Comments please . . . .

06-20-2006, 05:30 AM
Here's an excerpt from an article on (

I never heard any speculation before about what I highlighted in bold below.
:confused: Has anyone else heard or read about this or think "injury gamesmanship" was occurring?

By Scoop Malinowski

I believe Nadal may have destroyed the career of Guillermo Coria. We know Coria was devastated by that weird loss to Gaston Gaudio in the 2004 French Open final. It is suspected Coria's possible use of injury gamesmanship during that match backfired and may have cost him the Grand Slam victory. But last year, Coria was still a major force on clay, until he lost that five-hour, fifth set tiebreak marathon to Nadal in Rome, ultimately enduring a heart-breaking 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(6) defeat.

Coria has never been the same since that moment and his career has tumbled into crisis. Perhaps Coria has come to believe in his own mind he will never be able to overcome Nadal, and that he foolishly squandered his one and only chance to win Roland Garros. And thus, without the fuel of hope to inspire him, he is a lost man on the court. A man without hope is a man...

06-20-2006, 05:39 AM
I have never heard or read anything like that at all! What I think happened to Coria was after he had his shoulder surgery he lost some confidence in his serve. And even after working on his serve he still didn't have any confidence in it and now that lack of confidence has taken over his whole game. So he doesn't feel he can win anymore :sad:

06-20-2006, 05:44 AM
Gaudio certainly thought it was gamesmanship, and McEnroe seems to have agreed, see this article (, for example.

06-20-2006, 05:57 AM
I do think it was gamesmanship, but I don't think it cost him the grand slam. His inability to conquer his own nerves did him in. I hope he does something to regain his confidence; I love watching him play (when he's on).

06-20-2006, 06:00 AM
Karma's a bitch, Coria! :wavey:

06-20-2006, 06:32 AM
No, I see RG final 2004. And never read like that, in spanish articles.

The situation of RG final 2004 was similar final Masters cup 2005.

Guille cramp in his legs, cannot jump. But can run, in 5 set, after a little recovery by abandon 4 set. But cannot jump, cannot serve normal, then cannot depend his serve games. He lost almost all serve games in 5 set. This is not normal play. He has injury surely.

Federer too has injury in his legs, in final Masters cup 2005, then, cannot serve well. And then federer cannot depend his serve games include serve for championship, in 5 set, and late finally lose.

Sorry my poor english. But 2 situations pretty similar.

06-20-2006, 08:49 AM
Karma's a bitch, Coria! :wavey:
Glad it's not just me who can't stand him. Even his face looks mean. And not in an attractive mean way.

06-20-2006, 04:46 PM

06-20-2006, 05:12 PM
I always thought it was gamesmanship - becasue he has a history of it (the infamous "cramps" in the Hamburg semi 2003 for example :rolleyes: ) - and it's one of the main reasons that I'm not a fan of his. However, - like David Watts says - I dont think it cost him the Final - his own nerves did that.

Eclectic Goddess
06-20-2006, 06:14 PM
I've heard that before, and heard it, and heard it, and am completely tired of hearing it.

I don't think that Guillermo was intentionally using "injury gamesmenship", but his nerves had definitely gotten the better of him. Though I disagree that it cost him the title, it sure didn't help.

06-20-2006, 06:27 PM
Utter bullshit.

06-20-2006, 06:50 PM
I don't think gamesmanship was involved in the RG final in 2004 - I think maybe the author means that after previously taking 'dubious' injury timeouts, it sort of 'came back ' on him at RG.

06-20-2006, 06:51 PM
No idea why Nadal has been brought into though.