So Australia didn’t really go the way I planned or hoped. We started ok and have been playing pretty good. The matches we lost in Brisbane and Sydney came off our own racquets, which is both a comfort and annoying at the same time. We had the chances and made simple mistakes that we only have our selves to blame.
Melbourne was more of a shock to us, to me. Because we had been hitting the ball very well. And I have to say, I can not remember when I moved better and felt better prepared for a tournament. My preseason had worked perfectly and my fitness was just as good as I wanted it to be. Hats off to Erlich/Huey because they played a great match. Everything worked for them and we didn’t really get a chance to get back into the match. There are things we could have done better, much better. We must have a better attitude in our matches going forward from here. But things like this happen in a new partnership. When you don’t really know how to deal with your partner in the best way. Of course I mean that in both ways. But we will get the hang of it and find a way to win. A lot. Please…
Other than that, it was great to be back in Australia. I felt a lot of pressure being the defending champion. But not from others, more from me. But pressure is something that normally makes me perform pretty well. I feel like shit, but perform pretty well. And when I say that I feel like shit, I really mean just that. The worse I feel, the better I play it seems. My own little catch 22.
I have to congratulate Australian Open for continuing its development as a tournament. It is by far leading the way out of all the Grand Slams. As much as I love Wimbledon, I have to admit, Australian Open has developed the most. The most improved Grand Slam by far. Thank you!
So next up is Zagreb. Not a tournament I want to play, but with a slow start to the season, we have to. Change of plans and the build up of the ranking starts again. I want to get back to the top 10 again and I am going to work hard to make it. There really are no secrets in sport. If you have the quality to play at the top level and you work your ass off, then you make it. It’s not simple, but it is how it works. Work harder and smarter than your opponents.
Schedule wise the plan is to play Zagreb, Rotterdam, Dubai, Davis Cup, Indian Wells and Miami. If everything goes to plan. I like when everything goes to plan.