Originally Posted by Vale
It's Gastón's nerves, as usual...
I saw a short interview on ESPN and he said he was nervous. I seem to remember that when that happens he always goes far behind the baseline. Then when there's nothing to lose he loosens up and starts playing as he knows how!
What will prevail tomorrow against González? His nerves or his desire to win?
He's 3-0 against him, but González is playing great, he's improved enormously this year, and he's better than Gastón on this sort of surface.
Vamos Gastón, show your feline claws!!!
Well from his own personal aspect there is a lot to play for and there was an opportunity for him to make the semis in this match, but he is very fortunate that he has another chance to seal it now, it's up to him as to how he handles it. Every player has nerves before his matches, and that is part of his job as a player to manage this.
It's a comfort thing being that far behind the baseline, he is used to it when he is on clay and he feels secure there and it makes sense that he would go to something he knows when in a tight situation and being on a surface that he already doesn't feel comfortable on and when it gets tight, he retreats.
The thing is, there can't be no what ifs, if he loses, then he deserves it and if he wins, then it's the same thing, just as long as he puts in his best efforts, like he has done against Hrbaty at the AO, that personally was a great moment, even though he lost.