In an interview to Punto de Break, Thomaz Bellucci recalled his great run in the 2011 Madrid Open. The Brazilian lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final with a lot of regrets. "In the Masters 1000, it was my best week, without a doubt, a surprising result.
I played unbelievably that week, I defeated Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and then I lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. I was leading 6-3, 3-1 (trying) to reach the final, but the best thing was that the other semi-final was (between) Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal.
Imagine: there were Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and me," he joked. Then, he said, "For me, being with these three legendary players was a dream. The following week I played in Rome and I lost in the first round against Paolo Lorenzi, I think I was still thinking about that match."
He also admitted that he is going through his worst time in career. "I have not been getting any great result for more than a year, it's the toughest time in my career, a very difficult stage. But I also tell you that if I did not think that I can get my level back, I would not be playing these tournaments, I would have left.
Continuing to play makes me have a lot of motivation and coming back to have the opportunity to compete in major tournaments, coming back to the site where I always was, for ten years on the top 100." Asked when he started noting that his level was dropping, Bellucci added: "The last year, I did not start badly, I played well in Buenos Aires and another tournament, but I lost a couple of matches that made me lose a lot of confidence.
Over my career, I was always going to the Challengers to win a tournament, if I reached quarters or semi-finals it was not a good week. When I had to play Challengers and I lost matches that before I did not lose, for me that was a tough time. Mentally it changed everything."