Done - and yes, he did.
i thought it was closer to two inches...
but it was exactly the same shot, if i remember correctly...one down the line off the forehand and then one down the line off te backhand. i remember papa coria saying, "that was the kind of shot guille hits on the line 99 of 100 times in a practice or even in a match, but not on that day."
, the article is very good, but i am sure you know that. it sums it all up very well. BUT i dont fully agree that the french open is the great weight holding down BattleShip-Coria from sailing. That was a tough one, but I truly believe he did get cramps and it was not all pychological. people get cramps. He got them. He can blame his body for cramping but its rather silly. Look how many at the us open cramped in their matches this year, which is an easier event than roland garros on the body. So its honorable of him to take full responsibility as he does, but I think fate was ugly to his legs that day. And really, he just said he kept thinking about the cramps...but then, how could you not?? I dont consider that part a choke either. I think the truth is that Guillermo Coria's leg cramped.
If he had won RG, but still had the shoulder surgery and needed to come back, the Nadal match would have been the same, IMO. But losing to Nadal was a big one because he was up in that fifth set and should have put away the monkey. there were no cramps this time, just himself. THAT i think hurt his "champion" psyche. And then failing to nail down silly american ginepri in the uso QF was a deal-closer. TWO DOUBLE FAULTS were the final two points of that match. All that work and from deuce, then 2 doubles.....it crushed him. I was there and I will say it: I never felt more like a bucket of cement had been poured onto my body than as I left the stadium. I bruised feeling in and out. I know he had to be feeling that. He has never ever been the same again.
So the FO-04 had a big impact, but it was the COMPETITOR FAILING in TOO MANY CRUCIAL moments that injured his IDENTITY as a CHAMPION that has caused the problem. And there is a part of him that says "If I can not be the BEST, I dont want to be there" which is why he was so good at being the best!! So its hard to blame him for being an extremist. But for all great champions, losing is painful to a greater degree than the average player. Sure, people can say thats all ego, but show me a great player with no ego and i'll show you a player thats not truly great.
"King Coria" will rise. But if everyone did not doubt to the quick that he might ever stand again, the victorious drama that is his birthright would not be nearly as beautiful as it is going to be.