I finally saw Gastón’s match last night and I was truly impressed.
He's an artist! He seems to have adapted to the fast surface, and playing like that he can face anyone! Not necessarily beat them, but put up a good show. Of course, he always has problems with the serve-and-volley hard-hitting players, but when the ball is in play he’s as good as the best of them.
I’m hoping that González will be on an off-day when they meet!
Davydenko must be suffering from the humiliation of his five defeats against Gastón and will go out on court like a man with a mission! I remind myself that someday that head-to-head statistic will come to a close, and tomorrow could be the day… Of course I’m hoping for Gastón to win, but I’m trying not to be too optimistic. The main thing is for him to play well again. If his Shanghai jaunt finally makes him realize he can compete on this type of surface, it will be a major breakthrough!
Now it seems Tomas Johansson has been called urgently as an alternate and will be arriving on Thursday!
This whole thing has become a farce!
But something good might still come out of the débacle: too many people are demanding that the tennis season be shortened, the Chinese are furious, Nadal and Agassi have both blamed the yearly schedule for the amount of players who are injured… I imagine the ATP and the ITF will finally realise that the present schedule is inhumane
, but there are so many commercial issues involved that it would be difficult to get any of the Masters series to back down! Ideally I think there should be a full ten or twelve week break to ensure players have a good long holiday and also a pre-season. But it won't ever happen...
Good luck tomorrow, Gastón! Be a lion again!!!