Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Coria overrated???
I don't think he's overrated but he's certainly not unbeatable on clay, no player is unbeatable in the men's game, thank goodness. I myself called him a fortunate retriever when he got to the Miami final largely thanks to chokes by Benneteau and Gonzalez without being very convincing, but he does have more dimensions than just defence and it's obvious on a clay court where he uses the angles so well, switches to offensive mode and moves his opponents around the court, and finishes off points smartly with a perfectly timed dropshot (which is an offensive shot, after all). In the first couple of sets today and even later on there were plenty of times where he soaked up pressure from Gaudio, got the ball in an awkward place and then hit big winners himself with plenty of margin for error.
I do agree he had a fairly kind draw, and with Ferrero presumably back to full health next year he may regret this missed opportunity, but I'm pretty sure he'll be in the mix of top contenders; he seemingly owns Moya nowadays, and perhaps could take advantage of Kuerten's weaker movement these days should they meet. The bottom line is, a winning streak of that nature on clay should never be underestimated, it is a great physical and mental achievement. When you see him play a dull as hell snoozefest against the likes of David Ferrer and pick up weak titles like Sopot you begin to wonder about his credentials, but then it's also true that you only see how good a top player is when they're really tested; think of his one-sided drubbings of Enqvist and Kiefer in Monte Carlo this year, then remember the gruelling battle he came through in the next round against Pavel, who pushed him all the way and forced him to come up with his best tennis.
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.