Q. Why are you still smiling?
Q. Explain the emotions, what you feel.
I'm working really hard since many years, try to improve my game, try to get some big match in big stadium. Now I'm the first final in a Grand Slam, so I can be only really happy.
Q. Why do you think it happened here this time?
I'm enjoying more what I'm doing, when I'm winning, and also maybe I know more how to deal with all the pressure around.
Q. You said you never expected to make a final. When was the moment you realized when you could?
No, but before that, for sure. After the semifinal in US Open I knew that I was close to be there. But still was for me far away to make a final in Grand Slam. You never know what's happen. I was disappointed to lost against Novak in US Open, but I knew I was close with the level.
But for me I was so far. Was not my goal at all to make final in Grand Slam.
Q. One point separated you and Tomas. Did you feel it was that close out there?
But, yeah, when you play a four set match with three tiebreak is rare, but try to stay really aggressive on the tiebreak, try to went for it. My goal was to be more aggressive than him, try to take advantage in the point.
Yeah, I had the feeling he was really nervous and really tired because he gave me a little bit some point in the tiebreak, third set tiebreak and fourth set tiebreak, with some double fault.
I think he start to be really nervous.
Q. Do you have a preference of who you might play on Sunday?
You know, my record against Rafa is not really good, and neither against Roger. But for sure to play a Swiss final will be amazing, first for Switzerland, for the country. He is the best player ever. For me it's my first final. To imagine to play against Roger would be amazing.
Q. Would it be a little bit strange because you spent so much time together?
Q. Not looking too far forward to Sunday, but if it was Roger, where would Severin sit?
He accept that Severin can stay in my match. He can come sometimes for practice and talk a lot with me. That's all because Roger is really nice.
Q. Whoever you play, it's going to be a player who has been there so many times before. It's your first time. Will that make you feel daunted or give you some freedom in the way you play?
Again, I'm enjoying all what's happening here. I'm playing great tennis. I know that I'm going to feel ready physically because I have two day off to be ready for the final.
The most important is that my game is there. If I make the final here, it's because I beat Berdych tonight; I won against Novak also. I had some great match. So that's mean I have the level to be there.
Q. You said you had not such a great record against either. You didn't have a good record against Novak, so does that give you confidence you can change that?
But, you know, I will see. I will watch the match tomorrow and see how I'm going to play on Sunday.
Q. Have you heard from Roger?
Q. Last time we talked to Roger and he said he's cheering every time he watches you on TV. He makes a fist pump, a high five with Mirka. How will you react tomorrow on his winning points?
I saw some match of him. He's playing really good tennis again. Tomorrow is going to be, like always when they play each other in semifinal or final, they always puts everything on the court. It's going to be a great match, for sure.
I always try to watch when they play because you can always learn. You can always see the best tennis ever on the tour. So it's going to be fun to watch.
Q. Any special celebration in case Roger wins tomorrow?
Q. Do you think now you should try to persuade Roger to play Davis Cup because it's a crime with Switzerland with two players like you and him don't win the Davis Cup?
It's not the thing I want to think now because I'm in the Grand Slam. I'm in my first final of a Grand Slam. Even if Davis Cup is next week, I don't want to think about Davis Cup at all.
Q. Did your win over Djokovic, did you have the experience of beating Novak you've become a different player confidence wise?
He was always the one who was a little bit choking few moments, a little bit down, and that's what happened today again.
Q. How did you feel about today's atmosphere? Did you feel the fans were behind you?
Q. There was only one break in the whole match. Did you notice that?
Q. Going back to when you said you didn't expect to be in a slam final. Three, four years ago, was that a problem, that you didn't see yourself as a finalist or slam winner?
As I always say, I always try to improve, I always try to win every matches, I always go on court to try to beat my opponent, and that's what I did during all the tournament here.
Q. Were other people telling you you could be in a Grand Slam final, your team?
It was more like we knew I had the level to beat the top player, but to be in the final you have to do it again and again.