It's never as good as it seems, it's never as bad as it seems.


Those words are something I will always remember. The very first time I practiced with my friend Andy Roddick, he told me that. It's just one of those things that basically puts into perspective the ups and downs of tennis and life, I believe. As long as you fight through the downs, you're gonna make it back and you need to make sure you're not complacent with a couple of good days or good results. You always need to keep a firm head on your shoulders and do your best to play your best.


The clearest example in my head is the last few months of my career. After winning the singles and doubles golds at the Asian Games, I thought I was playing fantastically well. Had a great off season and came into Chennai feeling better than ever. But then one bad day at the office is all it took for my emotions to be shot down. A first round loss here and at the Australian Open meant that I had gone almost two months without winning a match! And right there, right as I was getting down on myself, things picked up and I made the finals of a tour event.


Keep working hard...things are never as bad as they seem!! Keep working hard...things are never as good as they seem!!