Originally Posted by GeorgeWHitler
Since when does 1 good set make a good match?
I refer to the general “feel” of the message you transmit…
Since I joined the Gaudio forum in MTF I’ve tried to keep all Gastón’s fans informed about what was happening in his matches and to him as a person. I’ve done it especially thinking of those who haven’t been lucky enough to see a particular match. I’m not the moderator, but I take it as a duty just the same!
And now to this particular case in point: As you know, we’ve all been worried about Gastón’s level this year, and the most worried of all was Gastón himself. That’s why that first set against Nadal was so important, because he showed that his best tennis is back, and that’s what one must emphasize for his fans who didn’t see the match. The result wasn’t as important as what has happened to Gastón there in Monte Carlo. And ALL the media have commented on the fantastic tennis we saw in that 1:19 of the first set!
Gastón was the first to admit that he wasn’t sufficiently prepared to continue playing with that intensity, and that he has to improve that aspect. But when he arrived yesterday morning in BA and was asked at the airport did he think he had the level to be able to beat Nadal and Federer, he answered that his game on clay was on a par with them both (although he didn’t say he could beat them). That’s the first time in a great many months that he has shown such self-confidence. He can have a "relapse", I know, but just the same I’m hoping that this is the real start of a great year for him!