, you absolutely did.
Tried to slow myself down a bit and then, yeah, thankfully I came up with some good shots in the breaker. But, you know, I mean, the tiebreak was obviously pleasing, but the beginning of the second set I did well to get a break straightaway.
And also at the beginning of the third set as well, I did a good job of that after winning those sets to start well straightaway.
Q. Didn't seem quite yourself in the early part of the first set.
If you watch the video of the match, he served incredibly well on the breakpoints. He served, you know, maybe four aces, huge serves, 205, 210 kilometers an hour. That can be frustrating because I wasn't having a say in those breakpoints.
Thought I did fine in the first set, and he came up with some big serves and stuff when he needed them.
Q. You talked before the tournament about having to get used to being in front of big crowds again. Do you feel that you're sort of into that mindset that you've had before now?
So, you know, at the start it's going to feel a bit strange, but you would hope it would come back, that feeling would come back pretty quickly.
Q. You have Stephane Robert. Bit of a surprise. He was a lucky loser.
But, you know, it's good to see. He's obviously 33 years old. Could be easy to stop playing, you know, if you're not in the top hundred or necessarily making a great living.
But it does show if you stick at it, you're professional, when your chance comes, you take it, you can do great things. Great for him. Good for tennis as well. Klizan was a lucky loser as well, so they both took their opportunity.
Yeah, he's played a lot of matches here. He's played six or seven matches already. He'll be match tight, that's for sure.
Q. Despite your recent injuries, what's the most difficult aspect of the game for you today? Is it the mental or the physical?
Then, yeah, obviously physically, again, playing best of five sets with the temperatures we had the last few days, it's obviously challenging for everybody, but maybe more so when you haven't played that many matches.
With it being a slam and stuff, it's tough. It's not easy physically or mentally. I would say now it's more just getting back, you know, playing matches again; whereas the first couple of times I stepped on the court after surgery that was pretty challenging. Mentally it was quite stressful.
Q. There was a picture on Twitter of you and Dimitrov in the ice bath. Happy to see him for the first time in the fourth round?
Yeah, it will be interesting to see how far he can go.
Q. Can you discuss a little bit on how Ivan has helped you come back from your injury.
You know, we often, when things go well on the court, we talk about the coaches, how good a job they're doing, how hard I've worked with them. But the guys that are on my team have worked extremely hard to get me back on the court for the last three, four months.
They deserve a lot of credit for that more than the guys that coach me because once I get on the court, you know, they can help me improve and get better. But if my body's not right, then, you know, they can't make any difference.
So it was more down to the physios and the fitness trainers that I've been working with.
Q. Did they say you had to say something nice about them?
We travel with them. They make a lot of sacrifices. They spend a lot of time away from their families and stuff. They did that for me over this period.
When I went over to Miami, Mark Bender, the physio, was away from his family at Christmastime. Not many people want to do that. Also New Year's. He deserves a lot of credit for getting me back on the court and able to compete here.
Q. Ivan has had a back surgery. Have you talked about yours compared to his?
It's different. I mean, there's things that you can talk about when you get back on the court, things to expect in terms of decision making, nerves, how you're going to feel.
In terms of the actual having back surgery, I didn't speak to him loads about it.