Roland Garros 2002 – 4th Round
(before the match, after the Agassi/Mathieu match)
PMac: It’s a cliché, and we know it, take one match at a time, but really, the next match, in my mind, I’ve always thought that if he can get by Ferrero, who I think will beat Gaudio, to me, I think Agassi can win this. Cause I think Ferrero is the best pure claycourt player left in the tournament.
Cliff: Now let’s go over to Lenglen, where Gaston Gaudio and Juan Carlos Ferrero in action, 4-3 Ferrero. We’re on serve in the third set, I think they’ve been holding serve in the third. First set to Gaudio—tiebreak, second set Ferrero easily, 6-1. 4-3 now, this is Gaudio serving.
PMac: Gaston Gaudio, one of those host of very tough Argentineans. A beautiful one-handed backhand, and look at his record on clay this year, Cliff—nineteen and two
. He has been on fire this year.
Cliff: Could be an all-Argentinean final here
PMac: Could be! Gaudio’s won a couple of tournaments on clay this year, two in a row in fact–Barcelona and Mallorca. In fact, he won 13 matches in a row during that stretch.
Cliff: Beat Albert Costa in the final, beat Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinal and Carlos Moya as well in Barcelona.
PMac: He also has a winning record against Ferrero, 3-1 overall.
Cliff: Juan Carlos has not had a bad year on clay either, as he won the Tennis Masters Series Monte Carlo.
PMac: 13-5, you see his record, but after that he struggled a bit, which was surprising. Because I thought when Monte Carlo came around, he was the dominant guy on clay, minus Guga this year.
Ahhh, the dropper from Gaudio!! This guy’s got some feel
Watch this, Ferrero always looking to run around and spank that forehand and Gaudio throws in the drop shot, saves one break point.
Ferrero, in fact, got ticked off in Rome, Cliff, because they threw him on a back court after a rain delay. He said, “Wait a second, I just won Monte Carlo” – and won Rome, previously –
Cliff: The year before, he was the defender.