Lisicki wants in the top ten - and like the Tegel Airport
After a year of successes and injuries from Berlin starts on Monday at the Australian Open - and expects a lot from himself.
Berliner Morgenpost:They always emphasize your love of Melbourne, the Australian Open, Lisicki woman. Why?
I love the country, the people, especially the weather. Yesterday was 43 degrees, 25 degrees again acceptable. You can have all four seasons in one day. The people are so welcoming, in tennis they support us, they are experts. If you then can not go in the evening walk along the Yarra River or, it's just perfect. Melbourne is so beautiful. I love it.
2012 You were the number twelve in the world. The year was the best in your career. What remains when you look?
Much. Olympics, for example, where we are so short of sidestepped the coin. However, the impressions of the Olympic Games, which take you any. If you're in the cafeteria and suddenly a Michael Phelps in front or beside you, that was fantastic. These impressions I do not forget my life. Of course, not my victory over Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon tournament, which was number one. That was my highlight of 2012, clearly.
You have previously failed to Sharapova in the Australian Open in Melbourne. What can we learn from the games against them?
Very much. It was the first time that it ran so close between us. I could pull my lessons from this match, because I won at Wimbledon. Even as she was the Titelfavoritin. All the better that I could beat them there.
Which recipe, if it's one thing you have to use against Sharapova to beat them?
There are always little things that decide. At Wimbledon, I played one hundred percent focused, not make any mistakes. Later, at the Olympics I did in crucial situations one or two errors, also a little distracted. That cost me the win. I love to play against Maria, because there are always good, close matches.
Who is in your opinion the favorite here in Melbourne?
Serena Williams is the favorite. She last won the tournament in Brisbane, played great, lost a set.
What about the Germans? When we can once again expect a purely German finale?
I hope very soon. We have all performed very well, although sporting rivalry among themselves, but also treat cultivate friendships, the other's success. Let's hope that soon the first instance an collects from us in a great final and then win. Five or six years ago no one expected that one of us get far in a Grand Slam tournament. And now? After some semi-finals, we wait for the next step, a leap into a final at a Grand Slam. Let's see.
It was a step back in 2012 but also in the women's: Instead of the hoped title in Fed Cup rose from Germany. How does the reaction will be more?
In all we are angry still. Our goal is immediate revival. We're hot, everyone wants to play and looking forward already to the week together.
Sees 2013 as the goal for you personally? They climbed up to twelfth place, are currently trading at position 37. Now the top ten are again the target?
I have to be constant over a long period. This also means that I get time without injury through the season. Then I Peile in the top ten. Clearly.
Andrea Petkovic is missing. She is hurt again , back to Melbourne. How bitter is it, and who you can talk to her?
When I heard, I was speechless, could not believe it, was shocked. That's bad luck, so bitter for them. I immediately sent a text message to her, later phoned several times with her. But she's strong, she's coming back. We are all waiting for it and we are looking forward to the day.
Among the swimmers you have a special relationship. On the one your friend Benjamin Strong, the other one is Australian Libby Trickett at her friends. As it comes to this particular proximity to swimming?
(Laughs and smiles): Well, by my friend, and by and at the Olympics you learn so many interesting people. Libby and I have recently taken in Brisbane, we immediately understood well, discovered many similarities.
And you learn to swim now? Libby and we will soon see as the great hope of Australia on the tennis court?
Oh God, no. Everyone is probably better at his sport.
As a tennis player you are frequent flyer, perhaps Berlin's frequent flyer number one. What do you say to the latest shift of BER?
I can see even from the newspaper or the Internet. Yes, unbelievable! I found and find Tegel well. It's always sad when one day a Berlin airport has so far out. But otherwise, I can say little, because I have no detailed knowledge.