Q. You lost in qualifying; now in the fourth round. How do you feel about this big change of luck, if you can put it that way?
Then the second round and third round I could prepare very well, and I was very solid these two matches. So I'm very happy with this kind of performance.
Q. How long before your first match did you learn that you were in the tournament?
Q. What were you doing?
He told me, Okay, you're ready to play? Court 7. Go. I see, I see my opponent, say, Okay, see you on court. And we went and played (Laughter.)
Q. Had you given up hope of getting in? Were you still hoping you would get in? Did you think it was unlikely?
But at that moment I didn't know what was my position in the lucky loser draw. So I didn't know that actually I was the No. 1 to get in after Martin Klizan got in.
So I didn't know, and then the day after I realized, yeah. But I spoke a little bit with him on Monday. He told me he was getting better. So this time I knew he was going to be difficult because, yeah, he's kind of, you know he knows what's going on with his body.
Yeah, I was sure he's gonna play. Right after Philip Kohlschreiber, you know, I was not in the locker room to check, Hey, guys, how do you feel? (Laughter.)
So I didn't know anything. So that was a really surprise for me. I didn't know that Philip was in trouble with his thigh, so it was good surprise.
Q. Had you spoken to Philip since then? Do you plan on getting him something to thank him?
He pull out. I remember this day I was taking shower with him or I think I told him like later. I think I told him in Monte Carlo. Like few months after I say him, I say, Thank you for the spot (Laughter.)
Q. Back in the top 100, what does that mean to you?
So I wait, and I don't know what's going to be my ranking. It's better, because I'm here to play, to play my best and to win the match.
So it's working, and I'm going to do till the end. After, you know, it's going to be more complicated for the next one, because then I know the prize money for round of 16.
Then when you know sometimes it's more difficult. So please, no question about prize money (Laughter.)
Q. You were supposed to play a challenger this week?
Next week, but not this week. Anyways, it's okay.
Q. So what do you think is the reason for your great form?
So I was happy with that, but then I start to be in trouble a bit mentally, psychologically. I was not serving that well good. He start to play really well, and then I was completely lost on court.
I was okay with my performance. My tennis was good. My body is okay. So then, yeah, I was already happy with this. After, you know, it's complicated. You lose, so you have no pressure after.
Q. And you might play Andy Murray in the next round. How would you feel about that?
Yeah, maybe Andy is better, but is tough to play against Lopez. I play him one time in final in Johannesburg, and is difficult to play against this guy. He has tough game for me.
Q. So you prefer to play Andy Murray?