Originally Posted by ketibeti
to begin with: in that damn match againts federrer the comentator mentioned his big emotional stress years ago. could someone please explain what kind of emotional stress was he talking about?
Hi, I already told the story here recently, so those of you who remember reading it please bear with me!
In 2003 Gastón was going through a bad patch in his career, he'd won nothing and his ranking had dropped steeply. Now Argentina had to play against the dangerous Spanish team in Málaga, and the captain couldn't get either Nalbandian or Coria to play - in Coria's case it's strongly suspected that he was sure he'd lose and he chickened out pretending an injury. So they decided to call Gaudio, in spite of his poor performances throughout the year, because of his incredible record in Davis Cup: 13 consecutive wins and only 1 loss (his last match, against Russia), saying he was "a real DC player". Well, the outcome was that Gastón choked badly in his two matches against players ranked #1 and #6 in the world. He went off court, apologized to his team-mates and burst into floods of tears!
The president of the Argentine Tennis Association, Morea, said very harsh things about him, and the Captain, Luza, didn't stand up for him either. A real nightmare!
When he returned to Argentina he was derided, victimized and persecuted, he was the laughingstock on non-sports TV programmes and booed by his ex-supporters when he played the BA Open.
The outcome was that he had almost decided to give up professional tennis, seeing as how he hadn't won anything in six months, but Davin and those around him convinced him to give it another try. He started going to a sports psychologist, had a long pre-season getting into top shape, and ended up winning Roland Garros!
This is why his great win is such a triumph of the spirit against tremendous obstacles. He's a symbol of how one shouldn't ever give up trying.