Q. You seem to be looking pretty much at ease with yourself and your game.
That's what I've done really well today overall from the first to the last point. I haven't allowed my opponent to come back to the match.
Mentally I was there. I was tough. I was focused. I feel great about myself in this moment. There is this confidence that I, you know, carry on obviously from many wins that I had in last two months of the 2013 season, and I started off this season in a good style. Trying to keep it up.
Q. He can be a very tricky opponent. A little bit wary of what he could do. Was it a question of trying to get on top of him as quickly as you could?
All the facts are, you know, saying enough about his qualities, you know, that he can challenge anybody really. So I did not take anything really for granted. I went out there preparing for this match as well as I do for any. When he had his moments during the match I know him for long time, so for me it's funny, but I did not try to laugh too much about it. I tried to direct my focus on my side of the court, what I need to do, not pay attention on him, even though he was funny at times, I have to say.
Q. Did you watch Ana's match?
She put a lot of hours on the court. She has a great team of people that is helping her now.
She must be feeling very confident. Hopefully she's going to carry that confidence from today's win, and it's going to help her to come back to where she deserves to be, top 5 in the world.
Q. Coming into the tournament as a favorite, they've pinned you and Rafa as a final, how is the pressure?
But it's all part of our sport. It's what we need to deal with. It's what we need to accept and, you know, try to use it in a positive way.
By saying that, I mean that pressure is a privilege in a way, because it means you're doing something that is very valuable, that is, of course, very important. In my life I've always dreamed of being on this stage, competing at the highest level. So I try to look at the pressure on the brighter side, right?
I really enjoy every moment spent on the court. For me it matters the most.
Q. Is it a testament to the sport and to your personality, you can have such a humorous exchange?
But obviously, as I said before, being two sets up and making that break in the third, and then he started to, you know, have his five minutes of humorous actions on the court. It was funny, as I said. But you cannot get carried away too much. You can lose focus so easily on the court, really. Anything can distract you.
Tennis is such a mental game in the end of the day. It's very dynamic. Everything happens fast. In one or two points you can lose break and match can turn around. That's why it's important to really stay within yourself and, you know, focus on what you can do.
Q. It seems like you're executing so well across the court. What will you work on most tomorrow on the practice court?
But now in the second week of a tournament, it's more about just staying in the rhythm, managing the energy, conserving the energy, making sure you're fresh and fit for next one.
Q. What did your coach have to say about your impersonation?
But, no, it's all for good laughs. It's actually the first time after a long time I've actually done Becker imitation. I don't know how I was. Was okay? I'm going to gain few kilos and have to color my hair in order to do the proper Becker imitation (laughter).
Q. Who are you going to pick tonight between Wawrinka and Robredo?
But Stan is the favorite to win that match, for sure.
Q. What do you expect if you play against him?
He is confident. You know, you could feel that mentally when he comes to the court, he believes in himself more. He can win against the top guys in the later stages of events.
So, you know, you cannot expect a clear favorite in that match.
Q. It's too early about facing Wawrinka in two weeks in Davis Cup?
Q. Going back to the Fognini making you laugh. You like a prank now and again.
Q. Who are the other guys on the circuit that makes you laugh off the court?
So there are guys. The good thing in the men's locker room is you get to interact. We really get to speak to each other and have fun. Of course, when the locker room door closes, you know, nothing goes out from there.
We can have fun, you can relax yourself. There's a lot of things going on that I cannot talk about, but it's all for good fun.
Q. That you're so intimate with them...
Q. That you know them so well, is it then hard to see them as a foe on the tennis court, to make that switch?
As soon as you step on the court, it's all business.