Originally Posted by Aguante_el_Gato
And btw, there is much people who say that after 05 RG Gaudio is going to
return to the position 30° or 40° of the Ranking.
They think that he isn't going to be able to repeat the title. I don't know if he will do it or no, but I'm sure that with his tennis, and with the confidence of knowing one of the best ones in Clay, he surely will play a good role.
In addition he has nothing to defend in the TMS on Clay (two first rounds and one second) and many points to win (and now playing like seeded)
When talking about something like winning a Grand Slam, even talking about a less well predictable Slam like French Open, I think it's really hard to say he is going to win it again this year. There have been quite a lot back-to-back champions in the past, but still, the better bet is mostly to say "he is not going to win again"... maybe one good exception with Federer at the moment predicting another Wimbledon win as he is unbeaten for already two consecutive grass seasons.
Gaudio dropping back to the regions of being ranked #30 and #40. That's (hardly mathematically and) realistically almost impossible. I wonder who is saying that, I have never read something like that before here on the board.
Even if Gaudio only made the 4th round at RG 2005, he would rack up a few more wins than last season in other tournaments and it would still be good enough to be ranked easily within top 20, top 15... to say the least.
But as you said, he has almost nothing to defend in clay TMS and he should also work on winning a clay TMS some time like most other Roland Garros Champions before (Chang and Kafelnikov out of recent past, for example, excluded)