Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Three years in a row with an unseeded player in the Final
For a start the draw was very top heavy this year - not to say that the bottom half was full of poor players, but most of the better seeded players were in the top half, so there was an opportunity for someone like Puerta to make the most of their draw. Overall, the depth and unpredictability of clay certainly contributes to these surprise finalists. I always think the idea that 20 or 30 players can win RG is something of an exaggeration - maybe Gaudio came out of left field, but the last real shock winner before then was Guga in 97 - but there are 30 players capable of causing upsets and putting together winning runs. Puerta still had to earn his place in the final with those two five-setters, and both times he recovered from deficits to claim victory.
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.