Men's Round of 64 Post-Match Quotes
May 21, 2008
Arnau Brugues (Tulsa)
Arnau Brugues (Tulsa) def. Michael Venus (LSU), 6-3, 6-2
Talk about your match getting out to a quick start...
"It was a quick match, but it wasn't easy. He's a guy who hits the ball really hard, and it was difficult to keep the ball in play, but I think I did a good job. The first match is always the difficult one, because your nervous and you can feel the pressure."
Was it good to get back on the tennis court after a two-week layoff?
Talk about what it's like to play on your home courts...
How much of an advantage is it to play on your home court?
How important was it to get that first win quickly, and not having to go a long match and get worn down for the rest of the tournament?
#1 Somdev Devarrman (Virginia)
#1 Somdev Devarrman (Virginia) def. Ryan Preston (Vanderbilt), 6-1, 6-3
About the match...
"I felt like he was a little uncomfortable at the start of the match and I was pretty confident with the way that I've been playing. I got off to a good start and I held serve early and broke right away and kept that momentum going into the fourth set. At the start of the second he definitely started playing a lot better, he was a lot more confident and started hitting the ball a lot better and was definitely serving a lot better and until three all in the second set it was definitely a battle. He had a few break points on me and I think I strung together a two good points at three all and I cruised from there."
Do you think you have a target on your back being the defending champion?
"I'm not sure, you would have to ask the other guys if they see me as a target, but as far as I'm concerned I'm just playing one match at a time and I'm not really sure who I am playing next. As soon as my coach gets a scouting report, I am just going to take one (match) at a time. I hope to stay solid as the tournament goes on."
#2 Greg Ouellette (Florida)
Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. #2 Greg Ouellette (Florida), 6-4, 6-2
On the match...
"He came out firing. I knew from the summer that he had a lot of firepower. I felt like I was ready to play, but maybe a little too ready to play. Maybe I put too much pressure on myself, let the occasion get to me too much. I'm glad that I put too much pressure on myself and not any pressure at all. It feels better that I cared more than not caring at all in losing."
On the pressure of being a seeded player...
On his opponent...
Kaes Van't Hof (USC)
Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. (2) Greg Ouellette (Florida), 6-4, 6-2
Kaes talk about that match, that's a huge win...
"Yea, I went out there playing loose. When you are playing the No. 2 seed you have nothing to lose. I went out there going for my shots. It is a lot different from the duel match atmosphere. In the end, you have to play like you practice and that's what I did today. Instead of pushing the ball around, I really tried to hurt the guy (Greg Ouellette) with the first shots, serves and returns. I got lucky, got a couple of breaks and I happened to serve well at the right time, so it helped me out."
Did you play most loose because this could be your final singles match?
Talk about doubles with partner Robert Farah?
#3 Oleksandr Nedovysev (Oklahoma State)#3 Oleksandr Nedovysev (Oklahoma State) def. Luis Flores (Georgia), 6-2, 6-2
Give us your thoughts on the match...
"Before the match, I knew it was going to be a very tough match, but I also knew that Luis played yesterday a really tough match against Texas, and so maybe that he was tired or maybe even in injured. I was pretty confident in the beginning of the match, then I broke his serve the first game, and my confidence got bigger and bigger and I played better and better, and won the first set. In the second set I felt so much better than the first. I was pretty happy with this win, and will just prepare for the next match."
#4 Seed Travis Helgeson (Georgia)
Travis Helgeson (Georgia) def. Moritz Baumann (Wisconsin), 6-4, 6-3
On excitement of the previous night and playing today...
"I think that is one of the toughest parts, having such a big high last night after winning such a tough match, it was really emotional. I then had to get up today and re-focus on the singles tournament."
About the match today...
#5 Seed Daniel Vallverdu (Miami (FL))Daniel Vallverdu (Miami (FL)) def. Conor Pollock (Texas A&M), 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Your opponent in the next round said the first round is always the hardest, what is your thought on that...
"I feel the exact same way, especially after not playing for 10 days. It was tough to get a rhythm at the beginning; the court is kind of tricky. As the match went through, I started feeling a lot better. It is always, always great to win in the first round. It`s always good when you finish the match playing well, it doesn't matter how you start playing, it's how you finish, because that's how you are going to feel to start your next match. I felt great at the end of the match, it took me a while to get into rhythm, but I am just happy that I got through and looking forward to the next round."
What do you know about your next opponent, Arnau Brugues?
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