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Will Gonzo ever really fulfil his potential?

Thats 3 major finals he's got to the in the last few months - Madrid, AO, now Rome. He just never turns up. This guy has amazing talent, why can't he put up more of a fight. He has the talent to be challenging Federer and Nadal on any service, its just talent wasting


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There's always the Olympics next year.

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Thats 3 major finals he's got to the in the last few months - Madrid, AO, now Rome. He just never turns up. This guy has amazing talent, why can't he put up more of a fight. He has the talent to be challenging Federer and Nadal on any service, its just talent wasting
He lost the matches to Federer in such fashion because Federer cruises against that type of player and will probably continue to do so in future. He lost to Nadal in such fashion I think because of a bad start which is so tough to come back from and because Nadal on clay simply isn't a match anyone can win at the moment.

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I love the guy his playing style his personality but he is mental rubbish he can play awesome tennis when there is nothing on the line , but when he meets someone in final he is flat and without fire, take AO he played hilarious winners/UE ration against Hewitt but was nowhere the level against Roge and it wasn't about Roger play (og course it was a factor but not the main one) but about his head which couldn't overcome pressure

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actually today loremaster, his brain was the only thing working.

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I love the guy his playing style his personality but he is mental rubbish he can play awesome tennis when there is nothing on the line , but when he meets someone in final he is flat and without fire, take AO he played hilarious winners/UE ration against Hewitt but was nowhere the level against Roge and it wasn't about Roger play (og course it was a factor but not the main one) but about his head which couldn't overcome pressure
I actually think this is where you are entirely wrong. The AO final was TOTALLY to do with what Roger was doing.

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I actually think this is where you are entirely wrong. The AO final was TOTALLY to do with what Roger was doing.
Nothing to do with tennis is totally down to one player, its deluded of you to think that. Gonzalez never turned up then, just like he didn't today. Period.


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Nothing to do with tennis is totally down to one player, its deluded of you to think that. Gonzalez never turned up then, just like he didn't today. Period.
Do you really believe Gonzo 'not turning up' didn't have anything to do with the awesome player on the other side of the net - in both cases?

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he missed a forehand at break point, sitter, nadal lost footing and whole court was open, he was up further than serving line and he screwed it due to nadals influence.

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Do you really believe Gonzo 'not turning up' didn't have anything to do with the awesome player on the other side of the net - in both cases?
Not really. Sure you can lose, and you can lose. He lost without much fight, like he already knew the outcome. Look at Davydenko, at least he gave it a shot.


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Gonzo's last 5 finals

Rome 2007 lost to Nadal 26 26
Aussie Open 2007 lost to Federer 67 46 46
Basel 2006 lost to Federer 36 26 67
Madrid 2006 lost to Federer 57 16 06
Vienna 2006 lost to Ljubicic 36 46 57

Remarkable to see how he just keeps getting thumped in these finals after having such good weeks to make it that far.
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I think it's easier to explain than a lot of people think: against Nadal, Gonzo has the potential to beat him but needs to be on the zone the whole match, like in AO. The other option would be picking the right strategy and keeping it consistently (I think his best option is to make points shorter, like Federer did in Rome 2006), but "Gonzo" and "strategy" don't have much chance to be in the same sentence. In Rome 2006 and 2007, Gonzo tried to defeat Nadal from behind the baseline, and he doesn't have the speed or the stamina for that. What would work better for Davydenko, Cañas, Ferrero or Almagro won't work for Feña, who need to make points shorter in order to have some chances when he's not in the zone. If not, he has no chances against a healthy Nadal in clay.

Against Federer, it's more simple: he has not the game to put FedEx in trouble. Roger just doesn't have any problem with players like him. His only chance is doing "the big Volandri" or something like that.

Anyway, I wouldn't blame on him for losing againste Federer and Nadal on his major finals. Since 2003, the only players -apart from Fed & Nadal- that have won majors, didn't have to play against Fed & Nadal the whole tournament.
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Gonzo's last 5 finals

Rome 2007 lost to Nadal 26 26
Aussie Open 2007 lost to Federer 67 46 46
Basel 2006 lost to Federer 36 26 67
Madrid 2006 lost to Federer 57 16 06
Vienna 2006 lost to Ljubicic 36 46 57

Remarkable to see how he just keeps getting thumped in these finals after having such good weeks to make it that far.
and remarkable to see that he played against almost impossible players to beat in all finals...

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yeah, Gonzo probably dont play well in the finals, but see against who is playing too

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Basel 2006 lost to Federer 36 26 67
Madrid 2006 lost to Federer 57 16 06
Vienna 2006 lost to Ljubicic 36 46 57
Ouch. Losing in 3 finals in the space of 3 weeks must have hurt like hell. 15 matches in about 20 days and no title to show for it.
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He's fulfilling his potential alright. Reaching that many finals is fantastic! There's nothing surprising about his losses. He needs to work on his backhand.
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