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Re: No Argentines in the top 10 after 193 weeks

One could argue, if one was being generous, that the ATP seemed to take notice of them as individuals rather than as "the Argentines"; I mean they were at different levels, Coria and Nalbandian being the Galacticos to Gaudio's Valencia in the latter's own words. He and Puerta had their one great moment at RG a year apart, but haven't done anything truly notable since; well, nothing the ATP would want to publicise anyway, in Puerta's case.

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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