I wanted to write my story in this thread already since a longer time, but never had time, so today I will finally do it.
In the beginning I have to say that I did not take much notice of Gaston for many years (I really wonder why, now afterwards...), but when I saw him playing in Hamburg and Duesseldorf this year, everything changed and now he is one of my absolute favourite players.
As I said, I saw Gaston the whole week in Duesseldorf, which was only some very few days before the French Open!
When the French Open started we had some discussions, because one of my tennis friends is a big Guillermo Canas fan and as the 2 had to play eachother in the 1st round, it was very much teasing and, in fact, I was quite sure that Gaston will loose against Willy.
Well, as everybody knows, he didn´t and he won one match after the other.
I could not believe it, and when he reached the final, it was just unbelievable great!
I watched the final all by myself at home, but had very intensive SMS contact with 2 good friends (the Canas fan I mentionned before and another friend who was in the US during the final and is definitely one of the biggest Gaston fans I know), so we discussed everything that happened in the match.
After the first 2 sets, I was sure everything will be over quite soon and I already called a friend to meet very shortly.
But then Gato won the 3rd set and the 4th and in the 5th set I was so nervous, so I could not really follow the match because of this.
After the 4th set, I was so sure, Gato will win, but already in the beginning of the 5th I did not know what to think.
When Coria had matchballs some games later, I was almost dying because I wanted Gaston so much to win this. I was sure that he will not get such a chance so soon again and he just had to win!
After Gaston won the matchpoint, I was so overwhelmed and started crying, because first of all I was so happy for Gaston and everything came out after this nervous tennis match!
Of course, I wrote to my friend in the States and we both could not believe it!!!
Everything after this matchpoint was unbelievable, the shake-hands, when he went to Franco & Co, his speech and the best for me was when Gaston said to the crowd "I was so scared, you know..." and then his laughter
So typical Gaston and so unforgetable and saved in my mind for the rest of my life!
Thank you so much Gaston for winning Roland Garros, muchas gracias