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I'll watch the news tonight to see if they show something.
Here's Fernando's column from La Tercera.
By Fernando González
The numbers show that this was my best season
The illusion that I had to go to the Masters de Shangai was very big. The campaign of end of year was very good, with the three consecutive finals that I played in Vienna, Madrid and Basel, those served me to put me in the fight. I arrived to Paris-Bercy very motivated and with real options to qualify. But against Julien Benneteau I played a bad match, and cost me the elimination and to be without option to qualify for the Masters. I could say that I could never be comfortable to the court, that never I felt well and that I was tired. But several times in the last weeks I felt the same and in any case I could win the matches. In Basel, for example, the court did not accommodate to me much either and still I could get to the final. This time I did not obtain it because I failed much with my serve and I did not win free points. In addition that Benneteau played a good match and won it well. Thus it was as I could not reach the goal that had set to me for the end of the year.
But I must be realistic also and it would have been unfair to qualify for the Masters if I gave the four first months of the year and in addition I was bad in the Grand Slams, in which I did not pass the third round. In any case, the general balance I do of this year is very positive.
The numbers speak for themselves and show that this was my best season. Although I did not win any title, I played in a very good form a lot of big tournaments. I made semifinals in Montecarlo, Cincinnati, Toronto, in addition the final that I lost in Madrid against Roger Federer. I got to be seven of the world, my best position in the ranking, and reached the regularity that I was always looking for in my career. And the fact that removing the defeat against Benneteau in Paris, in the last tournaments of the year the player with lower ranking that beat me was Ivan Ljubicic in the final of Vienna, that is three of the world. And the others were against Federer, who is above of all the players on the tour.
Depending on what happens in Paris-Bercy I can finish this year in the top ten for the first time in my career, which is also very positive. In all these profits the work with Larry Stefanki has been very important. He has played the role that I wanted it to fulfilled. I have improved my serve, with my backhand I feel more sure and also with the volley. I added new aspects to my game that make me a more complete tennis player. The physical part has also been very important.
Today, in the age of 26 years old, I believe that I have much more still to do. Many players at this age already had their best moment, but I believe that I am passing through my peak. That allows me to think that now I can consolidate between the 10 best ones, not to be leaving and entering this group, and later to give the jump to try to be within the five best ones of the world. Today I feel with more experience and that helps me to be able to go through difficult moments.
What I want more is to rest. To think about the Masters is not worth the trouble. I thought it and I will not go as alternate. My best training is to rest before starting the pre-season looking to the next year that starts with the exhibition match of Kooyong in Australia previous to the first Grand Slam of the year. For that I need to be mental and physical well after a hard year.
I already talked it with Larry and he will be in Chile one week to work with me. I will also have to go to San Diego to continue with the pre-season that lasts all December.
<... FERNANDO GONZALEZ ...>
Richard Gasquet/Tomas Berdych/Marat Safin/Tommy Haas/Rafael Nadal/Andy Roddick/Marcos Baghdatis
All the chilean players and some others
"Just give 100 percent.
And that's not just in tennis or sports; that's in life.
If you give 100 percent, you'll have no regrets."