Q. Do you feel that you played well?
Then wasn't easy. He get injury. I saw that. He wasn't serving at all. He wasn't moving during one set. Then was a completely different match. I had to focus on myself, to try to find the way just to win it.
I saw that and I knew it was really, really difficult for him. I was unhappy for that because normally that's not the way I want to win the match.
But it's a final. At the end I won in four sets. I think I finish well the match. Yeah, to get the win, it's just amazing for me.
Q. You must have so many different emotions going through your head. Was it like a rollercoaster for you?
During the match tonight was important. I talk a lot with Magnus who has been in that situation, to play a final. He told me it was important not to think about the result but think about the way you want to play, the way you want to win every point.
You know, was surprise how well I start the match. In the beginning, he was good, he was fit, he wasn't injury. And myself, again, I was playing amazing tennis.
Yeah, then was the second match in the match. I had to stay calm with myself just to try to stay aggressive because he was injury, but he was still trying a little bit. Was not easy. I start to be really nervous because I start to realize that I could win a Grand Slam.
So it wasn't easy. But at the end I just come back to the game and focus on what I want to do.
Q. Were you surprised by how relaxed you were at the start?
But then we talk with Magnus, with Severin also. They've been in that situation. What was important was to enjoy also, not to be too nervous, not to be too focused, to enjoy and be ready for the match.
I was more surprised about how well I was playing. That's for sure. I was expecting to be little bit nervous, not to move so well, especially at the beginning like I did against Djokovic.
But tonight was just the perfect start.
Q. When you went up 4 2 in the fourth set, then you played that horrible game. Now it's forgotten, but...
But then I did two good game. I was moving better, just play aggressive, and I finished well the match.
Q. What is actually winning a Grand Slam like?
Before today for me wasn't a dream. I never expect to play a final. I never expect to win a Grand Slam. And right now I just did it. And especially the way I was playing all the tournament, it's for me a big surprise to play that well. To beat Rafa today, even if he was injury, I think I play my best first set during the match; I was ready to play four hours or five to beat Novak in the quarter, to beat Berdych in semis.
That shows me I'm doing the right thing since many years. That if you practice well, if you work hard, you will always have a chance to be in a great position to play your best tennis.
Q. When did you first hear Beckett's words and what has that meant to you in recent times and tonight?
Before today, I always saying that except Roger, Rafa, Novak, you always lose, especially every week. So it's not easy because tennis life, when you lose, it's tough to get through and to take a positive from a lost, from failing from a tournament.
So that's how I see, in general, my career. I always go back to the court. I always go back to practice to try to improve myself and to give me all the chance to beat the best player in the world.
Q. Can you talk about Roger, what his support has meant to you? And have you heard from him since the match?
He's always texting me. Even if he lost, like in the US Open, he was the first person to text me before the match or after the match.
Yeah, I didn't call so many person, but my wife, my daughter, my sister, and Roger call me. So, yeah, was nice for me. I know that he's really, really happy for me. He always wanted the best for me.
Q. In the match where much will be made about Nadal's injury, did you feel it important to get the word in with your forehand winner?
Again, to be really honest, it's a final of Grand Slam, so I'm really happy to win it. But it's not the way a tennis player wants to win a match, because the opponent is injury.
But when it's happen, you have to take it. It's maybe once in my life that I will appear final of Grand Slam.
But Rafa is a really good friend. We always practice together. We have good relationship with his team also. He's always texting me when I won.
So was strange to play him in the final. But I was really sad for him. I really hope that it's not too bad for him because he was already injury last year, and he came back the better player in the world. He's No. 1 now. He won so many title last year. He's someone that we need in tennis.
So I really hope for him that it's just something that happen tonight and he's going to be fine for the rest of the season.
Q. You said before you didn't think you were so good. It's more surprising for you to win a slam or to be No. 3 in the world?
It's amazing feeling. I saw Roger winning so many Grand Slam in the past, so now it's my turn to win one. If you look the 10 past year, except del Potro, it's only the top four guys who was winning all the Grand Slams.
So, yeah, I will need time to realize what I did in these two weeks. Because at the end, even if Rafa was injury, I think I deserve that Grand Slam because I won against Djokovic, No. 2; I won against Rafa.
I did amazing two weeks, and I was playing my best tennis ever.
Q. You had a long conversation with the umpire while he was having his back treated. Your language is French, the umpire speaks French. Yet you had it in English. Did you want us to hear it?
Q. We heard it all.
Q. Why did you go on so long with him?
Normally when the physio is coming on the court, the umpire always say the opponent why he's coming. He didn't want to tell me, so I get pissed, and I think it's my (indiscernible.)
Q. Were you surprised by the fact that the crowd booed him when he came back on?
The problem for me, it was not that he was taking a physio, that he left the court. I just wanted to know why, what was this problem, just to know for the rest of the match.
But, yeah, was quite strange that the crowd start to boo him.
Q. Was it difficult for you that you were the underdog so everyone was going for you in the beginning, then when Nadal became injured they all went for Nadal? Did that become difficult?
But, you know, I had two amazing week here. I think I had my best support ever in a Grand Slam. Since last year, it's just amazing to come back here and to have that much support on the court.
Q. Are you still going to Novi Sad?
Q. How do you plan to celebrate tonight?
There's a big chance I get drunk tonight, but we'll see.