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Gaudio defeats Nalbandián, reaches Roland Garros final!

Yashirobai
06-04-2004, 01:35 PM
Gastón Gaudio defeated David Nalbandián 6-3 7-6 6-0, after being down 1-5 and saving some set points). He is now in his first Grand Slam final. I wish him all the luck, I hope he wins.

Come on Gastón!

MisterQ
06-04-2004, 01:38 PM
Truly remarkable!!!

congrats Gaudio! :clap2:

oxy
06-04-2004, 01:38 PM
Vamos Gaudio....Win The Whole Damn Thing....U Saved My RG2004....Vamos!!!!! :bigclap:

Havok
06-04-2004, 01:39 PM
:woohoo: He even bageled Dahveed:eek: When was the last time he was even bageled? Gaudio totaly deserved this match, moreso that Dahveed. Nice comeback in that second set, it wasn't all due to Nalbandian choking, Gaudio really came back in that one and that's what totally deflated Dahveed. Well I'm glad he made it to the finals because imo he'd give Coria more of a fight (like I previously said), but I'm pretty sure Coria's still gonna win it. Just happy for Gaudio, and as i type, he's crying in his towel :hug: If only he could play better while he's off the clay:( but now he's got the ranking so maybe he can produce better results:shrug:

WyveN
06-04-2004, 01:42 PM
Good win for Gaudio, Nalbandian definetly should have won the second set but Gaudio played well enough to win in straight sets. Hope he doesnt fall apart in the final.

Experimentee
06-04-2004, 01:42 PM
Gaston :D :woohoo:
For once he didnt choke, and he was even mentally stronger than Nalbandian! :eek:
Its a very important win for him, as he respects Nalbandian and his game a lot.
I'm hoping he can win the whole thing now! I didnt see the match but what chance do people give him against Coria?

skaya
06-04-2004, 01:42 PM
remarkable, really.......

VAMOS GASTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i hope it's gonna be your tournament!!!!!!!!!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

:devil: :devil: :devil:

asotgod
06-04-2004, 01:42 PM
David was clearly outplayed. For the first time in a tournament, Gaudio did not choke. The guy is really good if only he has his head in order. He definitely is, to me, a top 5 material if he gets his head in order. His variety on the backhand is exceptional, and he was pretty consistent on his groundstrokes. David clearly had more winners, but clay sort of promotes consistency rather than ability to hit winners. I hope Gaudio wins the final, and he to me is a better match up (choke aside) for Coria because he plays with a one-handed backhand compared to David who seems to choke when he plays Coria. Personally, I feel David is a better player than Coria. Well, we'll see.

CooCooCachoo
06-04-2004, 01:44 PM
In fact the comeback wasn't at all due to David choking. Great job for Gaston.. Now come on and take the title. Would be great if Henman defeats Coría too ;)

Such an emotional Gaudío too :D Good for the sport!

Experimentee
06-04-2004, 01:45 PM
Gaudio seems to have overcome his choking, at least for this week. But the final will be a real test for him. It would really be something if he was to have a lead in the final and actually keep it! I've always thought he could realistically win RG, now is his chance to prove it :)

oxy
06-04-2004, 01:46 PM
to add on...its a joy to see him not choking anymore...i was so fed up with him when he was always choking away matches...but not in this tournament ....come on...down coria or henman in the final...:)

Neely
06-04-2004, 01:49 PM
Congrats, Gaudio!

great performance this Roland Garros tournament!

Yonge
06-04-2004, 01:50 PM
Congrats Gaston!!! :worship:

Hagar
06-04-2004, 01:51 PM
Well, if Gaudio wins the whole thing, just like in Australia, Hewitt will have lost to the future winner.

Havok
06-04-2004, 01:51 PM
Do people here think Gaudio is good enough to actually win RG?:scared:

Jinx
06-04-2004, 01:53 PM
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

I really congratulate GAUDIO!!!!
he did a great game!!!! he deserved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wan them both to win ( i confess i was a little bit more in nalbandans side) BUT NOW IM REALLY HAPPY
He will be the next argentinian top TEN
Another great player for Argentina!!!!!!!

Congrats Gaston!!!!!!!!!!!

Billabong
06-04-2004, 01:55 PM
Very emotional victory for Gaston, his reaction was unique:)! He totally deserved this victory, he was awesome:D!
Congrats Gaudio, I hope you win the final:D!!! GOOOO GASTON:bounce:!!!

chelsea
06-04-2004, 01:57 PM
:worship: :worship: Well Done, Gaston! :worship: :worship:

:bigclap: Congratulations :bigclap:


Best of Luck in the Final! Vamos, Gato!http://www.computerpannen.com/cwm/otn/blobs/pinkie.gif

jazz_girl
06-04-2004, 01:57 PM
Congratulations Gato!!!
I really wanted David to win this, I wanted to see a Coria/Nalbandian final, but must admit Gaston played amazing! And he totally deserved to win, and I was really happy to see him strong again.
If he wins the tournament he'll be top ten, so VAMOS GATO!!!! Show Coria who's the King! ;)

WyveN
06-04-2004, 01:59 PM
Do people here think Gaudio is good enough to actually win RG?:scared:

Definetly, all that crying at the end wasn't a good sign though, he looked a bit to satisfied that he made it to the final, hopefully that isn't the case and he doesn't fall apart.

Jinx
06-04-2004, 02:01 PM
I dont think he will win the final against Coria, but he will definetily make Coria swet, run and fight!
If Henman wins against Coria , then Gaudio has a better chance

Gandalf
06-04-2004, 02:01 PM
Congratulations!

Now, if for some miracle Henman beat Coria (which ain't gonna happen), he would actually stand a chance in the final, because there would always be the possibility of Gaudio choking it away-and wouldn't it be something if Henman won Roland Garros?

(BTW, I'll be rooting for Gaudio whoever he plays against)

Noodles
06-04-2004, 02:20 PM
Gaudio reminds me alot of Justine Henin with his one-handed backhands, his dropshots, the way he moves on clay. He's a great player...if he keeps his head into it.

amethyst
06-04-2004, 02:27 PM
Well done Gaudio :worship: He´s playing awesome so far in this tournament :worship: I hope he can keep it up in the final.

amethyst
06-04-2004, 02:29 PM
Definetly, all that crying at the end wasn't a good sign though, he looked a bit to satisfied that he made it to the final, hopefully that isn't the case and he doesn't fall apart.

Why does it mean a player is "too satisfied" if he´s overwhelmed with emotion after reaching a Grand Slam final???

Experimentee
06-04-2004, 02:34 PM
Congratulations!

Now, if for some miracle Henman beat Coria (which ain't gonna happen), he would actually stand a chance in the final, because there would always be the possibility of Gaudio choking it away-and wouldn't it be something if Henman won Roland Garros?

(BTW, I'll be rooting for Gaudio whoever he plays against)

I was actually thinking Gaudio would be the one to stand a chance if he played Henman, as Henman would choke it away (if he was ever leading in the first place) ;)

Yashirobai
06-04-2004, 02:34 PM
Gastón, to me, is one of the 5 best clay-court players in the world. They are, I'd say, Ferrero, Moyá, Coria, Federer and Gaudio. Not Kuerten, no. Neither Nalbandián, Henman, Robredo, Nadal González... no. Gaudio does.

You know, I remember watching his match against Moyá in Barcelona this year, which he won 64 64, it was amazing, even though the result doesn't look like it was such a one-sided match. I think Gaudio did 3 unforced errors in that first set. That's awesome. While I was seeing this match, I was telling to myself: "How can he be out of the top 30 with this game??" He is very consisten, h doesn't miss, he has a good backhand, everything is good, hit winners. Only the mental thing is wrong with him. But if it works on Sunday, definetly yes, I see him winning the whole thing. At least, I believe he is good enough to do it.

Experimentee
06-04-2004, 02:36 PM
Definetly, all that crying at the end wasn't a good sign though, he looked a bit to satisfied that he made it to the final, hopefully that isn't the case and he doesn't fall apart.

Yeah it doesnt sound good, I didnt see the match so i dont know his reaction, but its never good when someone acts like they won the tournament when they only won the semi.
But it might be because he was just really happy to beat Nalbandian, as i get the impression from his interview that he thinks Nalbandian is a better player than him. He also thinks Coria is a better player, so he might bring it again for the final.

tangerine_dream
06-04-2004, 02:40 PM
YES!!! And with a bagel to boot! Eat up, David. Awesome job Gaston! :worship:

zoltan83
06-04-2004, 02:52 PM
Congrats to Gaudio!

:sad: I'd prefer that Nalbandian win because i like David but not this time.

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 02:53 PM
Congrats to Gastón, he did a great job today, it looks like he's having a new attitude which is good.

But hey...it looks like now you all are Gaudio's lovers :rolleyes:

Yashirobai
06-04-2004, 02:55 PM
Yeah Yeah...now all of you are Gaudio's lovers :rolleyes:


I liked Gaudio before RG, especially since I talked to him in Barcelona this year, he was very kind, nice, and I've always liked his game...

oxy
06-04-2004, 02:58 PM
gaudio has always been one of the players i like....but i dun like the way he choked

HybridTheory
06-04-2004, 02:58 PM
:bigclap: VAMOS GASTON :bigclap:

you're great!:D

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 02:59 PM
I liked Gaudio before RG, especially since I talked to him in Barcelona this year, he was very kind, nice, and I've always liked his game...

I know some of you have always been Gaudio's fans, but I was referring to another ones who just some time ago used to call him choker, etc... :o

moonlight
06-04-2004, 03:25 PM
Congrats to Gaudio for reaching the final! :worship: Good luck! :)

David :sad: but still congrats for making the Roland Garros semifinal! :)

FryslanBoppe
06-04-2004, 03:51 PM
Do people here think Gaudio is good enough to actually win RG?:scared:

Yes, it just depends on whether he believes he can win it or not. He is more than capable and this is what he has dreamt about since he was a kid, and now here is the chance to prove it.

FryslanBoppe
06-04-2004, 03:55 PM
I know some of you have always been Gaudio's fans, but I was referring to another ones who just some time ago used to call him choker, etc... :o

You better not be refering to myself or GWH. I actually know for myself that we are long term fans of his, and yes he has choked and we would be stupid to deny it, but he still gets our support irrespective.

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 04:03 PM
Did I say any name?

"Al que le cae el guante que se lo chante" a popular phrase in Spanish....don't know how to translate it....but it shows what I meant.

Action Jackson
06-04-2004, 04:09 PM
Did I say any name?

"Al que le cae el guante que se lo chante" a popular phrase in Spanish....don't know how to translate it....but it shows what I meant.

Good I didn't think you were refering to me then, because if you were I don't jump on bandwagons at all and yes I am long term fan of Gaudio.

Anyway that was an outstanding performance, I was disappointed that David couldn't make it a better match, he has done well to get to the semi finals, but he was outplayed and sure he was leading 5-1 in the 2nd set, it wasn't like that he was totally in his shell. Gaudio got in a zone and showed great fighting spirit in the 2nd set and wasn't distracted with Nalbandian talking to the umpire about the 2 serves from the same side in the tiebreaker.

One more mountain to climb, of course he is capable of winning, whether he believes he can is the key and if he is in the Barcelona 2002 frame of mind, then that will be great for him.

Action Jackson
06-04-2004, 04:12 PM
You better not be refering to myself or GWH. I actually know for myself that we are long term fans of his, and yes he has choked and we would be stupid to deny it, but he still gets our support irrespective.

Yeah I forgot we are such bandwagon jumpers, of course the 1999 qualifiers at the FO and seeing this player known as Gaudio winning a 2nd round match from 2 sets down out in the boondocks, when stuff all people were there, yes we are fairweather fans. :)

Action Jackson
06-04-2004, 04:35 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/05/1086203638784.html

Tears of joy as Gaudio books Paris final
June 5, 2004 - 12:30AM

Paris: Unseeded Gaston Gaudio of Argentina upset eighth-seeded compatriot David Nalbandian last night with a class display of clay-court tennis to reach the French Open men's singles final.

Gaudio won 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 6-0 and will now play the winner of the other semi-final between third seeded Guillermo Coria of Argentina and ninth seeded Tim Henman of Britain in Sunday's final.

He is the first Argentinian player to reach the final in Paris since Guillermo Vilas lost to Mats Wilander in 1982.

The 25-year-old Gaudio, playing in his first Grand Slam semi-final in 21 attempts, went into the match as underdog to his 22-year-old compatriot who had beaten both Marat Safin and Gustavo Kuerten on his way to the last four.

But it was Gaudio who took command from the start under cool, cloudy conditions on a half-empty Philippe Chatrier centre-court.

From 3-3, he ran off three games in a row including two service breaks dominating the bigger and more physical Nalbandian with his searing groundstrokes off both flanks from the baseline.

The 2002 Wimbledon runner-up appeared to be getting back into the match when he moved 5-1 up in the second set, but incredibly Gaudio clawed his way back to 5-5 and then in the tie-break he took a 6-2 lead and went two sets up with a smash at the net on his fourth set point.

That appeared to take the heart out of Nalbandian and Gaudio rapidly moved to match point with three successive service breaks.

He hit long on the first but on the second Nalbandian flapped at a forehand and it died at the net sparking off a tearful celebration from Gaudio.

"This is a great day for me. It's my favourite tournament and I have always dreamed of getting to the final here," he said.

"Now that I am in the final I can dream of winning it all, but it will be very hard as both Coria and Henman are excellent players.

"This is the result of a lot of hard work and a lot of hard battles and it is just so satisfying to be able to experience it."

After a promising start to his career, Gaudio appeared to be in danger of being surpassed by a younger set of talented compatriots led by Nalbandian and Coria and he even sought the help of a sports psychologist to learn to relax and take more enjoyment out of his game.

He played reasonably well on clay in the buildup to Roland Garros but struggled though two five-setters in the first two rounds against compatriot Guillermo Canas and Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic.

But he gave marvellous display in the quarter-finals defeating Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in straight sets and his comprehensive win over Nalbandian leaves him on the cusp of achieving his lifelong ambition

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 04:42 PM
Nice article

YoursTruly
06-04-2004, 04:43 PM
Gaston really deserves this as he is very naturally talented and meant to be in this territory! Congratulations to him for a great result and first slam final!! Bravo! :D

WyveN
06-04-2004, 05:24 PM
Why does it mean a player is "too satisfied" if he´s overwhelmed with emotion after reaching a Grand Slam final???

because when you reach the final the job isn't done yet. if you let all your emotion out then there is a chance you are flat for the final. Sort of happened to Verkerk last year.

I hope that isn't the case with Gaudio and as GWH mentioned in the other thread, his bad feelings towards Coria should help.

Experimentee
06-04-2004, 05:26 PM
I know some of you have always been Gaudio's fans, but I was referring to another ones who just some time ago used to call him choker, etc... :o

Its a fact that Gaudio is a choker. His fans dont deny it. I know there were always some who liked him but declared they wouldnt support him anymore because of his choking :rolleyes:
Most of us stuck by him though.

Action Jackson
06-04-2004, 05:29 PM
because when you reach the final the job isn't done yet. if you let all your emotion out then there is a chance you are flat for the final. Sort of happened to Verkerk last year.

I hope that isn't the case with Gaudio and as GWH mentioned in the other thread, his bad feelings towards Coria should help.

I think he will be ready, how would you feel if you were that close to your dream and there was someone in your way that you were not fond of that was the last step to stopping that dream? That should be enough to be ready and motivated, but we will never know until the day.

Experimentee, they still don't like each other I saw an example this year for myself of this.

Action Jackson
06-04-2004, 05:35 PM
Interview with Gaudio

Q. At the end of your match when you had your head down and it looked like you were crying, what was going through your mind to bring that emotion out in you?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, I was thinking about all the effort that I have made, you know, when I was a kid and all the dreams I got when I was during all this time playing tennis, you know. I was thinking to be in the finals of the French Open. And now I am.

So happy for me, and that's why I was like a little bit of emotion, yeah.

Q. Two weeks ago in Dusseldorf, the day of the draw, I asked you what your thoughts were, how you felt you were going to go at the French Open. You said you didn't know. How shocked are you? >

GASTON GAUDIO: Like you (smiling).

No, I never thought I going to be in the final of such a big tournament like this. And I was thinking about the first round against Canas, that always to play two Argentinian guys is tough, you know, because we know each other so much. So I didn't think about being in the final like I am, I was thinking just in the first round.

Q. There's some confusion as to the sequence of events that led up to the discussion at the umpire's chair. Can you walk us through exactly what happened with the mix-up with the serves? What was your reaction to the outcome of that?

GASTON GAUDIO: No, there was nothing. I mean, I made history, you know. It's the first time that it happen, something like that, in the French Open.

I serve to opposite side. I should supposed to serve to the other side, and I was serving 5-2 in the tiebreak, and I served to the left. That's why.

After the point, David went to the chair umpire and he told it, you know, "He served to the wrong side." But when the point is done, when you played it already, it's like you can't do anything. That's it. There's nothing more.

Q. You told us the other day about a psychologist you were working with now to boost your motivation. How much do you think it's helped you get that far?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, I think like hell of a lot, huh? I'm in the final of the French Open, you know. I never thought I'm going to be in a place like now. So I think that he helped me so much.

Q. In what way? What does he say to you?

GASTON GAUDIO: So many, too many ways you have to work on it. He was working so hard with me.

Q. In the event that you might be facing Coria, can you describe your relationship with him.

GASTON GAUDIO: It's perfect.

Q. It's perfect? Hamburg notwithstanding last year?

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, but we talk about it, and that's it. It's over. Everything is clear now.

Q. Do you have a preference for who you'd rather play in the final?

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, I prefer to play against him. For sure, is going to be an Argentinian winner.

Q. If you are to play Tim Henman in the final, what are your thoughts there?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, every final is difficult. And Tim is playing great tennis. I saw him a couple of match ago, and he was playing so good. So for sure, it's going to be tough. He is beating this guy that is the King of the Clay. So it's clear that it's going to be tough.

Q. Let's just say things turn around in this match and it is Coria that goes to the final, what do you have to do to get past him, to win the championship?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, I have to play like unbelievable. I have to play my best tennis. And I have to be sure that I can do it. I have to convince myself that I'm allowed to do it, and I can do it, and that's it.

You've got to go out there and try to do your best. If it happens, great. If not, what can I do?

Q. You're down 5-1 in the second set. What are your thoughts then? Do you feel, "I'll still have a set, one-set-all"?

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, I was thinking just to play the third. But then I come back, and I was like 5-4 playing not hundred percent. I was thinking more in the third set. And when I was 5-4, he was a little bit nervous, I guess, because he miss so many opportunities. So when he was serving 5-4, I just get the chance, you know. I was 5-1, and the set start again.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish.

Q. Can you tell us what went through your mind when you won the match, you were crying?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, after playing for 10 or 15 years, you know, always thinking about the same thing, you know, always dreaming about being in that sort of situation, well, you know, it's incredible.

Q. You never cried on television before.

GASTON GAUDIO: No, no, of course. But today, I don't know. I don't know, it was crazy. I don't know. Just, you know, that's the way it happens. So many things, so many memories, so much that people might not know about, but things that I've been doing since I'm a little child, so many sacrifices. Then suddenly to win a match...

Q. Do you realize how well you're playing? Let me mention once again the wonderful match against Thomas Enqvist. You continued playing well after that match against Andreev, and then today again.

GASTON GAUDIO: Yes, I know I've been playing well. Today sometimes, and in particular the most important points, I played well. That gives you extra confidence. That's what made me win the match.

Q. You mentioned the psychological support that you received. When you were 5-1 down, you were still trying to win, you were still fighting there. Maybe before you would have simply lost the set.

GASTON GAUDIO: Yes, I was thinking more about the third set, but I was still trying. As soon as I had an opportunity, I took it. I was 5-4. I took the opportunities and continued fighting.

Q. You had a dream as a child. You're going to have to win the final.

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, there's always something left to do.

Q. How did you manage your stress before starting the match? Is there something you're going to do?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, I slept very well. I wasn't feeling really nervous really. Now I'm enjoying the situation - more so than other days.

Against Andreev, I was far more nervous. Today that wasn't the case. I slept well. I went on the court, you know, I was feeling really fine.

Q. Is that what you're going to try to do in the final?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, I've never been in a final, but I'm going to try to repeat that experience.

Q. You say that tennis is suffering. Today when you saw what you were achieving, did you actually enjoy yourself? Did you think about those things?

GASTON GAUDIO: No, it's just right at the end of the match. During the tiebreak, as well, I was enjoying things. You know, you feel tense, but you still enjoy yourself. Then when I finished the match, of course I enjoyed it. But also when I was serving for the match, I was also feeling very nervous.

Q. So you enjoyed the tiebreak? That was the only time you actually were feeling fine?

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, I was feeling fine during the tiebreak.

Q. Are you going to change your style according to whom you're playing, Coria or Henman, or is it going to be the same thing?

GASTON GAUDIO: No, you know, I'm going to play the same way, whoever I play against in the final.

Q. You said you prefer to play against an Argentine. If you were playing against Henman, what's going to happen from a tactical point of view?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, against Henman, we know it really doesn't depend on me because he tries to lead the game, always tries to take the initiative. So it's going to be complicated. I'm going to have to make sure that I can impose my own style rather than letting him take the initiative.

Q. You also said sometimes you don't know what's going to happen on the following day. Now you're going to be in the final at the French Open. Don't you think you know what you're going to do on the following day?

GASTON GAUDIO: I don't understand your question.

Q. Don't you know what your tennis is going to look like? Can you foresee how you're going to play?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, you start realizing, you know, when you have confidence, you don't know if it's going to be eight, nine or ten, but you know you're going to play well. Since I've never been in this sort of situation, I don't really know what's going to happen, whether I'm going to be feeling very tense or whether I'm going to control the situation. I don't know.

Q. Do you feel you're a Galactico?

GASTON GAUDIO: No.

Q. What's missing so that you feel Galactico in the final?

GASTON GAUDIO: I have to win more matches, a lot more matches.

Q. For those who were lucky to see you win in 2000 in Barcelona, is your style of play the same, is it of greater quality? You had a wonderful time in Barcelona.

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, I think so, because I'm learning how to, you know, go on the court and take the opportunities. That's something that I had to improve. I've been improving either in doubles or with Franco. I think, yeah, my level has improved since then.

Q. In the tiebreak, when you had the problem with the umpire, Nalbandian said that was a really bad mistake that the umpire made. >

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, yes, we all made a mistake. That's the sort of thing that happens in life. It's normal, you know. Nobody realized - I didn't realize - and what can you do about it?

Q. (No microphone.)

GASTON GAUDIO: I was feeling a bit nervous at that time.

little duck
06-04-2004, 05:36 PM
Gaudio realy played a heroic game against Nalby, because his chances of wining were so thin. I didn't understand before that Nalby has a potential to be a real choker, but now it's pretty clear.

Gongratulations to Gaudio, this is something very special from him. Although I think he is dead against Coria.

Sommarsverige
06-04-2004, 05:50 PM
Congratulations, GASTON GAUDIO :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

I am so glad that he has won and I think he has also chances in the
final. I was also overwhelmed by his emotions after the victory and when
you read his interview, you can really understand why Gaston showed so many emotions after he has won.

Vamos Gato!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chloe le Bopper
06-04-2004, 08:53 PM
Do people here think Gaudio is good enough to actually win RG?:scared:
Why not? He's in the finals, isn't he?

The problem with Gaudio has never been lack of talent. There is a reason that one had to be a real sucker for punishment to be a consistent Gaudio fan before this, you know ;)

Chloe le Bopper
06-04-2004, 08:54 PM
Well, if Gaudio wins the whole thing, just like in Australia, Hewitt will have lost to the future winner.

And Nalbandian will have lost to the future winner three slams in a row. I'm sure there is a point in here somewhere, but I'm not really seeing it ;)

Chloe le Bopper
06-04-2004, 08:56 PM
I think he will be ready, how would you feel if you were that close to your dream and there was someone in your way that you were not fond of that was the last step to stopping that dream? That should be enough to be ready and motivated, but we will never know until the day.

Experimentee, they still don't like each other I saw an example this year for myself of this.
Doesn't Coria have exactly the same motivation, though?

jmp
06-04-2004, 09:38 PM
From the first day of this tournament, the headlines have been the "upsets" and missed opportunities when the field really opened up. I took it all in stride. It was refreshing to see lower seeds and unlikely players come through the draw. But, when David lost today, I was sad for a while. At the same time, I'm really happy for Gaston's victory. He's played great tennis for the past two weeks and deserves this chance to shine. Sunday will be a great day for Argentina. I hope both men play a fabulous final.

shaoyu
06-04-2004, 11:42 PM
Gastón, to me, is one of the 5 best clay-court players in the world. They are, I'd say, Ferrero, Moyá, Coria, Federer and Gaudio. Not Kuerten, no. Neither Nalbandián, Henman, Robredo, Nadal González... no. Gaudio does.

You know, I remember watching his match against Moyá in Barcelona this year, which he won 64 64, it was amazing, even though the result doesn't look like it was such a one-sided match. I think Gaudio did 3 unforced errors in that first set. That's awesome. While I was seeing this match, I was telling to myself: "How can he be out of the top 30 with this game??" He is very consisten, h doesn't miss, he has a good backhand, everything is good, hit winners. Only the mental thing is wrong with him. But if it works on Sunday, definetly yes, I see him winning the whole thing. At least, I believe he is good enough to do it.

Totally agree with your list of top 5 clay court players now. Every year RG brings us surprises, one would think this year again Gaudio is the surprise. But he is actually already among the best, only now god is smiling at him for all of his efforts.

Supersonik
06-05-2004, 06:57 AM
Doesn't Coria have exactly the same motivation, though?

Coria will win RG and that much is true, I just don't want it to happen this year.

Action Jackson
06-05-2004, 06:59 AM
David was just outgunned and yes he was trying at the end and he was attempting to hit winners, but Gaudio won the mental battle and people who think Nalbandian gave it away are confusing him with Rios.

yanchr
06-05-2004, 07:28 AM
What a pity David had to lose at the gate of the final, but:worship:Gaudio. Wonderful performances in this whole RG uptil now. He is totally not a surprise to be in the semi or even in the final for me. Good to see a talented player for once lived up. Have been a fan of his for some time, and was touched by his aftermatch reaction on court. I guess he just has never believed in himself to go this far here in RG. But yes he should let his emotions out on Sunday with his trophy lifted up over his head like what Roger did in last Wimbly ;) So now he'd better show up in the final to save this RG for me. If you'd like to choke again, Gaston, pls save it for the next tourney...

Supersonik
06-05-2004, 07:44 AM
His emotional reaction was great yanchr, but he needs to keep the dream alive and follow through with this huge last hurdle, and if he does that. It will be interesting to see how he reacts.

yanchr
06-05-2004, 08:01 AM
His emotional reaction was great yanchr, but he needs to keep the dream alive and follow through with this huge last hurdle, and if he does that. It will be interesting to see how he reacts.
True. Like what's been said, it's not the end when you win the semi. Everyone simply has to get more eager to win it all when you've gotten so close to the title. I do hope Gaston has a strong will in him to get the trophy, not just satisfied with what he has done now even though it's already a huge achievement for him or for anyone.

FryslanBoppe
06-05-2004, 09:26 AM
True. Like what's been said, it's not the end when you win the semi. Everyone simply has to get more eager to win it all when you've gotten so close to the title. I do hope Gaston has a strong will in him to get the trophy, not just satisfied with what he has done now even though it's already a huge achievement for him or for anyone.

Well when something is your dream and you are that close to it, motivation shouldn't be a problem at all and you never know he might do a Costa in 2002, when Ferrero was the overwhelming favourite, but didn't get the job done when it counted.

yanchr
06-05-2004, 10:32 AM
Well when something is your dream and you are that close to it, motivation shouldn't be a problem at all and you never know he might do a Costa in 2002, when Ferrero was the overwhelming favourite, but didn't get the job done when it counted.
But it seemed that he has already been satisfied or at least excited with a final appearance :confused: He should actually build up great confidence going into the final. A Costa in 2002 will be the best thing for RG 2004 :banana: