Q. Can you just express your feelings at being in the semifinals of the French Open.
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, feeling is, I don't know. Like, after the match is like really tired. No feeling. Tomorrow I have birthday, 24, and we'll see. Tomorrow, okay, no match. Day off for me is good. Because I do my present now from my brother here today. He is 35 and I won today match. Still reach semifinal. For him is good present.
Q. The day after your birthday, you play for a place in the final. Big news, huh?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah. Is good for me I didn't play my match in my birthday. If I lose, I really don't like in my birthday to play tennis.
Q. Can you now go all the way?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Now it's, okay, like feeling something happy, yes. Because first time in a semifinal in a Grand Slam. I reach Top 10 now in ranking. In next week, it's for me okay, it's good and important because in the next tournament, I already in Top 10, like seeding in next tournament is also good.
Q. What would you say about Tommy Robredo? The kind of play that he has. What was the key of the match in your opinion?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Key, it was fighting, fighting. Like try to fight every ball. Just try to do something what you can do. Because Robredo play well from baseline. He just could move. He play ?? I don't know. After third set, I thinking I win after like 4?3 for me, was in my serving. But after this game, he play unbelievable. He win ?? he make all winners. He make 4?All and then he play good.
Q. You lost the first set. You lost the first set with Rochus. You lost the first set with Coria. You have some problem to start the game or what?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, maybe in the head, you know. It's not like problem. Like I come into the match, I don't like feeling not so good player. I really play like bad. Started to like concentration more, good more ?? take more like power. Because like Robredo play good. Everybody play good. Started the first set running and everything. For me was difficult something to get control in the ball. Second set, is like I play the same, little bit more concentration. That's it. I keep winning. It's more. It's good.
Q. Could you tell us a little bit about your racquet. You have a new racquet for the last three weeks.
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah.
Q. This racquet is really okay, obviously?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah. Like change in Hamburg. Already like two days before Hamburg. Just try to like play in clay court. Is good racquet for the clay. Like play semifinal, like testing, was semifinal Hamburg. Test good.
Then I think it was not so many matches on the circuit. I keep go to the St. Polten, win St. Polten good. I say, "Okay. Okay." Testing in Roland Garros. Now in the semifinal in Roland Garros. We'll see the test in Wimbledon (laughing).
Q. So you are going to play a lefty. Do you like to play a left?handed player?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Not really so like. But is clay court. Is not like indoor where make only serve, you know. But against Puerta I play in Hamburg. He play well. He is good like everything from baseline. Tries good topspin to make from everywhere. It's okay. We'll see. Because in Hamburg I play well against Puerta. We'll see how I play in the semifinal here.
Q. A question beside the game. Do you still live in Germany? Do you still train there?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, my brother live in Germany. Because why is like I stay by him because practice every time if I have ?? because I play 30 tournament a year. If I have some time, like few days, I go to him, to Germany, and practice there. Just take rest little bit.
Q. I don't think I really heard an answer on why you think you've emerged recently and been doing so well. Could you reflect on that, please.
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: What you mean?
Q. Why have you had such good results recently?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Is the same like questions why I reach semifinal, why I'm good stay in semifinal. I don't know. It's good questions, but I cannot tell you why I'm now here in semifinal. Because we will see in the future. Only three weeks I play good. Maybe then I play bad. You know, it's not ?? for me, I am really happy. Tonight I stay in like already semifinal. I want to like wake up tomorrow and thinking, "Okay, I have day off. I have my birthday. I am 24." Like feeling everything perfect. You know, not like thinking about for the semifinal here and then I win or lose and then I go to next tournament.
Q. Nevertheless, I think this is probably your best year in your young career. Do you see any difference in comparison with the other years, for example? Can you make any point where you think, "Okay, I made a stamp with my game or with my movement or with your fitness," or with anything that's different from the other years?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, okay, is okay. The best result now in this year. But last year I was started like finishing end of year like 28. Now already I reach Top 10. It's good ranking, yeah. Like you ?? every time if I play tennis, like my coach say, "You need to be like thinking in the futures." Because not ?? if you lose or win today, you need to work for the next day, for the next tournament, for everything, for the like next year. And this is more important because, like, I don't know. I just play. Coach say me what I need to do and what I like ?? how I need to practice or what I need to feeling. That's it.