With some friends we´ve been doing a post-mortem after Gastón´s loss yesterday in first round. None of the following is news for you, but it clears things up for me if I write them down...
As we all know, during the first months of the year he´d reached a point where he couldn´t stand the stress anymore, and something had to be done if he was to continue to play at all. Well, he and his team took the drastic decision to relinquish defending valuable points and to take breaks throughout the year. This could only work if he played well in the big tournaments, and that´s why he was so thrilled to see his tennis was “back” in Monte Carlo – it was proof that the risk had paid off.
But he himself always says that he needs to play a lot to gain momentum, and before MC he´d played in Valencia. This time he reached MC after two weeks of not competing and having had a sprained ankle, and this is the result.
If he´d won this first match he´d probably have reached QFs. The big drawback now is not only that he´s steadily losing points: unfortunately he´ll reach Hamburg with no competition rhythm, having played only one match, and time is running out before RG.
A girl in the Yahoo group who saw a short interview on ESPN told us that he seemed so sad and disheartened, he must be wondering if he´s made a bad mistake
and if he has time to get back on track before RG!
I hope he´ll have the inner strength to pick himself up and go out and show them all why he´s still ranked 8th, and why he´s third favourite for RG in the betting shops!