CHENNAI: Carlos Moya is back even before the echoes of `C'mon Moya' would just about be reaching a decibel level he can finally fathom. A two-time winner, he looks like winning when he is at his best, and winning even when he is not. He is the defending champion, the number three seed and the Moya mania is back
Speaking to The Hindu, Moya explains his Chennai romance, 2005, and more.
You have had some close matches in the last two Chennai Open finals. What are your thoughts on a possible hat-trick in Chennai in 2006?
I'll do my best. If I manage to win the first two matches I'll consider myself a serious candidate for the title.
What memories do you have of playing in Chennai? What are your memories of the country and the crowds?
My memories are great. To me, the Chennai Open is the best way to begin the year. The crowds are very warm and supportive. I love them and I love the country!
What about the surface?
I like the surface because it suits my game.
What is your opinion on the players' field for the Chennai Open?
The player field at Chennai Open is always strong because it has hard court specialists. This year, for example, they have Stepanek.
What are your thoughts on the year 2005, as far your tennis was concerned?
Although I had a good start, I have been unable to keep the level up mainly due to a shoulder injury I had in early May. This affected my performance in the middle of the clay court season, a very important period for me.
How is the shoulder now?
I have been able to rest it for a couple of months, it is much better now.
What are your goals for 2006? What are the areas you need to work on?
My goal is to get back in to the top 10. I have to work on my motivation.
Do you feel that there is enough break between one season and the next?
No, I think there should be at least six weeks rest period between the last competition and the first tournament of the year.
Of the current lot of players, who are your favourites?
Nadal and Berdych and, of course, Federer.