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Mariano Puerta Performance Enhancers

RedHotRafa
12-24-2010, 07:23 PM
As we all know Puerta was runner up at the 2005 French Open. He was later found out to be using performance enhancers and was banned for eight years, later shortened to two years. Before Roland Garros 2005 Puerta was a 1r, 2r player. Then suddenly he reached the French Open final and put up a great fight against Nadal. So was it the performance enhancers that caused him the great run? Discuss

ApproachShot
12-24-2010, 08:44 PM
Sadly, I think so, yes. Apart from FO 2005 he only ever won 9 matches in the 18 other Grand Slam tournaments that he participated in. Later when he qualified for the YEC in 2005 (courtesy of his FO final points and Agassi withdrawing) he proceeded to lose every single match in his group.

Granted that clay was his best surface (all his 3 ATP titles and 8 other finals were outdoors on the red stuff), but never was he considered as someone who was a Grand Slam contender. If I remember correctly, a year before his French Open run he was ranked near #450 in the world.

Of course, what makes it worse is that the doping allegations went beyond mere conjecture. Didn't he test positive for a banned substance prior to RG 2005 as well? I believe he was even suspended for a while because of it. Then for him to flout the rules again suggests that he thought that there was much to be gained by substance abuse. All in all, the enhancers must have had an effect.

Vivalavida18
12-24-2010, 08:52 PM
According to the ITF, the concentration of the cardiac stimulant they found in blood was too low to have any effect on his performance. Who knows? Maybe he had taken some other stuff as well

Vivalavida18
12-24-2010, 08:55 PM
The problem with the ITF is that they boast a crapload about their stringent testing but majority of their testing is done during competition. In 2009, they did 0 out-of-competition blood testing. That is just terrible, doping can be done at any time and many substances cant even be detected later on.

Chris 84
12-24-2010, 10:20 PM
probably

but he was a decent clay court player. let's remember that verkerk got to the final as well, and it isn't as though puerta beat unbeatable players to get there

MTwEeZi
12-25-2010, 12:15 AM
I dont know. But he put up a good fight in the final. It was the closest match Nadal won at Roland Garros

Vivalavida18
12-25-2010, 02:38 AM
I dont know. But he put up a good fight in the final. It was the closest match Nadal won at Roland Garros

That is debatable. That might have been the longest FO final Nadal won but Federer came the closest to pushing Nadal into a fifth set in 2006.

abraxas21
12-25-2010, 02:45 AM
That is debatable. That might have been the longest FO final Nadal won but Federer came the closest to pushing Nadal into a fifth set in 2006.

yeah, i remember that. too bad fedclown is such a choking mug who wasted like 100000 BP chances in that match.

Vivalavida18
12-25-2010, 02:59 AM
yeah, i remember that. too bad fedclown is such a choking mug who wasted like 100000 BP chances in that match.

He was even more generous in the 2007 FO final. :) What can we do? That is Roger and he is a charitable man (look at foundation/charity event).


Roger is true charity. Sexy Love. Roger.

RedHotRafa
12-25-2010, 03:18 AM
That is debatable. That might have been the longest FO final Nadal won but Federer came the closest to pushing Nadal into a fifth set in 2006.

Also debatable I believe Puerta was serving at 5-4 40-15 in the fourth set before Nadal broke him

abraxas21
12-25-2010, 03:18 AM
He was even more generous in the 2007 FO final. :) What can we do? That is Roger and he is a charitable man (look at foundation/charity event).


Roger is true charity. Sexy Love. Roger.

true

i was actually thinking of 2007. 1/17 in BP chances. just terrible...

straitup
12-25-2010, 03:48 AM
I dont know. But he put up a good fight in the final. It was the closest match Nadal won at Roland Garros

That, or Fed, or Mathieu in 2006

Vivalavida18
12-25-2010, 03:58 AM
That, or Fed, or Mathieu in 2006

Yup, that was the longest match Nadal has played at the FO. It lasted for 90 extra minutes than the one with Puerta.

Crazy stat from that match. Mathieu saved 21/29 breakpoints while Nadal saved 7/13. Amazing :eek:

Vivalavida18
12-25-2010, 04:14 AM
Did you watch the Puerta match? He had set points in the 4th

I stand corrected, sir. Puerta indeed had a set point.However, I still think Federer was Nadal's toughest challenge.

straitup
12-25-2010, 04:18 AM
Did you watch the Puerta match? He had set points in the 4th

That's why I meant to mention the Puerta match. Definitely the closest to going 5 sets, but I think Mathieu or Federer put up the biggest consistent fight against Rafa.

Yup, that was the longest match Nadal has played at the FO. It lasted for 90 extra minutes than the one with Puerta.

Crazy stat from that match. Mathieu saved 21/29 breakpoints while Nadal saved 7/13. Amazing :eek:

The first set was like 90 minutes :lol: . Had that match gone 5, it could've been one of the longest matches ever (obviously since it was before Isner-Mahut)...but that requires PHM to have a bit more of a brain