Q. Where do you feel the difference was tonight?
You know, he took his opportunities. He deserved this win today. I congratulate him absolutely. There is nothing I can say. You know, I gave it my best. I gave it all. I tried to, you know, come out as the winner. I tried to fight till the last point as I did in a very similar match we did last year fourth round, same court, but it wasn't to be this time.
Q. What about the way the match ended? Must be disappointing.
But this is sport. You know, I mean, he showed his mental strength and he deserved to win.
Q. How wary were you about playing him again?
So he knows how to play now on the big stage. You could feel that with his game. He's really taking to the opponent and stepping in. When you're playing like this, only thing I can say is congratulations.
Q. You've had epic battles on that court the last few years. What's going through your head when you're out there on that court?
I mean, I love that court. These are kind of matches that you work for, you live for, you practice for. You know, unfortunately somebody has to lose in the end. This year was me. I lost to a better player.
Q. Because of your history in five setters here, did you think going into this fifth set, did you feel confident?
From the far end it was more difficult to play because you play against the wind. So most of the breaks were happening in the closer end. That's where he won this match.
But still, it was very even and we both served well. Then, you know, in the end, couple of lucky shots and mistakes from my side decided the match.
Q. Sometimes you were watching Boris and your coach team trying to understand what was going on maybe?
Q. Will tonight influence your decision regarding the Davis Cup next week?
Q. In a game where there was so little between you and Stan, what do you take out of it going forward?
One thing I can be proud of is that I gave my best. It wasn't enough. But, again, I know that I fight all the way through and laid my heart out there. It's a battle. One of us has to lose. He was, as I said, a better player. He stepped in and he won the match.
On the other hand, you know, these are the positives that I can take, as I previously said. Now, you know, it's only the start of the season, so I'm going to see what I'm going to do next and take it from there.
Q. Now is Wawrinka able to win the tournament or would it be a huge surprise for you?
With his performances on the big tournaments, you can say that he deserves to be where he is. You know, he deserves to win this match tonight because he's a great player and he's mentally matured and that's it.
If he's going to win or not, I don't know. Every day is different.
Q. How do you sum up your work with Boris here?
But look, you know, as I said, it's beginning of the season and we'll see what's coming next.
Q. Your winning streak, at some point it would have had to have ended. Did you ever think about how it would end?
I just influence, you know, what I can, and that is what I can do on the court, to be in the present moment. That's how I'm playing tennis today.
You know, as long as I'm mentally so clear in my mind and as long as I have motivation to play this sport, this is the way it's going to be.
Q. Physically how did this compare to the last two five setters you played against him?
Of course, you know, after playing four hours you are a little bit exhausted, but I do not feel, you know, too exhausted. I could have played for a while.
Q. Less taxing physically than here last year with him?
Q. Can you talk through your decision to serve and volley on match point.
Q. You leave with a 25 match winning streak in Melbourne. How proud are you of what you've accomplished at this tournament?
I've been enjoying Australia, enjoying the support here and the conditions. I can't wait to come back next year.
Q. Did the faster conditions hurt your chances this year?