Q. What did you make of that?
Yeah, I guess it's tennis and sport, a bit like that. I guess I got a bit tricked. I sort of felt he was struggling a bit, but then he was serving amazing and still seemed to be running side to side amazing. I guess that's on me.
But still, I tried to do everything I could. I don't feel like I played that great. But I still feel like I well, I think I had set points in the second and third as well. Came close anyway. But just didn't fall my way.
A bit puzzling. I'll obviously have a look at it and see what went wrong.
Yeah, just strange.
Q. When you say 'tricked'...
Sometimes he's standing there looking like he can't stand up. Then the next minute he's serving ten first serves over 200, moving side to side, ripping balls unbelievable.
Make of it what you will. At the end of the day, I try to forget about that, try to play tennis. Got to give him credit. He served amazing for the next hour and a half at least. And off the ground he was playing good, too.
I didn't return well. It was a problem.
Q. There was criticism from the TV saying you needed to have more of a killer instinct and your ability to close out sets and matches. How do you respond to those comments?
Yeah, at one point I was probably a bit passive. Yeah, had one chance there. He misses a ball, I win it. I make a good shot, I win it. Didn't happen. Didn't fall that way. In the breaker, I went to 10 8 or something. Had a pass that clipped the tape. Maybe yesterday or tomorrow it's a winner and I'm up two sets, maybe I win in straight, he struggles.
Like I say, I'm still, yeah, obviously pretty unhappy with it. But I'll have to look at it and see what I can do moving forward.
Q. Fourth game of the fourth set, you saved one breakpoint. The first serve was called a fault. Tell us about what happened from there.
But umpire's call, so what can you do?
Q. If you're playing an opponent who is injured, do you subconsciously go a bit easy on them?
But I was playing my game and I was trying to use my forehand, I was running him side to side, and he was covering a lot of ground, a lot of points. Still seemed to be serving amazing, so... He says he's sore and he looks sore, but it didn't show in the tennis. Maybe a few points early in the third he didn't run for a couple serves. Other than that, he seemed to be moving real good. He's serving amazing.
Unfortunately, I couldn't return well enough to break him. Just kept him in the match. Yeah, got so close in both tiebreakers. Same in the fourth, couldn't break him as well.
Q. Do you finish the summer in a better position than when you started it?
Last year I didn't win any matches. So, yeah, of course, definitely feel better for it, yeah.
Q. Where to from here?
Q. He said he might have pulled out in the third set, but then obviously went on to win it. He took some painkillers. They kicked in. Do you think you'll look back at this as a missed opportunity?
But every match has every circumstances. Sometimes there's wind, heat, sometimes there's things. Today the guy appeared to have some pain, but he's serving over 200 every ball and he's running side to side crushing balls. Take from it what you will. It's a different situation.
Q. Despite the result, you must take a lot of positives.
First two sets, it was great, he came back. I've shown a lot of good things the last few months. Definitely confident with where my game is heading. Had a bit of a setback the last few weeks with my physical preparations which didn't really help.
But, yeah, you know, I still can't believe it. I feel like I should be maybe through to play Stan on Friday. But, yeah, it's the same as always. Everyone is going to lose here except one person. We all just keep going and try to keep improving our games and enjoy our journeys, I guess.
Q. Did you find the atmosphere different to Court 1 to center court?
Yeah, there wasn't that real buzz I guess from the crowd. Obviously on the show courts, Margaret Court, it's closer in. You get an incredible sound from the fans, the Fanatics and that. Maybe because it's bigger, it's a bit more subdued.