Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
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.
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.