On his big love
Other than girls?
Probably poker. I got hooked on it when I did Celebrity Poker Showdown [on
Bravo, in 2004] with Maura Tierney from ER and Jon Favreau. One of my friends
taught me some things beforehand so I wouldn't embarrass myself on TV, and I've
been playing ever since. I have done pretty well with it. I don't play really
high limits, but I've made pretty good money.
On all the camera
time his then girlfriend, model Jennifer Scholle, got during last year's U.S.
That was pretty
funny. I heard [PTI's] Tony Kornheiser took a liking to her. We started dating
two months before the Open. When I first met her, she had no idea who I was.
Later I was like, "You should come to the U.S. Open," but neither of us
had any idea it would be a big deal, with newspapers writing about us and her
parents being on TV. It was great that everyone thought she was beautiful, but
there were websites that were trashing her. We couldn't believe it. It was
trial by fire. We laughed that she was getting more famous than me.
On being unbeaten
(2-0) against world No. 2 Rafael Nadal
It just happens
that my game is matched well with his. I've also played some of the best tennis
of my career when I have played him; he kind of forces me to do that.
On playing a
In the heat it's
pretty rough. That next day is exhausting, and you spend the whole time trying
to rest and rehydrate yourself. You start out every match feeling like it's a
sprint-you want to get out and get everything done as quickly as possible and
win. But by the end of a five setter you feel as if you have run a
On his prematch
The main thing is
having five or 10 minutes on my own with my iPod, sitting in a corner or
walking around the locker room and really thinking about the match ahead and
not talking to anyone else. I used to always listen to rap and hard-core stuff
like Metallica to get me fired up. Now, the stuff I listen to is to calm me
down: Gavin DeGraw or John Mayer or Dave Matthews.