My ambition is to do a good job. I never plan anything. (running for mayor of Bucharest, Romania)
I always looked ahead.
It has meant a lot to me to challenge the best players in the world and to beat them. And it means a lot to me to be out here and fighting for the title and, you know, it hurts not to win it.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Because people sometimes miss it, and sometimes they don't have it, they want it. And when they have it, they don't want it.
My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.
The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.
If I don't practice the way I should, then I won't play the way that I know I can.
I've been in a lot of trouble and come out of it. I think it shows a lot of good character.
It is very dangerous to have your self-worth riding on your results as an athlete.