How does it feel to qualify for the US Open main draw?
I enjoy playing in New York and I’m really happy to have qualified. I did nothing drastically different, really. A lot of effort and preparation goes in throughout the year and more so before a tournament.
You’re playing 85th-ranked Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in the opening round...
I’ve never played against him before but I have watched him play earlier. He’s good and a tough competitor.
You haven’t gone beyond the second round at the US Open. Are you hopeful of bettering that record?
I certainly hope so! But I’m just taking it one match at a time.
Your ranking has improved and you’re No. 114 now. How has the year been so far?
It’s been a tough year due to the return from injury, but I think I’ve been pretty consistent.
You’ve played against Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer this year. How would you judge their games individually at this point, considering how closely fought it is at the top?
The top four-five guys are so unbelievably good! They’ve raised the game to a completely different level. Playing any of them is a tough ask, you have to be absolutely accurate and consistently so with all your shots.