Q. What were your thoughts on the match overall?
Look, I thought we both played very well. Ana came out swinging. I thought she returned great tonight. I think as that third set went on, she kind of, I don't know what she was feeling obviously, but I thought she was kind of up there.
I felt like I had to hit very good serves and really hit my spots to make it that I was going to be on top of the point. Then the last couple of games where she broke me she, yeah, played unbelievable.
I think we both played very well. Yeah, that's that.
Q. She was strong on her forehand tonight. Was it hard to avoid that?
I do think she hit it very well tonight. If you weren't going there with a purpose or hitting it well, then you were going to be in trouble for the rest of the point. It's one of these things you can't not go there, but you also have a make sure whatever you are doing to that side has got to be effective.
Q. Has her game changed the last 12 months or so?
But, look, I think she's obviously got a very dangerous game. She's got the ability to beat anyone. When she's on, she's very tough.
Q. Was there anything particularly you thought caused the match to start swinging her way?
I felt like even though I was down Love 40 in that first service game of the second set, to get that back, I felt I was able to kick on and keep the momentum. But she was able to shut that down and get that early break. Yeah, I wasn't able to get it back.
There were certainly chances where maybe I had a little sniff here and there towards the end of that second set. But she played well to get out of them.
Q. It's obviously easy to say it now, but are there things looking back you could have done differently to get her off balance on her forehand?
But, look, it's easier maybe afterwards when you do sit down and look at it. When you're in the moment, I think you've got to go with what your gut says. That's what I did. I tried to back myself with those decisions that I made.
Q. Having been up a set and then to lose, do you walk away still thinking you played well and she played a really good game?
Look, of course it's disappointing. I thought, you know, I was playing well enough to get through the next round. Look, it's one of those things, tennis is tough. Sometimes there's obviously more important points than others. You win those, you go through. If you don't, you sit here on the other end of it.
Look, it was a tough match. Obviously I've got to look at it in a little bit more time to see exactly what went wrong. At the moment now, it's disappointing, but I have to say that I'm proud of the way I was able to play out there.
Q. Did that make the loss a little bit easier to take?
So, again, yeah, disappointed, but can still look back on that match and think that I played well and got beaten by a good player tonight.
Q. Can you take some good positives out of the tournament?
So it is what it is. But I'm looking forward to obviously the weeks ahead.
Q. You looked more comfortable on court than maybe you have been in the past few years. Do you feel you've turned a corner in terms of playing in this city?
No, for me this year, it was just another tournament and I enjoyed it, yeah, gave myself the best opportunity to try to play well.
Q. Have you done anything in particular before these tournaments to try to address these problems?
Q. The roof closing, did that have any effect at all on your play on the ball?
But, you know, it's one of those things. Got the ability to close the roof. You go out there and play. I didn't worry about it going back out there. Yeah, for sure it makes the conditions a bit heavier.
Q. As experienced as you are, when the break came early in the third set, did you start to feel those old nerves again?
It was just a matter of playing tennis.
Q. Did you feel the delay because of the rain came at a good or bad time for you or didn't make any difference?
Q. What chances do you think Ana has to pass Serena Williams?
It's going to be very tough. Serena's obviously playing very well. She has been for a long time now. Ana probably doesn't have much to lose, so she can go out there and swing freely. I guess it will be a good match.
Q. The last point where the rain started falling really hard, do you think the last point should have been replayed?
But, yeah, I don't know. I can't really comment.
Q. In your head have you set yourself any goals, getting back in the top 10, anything like that?
Probably this year I've got to try to do a bit better in these bigger tournaments, Grand Slams, where there's a lot more to gain. Hopefully I can peak at those right times this year.
Q. Do you still feel like the best times of your career are still in front of you?
Yeah, I've got no reason to think that I can't keep getting better. Hopefully that will show.
Q. Is Miles staying with you or just before the slams?
Look, it is pretty much going to be a full time thing. So, yeah, I guess we've got to work it all out.