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Chile's Gonzalez is no villain
1:08 AM EDT, August 27, 2008
Fernando Gonzalez doesn't exactly make a good villain. He's a nice guy, he plays hard, he comes from a country, Chile, that doesn't exactly mass produce elite tennis players.
So the best efforts of James Blake to paint Gonzalez as a no-class, evil player in Beijing a couple weeks ago didn't really carry over to the U.S. Open Blake, who stumbled through a five-set win Monday night, is a fan favorite here, having grown up in nearby Yonkers and Fairfield, Conn. The crowd here loves a feisty American.
And if Blake's incredibly harsh words for Gonzalez after their semifinal match in the Olympic tennis event were really true, if Gonzalez really did violate the Olympic spirit and the gentlemanly spirit of tennis, maybe Gonzalez would relish his role more.
Tuesday, after his four-set win over Spain's Ivan Navarro, Gonzalez wasn't buying it.
"Everyone talks about one point, we played over 200 points," Gonzalez said. "I understand he can be really sad about that one point, because he lost three match points in that match. It's not my problem, it's his problem."
The controversy erupted with Gonzalez serving at 8-9 in the third set in Beijing. On the first point, Blake hit a backhand pass long, but contended to the chair umpire that the ball ticked off the frame of Gonzalez's racket. Gonzalez said it didn't, and he won the point, the game, and the next two after that to reach the final.
"That's a disappointing way to exit the tournament, when you not only lose the match, but you lose a little faith in your fellow competitor," Blake said then. "Whatever he wants to say is fine."
Gonzalez lost to Rafael Nadal and earned a silver medal, to go with the gold he and countryman Nicolas Massu earned in Sydney in 2004, and the bronze Gonzalez won in singles in 2004. Not bad for a guy who's only advanced beyond the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam tournament once.
"When you play for your country, it's a little bit different," said Gonzalez, who was the flag-bearer for Chile's Olympic delegation during the Opening Ceremonies. "Normally on tour, you play by yourself. In the Olympics, people are following you at home, it's a little more pressure to do that. It's a great experience."
As for the reception he expected here in the city, where Blake is beloved, Gonzalez chuckled. He had a small but fierce Chilean contingent out on Court 11, and no one booed him or waved an American flag in his face.
"I understand him, I know what it's like to lose in a semifinal at the Olympics," he said. "But this is his problem."
Gonzalez said he hadn't talked to Blake, and had no plans to. They wouldn't meet until the final, so that basically means they won't meet, unless it's over a burger in the players' lounge. Neither player is top-tier enough to make this much of a rivalry, but maybe it could have had some juice, given the jingoistic fervor of the Olympics that just died down.
But a nice, 28-year-old Chilean tennis player isn't going to be the bad boy out here. Blake was the one who had the strong words in Beijing, and came off seeming petty after a loss.
"I think this is the last time I'm talking about this," Gonzalez said with a laugh. Time to look elsewhere for an Open villain.