Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Guille Coria - most talented?
He's probably among the Top 10, maybe even Top 5, but Nalbandian for instance has a very similar amount of touch and court-craft, isn't too far behind in court coverage and can hit with more power. And ironically enough, as of right now he has by far the more reliable serve.... boy, that would have sounded crazy two or three years ago. One could argue that at his peak on clay, Coria was the best tactical player out there, since he had to construct his points very carefully and work hard at breaking down opponents' weaknesses; on the other hand, I still saw him win plenty of matches on the strength of dogged retrieving and mental toughness alone, and people have noted that he was a tactical master in more ways than one.
Of course, Coria like everyone else has benefited from the power of modern-day racquets, with wooden ones he would still be a force on the clay but he'd be far more vulnerable on faster surfaces against big servers. And if power off the ground as well as on the serve isn't a real tennis talent, then Andre's no. 1 fan must regard him as one of the luckiest hackers that ever existed.
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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