His coach, Goran Prpic, is greatly to thank for this, he put it all together wonderfully. You can see his work, his contribution. It seems they’ve “clicked”, they work well together and it is bringing results. I don’t need to emphasise how important it is, or how important it could be, that he won playing like this today. These are matches that turn careers around. How many times have we seen promising players that clearly have something, get an opportunity, take advantage of it, and then suddenly make a big jump? One or two matches here, one or two victories at some other tournament, and you’ve gone from 350th in the world to 150th. And that’s a truly large difference.
This is a great victory, and I’m very happy both for him and for Prpic. I know, last year I said I could see him among the top 100 fairly soon, which didn’t happen, but with the way he was playing today and his overall advancement, I’m even more convinced now.
I’ve got another exhibition on Wednesday, this time against Patrick Rafter. I’ve heard that Patrick said that Umag is even more beautiful than I described it, but in any case, it will be a great time for everyone tonight. The stadium will be full, it’s another chance for tennis lovers to enjoy themselves, so we might all see a very, very interesting exhibition match soon, and everything that goes along with it. I’m not in the best health altogether, but I’m sure I’ll be able to run enough to score some good points. In any case, I’ll have to give my all.
Patrick and I are good friends, he’s one of those people I can say aren’t just top athletes, but great people too. We go back a long way, ever since he joined the Tour, and I’m very happy to see him today. Not because I beat him at the Wimbledon finals, but generally. The tournament always strives for the best, and I say there’s no better way than what will happen on Wednesday.