So, what conclusions after yesterday’s match?
I think that when Gastón sees it in perspective he’ll feel he’s on the way up. After an unfortunate beginning of the season with his shoulder injury that left him out of the DC, he improved his game on clay in the Acapulco semis, and now he’s improved on hard against Baghdatis. The first set showed some pretty good tennis!
But he’s still lacking confidence, which became evident in his 8 DFs
(the Coria syndrome!) and we all know how he gets depressed when things don’t work out. It’s all a question of self-esteem and being too much of a perfectionist. When I see him staring into space with that pensive look I imagine him thinking “What the f*** am I doing here? Why should I continue to play if it makes me miserable?” But all in all he and his team should see this Baghdatis match as a step in the right direction, and as soon as he feels more satisfied with his game he will start to recover his confidence.
I think there are too many things going round in his head: Will he find his old form? Will he make a fool of himself? Will his shoulder resist? Will Mancini call him for DC? Will he let the flag down???
Unfortunately he’ll never be able to just relax and enjoy playing, so he depends on results to increase his confidence – it’s all a vicious circle!
Now he will go to Miami where all his family are waiting for him. I hope he and they will have a wonderful time together and that he will enter the Miami tournament in a happier frame of mind!