Terence Atmane after his victory against Christopher Eubanks in Rome: “A good surprise for me”

Terence Atmane after his victory against Christopher Eubanks in Rome: “A good surprise for me”
Terence Atmane after his victory against Christopher Eubanks in Rome: “A good surprise for me”

“This is your second victory on the circuit, and the second in the Masters 1000…
Absolutely, and on clay too. It’s a good surprise for me, I wasn’t expecting it too much, against a player who performs better on faster surfaces. But it’s still a very good victory, a second top 50 for me. Mentally, these are not easy matches to approach. I had two opportunities to have a double break in the second set, I saved three break points in a row… I tried to stay focused, do simple things and stick to my game plan. game.

Since Shanghai last year where you obtained this first victory, what have been the main difficulties in managing the milestone reached? There is always a little time to digest all this. It’s another level, new tournaments, new players, new intensities. We have no room for error at this level. It’s not easy, there are a lot of questions. It’s nice to see that I’m making progress on this. This adaptation time is over. I follow my process.

“Clay court pleases me a little more with these victories, but hard court will remain my favorite surface for the moment”

You changed coaches recently. For what ?
I’m not going to comment on that. We decided with my former coach (Robin Boulé) to keep it private. But I am very happy with my new staff, with Ruben (Ramirez-Hidalgo), my coach who was top 50. He helps me a lot with the tactical aspect on clay. But I didn’t choose him for clay… Ruben is a person that I find very competent. He’s someone who manages to tame players with explosive characters like mine.

For the next round, you face Musetti, a true dirt specialist…
I’m not a favorite, especially here, in Rome (he smiles). I like clay a little more with these victories, but hard court will remain my favorite surface for the moment. We must progress every day before the Roland-Garros deadline. For the wild card, I have no information. The more we earn, the more likely we are to ask for one. (he smiles). We’ll see. »

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