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Fernando Gonzales-Future Grand Slam Champion?

IMO He definently could be. He 1st came to my attention when he beat Roddick in Cincinnati, who looked stunned really and then when he took a set off Hewitt I was like woah wait a minute-Who is this! He imo is probably the most exciting player on the tour at the moment. I loved watching all his match Vs Moya in Madrid & all his matches in Basel Shame he didn't perform to his best ability in the final. But with the most poweful forehand in the game and the excitement factor/Charisma he brings to the court (The crowd in Basel loved him!) If only he can control himself sometimes as he does get over zealous His match Vs Schalken in the USO QF is a prime example he was so up & down. I don't even know how he managed to get it to 5 sets!

So what do y'all think.

Future GS Champion or not?

p.s One thing he needs to sort out though, his hat-I mean how does it end up at the angles it does
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He definitely has the game but the head is under big question (like Safin).

He might be lucky and win a slam or more with his current game but for more consistent results he has to tame the beast inside. But he is definitely very funny to watch

On what "angles" did he wear his cap?
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I think what zosse said makes a lot of sense. You cant win 7 matches in 14 days on fury.
He has to calm down, then I think he has a big shot. His weapons are very good, and he plays well on almost every surface. Hard is a no-brainer, he´s having great results on indoor hard and carpet, and has won his first tournament on clay (Vina del Mar).
Good possibility, IF he can control his nerves.

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Lol! It's just that when he's wearing his hat it always manages to shift sideways! The commentators here in Britain always mention it When he's playing badly one said once, "His game has gone all over the place, just like his hat"

Yeah I agree I think he is a similar character to Safin, but as you said his menality will come under scrutiny. But only time will tell. I hope he wins a Slam
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If he finds a brain he'll be lethal
he's great to watch
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I think what zosse said makes a lot of sense. You cant win 7 matches in 14 days on fury.
Good Point! Yeah that theory has been mentioned the way he plays at such a frenetic pace that it's not likely that he can win a slam, but if he can curb his "fury" then I think he can go all the way

He won in palermo right? Beating Rios
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He has to calm down, then I think he has a big shot. His weapons are very good, and he plays well on almost every surface. Good possibility, IF he can control his nerves.
I agree, he's definitely one of the men that in this moment are like opening their futures in Grand Slams, just as Paradorn.
Now, about Fernando, he's very entertaining to watch, he plays with so much power, he's aggressive, and he always tries to win the points by himself, and that's good, you know, he's not waiting for an error of the rival.

I think that he is kinda similar to Safin, but not so much, Fernando is funny, Safin is too, but I think that Fernando doesn't take too seriously the bad things as Marat does, Fernando is more calm IMO, Fernando always searches a way to get free of his fury in tough moments, and that's by being funny, just as he did in Basel, by taking Clement's glasses, trying to smile, and even to laugh of himself; meanwhile Safin just gets mad, throws his racquet everywhere.....and well, we already know Marat.

THat's why I don't think is too fair to compare so much to Fernando with Marat, of course, both have a lot of talent, a lot of power, and have all the potential to share all the future the Grand Slams between them; but Fernando is different, and I think that if Fernando gets kinda angry or kinda mad on the court is only by his nerves.....just that.

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I agree with most of what's been said. I think Eggy said it best: he needs to find his brain in his playing. Right now he's just hitting the ball hard and when he's on he's on, but when he's not it's embarrassing. I'm not much for this style of play myself but it could definitely take him places if he learns to harness it.

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part of me wants to hate him.

He seems to be another one of Ferrero's archilles heels.

Has he been taking tips from Younes?

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He seems to be another one of Ferrero's archilles heels.

Has he been taking tips from Younes?
Unfortuanately, Gonzo seemed to have Juanqui's number even in juniors

But hopefully Ferrero will overcome this soon enough.

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Good Point! Yeah that theory has been mentioned the way he plays at such a frenetic pace that it's not likely that he can win a slam, but if he can curb his "fury" then I think he can go all the way

He won in palermo right? Beating Rios
He has to change the paces more times, and make his opponent get more confused. He does the same thing all the time: hit the crap out of the ball. He is the best out there on doing that, but to win on a long term, he will need more weapons. Im sure he can do it, its just a matter of some adaptations.
And slow down the "fury" yeah. lol

He won Palermo, beating Jose Acasuso in the final. But he won Vina del Mar in the beggining of the year, beating Nico Lapentti. It was the first time I heard his name, and when I saw that result, damn, was I impressed

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part of me wants to hate him.

He seems to be another one of Ferrero's archilles heels.

Has he been taking tips from Younes?
(cough) (cough) Do I smell envy?

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(cough) (cough) Do I smell envy?
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