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Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

His best five performances:

W Vina del Mar
W Buenos Aires
W Estoril
W Gstaad
W Kitzbuhel

As mentioned by jazz girl in George's thread, he has the third most titles this year after Federer and Nadal, not bad for a one-Slam wonder. He said his aim is to qualify for the TMC again this year, well, he's done literally everything he can on his favourite surface; now it's time to transfer some of those good results to hardcourt, he needs to win consecutive matches at a few big events to stand a chance of reaching Shanghai.

He has lost just twice before the final of an optional clay event since Estoril last year, and one of those was a retirement; the only man to beat him in a completed match was Ferrero in Barcelona this year. His 2005 results certainly put a couple of previous optional kings in the shade...

2004: Dominik Hrbaty (won Adelaide, Auckland, Marseille; runner-up in Casablanca)
2003: Roger Federer (won Marseille, Dubai, Munich, Halle, Vienna; runner-up in Gstaad)
2002: Younes El Aynaoui (won Doha, Casablanca, Munich; runner-up in Bastad)

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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.

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Re: Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

Yes, he has shown his strength in the optionals, at the same time he could only get so many points from them, but now he doesn't have many points to defend at all for the rest of the season.

Nadal is on par with the optionals, except he decided to win 3 of the big clay events, which of course should overshadow the optionals.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

Yes, I thought Nadal's bigger titles would deny him the optional crown for 2005. I suppose Federer is the same considering he won Wimbledon back in 2003, but he didn't win one regular TMS that year and five of his seven titles were in optional events.

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.
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Re: Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

Gaudio is definitely the optional master of 2005.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

...and the official KING OF THE MOUNTAINS, like my dear almost departed Corretja... who better to continue the tradition?

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Re: Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

Yes, but it's not just about the quantity, but also about the quality (of the tourneys)
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Yes, but it's not just about the quantity, but also about the quality (of the tourneys)
Spoken by a fan of a player who is a guru in winning MM titles and both have won exactly the same amount of Slams.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1

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Re: Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

Optional king .. of clay

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Re: Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

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Spoken by a fan of a player who is a guru in winning MM titles and both have won exactly the same amount of Slams.
Even you can't deny that Roddick's results at big events are considerably better than Gaudío's.

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Re: Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

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Even you can't deny that Roddick's results at big events are considerably better than Gaudío's.
Spot on. Roddick has titles on clay, grass, hard and indoors, whereas Gaudio is a one-surface wonder.

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Re: Gaudio: the optional king of 2005

i dont think so......
in the important clay tournments he didnt reach a semifinals this year, lost in quarterfinals or before in all, hamburg, rome, monte-carlo and roland garros...

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Yes, but it's not just about the quantity, but also about the quality (of the tourneys)
Nope, it is about the quantity - hence the title, optional king. If it were just king in general, then obviously Federer would have claimed the crown last year and probably this year too.

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?

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i dont think so......
in the important clay tournments he didnt reach a semifinals this year, lost in quarterfinals or before in all, hamburg, rome, monte-carlo and roland garros...
Which is why I said optional king, not "important" king. Besides, although it's true he hasn't made the quarters of a big event anywhere this year, there's no point in criticising Gaudio for not winning a major title considering that there has been exactly one winner of a required event this year not called Federer or Nadal (and that was Safin at the AO). Everyone is playing catch-up to those two, Gaudio just happens to lead the rest of the field in winning Mickey Mouse tournaments. At least he's won a major title of some kind in the last two years, something that Hewitt for instance has not.

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.
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Well said, Sjengst!

I remember that in Gstaad Alex and Gaston milked the cow...

Some players w KILL for a title, Ferrero, for example.

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...and the official KING OF THE MOUNTAINS, like my dear almost departed Corretja... who better to continue the tradition?
Exactly.

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(Tommy Robredo)(Xavier Malisse)(Gustavo Kuerten)(Rainer Schuettler)(Fernando Gonzalez)
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