Originally Posted by sigmagirl91
Coria, of course. In my opinion, he would have shat a brick if Puerta managed a win there.
I don't know about that. I mean, these guys have known each other for a long time, and come more or less from the same background, so that when one of them manages to win a major, the others may think: "Hey, if he could do it, I can do it, too."
They have a strong competitive nature. The Argentine players themselves may be taken as example. First it was Nalbandian reaching Wimbledon finals, then Coria had an incredible year in 2003, then Gaudio won RG, then Puerta reached the finals and so on. Calleri, Chela and Cañas, who weren't exactly newbies at the tour, reached the top 20. The same happened to Zabaleta, Gaudio and Squillari in 2000. With Gonzalez and Massu in Chile. And with Kuerten and Lapentti in the early 90's, who have had a close friendship since they were juniors.
What I mean is, the logical thing would be Coria feeling motivated to win a Slam because a countrymen of his did it. It's the same thing that when you're in college and your best friend is getting better grades than you, you will force yourself to work harder so you can surpass him or at least do as well as him, and so on.