"What's important are the next stages."
02-20-2009 - Sometimes happiness and anger are very close: in his new column Tommy reveals why he was all smiles in San Jose and all upset with himself in Memphis.
I have to say: My early drop out in Memphis playing Sam Querrey wasn't just a disappointment for you, of course. I really did hope for more, especially as I generally played well at this tournament and left it as a winner three times by now. But on this day things just wouldn't go to plan. I couldn't claim the important points and repeatedly made stupid mistakes, meaning that eventually, Sam rightly won in two sets.
To cry over spilt milk doesn't help though. I have to look ahead now. The only good thing about it is that I can spend another few nights in my own bed. When you spend a lot of time in hotels the own four walls are even more enjoyable. That's why I will probably stay in Bradenton this weekend, working out and spending a little time on the sofa.
I am very happy that things are going so well for my friend and neighbor Radek Stepanek by the way. In my view he has rightly won in San Jose. And on top of that we got the doubles title together. That was a crazy situation. I don't normally play the doubles tournament, but it went fairly well during that week. When it was obvious that James Blake couldn't play the semifinals due to his injury we really gave everything. It was a great feeling to get a title in a team. It gave me a real boost, although that might not have come across in Memphis. But let's not go there…
What's important now are the next stages. First Delray Beach, then probably Indian Wells and the Miami Masters, whereas I was never in good form in Key Biscayne to date. But who knows, I might surprise myself. I would like to do something with Sara on my Birthday. The Caribbean would be something. I have never been before. In any case, I just want to switch-off. I am going to indulge myself.
Keep your chin up; I'll be in touch!