Paul Henri Mathieu praises Davis Cup atmosphere, mentions Rafael Nadal

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Paul Henri Mathieu praises Davis Cup atmosphere, mentions Rafael Nadal

In an interview to L'Equipe, Paul-Henri Mathieu recalled the best emotion he lived during his Davis Cup career. Mathieu, who retired from tennis in 2017, said: 'Against Spain, we lost but in the end it's just personal because I won a match and we lost the tie (4-1).

In Davis Cup, you go through unique emotions. You see Rafa (Nadal), he jumps, this year against Germany it was unbelievable. That's sport! People who get up, applaud or cry. When I started, Davis Cup was a Grand Slam.' Asked what was his biggest performance in Davis Cup, Mathieu replied: 'I beat a lot of good players: Davydenko, Moya, Johansson.

The one against Carlos Moya (2004 Alicante) is definitely big. I was, maybe, the world no. 100 (77th), he was fourth (sixth in truth) and I beat him at home, on clay, in front of 15,000 people in an arena. Every time I won a point, there was no noise in the stadium.

I loved winning points and "listening" at this silence.' His worst match? 'Against Andreev in 2005 at Moscow (6-0, 6-2, 6-1). I teared up! I was not in shape. I walked on myself. This kind of match is a nightmare.

After the match, I felt I did not do my job for the team. It was a little bit my problem in 2002: I wanted to play so much for others that I forgot to play for me. Even if we are in a team, we do not have to forget that we play for ourselves, and the balance is not easy to find.

The pride to win for a team is big.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title