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Nicolas Mahut: Davis Cup? "I call it the World Cup" – Davis Cup



"Tell us your last hours …
It was very fast. We celebrated it (the title of the champions) in the dressing room before taking a plane waiting for us to come here quickly (in Madrid). The night was short, but we could at least sleep in Madrid. It is good for recovery.

In a state of mind that we imagine ideally?
Inevitably. A little tired, for the night before the final we had not slept so much. But it is easier to come up with victory and the road. We have a day to lie down in the bath. It happens fast. Height, new terrain, we take some benchmarks. There are small similarities to Kristina (Mladenovic), who has chained titles to the Masters and Fed Cup, even though she played in singles also in the Fed Cup. We will try to learn from what she did.

You have been very critical of this new format …
I'm nostalgic and confused, because when I come to the stadium I see the World Cup sign, the Davis Cup sign, I don't really know what competition I'm going to play. But finally we are here to represent the French team and that is the most important thing to me. Personally, I have always put the France team on top of everything.

What would you call it, this competition?
World Championship. This is not the Davis Cup. But we are all motivated to play it. You have to leave a chance.

"There we win the team or we lose. That's extra pressure"

The Support Association announced that it would boycott the event. what inspires you?
It's a shame for us. Their support did us very well. We can understand them. It is hoped that there will be many people. I hope this release is a success for them to come back next year.

There is a strong curiosity about this format. What do you expect?
I would like to feel the same chills. There is a lot of desire, but uncertainty. Reply within 24 hours.

With Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the emotions always seem good …
Even better, though the year was difficult. We also had smart staffs all around us. We felt the story was not over. We have big goals as of this week.

You feel a special pressure here: the colon is crucial and we can consider that you are favorites for all your matches?
We arrive with a lot of confidence and expectations. The colon already decided earlier. The only difference is that there we either win the team or we lose. It's an extra push. But all the experience we have, exactly, must earn us in these moments. I hope we will have that confidence. "


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