Athens 2004 was a great moment, and he'll always be an Olympics gold medalist!!!
And proud that he got to go to the Olympics again, and given his poor year, that he did well to win a match and kept up with Fat Dave for a set.
But I have to be honest...I'm glad the Olympics is over. Time for Nico to move on and figure out what he'll do for the rest of his career.
In 8 days, I'll see him in my beloved New York City!!!
Can't wait to see him...
Hopefully, for his sake, and not being mean, but the next couple of months are critical in order to keep his career in singles going.
First, he's gotten figure out this coach thing during the US Open. He's screwed around with the coaching issue for too long. First having Pato for too long and then going coachless for too long. Every coach will be in NY - he's got to start the discussion process and get things going before he goes back to the challenger circuit, where obviously good coaches aren't hanging around.
IMO, he'll never be a top 50 player again. That ship has sailed becasue he's going to be 29 in October, and he's made such bad decisions the last couple of years that he'll never recover from that. In order to be a top player again, he had to make good decisions a year, 1 1/2 years ago.
But I really believe that he can be a 60-70 ranked player again, where he can get into all the Slams, IW and Miami, and smaller tournaments without having to qualify. He won't get into the MD's of the other Masters Series events, but he could try to qualify.
But in order to do that he has to hire a great coach that will help him on clay and hardcourts. And then fight fight fight fight fight fight fight and claw his way to wins. No more using no confidence as an excuse for losses. No more any excuses for losing.
Because if he doesn't start winning now in singles, at the end of the year, he's going to have to decide whether he's going to keep going on as a challenger journeyman or whether to try the doubles route.
Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for the next couple of months. I do think he still has game...he's just got to make some good decisions and get his head together.
And as usual this is all just my humble opinion.