Originally Posted by Sjengster
In theory Gaudio should be too consistent for Verdasco over five sets, but you never know with these two; they may have completely different games, but neither is renowned as a pillar of mental stability. Verdasco can only do better than he did in last year's semis, that's for sure. I do hope Gaudio takes the title after reaching the final for a second straight year, it would be another feather in his claycourt cap. I remember his good showings in Gstaad and Kitzbuhel back in 2002, reaching the final and semi-final respectively and getting drubbed by Corretja both times; in the latter match he kept trying these feeble dropshots in the second set that went straight into the net, but those were the last glory days of Corretja.
Verdasco won't be as bad as he was in that semi in 04. The thing is with Verdasco he is just as liable to blast a set of unbelievable winners and I think he will get a set.
I was there live in 2002 and Corretja always knew how to play Gaudio and that was hard watching that match, but Gaudio likes the altitude and his name would look good there along with names such as Corretja, Costa, Berasategui, Muster and even Dewulf.