Q. Do you feel like everything is sort of coming together in your game the way you want it to?
I've done really well. Denis is a very tough opponent. He's a great quality player. He has tested a lot of top players on different surfaces because he's very talented and he can hit the ball really well.
Q. At the end of the game when you served for the match the first time, dropped your serve, you broke right back, was that good for you to be tested at the end?
I didn't want to drop the third set, obviously, so I was very focused to get the job done in straight sets.
Q. It was cool. But would you rather the roof be open for your matches?
But it's understandable. Before the match, the people from the organization approached me and showed me the forecast and said it was going to rain on and off, it was unpredictable, they couldn't risk, they should close the roof. It was fine.
Q. You have great fans here in Australia. I wonder if it frustrates you sometimes that that's not the case everywhere despite the effort you put into engaging your fans?
Of course, I mean, I cannot be angry on the people who are supporting my opponent. It's all sport. It's normal you have your preferred players, you have your favorites. You have to deal with it.
Q. Many young Australian players coming from Serbian communities, you are a huge role model for them. Is there a message, advice you can give them?
Young players have to, first of all, like what they do. I think that's a key to doing any kind of sport, any kind of activity. You have to enjoy it. If you don't enjoy it, it's not worth doing it. Of course, having proper conditions, having a right desire, willpower, that of course gets you very far away.
Q. Your next opponent, you mentioned you've been friends for a long time. Does that change anything about the way you go into the match?
Once we get on the court, of course we're both professionals, we want to win. He's 15 in the world. He's been playing some really good tennis.
He's a clay court specialist, so that's where he made his best results. But lately he's been performing really well on hard court. Today he beat Sam Querrey, who is a hard court specialist, big serve, in form, and Fabio won.
I don't take anything easy. I try to do as best as possible.
Q. How focused have you been this week on trying to get through your matches quickly and conserve energy for the second week?
Q. We used to say that Wimbledon was Roger's living room. Is that the same for you here?
Q. Were you surprised by del Potro's elimination yesterday?
Bautista Agut definitely went to the court with nothing to lose and trying to play his best, and took him to five sets. It was a huge win for him. It was very tough conditions yesterday, so maybe that affected DelPo a little bit. But it definitely is a surprise.
Q. Do you think the mental aspect of the game these days is more difficult than the physical to get over?
But that mental edge, that's something that you can't get it in the gym. You have to be able to play and understand who you are, get really deep into your character. Of course, you need to use the necessary experience on the court. Fail, fail, fail, but keep on coming back stronger. Eventually, that's what's going to help you succeed.