Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Is Mary right? Is Gaudio 2nd tier Argentine who probably is One Hit Wonder (my words)
What Gaudio managed to do this time against Hewitt was not choke, he was outplaying him in Monte Carlo exactly as he did here at RG (more so, he won the first set 6-1 there and led 3-0 and 5-3 in the second set), but got tight and threw the match away with poor serving, bizarre errors and a total lack of effort in the final set. When he holds his nerve he should always beat Hewitt on clay, he has more power, more variety and better movement.
Coria said he started to feel the cramps in the third set, but by that stage Gaudio had improved his game markedly. I do think even without the cramping Gaudio could have gotten back into it, he was playing completely the wrong strategy early on by trying to finish points too quickly and giving Coria errors instead of extending him in longer rallies. All of Coria's victories over Gaudio have been three-setters whereas Gaudio's one win was in straight sets, that should tell you something. He just never really played to the best of his ability today, which is a bit disappointing - he didn't have to ultimately, even in the final set he just had to keep the ball in play (although he made a real hash of that until he was 6-5 and matchpoint down, when he finally prolonged the points and forced Coria into overpressing).
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.