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RG R1: Stepanek def. Gaudio 6-3, 6-4, 6-1

Leo
05-24-2009, 05:59 PM
Waste of a wildcard. :o Bad.

W!MBLEDON
05-24-2009, 06:00 PM
i think that was the scoreline

gaston :sad: i was hoping for something big

shotgun
05-24-2009, 06:01 PM
Gaudio's last match ever at Roland Garros?

MacTheKnife
05-24-2009, 06:02 PM
That was it. Sexy was all over it. Drop shot match point down from Gaudio..:confused:

Dancing Banana
05-24-2009, 06:02 PM
Gastón :bigcry: :bigcry:

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 06:04 PM
Stepanek too solid and showed why the match up against Gaudio works for him, with the changes of pace and excellent volleys.

Gaudio wasn't too bad in the first 2 sets, but Stepanek served well when he needed to and wasn't put under enough pressure through the match and played like it.

There were some good points in the match, just the wrong match up for Gaudio at this event.

Johnny Groove
05-24-2009, 06:04 PM
Nice to see some gorgeous backhands down the line from Gaston.

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 06:05 PM
Gaudio's last match ever at Roland Garros?

Depends on what happens for the rest of the year, he wasn't awful, but Radek is a tough guy for him to play, with his changes of pace and Gaudio didn't make enough returns.

roberthenman
05-24-2009, 06:06 PM
poor Gaston :awww:

Bobby
05-24-2009, 06:07 PM
Just too sexy, I suppose. What can you do.

Ciarán.
05-24-2009, 06:08 PM
Well done sexy http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d5/digital_talent/MsgPlus_Img4265.png

ossie
05-24-2009, 06:09 PM
fed fans who were hoping this clown to stop nadal :rolleyes:

anon57
05-24-2009, 06:09 PM
Some nice tennis from Guadio in the first two sets, too good from Stepanek though.

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 06:11 PM
Nice to see some gorgeous backhands down the line from Gaston.

Steps had some good dropshots as well, the result was not really in doubt.

roberthenman
05-24-2009, 06:14 PM
Waste of a wildcard. :o Bad.

:cuckoo:

norwegian_wood
05-24-2009, 06:15 PM
I'm getting the feeling that unless a wildcard wins the whole thing, then people will bitch and moan and say the WCs are wasted as soon as they lose. :rolleyes:

Tough luck Gaston. :hug:

delpiero7
05-24-2009, 06:21 PM
FFS, as if Gaudio didn't win the tourney. Off to the bookies now to give him my house deeds

Leo
05-24-2009, 06:38 PM
:cuckoo:

He's a former champion, yes, but he won 8 games total. That is not good enough when someone else could have been in the draw. Remember sometimes wild cards win Grand Slams. :o

W!MBLEDON
05-24-2009, 06:40 PM
Remember sometimes wild cards win Grand Slams.

haha

Leo
05-24-2009, 06:40 PM
I'm getting the feeling that unless a wildcard wins the whole thing, then people will bitch and moan and say the WCs are wasted as soon as they lose. :rolleyes:


That's not the usual expectation. However, isn't it fair to expect from a WC more than 8 games against Radek Stepanek? I sure think so, but maybe our standards are different.

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 06:41 PM
He's a former champion, yes, but he won 8 games total. That is not good enough when someone else could have been in the draw. Remember sometimes wild cards win Grand Slams. :o

Quality post.

seljanin
05-24-2009, 06:43 PM
I saw 1st and 2nd set, and it seemed to me a pretty nice match. Some quality change-ups by Steps, and quite many interesting points played. Gaudio didn't play bad, IMO, although he wasn't really a threat in this contest.

Great to see Steps winning. Good luck in next match(es), Radek! :)

fabolous
05-24-2009, 06:44 PM
tough luck, gato. just keep it up and the results will come again.

oranges
05-24-2009, 06:45 PM
That's not the usual expectation. However, isn't it fair to expect from a WC more than 8 games against Radek Stepanek? I sure think so, but maybe our standards are different.

Oh please, many wild cards, the young ones, lose 1 2 0. Stepanek played good, Gaudio was competitive for the first two sets. What do you want? Any former champion deserves a WC no matter what, it's a matter of respect. Young guns have time on their side and can get a qualy WC if needed to fight their way into the MD.

Leo
05-24-2009, 06:50 PM
Oh please, many wild cards, the young ones, lose 1 2 0. Stepanek played good, Gaudio was competitive for the first two sets. What do you want? Any former champion deserves a WC no matter what, it's a matter of respect. Young guns have time on their side and can get a qualy WC if needed to fight their way into the MD.

I didn't say it was necessarily right that young French, Australian, American, and British prospects get WCs either... but at least they potentially have futures. So it's important experience for them. And if Gaudio is so deserving, where has his dedication to the game been over the last few years?

I am all for fewer WCs in Slams because it means fewer undeserved hand-outs.

oranges
05-24-2009, 07:00 PM
I didn't say it was necessarily right that young French, Australian, American, and British prospects get WCs either... but at least they potentially have futures. So it's important experience for them. And if Gaudio is so deserving, where has his dedication to the game been over the last few years?

I am all for fewer WCs in Slams because it means fewer undeserved hand-outs.

And I'm saying it's utter nonsense. In no way whatsoever does any youngster deserve a WC more than a former GS champion. So what if they futures? Giving them a free chance is somehow more important than being respectful to a champion. Not to mention that many young prospects never have a chance to receive a GS WC because they are simply not from the right nation, yet they progress and build their careers better than say Donald Young. Finally, I'm curious whether you were so obsessed with who's worthy of a WC after seeing the result when Marat needed them?

Leo
05-24-2009, 07:05 PM
And I'm saying it's utter nonsense. In no way whatsoever does any youngster deserve a WC more than a former GS champion. So what if they futures? Giving them a free chance is somehow more important than being respectful to a champion. Not to mention that many young prospects never have a chance to receive a GS WC because they are simply not from the right nation, yet they progress and build their careers better than say Donald Young. Finally, I'm curious whether you were so obsessed with who's worthy of a WC after seeing the result when Marat needed them?

I'm not that diehard a Marat fan. He's my profile picture because I took it in Miami and I like the picture.

I just think you have the wrong mentality about this. You keep saying that Gaudio "deserved" it as a former champ. But a WC, by nature, is undeserved. It's a spot given to a player whose ranking is not high enough to directly qualify. Maybe I would rather see a talented prospect get a chance to prove himself or herself on a big stage (or just see the player who would be next to qualify based on ranking get in), rather than a slumping veteran who has been shit for four years, just to get his ass handed to him by a player who I despise. Hey, that's me. You don't have to agree.

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 07:09 PM
Maybe I would rather see a talented prospect get a chance to prove himself or herself on a big stage (or just see the player who would be next to qualify based on ranking get in), rather than a slumping veteran who has been shit for four years, just to get his ass handed to him by a player who I despise. Hey, that's me. You don't have to agree.

That's the only reason you are bitching.

Leo
05-24-2009, 07:17 PM
That's the only reason you are bitching.

I'm barely bitching at all. I'm just defending myself based on what other people said to me. Also, I don't really care much about what Stepanek does here, as long as he doesn't beat one of my favorites. He has no chance to make a true dent in the draw, nor do many players besides Nadal/Fed/Djok/Murray/Verdy/DelP, so whatever, he can demolish a washed-up has-been with no motivation left for the sport.

I just think it's funny that some people think Gaudio "deserves" a WC when he won the tournament 5 years ago and has literally done nothing for years. I don't agree. I have higher standards.

oranges
05-24-2009, 07:23 PM
I just think you have the wrong mentality about this. You keep saying that Gaudio "deserved" it as a former champ. But a WC, by nature, is undeserved.

But you started with what an undeserved WC, so you're kind of contradicting yourself right now. It's not undeserved either by his status as a former champ or the level of play. If it's about all WCs, no need to single out this one. All n all, it might be you you has the wrong mentality about this becuase it seems it all comes down to disrespecting one guy because the one you despise won.

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 07:29 PM
I'm barely bitching at all. I'm just defending myself based on what other people said to me. Also, I don't really care much about what Stepanek does here, as long as he doesn't beat one of my favorites. He has no chance to make a true dent in the draw, nor do many players besides Nadal/Fed/Djok/Murray/Verdy/DelP, so whatever, he can demolish a washed-up has-been with no motivation left for the sport.

I just think it's funny that some people think Gaudio "deserves" a WC when he won the tournament 5 years ago and has literally done nothing for years. I don't agree. I have higher standards.

Yes, you are bitching big time. Simple, if Safin got a WC played Santoro and lost easily, would you whine like a bitch about being a waste of a wildcard, highly unlikely.

Next point, as I actually spoke about the match, something you haven't. Stepanek is a tough guy to play, that is a match up issue and even Gaudio at his peak, struggled against guys who played like this.

Well he had been injured for a year, but forget that and he has actually been attempting to play events and won a big Challenger against players in the top 100 and beat one of the French wildcards, but hey forget this.

Stepanek won that is all this comes down to and nothing more.

groundstroke
05-24-2009, 07:29 PM
Terrible match from the Argentinian clown, for a second I thought that mental power of a chicken that he has had vanished, but it came back today. Truly awful.

Burrow
05-24-2009, 07:31 PM
Waste of a wildcard. :o Bad.

Gaudio has just won a challenger and made a couple of other QF's, he fully deserves his wildcard, he is a former champion trying to make it back up the rankings and has shown he is giving it his best shot, how many more opportunities will he be able to play the French Open? They were right to give it to him, their is no shame in losing to Stepanek.

miura
05-24-2009, 07:36 PM
You couldn't tell this guy has won here before..

Burrow
05-24-2009, 07:51 PM
You couldn't tell this guy has won here before..

Well what the hell do you expect?

You're just a retarded Federer fan who knows nothing about anybody except him. Every time you write, it's about him.

Stick to that.

miura
05-24-2009, 07:57 PM
Well what the hell do you expect?

You're just a retarded Federer fan who knows nothing about anybody except him. Every time you write, it's about him.

Stick to that.
Wow, someone woke up on the wrong foot. That wasn't meant as a bad remark at all. I was just saying he has lost what he onced had in terms of game.

Thanks for the badrep btw :rolleyes:

habibko
05-24-2009, 08:01 PM
so much love for you Martin :lol:

Bobby
05-24-2009, 08:02 PM
Why are some people here bashing poor Gaston. First of all, Stepanek played a solid match and deserved to win it. It wasn't the best match from Gaudio and he really wasn't even close to winning. Still, he's been playing pretty good lately and just because he lost in three straight sets, doesn't mean he didn't deserve the wild card. If he had been able to take a set or two, nobody would complain about the WC even though the result would still be the same.

Psichogauchovna
05-24-2009, 08:08 PM
some posters here :help:

fast_clay
05-24-2009, 08:09 PM
Waste of a wildcard. :o Bad.

huh...? Robert Smeets lost 0 0 n 1 to berdych in the 1st rd last year... that there is a waste of a WC... you, my friend, are a watse of oxygen... how do you do it...? getting through the day using other peoples air...? the guilt factor must be huge... huh...?amazing...

anyways... hope gato does good in the post wimbledon atp clay events...

Good numbers from Sexpanik... i would be surprised to hear it if several people were not escorted from the grounds by security after exposing themselves as a result of some arousingly succesful net raids...

MacTheKnife
05-24-2009, 08:16 PM
Nothing wrong with a WC for a previous champion, and he was the last guy to win this thing prior to the Nadal reign. How much bitching would there have been if he'd been denied.

Sunset of Age
05-24-2009, 08:17 PM
Nothing wrong with a WC for a previous champion, and he was the last guy to win this thing prior to the Nadal reign. How much bitching would there have been if he'd been denied.

Fully agree, that WC was surely justified.
That said, I agree with the posters who said he didn't look in good condition as well.

Johnny Groove
05-24-2009, 08:19 PM
This bitching about wildcards is a joke.

I'd much rather see Gaudio play for a few hours, hit some nice shots, and stay at least decently competitive with a top 20 player than some pissy 17 year old who won't even try.

Leo
05-24-2009, 08:28 PM
Yes, you are bitching big time. Simple, if Safin got a WC played Santoro and lost easily, would you whine like a bitch about being a waste of a wildcard, highly unlikely.

Actually I would. Like I said, I'm not a huge Marat fan. I hate to see a wildcard go out in a poor effort, especially an old man wildcard on his/her way out of the game. 8 games in 3 sets = POOR EFFORT. 'Nuff said.

Stepanek won that is all this comes down to and nothing more.

:lol: For you to say that after all your other unnecessary text in that post is just laughable.

You guys can call this a good match all you want, but 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 is not really that good. And yes I did watch portions of the match. The same goes for Chela, who played terribly today and barely won any games against Murray.

MacTheKnife
05-24-2009, 08:29 PM
Fully agree, that WC was surely justified.
That said, I agree with the posters who said he didn't look in good condition as well.

Agree, I picked Sexy in straights, but thought it would be much closer sets. Did not look anywhere near form.

Leo
05-24-2009, 08:35 PM
Wow man, Gaudio fans are biiiiiiitchy. Or maybe MTF is just full of losers.

Get over it - I don't think he performed well and I find it disappointing. Don't tell me I'm a waste of oxygen or that young wildcards don't even try on the court, because those comments don't make any sense and show that you don't know how to articulate anything remotely intelligent.

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 08:37 PM
Agree, I picked Sexy in straights, but thought it would be much closer sets. Did not look anywhere near form.

He only had 1 break point in the match and took it, but for Gaudio to trouble a guy like Stepanek. He needed to keep better length on his groundies and hit a bit more down the middle to keep Stepanek from being able to attack the net and vary his passing shots. He wasn't able to do either often enough and Thunder Lips was quite good from the baseline, so that made things harder for him. It's not like he gave up, just wasn't good enough.

Leo
05-24-2009, 08:40 PM
He only had 1 break point in the match and took it, but for Gaudio to trouble a guy like Stepanek. He needed to keep better length on his groundies and hit a bit more down the middle to keep Stepanek from being able to attack the net and vary his passing shots. He wasn't able to do either often enough and Thunder Lips was quite good from the baseline, so that made things harder for him. It's not like he gave up, just wasn't good enough.

:worship:

MacTheKnife
05-24-2009, 08:44 PM
He only had 1 break point in the match and took it, but for Gaudio to trouble a guy like Stepanek. He needed to keep better length on his groundies and hit a bit more down the middle to keep Stepanek from being able to attack the net and vary his passing shots. He wasn't able to do either often enough and Thunder Lips was quite good from the baseline, so that made things harder for him. It's not like he gave up, just wasn't good enough.

Yea, I thought Steps would play his FH more and stay away from that BH. But as soon as he got the sense that GG was not on top of that BH it opened up a lot more options for him. Unfortunately, due to coverage and stream issues, I did not get to see the complete match, but did see a good portion of it.

Dougie
05-24-2009, 08:45 PM
As already stated, it was a bad match-up for Gaston, and it looked like he didn´t really have a game plan. His shots were not that bad, and his movement was okay, but it was obvious he still lacks match practice.
That being said, he did deserve the wc, he had good results at challengers, and it was a nice gesture from the organisers to give a wc to a past champion, who´s making a dedicated comeback.

Hopefully Gaston keeps on playing more challengers, and maybe next year he can attend at least the qualies without a wc.

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 08:47 PM
:worship:

The fact was he wasn't good enough on the day, this doesn't change the fact bitching about his wildcard is garbage, and cause it was Stepanek that defeated him. If he actually hadn't performed in that big challenger beating Santoro and Gil, yes top 100 players, then he would have struggled to get one

Kuerten deserved a WC, even though it was tough to watch him play and Ferrero is another one who could be in that position and yes they should give him one as well.

As for the match, well I watched the whole of it and it's was good to watch, though the result wasn't in doubt, what the whole thing, not like you judge the overall context on watching samples.

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 08:52 PM
Yea, I thought Steps would play his FH more and stay away from that BH. But as soon as he got the sense that GG was not on top of that BH it opened up a lot more options for him. Unfortunately, due to coverage and stream issues, I did not get to see the complete match, but did see a good portion of it.

Gaudio was hitting the BH quite well, but Steps's backhand is his best shot, so he was quite comfortable in the rallies and as Gaudio wasn't giving it a bit more spin and bit less pace, it was at a comfortable height, then once it was around the service line or a bit deeper, then Lips could approach with confidence to either side, or use the dropshots to keep Gaudio off balance.

MacTheKnife
05-24-2009, 08:54 PM
Yes, tough draw for GG. there were plenty of 1st round options he could have pulled off handily..

oranges
05-24-2009, 08:56 PM
Wow man, Gaudio fans are biiiiiiitchy. Or maybe MTF is just full of losers.


:rolleyes: I for one am not a fan at all, it's just that you're lame beyond words.

iSzavay.
05-24-2009, 08:57 PM
Gaston :(:hug:.

fast_clay
05-24-2009, 08:57 PM
Wow man, Gaudio fans are biiiiiiitchy. Or maybe MTF is just full of losers.

Get over it - I don't think he performed well and I find it disappointing. Don't tell me I'm a waste of oxygen or that young wildcards don't even try on the court, because those comments don't make any sense and show that you don't know how to articulate anything remotely intelligent.

no no... that is the wrong answer... there really should be no response...

it impossible to say exactly how someone is going to perform, yet posts were made pre-match on how this match would unfold - as it did... though, one thing is for certain, Gaudio is going to have more people sit down and watch the match than from the VAST majority of other options... so, if we can safely say the specatators are being looked after, then we can also safely say that from a) the tournament organisers position, and b) sponsors position Gaudio was well worth the first round visit... there is no one else that really needs looking after here, to be fair...

i do not need to articulate it more than that... not that i needed to in the first place...

krakenzero
05-24-2009, 08:58 PM
Gonzalez lost 4, 2, 2 to Stepanek two years ago too... so, he lacks effort, or he didn't deserve to play Roland Garros?

Gimme a break. There's a lot of players waaaaay worse than THIS Gaudio who are still in the draw. Bad draw, tough luck. That's it.

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 09:02 PM
Yes, tough draw for GG. there were plenty of 1st round options he could have pulled off handily..

I mean Lu would have been great, just got to deal with what is drawn. He will go back and play some challengers, though he needs to be get in better condition.

Leo
05-24-2009, 09:04 PM
:rolleyes: I for one am not a fan at all, it's just that you're lame beyond words.

:lol:

Action Jackson
05-24-2009, 09:08 PM
Good stuff Radek

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/610x-10.jpg

Bilbo
05-24-2009, 09:09 PM
a wasted wildcard for gaudio as expected

even the commentator said it was a wasted wildcard

rocketassist
05-24-2009, 09:10 PM
Leo needs to go back to staring at his posters of muscle men in six packs.

Sapeod
05-24-2009, 09:11 PM
a wasted wildcard for gaudio as expected

even the commentator said it was a wasted wildcard

So is Tomic's :o

Caralimon
05-24-2009, 09:12 PM
even the commentator said it was a wasted wildcard

Then it's true. Can't disagree with a commentator.

Expected result BTW, Gaston struggled against net rushers even at his peak, let alone now.

Leo
05-24-2009, 09:16 PM
Leo needs to go back to staring at his posters of muscle men in six packs.

:confused:


a wasted wildcard for gaudio as expected

even the commentator said it was a wasted wildcard

People here have low expectations for GS first rounds. :o

rocketassist
05-24-2009, 09:18 PM
Then it's true. Can't disagree with a commentator.

Expected result BTW, Gaston struggled against net rushers even at his peak, let alone now.

Exactly, the likes of Henman used to beat him comfortably back in his prime. Even on clay.

ChinoRios4Ever
05-24-2009, 09:59 PM
Gato :sad:

tennisfan444
05-24-2009, 10:02 PM
Mr Ugly takes a win

Nidhogg
05-24-2009, 10:03 PM
Easily the sexiest match of the day. There were several lovely dropshots and exchanges around the net.

NYCtennisfan
05-24-2009, 10:04 PM
8 games is not that bad--I thought he would win less than that.

HKz
05-24-2009, 10:31 PM
Damnit Cat. Now I guess I'll have to fly to Paris and actually take out Nadal myself.

GustavoM_Fan
05-24-2009, 11:01 PM
chech the RG wildcards to talk about Wc wasteds:
Sidorenko, Mannarino, Rufin, Tomic :spit: , Jouan :confused:

I dont understand why Montcourt didnt received a WC instead these 4 frenchs :scratch:
but at least he entered like Lucky Loser

TennisAustralia wildcard is a complete joke


Ouanna and Recouderc are justified WC, but Gaudio is better than these 2

it was just a bad matchup for el Gato today


I hope Gaudio to do well in next tournaments, probably he will receive a WC in Prostejov :worship:

Deivid23
05-25-2009, 02:55 AM
I just think it's funny that some people think Gaudio "deserves" a WC when he won the tournament 5 years ago and has literally done nothing for years. I don't agree. I have higher standards.

Does higher standards includes cheering for a well known piece of shit fixer as Davydenko is?

Jelena
05-25-2009, 06:40 AM
8 games is not that bad--I thought he would win less than that.
Me too. And this is saying someone who enjoys every match Gaston plays after his break.

HattonWBA
05-25-2009, 09:40 AM
Gaudio has been pretty solid on challengers really so a pretty justified wild card and also a previous winner, but yh expected one and good win for radek

StanisKing
05-25-2009, 10:49 AM
It is justified WC- after all he is former champion here.
In the interview after the match, Gato said that his main point is to play all the big tournaments next year. He is just preparing for the next year. With good fitness coach, I am sure he will reach top50 next year and will be a difficult opponent on clay even to the top guys.

Merton
05-25-2009, 11:37 AM
Rotten luck for Gaston to draw Stepanek but still, just great to see him back on the stage. This is still part of the comeback, next come the summer clay tournaments.

By the way, this would have been very difficult for Gaston even when he was at his peak.

Daniel
05-25-2009, 11:59 AM
Gaston
:sad: :sad:

GustavoM_Fan
05-26-2009, 04:45 AM
http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/videohub/video/clipDeportes?id=843821&categoryid=834453

some highlights and then funny interview :worship:

Venle
05-26-2009, 07:54 AM
Gaston. :o I thought he could put up a better fight.

Mimi
05-26-2009, 09:26 AM
its good that he still continues to play at this "old" age, while Coria who is younger did not play any more :sad: