Q. I just wanted to ask how it feels to be in your first quarterfinal here?
I think today was a really good match.
Q. You mentioned on court that you feel, as you're an older player now, you don't feel as much pressure now as when you were younger. Is that helping you play better? Why now?
Also, when I was young, for me it was really easy to stay few months out of my house, don't see my parents.
Now everything is starting to be difficult. I love to come back. I love to spend time with them most of the time. And so I'm here, and try to play my best tennis, try to enjoy every moment and my best.
Q. How nervous were you coming out of Hopman Cup? After Hopman Cup when you hurt the wrist again, how did you deal with that just coming into here?
It was more (Asking in Italian.)
Q. So just talk about today's match. You played great in the first set. She played a little better in the second, although you seemed to be getting upset. Then problems closing it out at 5 3, but then mentally you got back in and won.
In the second set, I just starting to wait a little bit more. She starting to play much better. Of course it's normal.
I had few chances in the second set and I didn't make it. But in the third it was a little bit up and down for both of us. 5 3, of course I was serving for the match and I play really bad (smiling), I have to say.
But I just try to keep going and try to be aggressive, and in the end was working pretty good.
Q. For you, in order to put your nerves aside and be able to play the way you want to at the end, what do you tell yourself?
Q. Your next opponent, Li Na, same age, 31.
Q. Almost the same day.
Q. Yeah, she's one day younger.
Q. What's your opinion? There has been a lot of talk about why women are playing better in their 30s now. What's your opinion about this?
Q. Your win today, that should see you boost into the top 20 come the end of the tournament.
Q. Does that give you confidence going forward?
I would like to be back in the top 20. Of course my dream is to be back in the top 10, but is gonna be tough. The season is so long. It just start.
For the moment, it's so good, so I hope to just keep going.
Q. You have a good track record against Li Na in the past, but you haven't actually...
Q. How do you feel she has improved in those last few years?
So it's going to be really a good fight on the court.
Q. When you started your comeback last February, it's been almost a year now. Did you think you would get to this point?
Q. Because why?
I mean, I did five or six first rounds in a row. But everything just change, because I think I was there and tried to play all the time and working really hard.
Q. Is it like a second career now?
Q. How does the US Open semifinal prepare you for another match like this in the late stage of a Grand Slam?
Of course I have pressure and I want to win all the time, but every match is different. Every time I go on the court I feel the same like the first one, so I have the same feeling.
Q. What are your thoughts on post game interviews? A few days ago, Seppi was asked why he wasn't losing his composure, as Italians do. Today you were asked what's your favorite restaurant. Then you been told you can go and have your carbonara. Do you think there is stereotyping for Italian tennis players?
I think because in Italy there is like good food, so everyone talk about food and pasta and pizza and all the time the same thing.
Q. Nothing wrong?
Q. You know, you had to continue being aggressive with Angelique, but how hard it is like to go for your shots? And at the same time, maybe did you feel afraid that you're going to miss or you have to tell yourself, go for your shots, be aggressive?
But I think was the only way to win today, to be aggressive and try to go for a winner, for a good shot.
But also don't be don't rush too much. Every point was really was long and I was try to be near the line, the baseline, try to don't lose court. It was the only way to win today.