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When Gaston won Roland Garros, how did you react?

Action Jackson
10-24-2004, 01:08 PM
I was reading through the old threads on another board, and reliving one of the most satisfying tennis moments for me as long as I have been following the game. There have been a few for sure Wilander, Borg, Muster coming back from his injury, but this one when Gaston Roland Garros will never be forgotten.

This is what I wrote about it at the time, so bear with me.

GWH tales from the non-journalist:

Well well what can I say about that fantastic result. Gaston Gaudio French Open champion definitely has a great sound to it, El Gato winning the title was one of my great sporting highlights, the match itself wasn't the greatest but the outcome was absolutely fantastic and put me in a great mood for the day.

The first 2 sets were strange, there was a guy that looked like Gaudio, I think it was an impostor. The impostor was incredibly nervous and had kidnapped El Gato, and was just making error after error and seemed that they shouldn't have been in the same court. Coria was at his miserly best within 2 sets and was playing intelligently, though he didn't have to do much except hit good length and let the errors flow from Gaudio, which was working.

It was becoming increasingly frustrating, but I thought come on Gaudio, lets get down and fight, you come this far and if he loses I wanted him to leave nothing out on the court and make the other guy win. The French crowd with wave which was great as it finally relaxed El Gato and that impostor is kicked to the street. Gaston improves his length of shot, and makes less unforced errors and starts showing some cojones, and is getting positive results. Then the key moment happens when El Gato hits a great dropshot, Coria runs for it, and then pulls up a bit sore, straight away I am thinking Hamburg all over again, but El Gato breaks at 5-4 and serves the set out and we have a match.

Coria calls for the trainer at 1-1, I think it was cramp and the commentators who I don't normally agree with said if he comes out in the 5th set and starts running everything down, Gaudio will be very angry and there might be more fights after the match. I have clear ideas about the cramping rule, no treatment and I don't care who it is, cramp is not an injury, it's a loss of condition. Coria threw away the 4th set 6-1.

Well into the 5th set and the nerves are everywhere. There were more breaks of serve than prostitutes in the world's busiest brothel. Coria is noticably moving better and running down dropshots easily and trying to dominate with his forehand. Gaudio is crippled by nerves as well, then finally the footfault judges wake up and start calling the blatant footfaults from Coria and Gaudio is footfaulting through nerves. They were playing better off each others service games, Gaudio is physically stronger, but can he win the mental battle as he has never been in the lead and Coria's improved movement must have played on his mind.

Coria broke at 5-4 to serve for the match, then was broken to love, but El Gato loses serve again and Coria is serving for it at 6-5 and he has 2 match points, which Gaudio saved and broke back again. The nerves are running wild, but El Gato manages to control his and holds serve and Coria has to hold to stay in the match.

Gaudio reaches 2 match points and Coria is trying to break down El Gato's forehand and then he went crosscourt, Coria went down the line and then the beautiful moment that classical backhand struck into the open court and then the realisation that Gaudio has lived out his dream and he has won the title that meant the most to him.

What a great moment, congrats must go to Gaudio, for finally taking a good look at himself and where he wanted to be with tennis and doing something to fix the problem. Franco Davin for handling him, the psychologist which was needed to help him overcome the lack of self-belief, the mental demons, the choking episodes, the poor set 5 record and the horrible DC experience in Malaga. Even in the match Coria was hitting the lines, the mishits, the net cords were mostly in Coria's favour, and rose above the cramping of his opponent.

No matter what happens Gaudio has his name on the trophy with some absolute greats of the clay court game Borg, Lendl, Vilas, Wilander, Laver, Guga, Muster, Bruguera and there Gaudio's name sits along with them and has everything to be proud of.

Ever since that day in 1999 when I watched him the FO qualies, then when I saw his other comeback from 2 sets down against Bernd Karbacher, FB and myself thought this guy is cool. It will be interesting to see all the bandwagon jumpers, but if they stay then that's cool, like anything following Gaudio has never been easy and that 5th set summed up why, he should have it easily, but couldn't and he showed such cojones and that's why I am mainly proud of his achievement.

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-24-2004, 01:17 PM
I was stunned but in a very happy way. I thought the evil midget was going to win the match beforehand, this doesn't mean that wasn't screaming at the TV getting frustrated.

There was no way I was going to turn off the TV, but I was willing Gaston on and if you are going to lose, do it like a man, but the wave changed things around for which I am thankful for.

That 5th set had more turns than a mountain pass in the Himalayas, and one was cramping yet moving well enough and the other player cramping in the mind, the match points I almost didn't look at the TV, but I put up with it for this so long, so I kept watching, then when he held serve I felt good as he was in front for the only time in the match.

Then that backhand and I let out a huge scream and ran around my house like a madman, as if I had won the title and not Gaston, but after all the crap that happened, it's something I won't forget ever.

joeb_uk
10-24-2004, 01:21 PM
well i was coming back from roland garros, after not being able to get tickets for the final (now i so badly wished i could have got some) i was listening on the radio, while i was in the car. i really wanted to get back and see the end, i think i came home at like 5-5 and managed to see the last few games. it was so great to see the end of the match and celebrations (my mum taped the match for me, while i was in paris so i had chance to watch the match later fully)

ahh, how badly i would have loved to see that final. but at least i got to see the semi final :D

joeb_uk
10-24-2004, 01:22 PM
i remember listening to maybe half the match on the radio and thinking what the fuck is happening :D

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-24-2004, 01:28 PM
Yes, to be there at that match would have been special. It wasn't great qualiyt, but man o man did it have drama and turns.

I knew someone who was there a fellow Gaudio fan, he didn't know who he was sitting next to, but he hugged them anyway when Gaston won.

User id 7816
10-24-2004, 10:25 PM
well I'm not a great thinker anyway, but from the moment he hit the backhand which didnt come back to him, I could certainly not think at all for some time.....the shock in a nice way was too much, I just watched him go around to greet and be greeted by the lucky first row spectators and then to his coach and then the trophey - just switched off of emotions, was still hard to believe it. *taking a bow at marc rosset who cud scream* ;)......
.......then, when i cud move again, lol, I went down and left a note to my bro who had gone out due to appointment when the score was 2-0 sets, writing the score of the sets with huge numbers, after all I had to shock him a bit aswell, or it wasnt fair;)
this win meant for me everything, and the best thing is that I still make myself think "Gaston won Roland Garros!..." and this thought wud fill me with delight!!!......*takes a breath*

Boludo
10-25-2004, 05:59 AM
I was out in abar watching this match, and when I saw the first two sets I thought I am going to get smashed and so drunk with pain. I don't care if he lost, just not to Coria, so that's why there was more edge to this match than normal.

He started playing better, but when the midget took an injury time-out I thought he is at it again, and Gaston must be strong to the end. Then the 5th set, there were a few people watching now and it was so tense and the irony of a man who wasn't known for mental toughness came through against Coria who usually has such self-belief to win.

The celebration and the speeches were memorable and the fact he got the trophy from Vilas made it even more special.

*Ljubica*
10-25-2004, 07:44 PM
All I wanted was for Gaston to beat the Evil Midget - I wouldn't have minded if he lost to anyone else - but NOT "El Tramposo". I was a bit tired during the match thanks to having been at the semis between Gaston and David and travelling back the night before, and took a while to get into it.............but I don't deny that when Gaston won I did the typical, emotional, female thing :devil: and burst into tears of joy!!! Vamos Gaston!!

Btw, - I had the misfortune to see the Evil Midget practising a few times in Madrid - once with David so it was a bit difficult to avoid him! He is even scrawnier and more evil than ever :devil: :devil: Thought you would all like to know that!

joeb_uk
10-25-2004, 09:03 PM
wow i didnt know you were at the semi final as well rosie :D

roisin
10-25-2004, 09:42 PM
stunned...shocked....i really just could not comprehend that gaudio had won the french open. in the time i've watched tennis (which in fairness has only been about a year) i always just saw him as a kinda, not a journeyman as much....i dont know how to describe it but i never saw him as one of those players to challenge 4 major tournaments or even to be a dark horse. it was shocking for me enough when he got to the latter stages of the tournament and then when he beat coria...the so called 'king of clay 2004'...it was so (and no disrespect to gaston here) unreal. but thats only cos coria was cruising, so in control. and then....collasped. fair play to gaudio he took advantage of the situation.

WyveN
10-26-2004, 02:44 AM
I didn't think Gaudio would do it prior to the match and when he played his worst tennis of the fortnight in the first 2 sets I was ready to turn the tv off and go to sleep, last thing I wanted to see was a Coria trophy presentation.

Next thing I remmember it was deep in the 5th set. I spent all of Coria's match points on my feet convinced every Gaudio shot was either going in to the net or out of the court, yet it was Coria who choked on those match points and each saved match point was followed by a yell from me that woke up half my street.

When Gaudio finally won all I recall is jumping around, Gaudio is not my favorite player but that was my happiest tennis moment of 2004.

Action Jackson
10-26-2004, 03:00 AM
Thank you so much to everybody who has contributed to this thread so far.

I posted those thoughts and never actually said what my reaction was. Being the very patient guy that I am, it helps being raised in an area where you don't see the sun for 7 months of the year.

I clearly remembering the commentators (Aussie) were clearly cheering for Gaudio, it was funny actually and especially when the evil Midget went for the injury time out and started moving better in the 5th set.

Then those match points that Coria had I thought to myself, Gaston you have come this far, please don't throw it away and make Coria win it. My mind was going in more directions than it should have, and I was thinking that he has to stay here for as long as it takes, and leave nothing behind on court.

Yes, there were screams from my place as well, but when he won the match. I sat there stunned and almost cried, but not quite and thought this moment I was so happy that I was proven wrong, and the fact that a guy who isn't known for his mental fortitude came through this challenge and won the tournament that meant the most to him made it better.

For once 2004 had Slam winners that I really enjoy and appreciate Federer and Gaudio, it doesn't come much better than that.

MeluG
10-26-2004, 04:58 AM
My reaction was unexpected really...nah.
I was in shock after watching the semis, so the final for me was daydreaming. I had faith in Gaston since I met him to win this slam and he knew it. I was on court in Bs As when the crowd shouted unfair insults at him and yet he was so nice to me, like cherrishing the last 3 fans he had. Who would have thought that 4 month later he would be the greatest argentinian player after Vilas/Sabatini???
For me it was the final of my dreams, against the player I most desliked in my entire life (I still do). I didn't know what to do during the match: keeping the cabalas, huging to my pillow, shout, cry, laugh...my neighbours thought I was insane.
When GG came back home from Paris, he said hi and enthusiatically asked me what how did I ive the match. I really didn't know what to say cause I couldn't understand what was happening (this is my fave Gaston moment...a kodak moment in my mind). All I could say was: I had felt all the emotions you can imagine, I started suffering as usual in your matches, then I thought it was over so I felt really sad, then I started to laugh at you and at myself for shouting at you through my tv. At the end I laughed and cried of joy. He said: "you see, the dreamed final and you felt it like me".
My reaction after i heard the magic words "game, set, match, grand slam title...Gaston Gaudio" was to run all over my appartment, I hugged my parents, went out and shouted through the window "where are the coria fans now" (yes i am a holligan sometimes, but a peaceful one). I quickly dialed the phone nº of my two GG girl buddies to organize how we would celebrate. And we went to the Obelisco with a huge flag featuring a red G (our trademark) like if we had won the world cup. Of course we were the only 3 crazy persons there but who cares...Gaston laughed after hearing the story.

Melu =O) (remembering the good old times)

MeluG
10-26-2004, 05:02 AM
Oh at night the celebration went on and on...drinking champagne as we watched GG and his cramping press conference. That night I couldn't sleep, all I could think was "when will Gaston return home"?...

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-26-2004, 06:16 AM
That was beautiful Melu and I will keep reading all of these responses when I feel down.

FryslanBoppe
10-26-2004, 12:21 PM
All great stories so far and Melu that comment "where are the Coria fans now" was brilliant.

My story well I was in awe of his performance against Hewitt in the quarters and seeing who was left in the draw I felt confident as long as it wasn't Henman. Two reasons Henman owns him and the midget Coria in the final the prospect was as good as an Argentine steak.

Then Gaston beats Nalle, and Coria does his job. I had a big night before, but this year I didn't go to RG and now looking back it was a dumb thing to do.

The final got underway and the midget was not making any errors in the first 2 sets and I have seen some big stage fright performances and was muttering come on man make this final longer than the women's match.

The magical wave and yes I even joined in the wave, it made me feel a part of it, even though I was a long way away, maybe not like Melu or GWH. When Gaston did that, it was the change that was needed and the French crowd were great to Gaston.

The 5th set and I had flashbacks of the qualies of 1999 when GWH and I saw Gaston playing, and the reflections of him playing those matches and now here he is in the final of his biggest tournament, in the 5th set.

After saving the mps, then hitting that backhand, which was such a fitting way to win the match. I was dancing around like a big fool and didn't cry, but Gaston tried to do that to me.

Actually a GWH quote made it really sink in after the Euro football championships. If someone said that Gaudio would win the French Open and Greece winning the football, then they would have been sent to the funny farm.

Sjengster
10-26-2004, 12:42 PM
Eurosport's coverage was typically late, they tuned in about 15 minutes into the match and Coria was up *3-0 already, and I thought this is going to be a short afternoon's work... it was painful watching those first couple of sets, in particular one game Gaudio lost from 40-0 up which ensured he was bagelled in the first set, and all the signs were that he would go down pitifully. It all seemed pre-ordained - as the third set started, my commentators mentioned that the only other Argentine winner was another Guillermo, Vilas in 77, and that he won the title 0, 3 and 0 over Brian Gottfried, so Coria was two thirds of the way to copying that score.

I saw the crucial third set when Gaudio started to relax and be more consistent, and then when the match took a strange turn I had to switch over because others in my family wanted to watch something else (D-Day anniversary ceremonies, as it happened), so I was only able to flick back occasionally. The fourth set went by in a blur, I thought Gaudio had it in the bag, then he starts gagging in the final set, double-faulting and giving Coria short forehands to the bemusement of my commentator: "If I were his coach I'd be screaming 'Backhand, backhand, give the guy some backhands!'" After seeing Gaudio break back, the next time I put it on Coria was about to serve for the match again at 6-5, and then I couldn't watch it for about 20 minutes. The thoughts were running through my head of having to watch El Mago holding up the trophy...

By the time I turned over again, it was the ceremony, and Coria was speaking - I thought it was a victory speech, then for a moment I glimpsed the runner-up plate in the corner of the screen, and realised that Gaudio must have won. I still couldn't believe it until I saw a shot of him with the trophy. I was taping the match, so I watched the dramatic final set afterwards and still felt like leaping for joy when he swept that backhand away onto the sideline and threw his racket into the air. High-fiving the crowd was a brilliant reaction, and one that will guarantee him popularity when he returns to defend next year.

Before the tournament I would never have expected Gaudio to triumph, and typically he did it in rather bizarre fashion - the final set would never have been so dramatic if he'd knuckled down early and hadn't let Coria get into his head. But I do find it ironic that it was Gaudio's piss-poor, disaffected attitude that actually won him the match (ie, not pumping his fist or shouting when he finally held serve at the end, but laughing to his coach), while Coria's much-vaunted mental toughness was what let him down since it resulted in nervous cramps. I was particularly pleased that the trolls who blithely predicted it was "Guille's destiny" to win this title had been proved wrong.

nenadeSergio
10-26-2004, 02:36 PM
Gaston fan for three years and wasn´t able to see him winning RG? Do you know somebody like that - if not, you do now, it´s ME. On Sunday afternoon I switched Eurosport to watch it. Before I could enjoy one single good point it was 0:6. No, I was thinking not losing to Coria and please not like this. Second set, 3:6 and again no reason to smile until the Mexican wave. Then came third set and fourth - with the cramps. And believe me I didn´t want Coria to stop coz it´d not be the kind of victory for Gaston I´d want. Start of the fifth set....nothing too pleasant...and then me going out. Why? For Paul Mc Cartney concert, my long time dream came true but at the same time I wanted to see the last set of RG. The concert was brilliant but after it I ran home and the first thing I asked my sis was "Who won?" And her answer "I don´t know, I switched it off when the other one broke yours." I was like no, no, it means Coria won. I ran to my TV to see the teletext and there it was - Gaston won! I´m ashamed of being a bad fan but I didn´t believe it (there are mistakes all the time on Czech teletext) so I checked the German one and there it was too. My happiness was neverending. :worship: to Gasti!!!!

Choupi
10-26-2004, 06:57 PM
How did I react when GG won RG? Like somebody completely crazy, I mean really insane for some people passing by in the street at that right moment... ;)

I had been so nervous with the 2 first sets. The man on court couldn't be GG. He was not the one I saw against Hewitt or Nalle. I must admit I told myself, no don't tell me the men's final's gonna be as bad, quick and frustrating as the women's one! I felt really down at that time. But when GG came back from hell in the 3rd set, it began again. You know, the cries, the shouting loud. I even made the wave with the crowd, alone on my sofa. The only one who witnessed this was my cat! I'm sure it's still wondering what happened to me!
The last set was another match in the match. 9 breaks, footfaults... I thought, wow, now, men, one of you has to do something. I just could not bear anything more. I was so tense. Right there, Coria had his 2 matchballs. My god! What had I done? It was my fault! I promised so many silly things just to see GG wipe away those 2 balls! And he did!
When I finally heard "game, set and match", I simply burst out into tears. Too much tension, pressure. Too much joy. No, not too much! I had never reacted this way after a RG final, in15 years of tennis fanship. And suddenly, this victory. For me, it has been and will always remain the greatest one. All I regret is I was alone after the match. I wished I would have shared my joy with somebody! I could have kissed someone in the street but there was nobody there!
That's my story. :wavey:

flopita
10-27-2004, 03:06 AM
Hi,
I love your stories!
My reactions are pretty similar of yours.
Here are a couple of mines.
The week before RG: I was watching the RG preview on ESPN and when they said that Guga was the last unseeded champion I had the weird (very weir at that moment) sensation that Gaston was going to be the next.
After I see the draw: Cañas??? How could I have thought about the championship? He wouldn’t even pass the first round! The sensation continued during the first day of that match but when it was postpone 2-2 I had the same feeling than Davin: He won!
Against Novak: It was the only match I couldn’t watch and following it from work trough the Internet was a torture!
When he defeated Hewitt I broke into tears and thought “we” are so close… yes, I was feeling as I was also on court.
Before the final my sensation was “hay olor a heroica” (as Jaite said) ,everybody here in BA (or at least everybody I know) wanted him to win, life had to be fair! And it was!
During the final I was alone at home and I shouted to him more than ever (it’s something I usually do during his matches and not only to cheer him…), I love him when he started laughing and hated him when he couldn’t hold his service but at the end I couldn’t feel happier: my favorite player in my favorite GS in my favorite city and against my “favorite” opponent. I will never forget that Sunday! It will always be one of my greatest sports memories but I know it won’t be the last Gaston will give us.

Action Jackson
10-27-2004, 05:23 AM
These are all great stories and I have an idea, the more of these we get. I will put them all together and give them to Gaston or get Melu to do it.

After reading all these stories I have the different pictures going through my head of all the different reactions from all of us. No matter whatever happens this was a great moment that was witnessed and in myself I knew Gaston was very capable of winning the French Open, but this doesn't mean that he was going to do it, but I for one am so happy that he managed it.

nenadeSergio
10-27-2004, 06:54 AM
Jajaja George I like that idea. :) :) :)

MeluG
10-27-2004, 01:49 PM
Sure, I will see him in December in the exhibition tournament here, so if you want to prepare anything, let me know. I can be your private mailing service.
Suggestion: try to write short sentences (if in english), that way it's more easy reading for non native speakers, hehe.
Cheers!

Action Jackson
10-27-2004, 01:59 PM
Maybe we can take the best parts out of every single post and then link them together saying where we are from.

For example: After saving the 2 match points, then hitting that winning backhand, which was such a fitting way to win the match. I was dancing around like a big fool and didn't cry, but Gaston tried to do make me cry from

Fryslan Boppe- Greenland

He has a very international fan base you know Norwegian, Swedes, Czech, Slovak, Austrian, Russian, English, French, Chilean, Hungarian and even a few Argentines.

Choupi
10-27-2004, 03:24 PM
Maybe we can take the best parts out of every single post and then link them together saying where we are from.

For example: After saving the 2 match points, then hitting that winning backhand, which was such a fitting way to win the match. I was dancing around like a big fool and didn't cry, but Gaston tried to do make me cry from

Fryslan Boppe- Greenland

He has a very international fan base you know Norwegian, Swedes, Czech, Slovak, Austrian, Russian, English, French, Chilean, Hungarian and even a few Argentines.

Wow, very good idea indeed,GWH! No doubt G will appreciate. It's time for him to realize how much he's loved and how high his self achievement in Paris got his French fans! (ok, international ones!)

Choupi
10-27-2004, 03:29 PM
Sure, I will see him in December in the exhibition tournament here, so if you want to prepare anything, let me know. I can be your private mailing service.
Suggestion: try to write short sentences (if in english), that way it's more easy reading for non native speakers, hehe.
Cheers!

Melu,
Thanks for being our postgirl! ;)
What would we do without you? :worship:

User id 7816
10-27-2004, 06:40 PM
Hey thats a great idea GWH!....thought of something like that maybe with the "1001 reasons" thread, that he might be happy to see how many reasons we have to love him...but that's a great idea too!!..I hope Melu would be our private postwoman;)

Marc Rosset is Tall
10-28-2004, 08:34 AM
Good idea GWH and we have Melu who can deliver these message personally.

Vladimir Poutine
10-31-2004, 09:50 AM
I was still enjoying his virtuoso performance against Hewitt, when he beat Nalbandian I was very happy that he made the final, but wasn't really ready to celebrate.

I watched it with a friend who hates Coria even more than I do. We hoped that he wouldn't be too tight when he came out for the final, but it was horrible how wound he was on the court.

We just hung in and hoped and hoped for a turnaround, and then we noticed that Gaston was playing better and the French crowd got involved as well and helped him along.

Then when I saw Coria cramping, I was very suspicious about his antics especially since his past form with faking injuries, then that surreal 5th set. I don't think I'll ever see a 5th set of a major final like that, it seemed none of them were going to win, and no one could hold serve at all.

Head in hands during Coria's mps but those shots missed and we said fight like a gladiator and taste of victory was so close, and then when I saw the backhand go into the open court. Then we both screamed and danced like little kids and just enjoyed the moment and it will never be forgotten.

Corina2605
10-31-2004, 02:40 PM
I don't post here too often, but as some of you know I adore Gaston to pieces, even if Mariano Z. is still my favourite tennis player.

Well, I spent that very special June afternoon alone in front of my tv. Sadly my family isn't very interested in watching tennis. But my best friend is a tennis freak like me, so we decided to call each other after each set. The first two sets were horrible to watch. I really suffered for Gaston. I just felt so sorry for him that he wasn't able to show his enormous talent in this most important match of his life, followed by millions of tv viewers. Then during the third set as Gaston started to win some games and find his shots again, I relaxed. Fourth set was totally crazy... I didn't know what to think. Did Coria really have some serious crampes or was he acting again?? But Gaston did what he had to do, he played his game and tried not to be impressed by Coria. Fith set was a nightmare to watch... I couldn't sit quiet, I was just screaming and jumping around! And then GG saving Coria's matchpoints... it was just too much, all this ups and downs! I don't know how I managed to watch the match to the end, but I did.

When everything was over the first thing I did was calling my friend. We both cried of joy. It was just so overwhelming to see Gaston with the RG trophy! I have always believed Gaston could win the big thing, but seeing it happening was still unbelievable! Gaston showed at this moment that every dream can come true if you work hard enough for it. It was a very special day I will ALWAYS remember!

Gaston, if you read this, THANK YOU for winning Roland Garros this year. 2004 was not my best year. I failed some very important university exams and went through a difficult time for a long time because of this. But looking back at 2004, it was still a good year because YOU, Gaston Gaudio, won the ROLAND GARROS title :-)!!! So, thanks for bringing happiness and joy in my life when I really needed it :-)!

Corina, Switzerland

Action Jackson
10-31-2004, 04:53 PM
Hoi Corina

Thanks for posting your story here, as you may have noticed I came up with the idea of putting these together and then getting Melu to give them to Gaston, so he can se his effect on us.

If that doesn't work, then I will give them to him at the Aus Open the full versions.

Corina2605
10-31-2004, 06:12 PM
Hi GWH

Yes, I read that you or Melu are planning to collect the msgs and give them to GG - this is why I wrote that last paragraph... Really great idea :-)!

PerezRoldan
11-01-2004, 03:24 AM
That special day when Gaston won Roland Garros is something that won't be forgotten and neither will that match.

I was watching the match by myself at home and very happy about that as I figured to keep the tradition alive, as I needed to enjoy or get disappointed by whatever result.

Our commentators were definitely on Gaston's side being the underdog and all, but the way those first 2 sets went. I thought horrible thoughts of that smiling midget getting the trophy and that pissed me off no end, and that was as bad as Gaston freezing on the big stage and not producing his best form.

Then when he joined the wave, yes I did the wave as well and his improved play started to worry the midget into cramping. I thought Gaston has to be tough and seize the moment right here and now. Once it went to the 5th I knew the evil one would be running a lot better than in the 4th.

I was screaming at the TV at all the missed chances and I am not the most expressive guy, but Gaston of course doesn't do things the conventional way and that is what added to the drama. Neither could hold serve and when I saw midget have the 2 match points I couldn't sit down and was pacing and cursing.

Then when he held serve for 7-6, then I could almost allow myself to think really positive thoughts and then that backhand which is one of the best one handers in the game, went crosscourt into the open court and the fact that Gaston Gaudio was the French Open champion was so fantastic and I agree with Sjeng that the celebration was great running around and shaking hands with everyone in the crowd.

It does different things to people, and the best thing is Gaston is still Gaston. What I mean is he hasn't changed and doesn't think he's the huge star and the laughing in the 5th set, will never be forgotten.

Adri
11-01-2004, 04:03 AM
Wow, I'm loving this thread! I think it's time to post mine now (and because I'm not sleepy, hehe)

I woke up early that day with a feeling. I had been following his results all through the tournament, and was more that ecstatic to see him in the final. It was just like I had dreamed it, so seeing it happen in front of me was almost unbelievable. I knew almost everything was in favour of Coria, so to me it wasn't surprising to see him in the final and wouldn't be surprising to see him win. As much as I don't really like him, I had to admit he had the biggest determination to win that tournament since the beginning. But there was Gaston, also with a chance...

It was horrible for me to witness the reults of the 1st 2 sets. I said to myself "Well, I think it's over... no surprise... unless something happens NOW". And we all know what happened. To me it was actually a movie. And on the 5th set I really felt like killing someone because one was cramped, the other was desperate and neither of the 2 could hold their serves! Hahaha... To tell you the truth I just wanted it to be over, it was too much. I screamed to the TV "It's your chance now, Gaston, come on DO IT!" I was so agitated I felt I could come up with something; everyone at home was telling me to calm down. But I couldn't! When that magic backhand happened, I just got up from my bed and screamed really loud "HE WON!!!" My mom came running, my dog started barking, and I just stood there in awe. I was so happy... I didn't want to cry because my family would make fun of me, but I was screaming in joy [still as I write this, I get the chills!] Hahahaha! I was floating in air the rest of the day, screaming randomly "GANÓ MI GATO!!!" ["my gato won" ;)].

I felt as if I was there, cheering, doing the wave, etc. I was also very proud of all he accomplished, because even if people say that the final was too emotional and the circumstances helped him, you also need to take into consideration all he had done, how he got there, fighting his demons and winning the most important tournament of his life.

Sorry if my story doesn't make much sense, I had so many feelings I don't know how to put them into words ;)!

The idea of giving all our stories to Gaston is great of course! I hope you get to do it... Thanks GWH for starting this thread! :worship:

Action Jackson
11-01-2004, 04:18 AM
These are all great stories and no one should apologise for anything, it was a very special moment and each one of us had our own reactions to the same result.

Keep them coming.

lsy
11-01-2004, 07:06 AM
I kept thinking I'm going to post here but kept delaying coz I'm so lazy in putting feelings into words but I should coz this is one of the nicest thread to read in MTF :D

I r'bered after the 1st 2 sets, all I could think of horribly was how that will dampen Gaudio's self belief even more in future, then the magical waves came. His spirit was lifted. When he won the 3rd set, I was thrilled and so happy for him, couldn't stop thinking well done, well done, almost as though he had won the match. Then came the drama, my commentators were skeptical saying they won't be surprise if Coria starts to run in the last set.

True enough, he did. That last few games were truly painful to watch. When I saw how he laughed and looked at his stand at times, all I could think of was gosh...he's gonna lose. I was convinced in those match points of Coria, that's it, game over and started to console myself, it's ok, at least he came close. Unbelievably, I was so wrong. Seeing him lifting the trophy, with the same smile but this time with a huge belief and relief was heart warming.

I hardly followed Gaudio for long but his win and Rogi defeating Andy, also almost coming back from brink of defeat were definitely the happiest winning moment for me this year.

Zetlandsk
11-06-2004, 04:33 AM
All these responses have been fascinating to read, so I will try and express it in my words.

When I saw the draw I was hoping for a fastcourter in the first round to ease him into the tournament and then I see the name of Canas. My first reaction was 'fuck" not him, then I was running around and said to my friend this will go 5 sets and Canas will win, then when it was 2 sets all and they suspended play I was like woohoo. Then I found out the result of last set and danced a little jig, obviously this was nothing compared what was to come.

Then Novak and another tough match as Novak doesn't give anything away, and then Gaston won in 5 sets and thought to myself it has to get easier from here.

Enqvist and Andreev weren't too much of a problem, then the Hewitt match. I felt very calm as if this wasn't going to be difficult and it's one of the few times I put money on the match, and the way he owned Hewitt was great and then I thought he's made the semis that's great.

When he beat David and made the semis my friend was confident and said Gaston was going to win. I wanted to think that outright but I would be lying, of course he had a chance and if he played his best, then why not.

He came around to the unit and we were either stunned or cursing at how bad Gaston was in the first 2 sets, he really seemed scared out there and I thought he has come too far to fall at this moment. Then when he started playing better I could sense worry in the evil Midget's eyes that Gaston was surging.

Then our despair was changing and there was never any chance of turning it off, the theory was we had to watch every point, no matter the result. Then the 5th set man that was so dramatic, we could hardly sit still I was always fiddling with something, and with all the breaks of serve it was getting hectic.

The thought of Coria beating Gaudio to win RG was making me sick, but he saved the match points ourselves and the commentators were very happy about that. When he held serve for 7-6, it was a massive relief, then when he got to the match points, he was biting the nails and I was like he can see the top of Mt. Everest.

Then the backhand cross court and I hugged and high-fived my friend and the rest of the day was great, the wave, the celebration and the speech and you could see how much it meant to him, and here is the guy who had the talent, but the mental strength wasn't his strongest point, triumphing to win the title that meant the most to him and just seeing that was something I will never forget.

WyveN
11-08-2004, 10:47 AM
great thread, reading everyones perspectives brings some great memories back

sigmagirl91
11-08-2004, 11:05 AM
You know, I thought Gaston was ,0,1, and done myself-until the third set. I was just so shocked at the result and how predictable it looked, that I left. I was so sure that Coria won that match, as predicted, that I didn't bother to turn the TV back on to that match.

Imagine my surprise when I returned some hours later, and learned that Gaudio did indeed win that match. I was like "What". Then, I was like "How". I was immensely thrilled with the result, for Gaston finally proved the naysayers wrong. And, don't get mad at me, I loved reading the vitriol coming out of the Coria group. They were just pathetic. I LMAO when I saw some of the comments, and had the pleasure of telling three of 'em to "kiss off".

Fedex
11-09-2004, 01:33 AM
Well in a couple of words, amazement, relief, joy (yay the midget lost ;) ). I realy enjoyed the trophy ceremony, and hearing Gaston speak as well. I do thank the French crowd in that match. When he was down 2 sets to none, and a couple of games from defeat, I loved how the crowd supported Gaston 100%, and really helped him out of the massive hole he was in. :)

Action Jackson
11-09-2004, 05:23 AM
Yes, the vitriol and the garbage coming out of the mouth of some of the Coria fans made it even more worthwhile to revel in the moment afterwards.

*Ljubica*
11-09-2004, 06:13 AM
Yes, the vitriol and the garbage coming out of the mouth of some of the Coria fans made it even more worthwhile to revel in the moment afterwards.

Trouble is - they're still doing it - must have very sad, empty lives or very bitter little minds - or both :angel:

Marc Rosset is Tall
11-09-2004, 06:33 AM
Trouble is - they're still doing it - must have very sad, empty lives or very bitter little minds - or both :angel:

I have noticed that and FB's thread about the excuses was a masterpiece.

Marc Rosset is Tall
11-09-2004, 06:36 AM
You know, I thought Gaston was ,0,1, and done myself-until the third set. I was just so shocked at the result and how predictable it looked, that I left. I was so sure that Coria won that match, as predicted, that I didn't bother to turn the TV back on to that match.

It's good that surprises can still happen in sport, you can always the Eurosport videos again. :)

Zetlandsk
11-10-2004, 05:23 AM
No matter how many times I read this thread, it's still very enjoyable.

Sommarsverige
11-13-2004, 10:40 PM
I wanted to write my story in this thread already since a longer time, but never had time, so today I will finally do it.

In the beginning I have to say that I did not take much notice of Gaston for many years (I really wonder why, now afterwards...), but when I saw him playing in Hamburg and Duesseldorf this year, everything changed and now he is one of my absolute favourite players.
As I said, I saw Gaston the whole week in Duesseldorf, which was only some very few days before the French Open!
When the French Open started we had some discussions, because one of my tennis friends is a big Guillermo Canas fan and as the 2 had to play eachother in the 1st round, it was very much teasing and, in fact, I was quite sure that Gaston will loose against Willy.
Well, as everybody knows, he didn´t and he won one match after the other.
I could not believe it, and when he reached the final, it was just unbelievable great!

I watched the final all by myself at home, but had very intensive SMS contact with 2 good friends (the Canas fan I mentionned before and another friend who was in the US during the final and is definitely one of the biggest Gaston fans I know), so we discussed everything that happened in the match.
After the first 2 sets, I was sure everything will be over quite soon and I already called a friend to meet very shortly.
But then Gato won the 3rd set and the 4th and in the 5th set I was so nervous, so I could not really follow the match because of this.
After the 4th set, I was so sure, Gato will win, but already in the beginning of the 5th I did not know what to think.
When Coria had matchballs some games later, I was almost dying because I wanted Gaston so much to win this. I was sure that he will not get such a chance so soon again and he just had to win!
After Gaston won the matchpoint, I was so overwhelmed and started crying, because first of all I was so happy for Gaston and everything came out after this nervous tennis match!
Of course, I wrote to my friend in the States and we both could not believe it!!!

Everything after this matchpoint was unbelievable, the shake-hands, when he went to Franco & Co, his speech and the best for me was when Gaston said to the crowd "I was so scared, you know..." and then his laughter :lol:
So typical Gaston and so unforgetable and saved in my mind for the rest of my life!

Thank you so much Gaston for winning Roland Garros, muchas gracias ;)

Action Jackson
11-22-2004, 06:59 AM
Bump for all the people who can't be here at the moment due to certain circumstances.

Lee
11-22-2004, 04:30 PM
So not just Marc and FB? Zetlandsk and Perez too?

Vale
01-01-2005, 11:01 PM
After half a year has gone by, I can look back at that final more objectively. It was one of the important moments in my life, and I´ll try to explain why.

I´d seen very little of Gastón´s RG matches because of my work schedule, and I couldn´t even follow the live-scoring, so my husband, who was at home during those hours, would watch the tennis and call me at the office with the latest news.
Every morning I´d say to him “Today we won´t win. I´ve already accepted it”, and every day he´d call me several times during the match saying “We´re still fighting”. The results up till then seemed more than I could ever have wished for, and before the Nalbandian semifinal I was completely resigned to losing. Lack of faith, you could say, but just like a million others! And then when my husband called me and said “We won. Gaudio burst into tears and it was an incredible moment, I was very moved” I couldn´t believe what I was hearing, because he had always rather made fun of my being such a fan, and now we were in this together! I felt completely fulfilled then, and more than proud of Gastón.

We were four of us to watch the final, and we settled down with coffee and croissants prepared to enjoy a thrilling match, in which we assumed Coria would win but that Gastón would show the incredible tennis he´d been playing and make him work for it. Who were we kidding? It seemed we´d been living in cuckoo-land, all the wonderful tennis of the previous two weeks was just in our imagination, Gastón wasn´t “cured” after all, fairy tales don´t happen. There was a deathly silence in our sitting-room, we felt quite sick. After those first two sets all I wanted was for it to be over soon, and I prayed that this horrible experience wouldn´t set Gastón back even worse than Málaga. The gods had tempted him to think things could be different only to make the fall even greater.

But I think it was in the 8th game of the third set, when something happened. Gastón changed, he seemed to recover his self-esteem. The public saw he wasn´t dead yet, and encouraged him with the most fantastic moment I´ve seen in a spectator sport: with the wave they actually influenced the outcome!
From that moment on we all breathed sighs of relief; I truly think he had the mind-set then to put up a heroic fight and that he could have won the match without the benefit of the other´s cramps. Also, Coria seemed to be tiring, and Gastón was in great physical shape.
I hoped the other one wouldn´t concede the match, I didn´t want Gastón to win that way. But it was obviously disconcerting for him to play against a ghost, specially if you don´t trust said ghost.

We all know what happened in the fifth set! Gastón was tired, the nasty one had recovered, Gastón´s nerves came back when he saw he was playing for the match. The others at home left me alone, they couldn´t watch, and I was feeling physically ill. How could our beautiful dream finish like this?
In the end, two match points overcome, Gastón hanging-in there, 40-15, and then that magical back-hand that opened the gates of Heaven for him!

But it wasn´t only Gastón Gaudio that won. We all won, the crowd watching him there in Paris, his fans, his fans´ families and friends, the people in Argentina who followed his results, everybody who saw him win the final on TV, and the countless millions who read about it in the papers. All of us anonymous people who lead ordinary lives, who once, perhaps in our adolescence, had a dream of achieving something extraordinary. Then life taught us that that was just daydreaming, that we had to set our aims lower, that we would never become film stars or millionaires or presidents or famous sports stars. The truth was that the plain wouldn´t become miraculously handsome, the timid wouldn´t win popularity polls, the depressed wouldn´t suddenly be happy. Gaudio´s triumph was the revindication of all those childhood dreams. To all of us who dared to dream sometime that we could overcome our failings, it was a message of hope. To all of us who left fairy tales behind with our childhood, it said: Don´t give up your dreams, fairy tales can happen!

I think the lives of many millions throughout the world must have been touched by Gastón´s win that day.

Dirk
01-03-2005, 09:02 AM
I felt Gaudio had the game to win this match. He was more of an aggressive clay courter player than Coria so therefore he could control the match vs. being reactive. A tennis pal said to me Gaudio will lose because he left all of his emotions on the court after beating David. That kind of worried me because it made me think that maybe the final was more than enough for Gaudio. I like everyone else gave up after the first two sets but I was happy Guadio was fighting hard and playing cleaner in the 3rd set. When he won it my first thought was "Well at least he took a set, no shame in losing now" then when I saw Coria was cramping and Gaudio easily won the 4th set I thought ok he can do this as long he plays as he should. I was going nuts during all the serves breaks in the 5th but even when Coria was serving it out I thought Gaudio could still break him and win it. When he broke back I had a feeling it would be over if Guadio could just finally hold. Sure enough I was right, Gaudio took advantage of Coria's weak serving and pounced all over him. That crosscourt backhand service box winner for match point was perfect and I loved how Gaudio ran around the court and clapped everyone's hands. Makes me think they will forever love him and push him hard during RG this year.

Action Jackson
01-04-2005, 02:26 AM
Thanks for the contributions everyone they have been a pleasure to read.

RogiFan88
01-04-2005, 02:27 AM
oh oh... I'm still finishing my reactions, George... be patient!

taysbest
01-04-2005, 11:33 AM
Sorry it has taken me so long to do this- Hope it's not too late. I'll keep it short since so many of us have had similar reactions.

After years of being a fan, I was thrilled that Gaston made the finals. I wasn't totally suprised since I knew he had the skills to do it. After the first couple of sets I was a bit down, but a match is never over until the last point is played. After Gaston won- It didn't seem real to me right away. But it was real and is still real. He'll always be a French Open winner and no one can take that away. It was confirmation that there can be justice! I don't want to say negitive things about Coria- but I can't think of a better person for GG to beat in the finals. YEAH!

reiko
01-04-2005, 12:17 PM
Here is my reaction. Sorry I'm so late. Hope you guys could include it.
But if not, tell me; it's fine with me. I'm happy just to share my day
with you and I still might be abel to give it to Gaston on another occasion.


=============================================

On the final Sunday, I was seated on the very top and in the very corner of Ph. Chatrier Court. The moment Gaston won I was standing still - I had been standing since the middle of 2nd or 3rd set. No tears. Just feeling like I was dreaming. I recalled all those missed opportunities, especially Hamburg ‘03 & ’04 and Barcelona ’04. Were those heartbreaking defeats the price he had to pay to win this? The Malaga nightmare, too? Or the God blessed him with this brilliant victory instead of giving him some minor ones? Anyway, he deserves this win!

Gaston’s winning RG did not really come as a total surprise to me. On his way to RG, I saw him playing great tennis in Barcelona and Hamburg. And, believe it or not, I had some omens for the victory when I think back. On the mid Sunday, for instance, a postcard with the Cup picture caught my eyes. Realized that the Cup is a few matches away, I bought one. Then I asked Gaston for his autograph on the postcard – that was a very first autograph I got from him. On SF Friday, I saw the past RG winners’ names on the wall of Court 1. And it occurred to me: “Gaston’s name IS GOING TO be written there.” I had some more omens; it was as if someone – could have been the goddess of victory – kept on telling me that Gaston is going to win.

Claro paschali gaudio
sol mundo nitet radio.
(In this our bright and Paschal day
the sun shines out with purer ray.)

Thanks Gaston for all the “joy, delight and happiness” (=gaudium/gaudio in Latin) you shared with us on the beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Love & cheers,

Reiko


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Audio link of the hymn above:
http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~chfujimi/hymn-101-2nd.htm ( http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~chfujimi/hymn-101-2nd.htm)
Mind you, the hymn comes immediately.

Adri
01-05-2005, 11:04 PM
Guys, I?ve already finished with the translations, so if it's anyone left (besides RogiFan) please post it soon! Because I have to send them to GWH and all that. :)

RogiFan88
01-06-2005, 01:11 AM
Hola, Adri,

I shall get my report to you pronto!

RogiFan88
01-06-2005, 03:41 PM
Just checking -- Adri is translating all English reports into Spanish to give to GWH at Oz Open?

Choupi
01-06-2005, 04:24 PM
Yes that's it. And she's finished the whole, as far as I know...so hurry up! :D

RogiFan88
01-06-2005, 04:37 PM
Eh, Choupi!

RogiFan88
01-06-2005, 04:47 PM
OK, here's my report in English [I already sent my Spanish one to Adri]:

When Gaston won Roland Garros, how did you react?

I was so ecstatic, I cried tears of joy, just as Gaston did. What can I say, of all the Argentine players, I feel Gaston is the most talented, and for him to be the first to win a slam, especially the one he dreamt of winning, Roland Garros, after Guillermo Vilas [my original favourite Argie], was a delight.

I’m a sucker for men showing their emotion, so after Rogi’s tears from winning Wimbledon 2003, Gaston’s blubbing made me feel all warm and protective of him. Let’s just say that I am quite content with the 2004 Slam winners!

My favourite moment of the match was when Gaston allowed the crowd to lift him up after he lost the first two sets – I truly believe that after the huge “ola” and his encouragement of the public’s support, Gaston started to believe that he could actually turn this match around in his favour. Well, we were not to know at the time, but the rest of the match is “history” as they say. And what history! An unexpected champion vs. the much-hyped, much-touted, bookies’ favourite-to-win, the prematurely-crowned King of Clay, Coria.

I can’t hide the fact that although I do feel sorry for Guille, I am not disappointed that he lost the prize he had worked so carefully to capture.

It wasn’t until the semifinal beating Nalbandian that we finally got to know the real Gaston – when he showed his emotion, his tears of joy and probably disbelief that he had actually made a Grand Slam final.

I will always have this final memory of Gaston winning his final with a flourish of a backhand, one of his trademark shots, appropriately, flinging his racquet in the air and gesturing in disbelief… yes, Gaston, you did win a Slam! And no one can ever take that away from you.

jazz_girl
01-07-2005, 08:06 AM
I'll do mine in Spanish directly, so it's one less to translate ;)

Siempe me gustó el estilo de juego de Gastón, pero la verdad es que nunca me consideré una fan. Me acuerdo que ese domingo me levanté muy temprano, dispuesta a alentar a Gastón, aunque el resto de mis amigos y familiares me dijeran que sus chances eran mínimas y que el ganador iba a ser Coria. A mi no me importó, ya que tenía la esperanza de que el mejor iba a ganar.
Me preparé un buen desayuno y prendí la tele para disfrutar de un buen partido, sin imaginarme que lo que estaba por disfrutar iba a ser el partido más emocionante que haya visto en mi vida.
A medida que los games iban pasando, me iba poniendo nerviosa y también iba perdiendo las esperanzas, ya que pensé que estaba todo perdido, pero por suerte me equivoqué. Me acuerdo que después del segundo set, mi mamá que estaba de vacaciones, me llamó para comentarme que esataba viendo el partido y que yo tendría que estar contenta con el solo hecho de que dos argentinos estuvieran en la final, pero yo no estaba satisfecha.
Cuando el tercer set empezó, y vi a Gastón moviendose con más seguridad y menos nervios, las esperanzas volvieron, y fue ahí cuando me puse a gritar como loca. Empecé a gritarle al televisor, mi perro se puso nervioso y sus ladridos también parecían gritos. Y como estaba sola, y quería compartir el partido con alguien, me conecté a internet y compartí el partido con unas 10 personas (amigos online, en realidad) de diferentes países, y fue una experiencia increible!
Llego un punto en el que dejé de pensar lo que estaba viendo, y dejé de analizar todo, para solo disfrutar ese momento único, hasta que llegaron esos dos match points de Coria. Qué sufrimiento!!! Y qué coraje el de Gastón al haberlos salvado con tanta seguridad!
Cuando al fin logró ganar el título, me emocioné muchísimo. Creo que fue todo perfecto, el escenario, el público y los protagonistas.
Es por todo esto que quiero agradecer a Gastón Gaudio, no por el solo hecho de haber ganado un Grand Slam, sino por habernos hecho emocionar con su sinceridad, humildad y talento, y por poner la bandera Argentina en lo más alto.
Una vez más, gracias.

Action Jackson
01-07-2005, 08:09 AM
Thanks for that jazzita and it will be added to the list right now.

Jazz, we all did English versions as well, so what does that mean for us non-Spanish speakers.

Choupi
01-07-2005, 08:19 AM
Jazz, thanks for your contribution, it will certainly help Adri that you wrote it in Spanish...but I'd love to be able to understand what you've written...so please, can we have an English version, when you have the time? :D

jazz_girl
01-07-2005, 08:29 AM
I've always liked Gastón's style of play, but the truth is that I've never considered me a fan. I remember that sunday waking up very early, wanting to cheer for Gastón, even though the rest of my friends and family would tell me that he didn't have many chances of winning and that Coria will get it at the end. I didn't care, I had hopes that the best was going to win.
I made a good breakfast and turned on the tv to enjoy a good match, without knowing that what I was about to see was going to be the most exciting match I've ever seen in my life.
The games were passing by and I was getting more and more nervous and I was also losing my hopes, because I thought everything was lost, but luckily I was wrong. I remember my mom, calling me on the phone after the second set (she was away on vacations) and telling me that I should just be happy that two Argentines were at the final, but I wasn't.
When the third set started, I saw Gastón moving more confident and less nervous, and the hope was back, and it was there when I started screaming at the tv like a crazy person. My dog got nervous for all the screaming and he started barking, although it looked like he was screaming as well. Since I was alone, and I wanted to share thing with someone, I got online and shared the match with about 10 online friends from different countries, and it was an uncredible experience!
There was a moment in which I stopped thinking in what I was watching, I quit analizing everything, so I just enjoyed that unique moment, till those two match points from Coria arrives. The suffering!!! And the guts from Gastón having saving them!
When he finally got the title, I was thrilled and very emotional. I think that everything was perfect: the scenario, the crowd and the protagonists.
Is because all that that I want to thank Gastón Gaudio, not for just winning a Grand Slam, but for making us proud for his honesty, humbleness and talent, and for putting the Argentine flag very high.
Once again, thank you.

jazz_girl
01-07-2005, 08:30 AM
Translations always take away the natural charm, I like the original better LOL!

Adri
01-07-2005, 07:39 PM
Gracias, jazzita! :)

Hey George, did you get my email alright with the 2 Word files?

RogiFan88
01-08-2005, 02:29 AM
Gracias, Jazz... que buenas experiencias!!

reiko
01-09-2005, 11:13 AM
This Spanish thing is not my story but a story of Argentine
Association of Football. It seems to me a nice letter
addressed to Gaston and I wanted to share it with you.

http://www.afa.org.ar//Notas/Notas.htm?Op=90501&CodNota=34797 ( http://www.afa.org.ar//Notas/Notas.htm?Op=90501&CodNota=34797)

Saludos para un campeón



Buenos Aires, junio 7 de 2004

Al Señor

Gastón Gaudio

Querido Campeón:

Como podrás imaginar lejos estamos de ser entendidas en tenis. Pero nuestro desconocimiento no resulta obstáculo para disfrutar muchos partidos, en especial como en este caso de Roland Garros donde una legión de argentinos nos dio tantas satisfacciones.

Lo de la final marcó un capítulo aparte. Entre nosotras las opiniones estaban divididas, pero había una mayoría en tu favor.

Por lo del voto secreto y porque en verdad eso no es lo relevante, no vamos a hacer números ni nombres.

En el fondo todas sabíamos que al final íbamos a festejar por igual porque el ganador sería argentino.

Pero ese ganador (vos) llegó dándole la espalda a los entendidos, a la historia, a todos. Lo que se dice un ganador cabal.

Enancado en los versos de Almafuerte (“no te des por vencido ni aun vencido..."), ganaste uno de los trofeos más importantes del mundo desparramando coraje y técnica y obligaste a la “cátedra” a rever muchas de esas posturas que a fuerza de repetirse parecen más sólidas que el acero.

Disfrutamos con tu triunfo, con tu entereza, con tu tenis, con tu festejo y con tus declaraciones. En suma, nos hiciste a nosotras y no exageramos si decimos que a todo el país, infinitamente felices.

A esta altura, nos vamos a permitir contarte un secretito. Fue tanto el impacto que nos produjo tu éxito, que cuando decidimos enviarte estas líneas para felicitarte e invitarte a que nos visites cuando tu tiempo te lo permita, lo hicimos convencidas que esta práctica se repetirá muy pronto y muy a menudo.

Con cariño y respeto.



Alicia C. de Abbatángelo Nélida P. de Grondona

Vocal Presidenta

COMISIÓN PROTOCOLAR DE DAMAS

ASOCIACION DEL FUTBOL ARGENTINO

Choupi
01-09-2005, 12:38 PM
Thanks for sharing Reiko... :) But is there some charitable soul who can translate it for us, poor non Spanish speakers? :sad:

Vale
01-09-2005, 09:52 PM
Reiko, that was a very nice letter! I´ve posted the translation in the Articles thread.

reiko
01-10-2005, 03:24 AM
I just read the translated version. Thanks, Vale!

RogiFan88
02-03-2005, 12:49 AM
I meant to ask about these messages for Gaston, but did George or anyone else get them to Gaston at AO??
;)

Action Jackson
02-18-2005, 12:27 AM
Just needed to read this again, plus maybe some of the newer people might not have read all of the reactions or contributed.

Choupi
02-18-2005, 09:52 AM
Great idea to have this thread as sticky.

sigmagirl91
02-22-2005, 12:01 AM
Yes, just to remind ourselves why we are Gaston's fans.

jasmine(usa)
03-04-2005, 05:15 PM
That's the day Gaudio won my heart! That was beautiful Jazz. I'm glad you shared that with us.

sigmagirl91
03-08-2005, 02:39 AM
As you know, I didn't see the final in its entirety. I already thought the matter was settled, so I didn't bother to watch it anymore. Imagine my surprise when I learned Gaudio actually won. I leapt for joy.

Choupi
03-08-2005, 06:51 AM
And let me have a guess...your regrets are everlasting? ;)

sigmagirl91
03-08-2005, 10:44 AM
And let me have a guess...your regrets are everlasting? ;)

Yes....

Choupi
03-08-2005, 11:02 AM
Well I have a confession to make...I've watched the final of course. But I couldn't tape it as my vcr was broken at that time. And I'm sure my regrets are as strong and everlasting as yours Tiff.... :sad:

sigmagirl91
03-08-2005, 11:20 AM
Awww, Choupi. I didn't even go that far. I wished I had, though. Anyhow, the result turned out in our favor, and we can be glad.

Daniel
03-12-2005, 04:31 AM
i was happy when Gaston won, :D

RavenMare1234759
03-23-2005, 08:51 PM
I was elated when I saw Gaston win Roland Garros.
I was rooting for Gaston to win against Coria.
I won't forget that win.

aIrSaMpRaS14
05-12-2005, 07:36 PM
what a great thread!

Well I was really angry with Coria for beating my boy Tim Henman after he came so far and I don't like him anyway so I was heavily in favour of Gaudio. The first 2 sets were awful so I let my Grandma watch the cricket :o .... then I caught it in time to see the wave and Gaudio taking the 3rd.... and was shouting random swear words when Coria was injured.... I know I shouldn't of... but I was so excited! then when it was in the 5th It was pure theatre... The way he saved those match points and kept on breaking...

I wouldn't call myself a fan.... but that has to be one of the best tennis days of my life... I have never been so nervous in all my life.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
05-13-2005, 09:49 AM
what a great thread!

Well I was really angry with Coria for beating my boy Tim Henman after he came so far and I don't like him anyway so I was heavily in favour of Gaudio. The first 2 sets were awful so I let my Grandma watch the cricket :o .... then I caught it in time to see the wave and Gaudio taking the 3rd.... and was shouting random swear words when Coria was injured.... I know I shouldn't of... but I was so excited! then when it was in the 5th It was pure theatre... The way he saved those match points and kept on breaking...

I wouldn't call myself a fan.... but that has to be one of the best tennis days of my life... I have never been so nervous in all my life.

I jumped around and just was happy with Gaston!!!

That was the most amazingest match I've ever seen!!! I knew it wasn't over when he was 2 sets to 0 down, At 3:3 or 4:4 there was an amazing rally this was the point who turned the match!!! And the commentator said Gaston should just play free! And exactly that happened!!! But in the 5. I allmost creaped!!! saved 2 matchpoints and then take the match!!!
Then I became a small Gaston fan :rolleyes: But now I like him so much like Roger! and that says something!

Adri
05-17-2005, 02:13 PM
I was watching this show last night about the predictions for RG 2005... Nothing new there... but it just shocked me how it's almost been a year since all this happened. I have a big problem with time, as I grow older, it seems to go faster! :lol: Anywa, it is supossed to happen ;)...

alexito
05-24-2005, 12:33 AM
I happy for gaston play today. very good.

sigmagirl91
05-24-2005, 12:54 AM
what a great thread!

Well I was really angry with Coria for beating my boy Tim Henman after he came so far and I don't like him anyway so I was heavily in favour of Gaudio. The first 2 sets were awful so I let my Grandma watch the cricket :o .... then I caught it in time to see the wave and Gaudio taking the 3rd.... and was shouting random swear words when Coria was injured.... I know I shouldn't of... but I was so excited! then when it was in the 5th It was pure theatre... The way he saved those match points and kept on breaking...

I wouldn't call myself a fan.... but that has to be one of the best tennis days of my life... I have never been so nervous in all my life.

You know, the result surprised me because to my way of thinking, Gaston was love, one, and done. Too bad I didn't see the remainder of the match. I had to watch the tailend of NBC's programming to catch the final result.

Eléa
07-27-2005, 08:11 AM
Well I have a confession to make...I've watched the final of course. But I couldn't tape it as my vcr was broken at that time. And I'm sure my regrets are as strong and everlasting as yours Tiff.... :sad:
i didn't dare taping the final... i'm very supersticious and i thought if i tape it, it could bring bad luck to Gaston.. i don't know if you can understand... :rolleyes: anyway, now i have a copy, not in this entirety i think but i have it, even if i never see it again...

i never post here yet.. don't know why :shrug:
i already cried in the semi-final, you know, i'm a very sensitive person :blush: I was so nervous before the final, i couldn't sleep, i couldn't eat...
The final was one day after my birthday, and when i blew my candles I made the wish that Gaston would win the final "for me".

My nerves and heart were tortured during the 2 first sets, i can't stand when Gaston is lost like that but when he was about to win... i remember i was with my parents because i couldn't be alone, my legs was shaking, my heart beating faster and faster..
when he won, i screamed loudly then i fell down on the ground in front of my tv cause my legs couldn't carry me anymore, then tears of joy filled my eyes (not emotions tears.. tears of joy only) and i couldn't help myself but repeating: "i can't believe he did it".. then i waited for him to speak, of course i knew when he would cry and i cried with him.. tears of emotion this time...
I can't tell how much "emotions, happiness and more" this victory brought me but i will never forget it. I already knew and liked Gaston for 4 years before his victory but i think it was not the same after that.. i really wanted to thank him for this great emotions and i'm happy to had the opportunity to tell him :worship:

Vale
07-27-2005, 01:54 PM
i didn't dare taping the final... i'm very supersticious and i thought if i tape it, it could bring bad luck to Gaston.. i don't know if you can understand... :rolleyes: anyway, now i have a copy, not in this entirety i think but i have it, even if i never see it again...

i never post here yet.. don't know why :shrug:
i already cried in the semi-final, you know, i'm a very sensitive person :blush: I was so nervous before the final, i couldn't sleep, i couldn't eat...
The final was one day after my birthday, and when i blew my candles I made the wish that Gaston would win the final "for me".

My nerves and heart were tortured during the 2 first sets, i can't stand when Gaston is lost like that but when he was about to win... i remember i was with my parents because i couldn't be alone, my legs was shaking, my heart beating faster and faster..
when he won, i screamed loudly then i fell down on the ground in front of my tv cause my legs couldn't carry me anymore, then tears of joy filled my eyes (not emotions tears.. tears of joy only) and i couldn't help myself but repeating: "i can't believe he did it".. then i waited for him to speak, of course i knew when he would cry and i cried with him.. tears of emotion this time...
I can't tell how much "emotions, happiness and more" this victory brought me but i will never forget it. I already knew and liked Gaston for 4 years before his victory but i think it was not the same after that.. i really wanted to thank him for this great emotions and i'm happy to had the opportunity to tell him :worship:
Reading that you made me feel it all over again! :bigcry: Thank you, Eléa!
I'm also supersticious about taping matches that matter (I do so anyway) and feel ill 24 hours before! :rolleyes:

Eléa
07-27-2005, 02:19 PM
@ Vale :smooch:

Jelena
08-01-2005, 09:40 PM
Well, as it's more than a year gone now since then and I never was a "100% Gato and noone else" fanatic, I don't remember anymore everything of that match. What I do remember (esp now after completely reading this thread ;) ) is, that Gato was crushed in the first two sets and in my impression even didn't know, how to hold a racket :lol: . I didn't want Coria to win at all, cause he's #1 or the lowest #2 on my player's haters list. He is so arrogant, that I really can't stand that. I sat there in front of tv and was praying all the time, I actually don't know anymore for what I prayed, as I usually don't pray for victories of my favourites. I only sensed that Gato was somehow "chained". In the third set the chains seemed slowly to fall. And when La Ola went through the stadium and he joined it, he got completely rid of them...That WAS the decisive moment of the match. When Coria had the cramps in 4th set I recall me shouting in the tv: "You actor, go to Hollywood! Maybe you'll get an Oscar for this!" In the fifth set I was so completely nervous, and cheering him on all the time, after every good point, that I was completely exhausted in the end. (The cheering is the only thing I can fluently in Spanish, everything else was in German). I even don't remember the match point, shame on me! The moment I recall the most was, when he got the trophy, had it in one hand and was rejoicing. That scene was so natural, so purely Gaston, that I will never forget it.

sigmagirl91
08-01-2005, 09:55 PM
Well, as it's more than a year gone now since then and I never was a "100% Gato and noone else" fanatic, I don't remember anymore everything of that match. What I do remember (esp now after completely reading this thread ;) ) is, that Gato was crushed in the first two sets and in my impression even didn't know, how to hold a racket :lol: . I didn't want Coria to win at all, cause he's #1 or the lowest #2 on my player's haters list. He is so arrogant, that I really can't stand that. I sat there in front of tv and was praying all the time, I actually don't know anymore for what I prayed, as I usually don't pray for victories of my favourites. I only sensed that Gato was somehow "chained". In the third set the chains seemed slowly to fall. And when La Ola went through the stadium and he joined it, he got completely rid of them...That WAS the decisive moment of the match. When Coria had the cramps in 4th set I recall me shouting in the tv: "You actor, go to Hollywood! Maybe you'll get an Oscar for this!" In the fifth set I was so completely nervous, and cheering him on all the time, after every good point, that I was completely exhausted in the end. (The cheering is the only thing I can fluently in Spanish, everything else was in German). I even don't remember the match point, shame on me! The moment I recall the most was, when he got the trophy, had it in one hand and was rejoicing. That scene was so natural, so purely Gaston, that I will never forget it.

Like I said before, I watched this match for the first three sets and was sure Coria would take the title like the pundits predicted before the tournament even started. He had started convincingly enough, with Gaston only being able to take three games in the first two sets. My only hope was that Gaston didn't continue to embarrass himself right there on Center Court with the world watching. When he got back in it in the third, I still wasn't convinced, so I turned the French Open off and concentrated on something else for a little while.
Hours later, I returned...and I was :eek: that Gaston actually pulled this match out. While I wasn't aware of Coria's cramping situation, I was actually impressed that Gaston hung in there and made Coria work for it. We all know what happened in the end, and no one-not even the haters on GM-can take 2004 RG away. For that, I was totally elated. I wanted to see the pundits eat their words. And eat them they did.

Vale
08-02-2005, 02:41 PM
Well, as it's more than a year gone now since then and I never was a "100% Gato and noone else" fanatic, I don't remember anymore everything of that match. What I do remember (esp now after completely reading this thread ;) ) is, that Gato was crushed in the first two sets and in my impression even didn't know, how to hold a racket :lol: . I didn't want Coria to win at all, cause he's #1 or the lowest #2 on my player's haters list. He is so arrogant, that I really can't stand that. I sat there in front of tv and was praying all the time, I actually don't know anymore for what I prayed, as I usually don't pray for victories of my favourites. I only sensed that Gato was somehow "chained". In the third set the chains seemed slowly to fall. And when La Ola went through the stadium and he joined it, he got completely rid of them...That WAS the decisive moment of the match. When Coria had the cramps in 4th set I recall me shouting in the tv: "You actor, go to Hollywood! Maybe you'll get an Oscar for this!" In the fifth set I was so completely nervous, and cheering him on all the time, after every good point, that I was completely exhausted in the end. (The cheering is the only thing I can fluently in Spanish, everything else was in German). I even don't remember the match point, shame on me! The moment I recall the most was, when he got the trophy, had it in one hand and was rejoicing. That scene was so natural, so purely Gaston, that I will never forget it.
Thanks for sharing that, Jelena! :D Tiff, too! :D
You've come a long way since then, Gastón!!! :worship: RG really was the turning point in his life...

I♥PsY@Mus!c
08-19-2005, 06:12 AM
You may think I'm joking here recently.In fact I was damn happy when Gaston won FO esp he fought back from two sets down last year, :clap2: it seemed that I won the title. :lol: But for some stupid reason later I disliked him almost one year, :yawn: however I just realize it's irrelative to him.Even though I'm not his so hard-core fan as you guys are,I like him and hope he will win some hard court title as well. :)

sonatinca
08-19-2005, 07:27 AM
"You actor, go to Hollywood! Maybe you'll get an Oscar for this!"
:yeah:

Girls, thanx for sharing your great stories!!! :wavey:

AsianSensation
08-23-2005, 09:45 PM
I went crazy

sigmagirl91
12-29-2005, 11:41 PM
I still love reading this thread. That, and the "think piece" Vale posted a few nights ago, got me to thinking how the two men viewed the FO final.

Gaston was there to give it his best tennis; a win, for him, would have helped to revive his career. Meanwhile, Coria was waging war with his inner demons, and desperately wanted to win to salvage his reputation among certain people. Which would go a long way to explain Gaston finally collecting his nerves and Coria suddenly experiencing cramping issues.

I believe that, had Coria won this match, it would have been a hollow victory indeed. It never would erase any of the "credibility issues" that the article brought up, nor would it have raised his standing among the people who count. Just looking at how Gaston's FO victory and David's recent Shanghai victory were received by the people attests to this sufficiently. I know that makes little sense to many of you, but I think it makes perfect sense.

When you come into a contest (a final, especially) with axes to grind, you never win-even if you do end up holding the winner's trophy in the end. Which is why I'm glad the right man held up the trophy on June 6, 2004.

bluegueber
12-30-2005, 08:59 PM
That RG Final was an example of how nerves and fear can betray players who are not mature enough for such a final:

Gaston was paralyzed at the beginning, he even wanted to leave. Then, luckily for him, he was able to react.

When Guillermo was so close to glory, cramps started.

That's all. There is no need for further pathetic psychological analysis.

*Ljubica*
12-30-2005, 09:31 PM
That RG Final was an example of how nerves and fear can betray players who are not mature enough for such a final:

Gaston was paralyzed at the beginning, he even wanted to leave. Then, luckily for him, he was able to react.

When Guillermo was so close to glory, cramps started.

That's all. There is no need for further pathetic psychological analysis.

One question - why was it "lucky" for Gastón to be able to "react"? Surely that wasn't "luck" but a combination of many things that Gastón managed to draw on to succeed...... Pride/hard work/physical conditioning/intelligence/good training AND maturity all played their part in my opinion - especially maturity, when you consider Gastón admits to getting nervous at the best of times, and it takes a strong and mature person to overcome their biggest fears and nerves and conquer adversity. "Luck" never came into it. At the end of the day Gastón got the "glory" through his own efforts and ability to fight and come back from the brink of defeat, while Coria came second because he did not have the necessary pride, maturity and all those other things I mentioned earlier to conquor his fears. And I am sorry but that is not "pathetic psychogical analysis" - it is plain fact - Gastón won because he conquored his demons and Coria came second because he did not have the courage to conquor his. And what I find "pathetic" is that nearly two years after the event some Coria fans cannot accept that simple fact and still harp on about Gastón being lucky! :rolleyes:

Sorry for the rant and the long post - just my opinions - and it is late here now so I am going to bed and no doubt catch any responses in the morning :wavey:

sophia_c
12-30-2005, 09:37 PM
One question - why was it "lucky" for Gastón to be able to "react"? Surely that wasn't "luck" but a combination of many things that Gastón managed to draw on to succeed...... Pride/hard work/physical conditioning/intelligence/good training AND maturity all played their part in my opinion - especially maturity, when you consider Gastón admits to getting nervous at the best of times, and it takes a strong and mature person to overcome their biggest fears and nerves and conquer adversity. Luck never came into it. At the end of the day Gastón got the "glory" through his own efforts and ability to fight and come back from the brink of defeat, while Coria came second because he did not have the necessary pride, maturity and all those other things I mentioned earlier to conquor his fears. And I am sorry but that is not "pathetic psychogical analysis" - it is plain fact - Gastón won because he conquored his demons and Coria came second because he did not have the courage to conquor his. And what I find "pathetic" is that nearly two years after the event some Coria fans cannot accept that simple fact and still harp on about Gastón being lucky! :rolleyes:

Sorry for the rant and the long post - just my opinions - and it is late here now so I am going to bed and no doubt catch any responses in the morning :wavey:

Good on you Rose...I watched him win with so much pride..I felt that the person who deserved it so much won on the day. We all know that Gaston never got as much funding as the others...and so for him to win was even more special....he remains a firm favourite of mine and always will..I love his smile and his reaction that day was amazing...

sigmagirl91
12-30-2005, 09:37 PM
That RG Final was an example of how nerves and fear can betray players who are not mature enough for such a final:

Gaston was paralyzed at the beginning, he even wanted to leave. Then, luckily for him, he was able to react.

When Guillermo was so close to glory, cramps started.

That's all. There is no need for further pathetic psychological analysis.

Unfortunately, that's not all. Coria, on the one hand, came into the final with thoughts of revenge and personal glory on his agenda for the day (which, probably not by accident, explains the cramping and the total collapse in the end), while Gaston kept his nerve when all seemed lost. It's no accident that things turned out the way they did. Just look at what happened after that final. One is struggling mightily with his game, while the other has found his.

You may call it "pathetic psychological analysis", but I call it universal truth. You cannot win with selfish motives-ever.

sigmagirl91
12-30-2005, 09:45 PM
Good on you Rose...I watched him win with so much pride..I felt that the person who deserved it so much won on the day. We all know that Gaston never got as much funding as the others...and so for him to win was even more special....he remains a firm favourite of mine and always will..I love his smile and his reaction that day was amazing...

And for selfish reasons, I wanted Gaston to win so that Wertheim can eat his words.

DhammaTiger
12-30-2005, 09:57 PM
I agree with Rosie, Gaston won with his own efforts and not with luck. In fact, as my old tennis coach used to remind me, " there is no such thing as luck in tennis, one wins, or loses by one's own efforts, or because of the other player's efforts. Luck has nothing to do with it." On that day, GG played much better and was able to control his nerve sufficiently well in order to win. Mr Coria, on the other hand, fell to pieces because he couldn't control his own feelings and emotions and concentrate on the tennis. I thoroughly agree with sigmagirl's observations, "You may call it "pathetic psychological analysis", but I call it universal truth. You cannot win with selfish motives-ever".

sigmagirl91
12-30-2005, 10:33 PM
And, in closing, I am immensely pleased with Gaston's victory, for it showed many that you don't have to be 25 and under to enjoy career success. I think Gaston has hit his stride, and we can expect more great things from him in 2006.

justClaudia
12-30-2005, 10:41 PM
And, in closing, I am immensely pleased with Gaston's victory, for it showed many that you don't have to be 25 and under to enjoy career success. I think Gaston has hit his stride, and we can expect more great things from him in 2006.


:worship:

And even he if he can't big things in 2006 - he's already done much more then many expected.
Gaston is a winner for me.

bluegueber
12-30-2005, 10:56 PM
First of all, I did not say that Gaudio was able to win due to luck. I meant that, luckily, he reacted (was able to overcome his fear - Gaston himself said "I was so scared") and as a consequence he was able to show his actual ability which I never denied. In fact, I have always admired his tennis. So please, do not misinterpret my words.

Secondly, I am not a Coria fan but I think it is unfair to attack him in this way. As I said before, cramps were a result of nerves and fear. How many times has Gaudio lost matches due to his mind? Guillermo is also a human being and you do not have any right to judge him.

Sorry if my objectivity disturbs you.

sigmagirl91
12-30-2005, 10:58 PM
First of all, I did not say that Gaudio was able to win due to luck. I meant that, luckily, he reacted (was able to overcome his fear - Gaston himself said "I was so scared") and as a consequence he was able to show his actual ability which I never denied. In fact, I have always admired his tennis. So please, do not misinterpret my words.

Secondly, I am not a Coria fan but I think it is unfair to attack him in this way. As I said before, cramps were a result of nerves and fear. How many times has Gaudio lost matches due to his mind? Guillermo is also a human being and you do not have any right to judge him.

Sorry if my objectivity disturbs you.

I'm not disturbed; obviously you are. No one's attacking Coria; maybe your conscience has accused you once again-maybe?

Florencia
12-30-2005, 11:18 PM
Bluegueber, I do not want to have an argument, but I recall that when Gaston played against Federer in Shangai, you strongly criticized him.

You said that a "professional" could never attribute the loss of a match to nerves.

You seem to be more flexible when you talk about Coria.

bluegueber
12-30-2005, 11:36 PM
How dare you compare Gaudio's horrible performance in the Shangai match with Guillermo's performance in the RG final - he was about to win, remember?

sigmagirl91
12-30-2005, 11:42 PM
How dare you compare Gaudio's horrible performance in the Shangai match with Guillermo's performance in the RG final - he was about to win, remember?

There's a massive difference between "about to win" and "don't have a chance in hell of winning". Coria couldn't close the deal, and Gaston didn't have a deal to close. You're right; there was no comparison, but you still applied your own principle unevenly. Again, why does your standard change where it concerns Coria?

Plastic Bertrand
12-31-2005, 01:59 AM
First of all, I did not say that Gaudio was able to win due to luck. I meant that, luckily, he reacted (was able to overcome his fear - Gaston himself said "I was so scared") and as a consequence he was able to show his actual ability which I never denied. In fact, I have always admired his tennis. So please, do not misinterpret my words.

Secondly, I am not a Coria fan but I think it is unfair to attack him in this way. As I said before, cramps were a result of nerves and fear. How many times has Gaudio lost matches due to his mind? Guillermo is also a human being and you do not have any right to judge him.

Sorry if my objectivity disturbs you.

You objective, since when did this suddenly happen? I don't post very often and lurked in this forum for quite some time and read most of the posts in here. It seems you are trying to prove something, like instead of actually listening to other sides of arguments, you go ahead and call everyone else subjective and attempt to take the moral high ground by claiming objectivity disturbs you, when it does not agree with your line of thinking.

Next point, it was a strange match, but how is someone lucky when they have been physically prepared to last the distance of a five set match? Also, Gaudio was able to handle the pressure of the situation better than his opponent was on this day.

Why try and bring in other examples of other matches, when it does not have relevance to this particular match or is this an attempt to save face.

You say it's not Ok to attack Coria as a human being, yet you went on and called Gaudio unprofessional recently, keep up with the fluid definitions, it really suits you:)

Action Jackson
01-01-2006, 05:23 AM
Interesting points.

This match has been spoken about to death and this is a celebratory thread remembering Gaston's greatest moment, but should be fairly obvious to most people.

Bluegueber, help me out here as has been asked and I am interested as well. What is it you are actually trying to prove? There is a very big chance I could be wrong here, you'd be one of the types that pissed on heckled Gaudio after the DC debacle and then changed after he won RG. The same time you didn't like the analysis by the particular writer. Why could that not have been addressed that in the News thread? But, instead of trying to piss on this happy celebratory thread.

Show some consistency, like in the question thread about DC, you claim not to be a Coria fan, yet you seem to enjoy trying to antagonising people in this forum, especially when his name is mentioned.

So calling someone unprofessional isn't an attack on their character? If this is not the case, then explain why this is? Spare me the rubbish about being objective as 100 per cent objectivity doesn't exist and never will exist. The key is how it's managed.

Luck happens in all forms of life and people have to be good enough to take advantage of whatever opportunity comes along and with tennis there are only 2 words that really count Win and Loss.

Ok, this is meant to be a happy celebratory thread and should be kept that way. If someone wants to discuss the article that discusses this issue, do it in the News/Info section and not try and piss in this thread.

Billabong
02-14-2006, 01:45 PM
I remember it like it was yesterday:)

I followed the first set here on MTF, because I was sure Coria would win. It was terrible: 6-0. So I decided to watch it myself. After the second set, even though it was a little better from Gaston (6-3), I gave up and went to play tennis with my sister, because I was 100% sure Coria would win at that point, as I had never assisted to a miraculous comeback in a men's Grand Slam final (I started to watch tennis in 2001). Then, when I came back from tennis, I opened the door of the house and I was hearing my sister scream! I ran to the living room and saw that it was 4-3 in the 5th set!!!!!!!!! I just couldn't believe what I was seeing, because I was sure the match was over since a long time. My sister explained me what happened (the cramps in the 4th set, the standing ovation in the 3rd set)... So I was all shaky and watched it till the end. During Coria's match points I was always hopeful Gaston could save them, because I knew he was in better shape and he really believed in it at that point. When he won we definitely screamed in joy, and I was still speechless, still shocked about what I just assisted to. Then I got the match on DVD and it is among my most favorite matches ever:)!

lau
02-14-2006, 02:12 PM
To answer the thread´s title.... I cried :) and I was cheering for Gastón, but I admit I would have cried if Coria would win the title too (and of happiness too). :p


EDIT: geeeez, it´s a nightmare for me to writte with conditional verbs in past :lol:

Vale
02-14-2006, 04:05 PM
The other day Mats Wilander was interviewed by La Nación, and he recalled his impressions of that RG final. As I don't think he will visit this thread, I want to do it for him! :D
Unfortunately I can't find the article now, but the gist of it was that he said that more than tennis it was high drama, the most exciting match he'd ever seen, and that afterwards he'd contacted Gastón and asked to join him for the celebrations because he wanted to be there at that moment. He also said "Coria didn't lose in the fifth set, he lost that match in the third".

Action Jackson
02-15-2006, 12:32 AM
The other day Mats Wilander was interviewed by La Nación, and he recalled his impressions of that RG final. As I don't think he will visit this thread, I want to do it for him! :D
Unfortunately I can't find the article now, but the gist of it was that he said that more than tennis it was high drama, the most exciting match he'd ever seen, and that afterwards he'd contacted Gastón and asked to join him for the celebrations because he wanted to be there at that moment. He also said "Coria didn't lose in the fifth set, he lost that match in the third".

You think he doesn't visit these forums. :)