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Q. Juan Carlos, how does it feel to be sitting next to that trophy?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I'm feeling so happy, you know. I mean, you know, is very special to win the tournament that you want to win.
So right now I'm feeling great, but maybe tomorrow I will feel more exciting, because tomorrow, you know, I will stay better than today, of course.

Q. I think it's the first time anyone's been able to leap into the box in just one leap (laughter). You didn't have to climb.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, yeah...
I'm athletic (smiling).

Q. Was it the final you expected, perhaps?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: You know, I was thinking that if I return well his serve, I will have so many chance to win. I think the key of the match was that mentally I was perfect, you know, all the time I was perfect.
Also, when he break me in the second set, you know, I put mentally strong and I keep going all the time to try to break again. And I did it well.
And, you know, I think mentally today was very, very hard.

Q. How gratifying is it to keep that kind of rhythm throughout the entire match? Not only mentally were you strong, but your strokes seemed almost perfect with everything - your return, the serve.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, you know, I think I had the experience last year to play bad the final, you know. And this time, before the match, you know, I was thinking that I have to try to give my best, to try to give my best mentally, physically, tennistically.
So I think I went to the court so concentrate since the beginning of the match. I break his serve in the first game, and I start to feel so good all the time from the base of the line, return, serving.
So I think was the perfect final for me.

Q. Was there ever a time, say, in the last year, after you lost to Albert, that you thought, "As good as I've been at Roland Garros, maybe I'll never win the title"? "Maybe I'll play my best tennis, but it will go for somebody else"? Or did you always believe you could do it?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, I believe always that I can win Roland Garros. If not last year, maybe this year, maybe the next -- in the next year.
But always I think that one time I can win. Right now, I think that I can win more times, because this time I think I play a wonderful two weeks - only one match five sets against Gonzalez, one in four, all the rest in three. So I think I play very, very good two weeks.

Q. Does the injury you had in Rome in a way help you to be more fresh mentally and physically for this tournament?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I don't know exactly, because if I didn't have the injury in my arm, I had to play Hamburg, just one more tournament that I didn't play.
So, you know, I think I don't know if the injury help me or not, but, finally, I think I play good because I'm very good physically. So I think was very important.

Q. Now that you won a Grand Slam title, do you say to yourself, "Okay, I've done this. Now I'm a truly elite player. I'm there with Lleyton, Albert, I'm there with Agassi. Now I can legitimately call myself one of the top guys"?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think I am one of the top guys, you know. I am No. 1 in the Race. I don't know in the entry what I'm gonna be, but...

Q. Three.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Still 3... (Shaking his head.)
What's that shit, huh (laughter)?

You know, I think maybe I'm gonna think more in Wimbledon or US Open, because how I win this tournament, I want to win another tournament different of this.
But, you know, also I gonna try to win again this tournament. But, mentally, you know, my mentally right now is US Open or Australia or Wimbledon because I want to win the tournament in hard court - I mean Grand Slam.

Q. How are you going to spend the next two weeks?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: The next week I'm gonna take a rest and the next week I'm gonna practice in grass court in Spain.

Q. In Spain?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, synthetic. And I'm gonna win a tournament in Wimbledon, no (laughter)?

Q. It would be nice.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: (Smiling).

Q. How will you plan to celebrate your victory tonight?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Who knows? I don't know. I'm gonna take dinner and then we gonna go to party, we're gonna do a party. Party.

Q. How are you going to spend the prize money?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I'm gonna buy an Aston Martin Vanquish.
No, I don't know. Nothing special.


Q. Which was the toughest match for you? Which was your toughest match for you?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think the match against Gonzalez. The match against Gonzalez, because was five sets and is one of the guys that is not easy to play against him.

Q. The fourth time was the good one, but this time you really controlled your match. You dominated Verkerk. Verkerk seemed to be an average player, and he was not the player we saw before.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Well, thank you very much. I believe the important thing is that I played well all along the match. I didn't allow him to become confident at any time in the match. I believe his main weapon is his serve, and I returned very well.
From the start, I made problems for him on returning his serve, and I broke him on the first game. So for him, it was difficult after that. He had to force himself on his serve, so he didn't serve so well. It was not easy for him.
However, it was also difficult for me. Today, it was quite windy. I'm used to playing with the wind, so I was not bothered particularly.

Q. It was a beautiful year: Quarters in Australia, a title here, without forcing too much.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes, well...
Without forcing, we can't say that. You can't win without forcing yourself. Everywhere you go, you have to do your best. I believe I played well in Grand Slams, and I'm going to try to continue in the same way.
After, there's going to be Wimbledon and the US Open.

Q. What did you think of the man who ran around naked on the court?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I was a bit annoyed because I couldn't care less about him.
I just had a break and it was a bit bothering. I saw how the bodyguard took hold of him strongly.

Q. Aren't you worried that someone can enter the court like that?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes, well, if that guy comes towards me, I feel secure because I know a security guard will be immediately between him and myself.

Q. What was the key moment in the match? What does it mean for you to win the first Grand Slam in your life?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I don't believe what I felt - I felt a lot of emotions, a lot of joy for myself, for people around me, my family, my coach, and all those people who supported me all along my career.
I thought about them at that moment. I thought about myself, too, because it was the first time I was living such a situation. I was watching the ground, and I thought, "This is in my pocket, and nobody can take it away from me."

Q. What is your next objective, now that you've won this tournament? Is it to be No. 1 or win another tournament?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Be No. 1 is one of my priorities. It's the first priority, the top priority. I need 300 points more, or 375, or something. So this is the time I've been as close as possible to No. 1.
I think there will be pressure. In Wimbledon, I will try to come closer to No. 1.


Q. How do you feel now that you won?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Now that I won this tournament -- well, before, it was important to win this tournament. But now, everybody, I think, does the same. The top priority is to become No. 1. Now that I won this tournament, I want to be No. 1.

Q. Did you think about what you're going to do? Did you believe you would go up into the boxes the way you did?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes, I thought I would be able to make that jump.

Q. We saw you sign?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: When I went to sign, I wanted to write down "Juan Carlos Ferrero."

Q. He encouraged you a lot last year?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes.

Q. You gave a big kiss to a girl. Do you have a good relationship with her?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I don't know anything about that. Are you talking about my sister?
Three ladies were dressed in yellow. I chose the first one closest to me.


Q. When you see girls, does it relax you?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes, as soon as I can see them, I'm happy.

Q. In the box there were many Spanish members of the government. Is there any relationship between the Popular Party and yourself?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I don't talk about that. I like Eduardo because he's one of my friends, it's not because he belongs to the PP, Popular Party, in Spain that I'm friends with him.

Q. Your father surely lost some hair today.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Well, he has a lot of experience.
In the beginning, I said that I would buy an Aston Martin Vanquish, but now I'm not so keen about it. So I'm not going to do anything special now.

Q. Did you dedicate your victory to something? Did you think about someone?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: No, not someone special. There are many people I can think of. Many people helped me - my coach, my whole family. Everybody helped me to win.

Q. I didn't hear, someone talked about your mother. Do you have a special memory about that?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes, of course.

Q. The memory of your mother was in your mind during the match?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Well, in my mind, she was in the first row.

Q. It's been years and years that you've been working hard. All this work was fruitful. This is your first Grand Slam.
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes, I worked a lot. It's been a long time now. It's not because I won this tournament that I'm going to stop working; I'm going to try to become the best of the world. I'm going to try to win good tournaments and to become No. 1 in the world.
If I want to reach that goal, I have to continue to work. If I get there, I'll try to stay there as long as possible. It's the same as for any other player.

Q. This title makes you enter into history of tennis. Is it, for you, a relief, for your career?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yes, a little bit, because I went to the finals in Shanghai or in the French Open last year, and when you lose those finals, you lack a little plus.
Today, I won, so now I can be a bit relaxed more.
Although I had lost those finals before, I thought I was the best player I could have been at that moment. My coach, people around me, thought I was the best and that I couldn't win in the same conditions as Hewitt, but I showed today I could be at their level.
Of course winning tournaments, winning points, allows you to play relaxed because it's something you have behind you.

Q. Who was your main rival, Hewitt, Agassi?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think Hewitt is my main rival. Agassi is getting older. Maybe in two years he will think about retiring.
Hewitt is one year younger than I am, so he'll stay longer in the tour to fight against me. There are other players we have to take into account also.

Q. (Question in Italian. )
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Well, beating Costa was a step towards the final. This year it was the semifinals, last year it was the finals, so I had a revenge to have this year, especially towards my friends. And Costa and myself are very good friends and there is no rivalry between us. It was just a match like any other match, and I tried to play better this year. It worked this year and I went to the finals.
 

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I didn't read this--but it's indeed cute when players give Marat-like interviews, although no one is quite as quirky and bizarre as Marat himself. LOL
 

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Mrs. Guga:

I highlighted some of the best stuff.
 

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Hehehe! Thanks! I've had to pull so many allnighters reading in the past year, haha, I don't want to read ever again! But I read Verkerk's interview so I came back here.

He's pretty funny, that Mosquito... I don't know why I don't like him more... oh yeah, I remember now. :) Hehe, but he seems really ditzy on purpose and sarcastic, that's cute. Where's Rebecca?! I feel bad for her
 

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Mrs. G: Why don't you like Ferrero?

Is it because he's the silent, arrogant type;)
 

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why do you keep stalking people about their dislike of Ferrero? why don't you just enjoy his win and leave it at that? :confused:

nice interview. thanks for posting! ;)
 

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TC, only because Mrs. Guga sorta begged the question and just plain curious.

BTW, I think he has shares of the characteristics of Pete--but I won't ask you about that;)
 

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I am not crazy about Ferrero for a two reasons, I'll just say one.

It's not like I really don't like him, I just, being the shallow, hollow person I am, I resented him! He was always such a threat to Guga in Guga's hayday (hopefully Guga will return to top form), so I get really bitter and defensive when people challenge my favorites. Like, right now--I'm resenting Henin--look at my avatar. That's just how I work, I can't really help it, however, it's just resentment and jealousy, I don't really have any players that I just hate like people hate Andy and Agassi and Verkerk. There's no one I really waste my time hating and saying rude things about anymore. That ended once I accepted Capriati.
 

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OK, i admit...i'm busted!! :devil:

Sushi...
 

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Hee Hee.
 

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I have to say this is the first time i actually enjoyed reading a JCF interview. :p Usually he puts me right to sleep.
Nice to see he has a funny/playful side.
 

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Q. You gave a big kiss to a girl. Do you have a good relationship with her?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I don't know anything about that. Are you talking about my sister?
Three ladies were dressed in yellow. I chose the first one closest to me.
lmao. That's funny. That girl he kissed was his girlfriend unless the commentators were lying. ;)
 

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Did u guys read/watch Verkerk's interview? It is equally funny on the part when they mentioned that supermodel Karen Mulder was supporting him in the front row, Verkerk's eyes brightened up immediately and can't concentrate in the next question complaining that he did not see her. LOL

From his last 2 interviews, I think Martin is also very marat-like in character in his answers...
 

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Mrs_Guga said:
Hehehe! Thanks! I've had to pull so many allnighters reading in the past year, haha, I don't want to read ever again! But I read Verkerk's interview so I came back here.

He's pretty funny, that Mosquito... I don't know why I don't like him more... oh yeah, I remember now. :) Hehe, but he seems really ditzy on purpose and sarcastic, that's cute. Where's Rebecca?! I feel bad for her
Why do you feel bad for me? ;) I went to work when it was 2 sets to love for Ferrero. I taped it. My moms boyfriend is over, so I haven't got to watch the tape yet, but I'll do it before I go to bed. When I left for work, I knew it was his. That, and after he defeated Gonzo, I believed it was his anyhow. So I wasn't stressed about it at work ;) I put in over 30 hours friday-sunday, you see, so that is why I haven't been around.

That, and there isn't a lot to say. He won, it's all good ;)
 

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he is so crazy! 'still no. 3? what's that shit, huh?' ROFL!
 

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he was funny dina
joking with the journalists like marat does
 

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thanks i really enjoyed this interview of Juanqui :D hehe, very funny. Though it is a lil Marat Like, Marat is still the original where no one can close to:p I miss his interviews so much!
 
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