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02.07.2013
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Wimbledon QF Interview

Q. How hard a match was that to play? Looked like it was difficult because you were playing someone from your own country.

 

LUCASZ KUBOT: Well, you know, I tried to focus as for the normal match. Of course, it wasn't easy, but, you know, just trying to focus on myself.

It was my plan game to focus on myself, especially on my game, and try and wait for the chances and try to have opportunities to break Jerzy, which wasn't easy today.

 

Q. How difficult is it to try and break him and deal with his serve?

 

LUCASZ KUBOT: Yes, I think, you know, he's got very, very good serve and variations of the serves.

It's not only they're big, powerful, but it's always, you know, little bit slice, little bit keep mixing up, which makes very difficult, especially on the surface which is grass.

I think he use it well today. I think he got more than 30 aces and he was serving more than 80% first serve. I mean, he won more than 80% off the first serve.

My best shot, which is return, I didn't have chance anything to work. Even though he's big, tall player, I think he is moving very well, and I think he return as well very well.

I was always all the time under pressure with my serve. I had to fight for my service games. He was winning, let's say, to be honest, easy those points. And when I had chances to break him, he served big.

There was only one chance, I think, on the set point when there was the rally. There was only one chance to break him. That was the only chance I got in this match.

 

Q. How did you find the occasion, playing in your first Grand Slam quarterfinal on such a big court?

 

LUCASZ KUBOT: Yes, what I said before. I have played many matches already on big courts, but it was in doubles. It wasn't in singles, it was in doubles.

I have let's say more experience, but Jerzy had match before, Almagro, on Centre Court. So that was for him maybe little bit bonus for him. I'm thankful we had a chance to play on one of the biggest courts.

And that's it. I think the atmosphere was great.

 

Q. You know Jerzy's game better than most players on tour. Does he have it in him to win Wimbledon this year, do you think?

 

Lukasz Kubot's press conference after his 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Jerzy Janowicz

LUCASZ KUBOT: Well, I think he has potential to be, for sure, top 5 player in the world. If to win, maybe it's to be.

But I think he use all the chances by far. You know, he use everything what was in the draw. He made it up. He's in semifinals with this age. He's very young, you know.

But I think he's got very big potential. With his character he can beat everyone, I think. He can focus for the next game, and let's see what's going to happen. I don't know if he's going to think now if he's going to win or not. I think he should focus for another match and fight.

As I said, it's very difficult to play with such a player which has serving bombs, to be honest. I don't know which word I should use it.

And the variation of the serve is very good, which gives him high percentage of winning the points after first serve.

 

Q. A lot of emotions at the end. You went around and swapped shirts. How did it come about that you swapped shirts? Did you suggest it?

 

LUCASZ KUBOT: It was everything happen so fast. I saw his emotions. He went on the ground. I just want to came up, and, you know, congratulate him as fast as possible because I knew it was anyway big moment for both of us.

I think he deserve for sure to win today. And it came, you know, just very quick. I said, Let's go. Let's exchange. Let's make our tennis more famous, more popular, and show that Poland tennis is in the map of tennis. Because this never happen before, and that's it.

I think it just shows how important is the fair play and shows the friendship on the court. We're just fighting, you know, with every point, but when match is finished we are friends. We are just showing that this is only sport, you know.

 

Q. Even though it obviously must be disappointing to lose, does it make it perhaps a little bit easier that it is a friend of yours that is going through to the next round?

 

LUCASZ KUBOT: This is very difficult to answer because is first time happening, you know, to me.

Of course, we knew one Polish guy would be in the semifinals. As I said, I had only one chance today; I didn't make it. Jerzy definitely deserve to win this match. He was better player today.

I just want to wish him good luck, and of course I'm going to cross the fingers for another match for him.

 

Q. It was pretty unusual to see you swapping shirts at the end. Was it the first time you did it on a tennis court?

 

LUCASZ KUBOT: Yes, it was first time. As I said, it just came quick to my mind, Let's do it. Let's do it quickly and show that it's not about only playing and challenging each other on the court.

Let's show the friendship and show that Polish tennis is getting better and we have one player in the semifinals.

 

Q. How would you assess your fortnight here? What are your thoughts after reaching the quarterfinals?

 

LUCASZ KUBOT: Well, you know, it's amazing feeling. It was always my dream. I was here two years ago in the fourth round. Didn't make the match points. I could have chance to be in the quarterfinal. I didn't make it.

So I am happy to be through, because to be honest it was final call for me because my ranking before this tournament was very far. I was out of top 100; now I'm getting back.

I'm happy to take those chances in the draw, and this result I think will give me a lot of confidence and give me a chance again to compete in singles still. We'll see what's going to happen in the near future.



Comments (20):

siema lukasz pogratulowac zwyciestwa i tak trzymac ,chwala boleslawianom.tez jestem z bolca.pozdrowionka dla mamy chodzilismy do tej samej klasy w 4 ce jak znajdziesz troche czasu to odpisz ziomkowi.nara
Author: leszek | Date: 28.01.2014
Panie Łukaszu wielkie gratulacje za sukces w AO było super lekko Panu poszło dzięki za łzy radości pozdrowienia z Lubina
Author: Ela | Date: 27.01.2014
Lukasz! So happy and so proud....your match, your speech (specially the part in Polish). Will try to practice Your 'we are victorious as long as we are fighting' in my life. Funka z Florydy!
Author: Jola Haschek | Date: 27.01.2014
Panie Łukaszu! Po perfekcyjnym finale odniósł Pan kolejny sukces - po ćwierćfinale Wimbledonu to pewnie kolejny milowy krok a Pańskiej karierze. Stworzyliście z RL świetnie rozumiejacy sie duet - wierzę, że to nie ostatni sukces z Wielkim Szlemie- trzymam kciuki - Panski kibic ze Szczecina!
Author: bol | Date: 25.01.2014
Serdecznie gratuluję Panu zwycięstwa deblowego w AO ! To dla nas kibiców były wspaniałe chwile. Pana podziekowania po meczu , szczególnie te powiedziane w języku ojczystym były wzruszające .Życze dalszych sukcesów!
Author: Andrzej | Date: 25.01.2014
Gratulacje z wygranej w Melbourne. Zycze dalszych succesow w tenisie. Wspanialy poczatek na Nowy Rok. Pozdrowienia z Sydney.
Author: Anna Piotrowicz | Date: 25.01.2014
Pamiętasz jak na Wimbledonie krzyknąłem Ci: Łukasz jesteś wielki i jesteś Wielki. Pozdrawiam
Author: Jerzy | Date: 25.01.2014
gratulacje!!!!! gratulacje!!!! Łukasz jesteś wielki!!!
Author: Renata | Date: 25.01.2014
Wspaniale , gratulujęwspaniałej gry !!!
Author: lokiec | Date: 25.01.2014
Super Łukasz !!! Powodzenia w finale !!! Będzie to czwarty wielkoszlemowy finał Lindstedta teraz musi mu się udać, bo pierwszy gra z Tobą :)
Author: Karol | Date: 23.01.2014
Zapomniał Pan o wyprzedzającym przemieszczaniu łokcia w serwach . Szkoda
Author: ŁOKIEĆ | Date: 18.12.2013
Powodzenia
Author: łokieć i wyprzedzający pivot biodrami | Date: 17.10.2013
Chciałbym bardzo pochwalić zachowanie Pana Łukasza w dzisiejszym meczu pucharu Davisa z Bernardem Tomicem. W drugim secie przy zwysięskim serwisie Australijczyka oddał punkt i zatarał ślad po wątpliwej piłce rozstrzygając wszelkie wątpliwości sedziów i kibiców. Było to bardzo ładne zachowanie fair play. Uważam, ze mimo porażki w meczu pokazał Pan wspaniałą grę i ducha walki. Gratulacje dla całej drużyny!
Author: Darek | Date: 15.09.2013
Chciałbym bardzo pochwalić zachowanie Pana Łukasza w dzisiejszym meczu pucharu Davisa z Bernardem Tomicem. W drugim secie przy zwysięskim serwisie Australijczyka oddał
Author: Darek | Date: 15.09.2013
Best of Luck Lukasz on US Open Tournament!!! :-)) Be the best ! Be the winner :-) For me You are the winner all the time. this what You did on Wimbledon Tournament 2013 is making me proud of You. You showed us the best `serve and volley` agressive game! Your style is Sampras style. this is so so so classy !!! I love YOU and watching Your Perfect Classy Agressive and in the same way - elegant style of tennis . Thank You for everything what You do and did in World and Polish Tennis and please be the best like You did in the future,cause World Tennis don`t wanna lose You. Losing You ll be the worst day for Tennis,cause Nobody s playing classy `serve and volley` tennis like You nowadays! You are the Last of the Mohicans in the World Tennis Play . Stay how long it ll make You happy and satisfied,cause the Day when You live Tennis - will be the End of The `serve and volley` classy gentleman Era.. For Tennis and nobody will change continue Your extraordinary style. You are the Jewel For World Tennis and You shouldn`t think about leave it. You Are The Last Of the Last Gentleman in World Tennis ! best of Luck!!!!
Author: Natalie | Date: 17.07.2013
Panie Łukaszu sądzę,że to dopiero początek Pan spektakularnych osiągnięć.No cóż,Pana kontuzje trochę to opóźniły,ale jak to mówią ..co się odwlecze to nie uciecze.Dziękuję za piękną grę,te niesamowite emocje i proszę o więcej :).Oczami wyobraźni widzę także debel Kubot-Janowicz.Finezyjna gra przy siatce oraz atomowy serwis to byłaby mieszanka wybuchowa !!!!
Author: Bożena | Date: 14.07.2013
Panie Łukaszu GRATULUJĘ !!!! Mecz z Janowiczem trudny ale JEST PAN WIELKI !!!POWODZENIA !!!!
Author: Mariamaja | Date: 12.07.2013
Panie Łukaszu,chciałam Panu pogratulować wspaniałego występu na Wimbledonie. W ogóle nie wiedziałam,że jest Pan tak bardzo sympatycznym i skromnym człowiekiem dopóki nie posłuchałam Pana konferencji. Życzę powodzenia w następnych turniejach.
Author: Marzena | Date: 09.07.2013
A w Lubinie ogień :)
Author: Anka | Date: 05.07.2013
W Bolesławcu cisza i spokój, nie potrafimy cieszyć się Wielkimi naszego miasta..........trochę mi wstyd! Moje gratulacje!
Author: Maria | Date: 04.07.2013

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