Q. What was more frustrating, having to pull out because of the recurrence of the injury, or some of the reaction from the crowd as you were walking out?
Unfortunately, I couldn't compete. It was very difficult for me to say sorry to the crowd. I don't think they quite knew what was wrong with me.
After, when I told them it was my leg, they sort of started to be on my side, which is good that I heard that in the end from their applause.
Q. Is this a recurrence of an injury or something new?
Then I thought it was going to be okay. Continued to train and couldn't run for any balls. It was very surprising, because I only had one injury, and that was Roland Garros last year. I had to withdraw in the first round and I was pulling a muscle in the first point of the match.
I think this was something similar, but it happened in my upper, I don't know what you call that area.
Q. When did you first notice it tonight? As soon as you went out onto court? A particular stage of the first set?
I was, Oh, no. It's tough playing Rafa with two legs, let alone one. Nothing I could do. I felt really good the last few weeks the way I was playing, very confident. I felt good on court today. You know, I was serving very good.
I just had to go for my shots. I was putting no stress on my leg and it was still hurting when I had to run for any balls. I just felt like, If I continue playing, who knows, something worse can happen, cannot play maybe for a few months. I don't want to do that. I have to protect myself as much as I can.
Q. Is that why it was so disappointing, because you were playing well against the World No. 1?
After, when he got that break, he was serving for the set, hit one ball, and I felt it even more. I thought, Am I really going to do this, spend a few more hours on court hurting my body?
I feel sorry because the crowd came and it was difficult for me. I did what's best for me. The crowd have to understand that.
Q. You're not sure if it's your groin on your quad or hip flexor yet?
Q. What was the advice when you went off the court? Did they seem to think it could have been the end there?
When they came out on court, the medical, they obviously asked me if I wanted to take any tablets. I told them that I had been taking tablets prior to this the last 24 hours since I noticed the pain.
It's up to you. If you feel like you can't play, if you feel like you're damaging yourself and hurting yourself even more, then it's up to you. It could go worse.
Neil, the physio that was there, said for me to stop. You're only going to do yourself more harm potentially. I felt like the right thing for me is to stop.
Q. You seem frustrated more than anything. You were playing really well; a great opportunity for your career. Hard playing Rafa on one leg.
At the end of that first set I was mostly thinking to myself that it could end up a lot worse. Better stop now.
Q. What did Rafa have to say after the game?
He knows. He's been in positions like this before. It's not easy. Everyone's had it. Unfortunately it had to happen to me in my favorite Grand Slam, my favorite tournament.
What can I do? Hopefully it goes away now.
Q. You got concerns you might miss the Davis Cup, or are you hopeful you'll be right by then?
Q. Scan tomorrow?
Some other people say it could be a week or two, don't muck around with it. I'll see tomorrow. I'll find out.