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Gaudio TMS results on clay: What is, what was he missing so far?

Jogy
03-19-2005, 12:44 PM
Gaudio have not good enough Masters Series results on clay. I discovered one semifinal in the year of 2003, not more. Never thought that before.

What is, was he missing?
You thinking he will improove much next year(s) in that tournaments?

bad gambler
03-19-2005, 12:47 PM
confidence i guess - RG should have changed that

Jogy
03-19-2005, 12:51 PM
confidence i guess - RG should have changed that
But the confidence was still well enough to getting a 30-12 record on clay in 2003 and 26-7 in 2002.

Experimentee
03-19-2005, 12:56 PM
He also made the SF of Monte Carlo in 2000, and Hamburg in 2003. There may be more, but thats just what I can remember.
He wasnt doing as well before his RG win because he lacked mental strength, and always choked matches he should have won. After his RG win he has done very well and not choked as much, and there have not been any clay TMS after RG, so we will see this year if he improves his record. I am sure he will, as he is playing more confidently on clay since his RG win.

Experimentee
03-19-2005, 12:59 PM
But the confidence was still well enough to getting a 30-12 record on clay in 2003 and 26-7 in 2002.

His record has always been good on clay because he is a good clay courter. It should have been better than that if he was mentally strong.

Neely
03-19-2005, 01:10 PM
Hard to say what he was missing in the past in order to do better, you can't look into a player's head or know all the circumstances, but first he would need a better draw than, for example, in 2004 facing Federer and Hewitt early, and more confidence (but this should normally come by itself after French Open win).

Sometimes, maybe even a bit more effort because IMO he should beat Labadze in a big clay event 99 out of 100 times. But okay, every player crashes now and then sometimes 1st round losing to an underdog...

But to conclude that, I think he will do much more better in 2005. Since winning French Open, his record on clay is quite superb; nothing but finals or wins (except the retirement).

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You said it, final destination so far was the semifinal for Gaudio. Also interesting to note in this aspect is that the likes of Ljubicic, Henman, Haas, Roddick, Hewitt, Hrbaty all had equalled or topped that in the previous years, too, even though they are not said to be the best on the claycourt (but even that must be seen with restrictions as Hewitt made the RG QF, Henman even the RG SF and they were able to play good clay seasons for their standards). But edge to Gaudio because he has made the semifinal twice so far which some of these mentioned players didn't.

Nevertheless, there's a lot of work to do for winning one of these clay biggies in future.

Aguante_el_Gato
03-21-2005, 01:38 PM
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But to conclude that, I think he will do much more better in 2005. Since winning French Open, his record on clay is quite superb; nothing but finals or wins (except the retirement).
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I agree.
And btw, there is much people who say that after 05 RG Gaudio is going to
return to the position 30° or 40° of the Ranking.
They think that he isn't going to be able to repeat the title. I don't know if he will do it or no, but I'm sure that with his tennis, and with the confidence of knowing one of the best ones in Clay, he surely will play a good role.

In addition he has nothing to defend in the TMS on Clay (two first rounds and one second) and many points to win (and now playing like seeded)

Action Jackson
03-21-2005, 02:09 PM
Good for him if he wins a TMS.

Neely
03-21-2005, 02:29 PM
I agree.
And btw, there is much people who say that after 05 RG Gaudio is going to
return to the position 30° or 40° of the Ranking.
They think that he isn't going to be able to repeat the title. I don't know if he will do it or no, but I'm sure that with his tennis, and with the confidence of knowing one of the best ones in Clay, he surely will play a good role.

In addition he has nothing to defend in the TMS on Clay (two first rounds and one second) and many points to win (and now playing like seeded)

When talking about something like winning a Grand Slam, even talking about a less well predictable Slam like French Open, I think it's really hard to say he is going to win it again this year. There have been quite a lot back-to-back champions in the past, but still, the better bet is mostly to say "he is not going to win again"... maybe one good exception with Federer at the moment predicting another Wimbledon win as he is unbeaten for already two consecutive grass seasons.

Gaudio dropping back to the regions of being ranked #30 and #40. That's (hardly mathematically and) realistically almost impossible. I wonder who is saying that, I have never read something like that before here on the board.

Even if Gaudio only made the 4th round at RG 2005, he would rack up a few more wins than last season in other tournaments and it would still be good enough to be ranked easily within top 20, top 15... to say the least.

But as you said, he has almost nothing to defend in clay TMS and he should also work on winning a clay TMS some time like most other Roland Garros Champions before (Chang and Kafelnikov out of recent past, for example, excluded)