Fresh off a second-place finish at the Hall of Fame championships in Newport, R.I.,
I first met him when I was a practice partner with the Davis Cup team in 2005 at Belgium. We introduced ourselves. We started hitting, then played a set. I was up 5-3 maybe, and he wound up beating me 7-5. Every time he'd get a point, he'd give me a staredown or a big fist pump just letting me know that even though I'm 17 and it's a practice set, he's there to beat me. But there are some funny jokes. He lets you know that you aren't going to come in and take his Davis Cup spot.
[Against the big servers] your main focus is to get the ball back in play somehow, and if that's not working, you have to start guessing. If it's a deuce point or a break point, you're better off just picking a side and hoping you guess right. Even if you don't really guess, you're probably not going to get it anyway or get a good crack at it.