How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title? - MensTennisForums.com
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He'll get knocked out early, choking. 11 14.47%
He'll do quite well but won't defend 46 60.53%
He will defend his title 4 5.26%
Come on this is Gaston we're talking about, who knows anything with him 15 19.74%
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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-22-2005, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

Not much mention of the defending champion here....

How do you guys reckon he will do?
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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

He has a very makeable draw up until the 4th round, then comes the Frog, and we all know the fiasco that occurred in their last encounter in Rome. Gaudio obviously has the edge in GS and RG experience, and overall he has a 3-1 record (heck, he beat the Frog a couple of weeks prior to that in Barcelona), but that will be a tough test for the defending champion - I suppose Novak or Mantilla could push him a little in the third round. After that comes Nadal in the quarters, and depending on how the latter is playing and what physical level he is at, he would have to be the favourite for that match. At the moment Gaudio has crashed all the way to no. 11 in the world with all his RG points knocked off; admittedly people like Coria will most likely defend their points and go higher than him, but he's not going to tumble into anonymity whatever happens.

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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

He will lose to Nadal in the Qfs (or wherever they meet)
Even though he could take on Nadal, the pressure of defending and Nadal's nothing-to-lose swinging will do him in
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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

If you asked me a couple of months ago I would've said he'd go far. But I'm not sure what has been happening lately. Bagelled by Nadal, taking 1 game off Ferrer, then losing to the likes of Rochus and Haas has surprised me. I'm not sure if he's had 1 eye on defending this title, I'm sure he's getting a little nervous.

Hard to say, it almost wouldn't surprise me if he lost to Benneteau in the 1st Round, and on the other hand it wouldn't surprise me if he went all the way again.
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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

I want to see him fighting like Costa did a couple of years ago.
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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

Hopefully he handles the pressure and finds his way into the second week. I would like to see him make the QF - if he doesn't play Nadal there, perhaps I'd like to see him go further.

Until he plays a match or two I don't want to make any actual predictions.. hence my entire post being based on what I wish for rather than objective analysis.

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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

Will beat Nadal at quarters then
lose the semis to Federer.

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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

annoyance/

Does anyone even care about Gaudio? He's not even considered one of the "Big Three" to win this thing: it's either Nadal Nadal Nadal (understandable), Coria (understandable) or Federer (um. okay?).

Talk about a slap in the face.

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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

I think he'll go far, but he won't defend.

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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

I cant take Gaston out of competition, specially on clay. He is very focused so I think he can do it again, if not for sure he will reach the QF o SM.

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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

I want to add this, Gaudio won 2 straight titles on clay this year. Buenos Aires and Viña del Mar.

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Does anyone even care about Gaudio?
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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

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annoyance/

Does anyone even care about Gaudio?
/annoyance

Yes, I do

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Early exit.

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Re: How well do you reckon Gaston will do defending his title?

He'll probably get to the quarters, but he will probably lose to Nadal if the latter continues to play as he has been all season.
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