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).
Strasbourg in 2005, at home (Mathieu wins two singles against Sweden), this may have more sense. If I have to choose a global emotion, that's the one. In Davis Cup, you go through unique emotions. You see Rafa (Nadal), he jumps, in 2018 against Germany it was unbelievable.
That's a 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 got 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 tram. 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.'