Originally Posted by diligent
George, I don't know historically everything about Gaudio. But I've read every GG interview possible that I've found in English in mags and on the internet. I think Vale put it very clearly what goes through Gaudio's mind. Better I think than sometimes Gaudio explains himself. Gaudio is very candid about his feelings about his playing and his mental issues with it, and it always suprises me that he offers up so much. As much as he hates the press, he shares a tremendous amount of himself there.
I guess this is a case of me wanting to make a doberman out of a golden retriever. I want so much more for Gaudio, and I guess that is bothersome to the true fan. I want him to fight more and believe in himself more. What's so wrong with that?
Gaston does and says what he wants, it might not be what people want to hear, but it's him and not full of cliches, so it is a symbol of what he is, whether people like or not.
Bascially this forum would be fucked without Vale's contributions to it, that simple.
Yes, you nailed it right there, as to why I find it bothersome and I have never forgotten his dark days and won't, read the respective feelings of the posters into what they felt when he won RG and you will see what it to meant to some of them.
He will never have Muster or Cañas like fighting spirit and yes I have witnessed that myself live, it's much better to see crap performances in the flesh, but he fought in the event that counted. Sometimes he does it and other times it hasn't happened.
Then there the others who are opposites on court, it goes back to the mentality of the individual and how can you force someone to have more self-belief than they do, it's something that has to come from within the individual and that individual only.