In 2004, Fernando Gonzalez finished in Top 25, captured his fourth career ATP title in Vina del Mar (d. Kuerten) in February. Biggest moment of season came at Athens Olympics where he captured bronze medal in singles and gold medal in doubles (w/Massu).
Today, in Miami, he was facing Florian Mayer.
Up 5-2 in the first set, Gonzo's wild forehands were really hurting the German. Then, rain.
After the rain, the match changed.
Gonzo was trying to find his rythm, tried a few dropshots that didn't work and Mayer was playing really well, he held serve twice and broke Gonzo's serve. They were tied 5-5.
In the tiebreak, Gonzo couldn't believe Mayer was back and lost 4 consecutive points, they changed ends and it was 4-2. Florian won the tiebrak 7-3
In the second set, Fernando won 6-2. Mayer was not playing well again, and Gonzo's forehand was back.
But the German was probably saving his energy because he won the third and final set 6-3
Florian Mayer continues his good run in Miami. He eliminated two Germans in the maind draw: Lars Burgsmuller and Nicolas Kiefer, and now, Chilean Fernando Gonzalez.
In the next round his opponent will be American Taylor Dent.
Florian Mayer won ATP Newcomer of the Year.
He made one of the biggest jumps of any player in the Top 50, climbing over 200 ranking positions in his first full season of ATP play. He advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2004 in his third appearance at a Grand Slam.