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~!! Guille in Paris !!~

star
05-16-2004, 09:57 PM
Time to put the disappointment of Hamburg behind us.

Guille goes to Paris. I hope he will do well here.


I only recently realized that my favorite singer comes also from Rosario!!

Jose Cura. He is a tenor and sings in operas all over Europe. He has also recorded two CDs with his favorite Argentine music, Anhelo and Boleros. He also composes and conducts. He's very talented.

Guille's Girl
05-16-2004, 11:04 PM
VAMOS MAGO!!! :D :D :D

Ma. Estefania
05-16-2004, 11:37 PM
It's true, Star.

Hamburg is history now.

We all must look forward now to Roland Garros.

VAMOS GUILLE! :yippee:

Guille's Girl
05-16-2004, 11:57 PM
I can't believe it's next week. All the waiting. Gosh. I hope he doesn't put TOO much pressure on himself. He needs to just zero in on every match, not worry about anything AT ALL, I don't really see him having any trouble until maybe a simifinal. Maybe Moya or Nal-b ( :sad: ), maybe Robredo. I can't wait to see the draw. I can't wait to see tennis on t.v. Last year I missed damn near the entire RG :sad: I'm gonna be the first one up, last one to sleep. All my chores will be done before sunrise. The chickens will be fed. The clothes will be washed. My bed will be made (never is). Nothing is gonna prevent me from missing anything in this Grand Slam. Guille's on a mission and so am I :p

star
05-17-2004, 12:08 AM
:)

Me too!!

But I have to be gone three days!! Yes! Three whole days during the second week. :(

Carito_90
05-17-2004, 12:28 AM
I only recently realized that my favorite singer comes also from Rosario!!

But Guille's from Santa Fe :lol:

star
05-17-2004, 04:08 AM
I thought he was from Rosario?


Oh no........ is that other guy from Rosario? :o

Heron
05-17-2004, 12:52 PM
it was at RG of last year I saw Guille the first time :)
I know he's strong , this is his big dream and will come true!
You can do it Guille, don't forget you're EL MAGO!!!!

Fostin
05-17-2004, 02:18 PM
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Carito_90
05-17-2004, 04:11 PM
I thought he was from Rosario?


Oh no........ is that other guy from Rosario?

lol nope, he's from Santa Fe. :)

Umm.. well i don't think so, David and Calleri were born in Cordoba, Zabaleta and Monaco in Tandil, Cañas, Gaudio and Acasusso in Buenos Aires... so no i think none of the 'famous' argentinean players were born in Rosario :lol:


Oh BTW...

VAMOS GUILLE!! :banana:

mordicus18
05-17-2004, 07:51 PM
I may go to rg this year... my sister told me it could be possible if I don't wait a too long time to buy tickets (and if I ask my mother ;) ) Do you think it again possible to buy tickets ? I WANT to see guille playing in rg and in LIVE !!!
:devil: mordicus likes rg :devil:

loly
05-17-2004, 09:26 PM
Hi Mordicus,

everything is almost full. I hope you can find again ticket.
Me too i go to RG but i buy my ticket in end of march and Few weeks after everything was almost full
I wish you good luck. But maybe you can call RG for to ask

kissesssss
loly

undomiele
05-17-2004, 10:21 PM
Go Guille!!!!!! :D :D :D

argiesf
05-18-2004, 09:57 AM
Coria wants to win everything, including French

HAMBURG, Germany, May 18 (Reuters) - Guillermo Coria remains the
ultimate claycourt specialist and his defeat in the Hamburg Masters
final does not mean he should be ruled out for the French Open.
"I want to win every tournament I enter and the French Open is no
exception," the Argentine world number three said before leaving for
Paris for the highlight of the claycourt season starting next Monday.

Coria, 22, decided to go to the French capital straight after losing
in four sets to world number one Roger Federer in Sunday's Hamburg
final and to spend the week there to prepare for the Open.


Before Federer stopped him, Coria had won 31 matches in a row on
clay, including all 16 he had played this season. The last time he
had lost on the slow surface was his semi-final defeat to Dutchman
Martin Verkerk at last year's French Open.

"I'm not sad because the streak has ended but I'm sad because I
lost," he said. "I hate losing, especially in finals."

Coria could have looked for excuses as a burst blister prevented him
from holding his racket properly in the final and even Federer said
he had noticed his opponent had a problem.

But the Argentine preferred to think positively and point out that
he was physically fit after recovering from an abdominal injury that
had kept him out of the Barcelona and Rome tournaments.

"It's still a bit of a problem and I have to slightly change the way
I serve but it did not really bother me," Coria said after playing
his first tournament since he won the Monte Carlo Masters last month.


JUNIOR TITLE

Coria, who was named after Argentine great Guillermo Villas by
tennis-mad parents, was introduced to the sport as soon as he could
walk by his father, a tennis coach.

Now coached by compatriot and former top 10 player Alberto Mancini,
Coria knows all about winning at Roland Garros as he captured the
junior title there in 1999.

One of Federer's main rivals in the junior ranks, Coria made his
breakthrough last year by winning the title in Hamburg, just as
Federer had done the year before.

He captured five titles in seven finals last year and has kept it up
this year with two titles from four finals.

His metronomic groundstrokes and devastating returns added to rare
mental strength make him the player nobody wants to face on clay.

Umpires are also sometimes less than happy to see him as he has a
reputation for complaining frequently about line calls, an attitude
probably linked to his extremely competitive nature.

Coria warned his rivals that he was still improving.

"I'm a better player," he said. "I'm stronger mentally. That comes
from experience and from winning matches."

A suggestion that he might be the world number one on clay made him
smile.

"That might be the case but that ranking does not exist," he
said. "Anyway I'm not too interested in rankings. What I want to do
is win tournaments."

Like the French Open?

"Why not? That would be nice."
Coria wants to win everything, including French

HAMBURG, Germany, May 18 (Reuters) - Guillermo Coria remains the
ultimate claycourt specialist and his defeat in the Hamburg Masters
final does not mean he should be ruled out for the French Open.
"I want to win every tournament I enter and the French Open is no
exception," the Argentine world number three said before leaving for
Paris for the highlight of the claycourt season starting next Monday.

Coria, 22, decided to go to the French capital straight after losing
in four sets to world number one Roger Federer in Sunday's Hamburg
final and to spend the week there to prepare for the Open.


Before Federer stopped him, Coria had won 31 matches in a row on
clay, including all 16 he had played this season. The last time he
had lost on the slow surface was his semi-final defeat to Dutchman
Martin Verkerk at last year's French Open.

"I'm not sad because the streak has ended but I'm sad because I
lost," he said. "I hate losing, especially in finals."

Coria could have looked for excuses as a burst blister prevented him
from holding his racket properly in the final and even Federer said
he had noticed his opponent had a problem.

But the Argentine preferred to think positively and point out that
he was physically fit after recovering from an abdominal injury that
had kept him out of the Barcelona and Rome tournaments.

"It's still a bit of a problem and I have to slightly change the way
I serve but it did not really bother me," Coria said after playing
his first tournament since he won the Monte Carlo Masters last month.


JUNIOR TITLE

Coria, who was named after Argentine great Guillermo Villas by
tennis-mad parents, was introduced to the sport as soon as he could
walk by his father, a tennis coach.

Now coached by compatriot and former top 10 player Alberto Mancini,
Coria knows all about winning at Roland Garros as he captured the
junior title there in 1999.

One of Federer's main rivals in the junior ranks, Coria made his
breakthrough last year by winning the title in Hamburg, just as
Federer had done the year before.

He captured five titles in seven finals last year and has kept it up
this year with two titles from four finals.

His metronomic groundstrokes and devastating returns added to rare
mental strength make him the player nobody wants to face on clay.

Umpires are also sometimes less than happy to see him as he has a
reputation for complaining frequently about line calls, an attitude
probably linked to his extremely competitive nature.

Coria warned his rivals that he was still improving.

"I'm a better player," he said. "I'm stronger mentally. That comes
from experience and from winning matches."

A suggestion that he might be the world number one on clay made him
smile.

"That might be the case but that ranking does not exist," he
said. "Anyway I'm not too interested in rankings. What I want to do
is win tournaments."

Like the French Open?

"Why not? That would be nice." :worship:

tegan
05-18-2004, 01:48 PM
Umpires are also sometimes less than happy to see him as he has a
reputation for complaining frequently about line calls, an attitude
probably linked to his extremely competitive nature

:haha:

that was so evident during one of his matches in Hamburg!! (i think it was the Ljubicic match). he questioned the line call and immediately the umpire said, "Don't start with me Guillermo! I'm not going to play that game with you." :haha: :haha:

the commentator for our broadcast started laughing and said - "ooh...someone got up on the wrong side of the umpire's chair this morning!" :haha:

that whole scene (plus the shocked looked on Guille's face!) just cracked me up!!! :lol: :lol:

star
05-18-2004, 02:07 PM
Argie, You aren't complaining that Coria wants to win everything are you?

I should hope that all tennis players want to win everything possible for them to win. Coria grew up dreaming of winning Roland Garros. I hope he does. And it would be just fine with me if he won ALL the majors. :)

Tegan... funny story. I'm sure Coria doens't think that he is playing a game, but probably umpires talk about the players. :)

Carito_90
05-18-2004, 08:38 PM
that was so evident during one of his matches in Hamburg!! (i think it was the Ljubicic match). he questioned the line call and immediately the umpire said, "Don't start with me Guillermo! I'm not going to play that game with you."

the commentator for our broadcast started laughing and said - "ooh...someone got up on the wrong side of the umpire's chair this morning!"

that whole scene (plus the shocked looked on Guille's face!) just cracked me up!!!

:haha: great! I watched the match and i didn't hear that lol

Argie, You aren't complaining that Coria wants to win everything are you?


She better not be :lol:

LubiG
05-21-2004, 01:09 AM
Gooo Guille!!! He deserves to win RG :D
BTW, Rosario is the capital city of Santa Fe, but Guille's from Venado Tuerto (well, he was born in Rufino, Santa fe but lives in Venado Tuerto)

Carito_90
05-21-2004, 02:23 AM
BTW, Rosario is the capital city of Santa Fe, but Guille's from Venado Tuerto (well, he was born in Rufino, Santa fe but lives in Venado Tuerto)


No, Rosario's not the capital. It's the most important city in Santa Fe but it's not the capital, people always get confused with that. Santa Fe is the capital of Santa Fe (yes, no typing mistake lol)

Anyways, star, you weren't thaaat wrong lol

alita
05-21-2004, 11:34 AM
The draws is out!! GUILLE's QUARTER

Carlos Moya ESP (5)
vs.
John Van Lottum NED



Fernando Vicente ESP
vs.
Qualifier



Raemon Sluiter NED
vs.
Qualifier



Bohdan Ulihrach CZE
vs.
Dominik Hrbaty SVK (31)



Tommy Robredo ESP (17)
vs.
Alberto Martin ESP



Qualifier
vs.
Todd Reid AUS



Radek Stepanek CZE
vs.
Qualifier



Qualifier
vs.
Nicolas Massu CHI (11)



Fernando Gonzalez CHI (16)
vs.
Qualifier



Wayne Arthurs AUS
vs.
Nicolas Escude FRA



Mikhail Youzhny RUS
vs.
Dennis Van Scheppingen NED



Oscar Hernandez ESP
vs.
Andrei Pavel ROM (21)



Mariano Zabaleta ARG (30)
vs.
Stephane Robert FRA



Sargis Sargsian ARM
vs.
Mario Ancic CRO



Gregory Carraz FRA
vs.
Alex Bogomolov Jr. USA



Nikolay Davydenko RUS
vs.
Guillermo Coria ARG (3)

Guille's Girl
05-21-2004, 12:13 PM
DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sho' is a whole lot of folks in his side of the draw who want their toxic revenge!!! Damn, Vamos Mago and good luck.

alita
05-21-2004, 12:32 PM
Head to Head 1-0
Guillermo Coria vs. ARGNikolay Davydenko RUS

[2004 Marseille, Hard, R32 France] 7-6, 6-3

star
05-21-2004, 12:34 PM
I think that is not such a bad quarter for Guille. Moya is tough, but Coria can win. :)

Fostin
05-21-2004, 02:03 PM
Davydenko is good actually.... :S

Carito_90
05-21-2004, 04:12 PM
Davydenko is good actually.... :S

Yes, but is he good enough to beat Coria? I don't think so ;)

He hasn't got a really bad draw.. i mean, it could be worst.. look at Juanqui. He has to play Tommy Haas in R1.
I agree with star, Moya'll be tough, but we'll see what happens :) C'MON GUILLE!!

argiesf
05-21-2004, 05:42 PM
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)who won the Munich title on clay the week after reaching the Monte-Carlo quarterfinals. Plus the others could be Robredo, Moya, Gonzalez, Youzhny, Zabaleta..and more...RG is not easy from the get go.

FUERZA MAGO!!!!!!!!

Carito_90
05-21-2004, 10:40 PM
He can beat em all if he's in good shape. Moya's the really tough guy but he wont meet him untill R4.

Ma. Estefania
05-21-2004, 10:42 PM
Hmm....I think his quarter isn't that bad as other ones like Safin or even Ferrero IMO.

I think that he'd not have any too tough match until the 3rd round where he could face Zabaleta who is always dangerous and when is battle between Argentine vs. Argentine....you never know.

VAMOS GUILLE!

LubiG
05-22-2004, 02:16 AM
He can do it :D
Moya is tough, but he has beat Carlos b4...

alita
05-23-2004, 11:58 AM
Hmm....I think his quarter isn't that bad as other ones like Safin or even Ferrero IMO.
yeah~ Marat's quater is really really tough! But I think he can do it~

Carito_90
05-23-2004, 03:01 PM
Moya is tough, but he has beat Carlos b4...


If Carlos' not 100%, he can beat easily beat him.

Guille's Girl
05-23-2004, 04:33 PM
Guille match is the second one on Court 1 tomorrow after Nadia Petrova vs...someone. Womens match so it won't be long ^^.v, Petrova's match starts at 11 a.m. Paris time..

Dirk
05-23-2004, 09:17 PM
:lol: Coria did an AOL chat. What else did he say? Coria and Moya if they meet in the qrts could decide who wins the event. Its the match of the tournament I think.

undomiele
05-23-2004, 09:33 PM
Good luck tomorrow Guille!

Guille's Girl
05-23-2004, 09:52 PM
Yeah Dirk it's cool. Here it is for ya:

Let's welcome Guillermo Coria to America Online!
CORIA GUILLERMO: Hello everybody! It's a pleasure to chat with you again...I am ready...Listening!!

Let's start with the first question of the night...
Mago, Do you feel confident enough to win the Roland Garros?
CORIA GUILLERMO: Ufffff....yes, I feel very confident. I am craving for it, I am preparing myself very well, but I am very aware of the fact that it is a long and tough tournament.


Hello Mago!! First of all I want to tell you that it is a pleasure to watch you in the court and even more when it is a dust one. You are wonderful!! This is Joshua from Mexico and I would like to ask you if you think Federer could be the greatest tennis player of the tennis history.
CORIA GUILLERMO: Firstly, thank you for the compliments....Yes, I think Federer could make history. I'm not sure if as much as Sampras did, but undoubtfully he has potential.


When do you start playing at Roland Garros?
CORIA GUILLERMO: On Sunday I will learn whether I debut on Monday or Tuesday....I don't know who am I debuting with, the chart will be released this Friday. We'll see who am I going to play with...

Congratulations on your web page, it is terrific! So, when is the Davis Cup coming to Argentina?
CORIA GUILLERMO: Next year I wish!! Undoubtfully, this is the dream all Argentine players have. And thank you for prasing the web page =0)

Mago: How does it feel to be the number 3 of the world?
CORIA GUILLERMO: I feel very proud of it...After having worked so hard, achieving this position makes me happy. But my goal is to become the number 1.
I work for that and I hope to achieve it one day!!


How are the service changes going? How will you manage at Roland Garros?
CORIA GUILLERMO: At Roland Garros my service will be the old one because with the new one I got injured twice...It is not worth to keep insisting on it, I will work with the old one and that's it.


Which Argentine player do you think has more future?
CORIA GUILLERMO: Nalbandian: all his shots are very solid and besides, he plays very well on any surface.


To you, who are the candidates to win the title at Roland Garros?
CORIA GUILLERMO: Ufff.... Many: Safin is very dangerous...If he is relaxed and straight he is very dangerous. Also Federer... Some other Argentine too and of course, some Spanish.


Where are you exactly in France?
CORIA GUILLERMO: I'm in Paris, very close to the club, in an apart hotel. It's very nice!

Mago: is it true that since you dedicate too much to being the number one of the world you don't have friends? In the tournaments...
CORIA GUILLERMO: I get along with many Spanish and Argentine tennis players. But it is true that I spend a lot of time focused on being the number one and I don't spend too much time in the club...Friends are those you make during the childhood, at school for example. It's not easy to make friends in the circuit!!

Hi Guillermo! This is Romina Liz and I'm from Buenos Aires...I just want you receive my good vibes. You are in a position you`ve earned by your own...Keep on going!! You are a simple person and a fighter. I'm sure you will be the number 1!!!!
CORIA GUILLERMO: Woooooo! Thank you!! I wish I'll be the number 1!!!


What do you think about Federer? To me, if you make him move from side to side he doesn't exist...
CORIA GUILLERMO: Noooooo! His revés is not as good as the drive, but if you don't make him move well, sooner or later he catches you with his right and it's hard! He is complete!!!!

Hello Master!!!!! Congratulations on this great moment!!! How will you physically get to Roland Garros with your injuries? As regards the 2003 edition. In which aspects have you improved?? Good luck!!
CORIA GUILLERMO: I will get there physically fine...This week I'm working on endurance to resist five sets. Compared to the last year, now I feel more experienced and with a more solid game. And the most important thing: I feel more respected because of the results I have achieved!!!


Who would you like to play with and win, of course?
CORIA GUILLERMO: Ufff... As long as I get to the finals...with anyone!!!!!! Right now I would like to have a rematch with Federer!! We'll see...

I was never interested in tennis, I always played football, until you!!! And you will be the number one to me!!!! Say hi to your wife from me...Don't get angry about that!!!
CORIA GUILLERMO: Jajajaja. I'm glad that you have got interested in tennis because of me! I like it when people get hooked to the TV set watching tennis! I wish tennis were as popular as football is in Argentina!


Did you read that today Moya said that to him, you, Federer and himself are the candidates, but that mentally you were the right one?
CORIA GUILLERMO: No, I didn't know that... What a compliment! I hope he is right!...If he told that, having won in France, we'll have to belive him =0)


Have you thought about coming to the Mexican Open next year?
CORIA GUILLERMO: There's a long time to go!! Yes, I want to go to Acapulco to play... I've been told good thing about that. Besides, it's on the same week than Dubai, which is far away. And of course, I'd rather play in dust!

To me, you will play Ferrero in the final... What do you think?
CORIA GUILLERMO: What a pressure!!! Well, I am not sure if Ferrero will play, but if it does, no doubth he has what it takes to be in the final... I just hope I will be therer whether he will be or not!

Who is your favorite soccer player?

CORIA GUILLERMO: That is a tough question... I think Thierry Henry, from Arsenal, is great... Among the Argentinean, Pablo Aimer, who plays in Valencia... I also like the way Lucas Bernardi, fromo Monaco, but he is a good friend of mine!

How is the relationship with Luza since the Davis Cup affair?
CORIA GUILLERMO: With Luza everything is cool. Personally, we write each other very often. I don't know who is going to be the next coach, but as I said before, Mancini or Jaite are more than qualified for the job...

How is Moya in person?

¿Qué tal es como persona Moyá?
CORIA GUILLERMO: He is awesome! We have a very good relationship. He is a "hang loose" kind of guy... Never in a hurry, always in a good mood...

Federer is a great player, but he is nothing compare to you!!!
CORIA GUILLERMO: Jajajaja. Well, I am not sure: He beat me a week ago!!!! But thank you anyway!


Guille, when do you plan stop playing professionaly?
CORIA GUILLERMO: Well, I always saw myself playing until I am 27 or 28, but you never know... Lets wait and see how time treats me!

I read that you admired Marcelo Ríos when you were a child. What aspect of his game you liked the most?
CORIA GUILLERMO: His talent, no doubt... The way he smothly moved in the court... When he was at the top of his game he was so complete that nobody wanted to face him!

With all the due respect, tdon't you think that the numer 3 player of the world should be working with a more professional and more experienced group of people?
CORIA GUILLERMO: Well, no... And that is because I think they are very professional already! Besides, I have had very good results wiht them. I trust them a hundred percent and I am very happy!

How are you going to prepare yourself for Wimbledon? Is it true that you will play one tournament before?
CORIA GUILLERMO: Not one, I will play two! This year I realized that if I want to be as complete as Federer is, I have to be able to play well on grass too. I don't want to arrive to Wimbledon and be eliminated in the first round like last year...


Thanks Guillermo Coria for having chated with AOL Argentina members!
CORIA GUILLERMO: I was my pleasure! I hope I can give you all joy wiht my tennis. Oh, I want to thank all the fans that send e-mails or leave messages in the boards in my site! ¡¡¡Chauuuuuuuuuuu!!!

Ma. Estefania
05-24-2004, 04:36 AM
Thanx for that transcript!

I :inlove: the way he answered every question, you know, with the exclamation marks and the laughs, je je, it just shows his great and friendly personality :D

LOL to his wife's part.... :lol:

alita
05-24-2004, 10:18 AM
Very nice, guille's girl! Thanks!;)

alita
05-24-2004, 01:15 PM
Coria vs Nikolay Davydenko 6-4,6-2,6-0!
GOOD JOB! guille!

star
05-24-2004, 03:31 PM
:bigclap: for the interview!! It was great!!

Here is typical Guille! :lol:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/images/pics/large/b_h0524_galerie13.jpg

star
05-24-2004, 03:31 PM
Coria dismantles Davydenko
By Nyree Epplett
Monday, May 24, 2004

Third-seeded Argentine Guillermo Coria is back in the winner’s camp, and the tiny claycourt master is pitching his tent!

Prior to his loss to Roger Federer in the AMS Hamburg final one week ago, Coria had wracked up an enviable 31-match winning streak on the red dirt, the longest since Thomas Muster won 38 in a row in 1995-96.

On Monday afternoon at Roland Garros the man they call ‘Willy’ systematically dismantled the talented Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-4 6-2 6-2 to advance to the second round.

“I feel like I have the potential to win this tournament. There ‘s a lot of people at the top though,” surmised the third seed after the win.

It was a clinical display of near-flawless tennis. Coria’s claycourt guile, speed, aggression and piercing groundstrokes combined perfectly to dissect the game of a player who is certainly no claycourt slouch. Davydenko won on clay in Munich last month, reached the quarters in Monte Carlo and the round of 16 in Rome. Some tennis pundits had predicted a ‘bun fight’ for Coria on Court Two. How wrong they were.

“I was feeling very strong on the court, I ran for two hours,” said the 22-year-old, who reached the semi final here last year before running out of puff against Dutch surprise packet Martin Verkerk.

“As soon as I broke his serve, he slowed down a little,” said Coria who slammed 27 winners during the match.

Coria is named after his countryman Guillermo Vilas. His tennis coach father Oscar introduced him to tennis not long after he started to walk. He won the Roland Garros junior title in 1999 and last year he compiled a 38-5 clay court record, the best on the circuit.

It all points to the start of another streak that just may propel the Argentine to his first Grand Slam singles title in two weeks time.

“This is a Grand Slam, a tournament I really want to win. I’m feeling better than in Hamburg, I think I’ve really improved on my game since then.

“Last year I was less experienced. This year I’m a little more concentrated and looking after my physical form.”

Ma. Estefania
05-24-2004, 03:41 PM
Thanx for the article, Star.

And lol to the pic posted here.....but it's ok....we love him just as he is :kiss:

Congrats Guille! :bigclap:

Safin_Henman
05-24-2004, 05:01 PM
eeeeeeee! Congrats Coria!!!!!!!!

mordicus18
05-24-2004, 05:46 PM
He stays the best !!!
so gooood ! I hope I can see rg on tv on wednesday afternoon. do you know if he will play that day ?
:devil: mordicus :devil:
guillermo est horriblement méticuleux, vous ne trouvez pas ? :p

Guille's Girl
05-24-2004, 07:52 PM
No prob y'all :D

YaY!!!! Go Guille!!!! Here's the interview from today :D :D Very cool.

Q. The bandage on your thigh, what is going on your with thigh? Did it affect you during the match?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No. This is just precaution. Against Federer, I wasn't feeling very well actually. It's nothing very serious. I just put the bandage on to feel more at ease, but I wasn't affected by it at all.



Q. You started quite well, and then Davydenko tried to follow up on the machine. Is that the way you understand the match?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No. He started quite well actually. He was hitting the ball very well. I think the fact that he started the match playing quite well helped me to concentrate. Fortunately, I broke his serve quite easily. First I went to Love-4. I think that I played quite well from the beginning to the end of the match.

I think I had good preparation. I was feeling very strong when I came onto the court. I ran for two hours. At the end of the match, I think I played really well. I think I'm doing very well for the moment.



Q. If you compare your situation today physically compared with Hamburg...

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, I'm feeling much better than in Hamburg. Definitely in Hamburg I wasn't feeling very strong in the legs. When my legs aren't working well, I can't move properly. I don't have the same speed. That affects the way the ball moves.

Here, there is a Grand Slam, it's a tournament I really want to win, and I'm really delighted because I think I've really improved on my game since Hamburg.



Q. We felt that you were very nervous at the beginning of this match.

GUILLERMO CORIA: No, not nervous. I was a little surprised at the game of Davydenko. He came onto the court and started running all around the place, playing very deep. As soon as I broke his serve, then his game slowed down a little.

But he started very strong, indeed.



Q. It's not only the time you spend playing, it's the time you spend between the games. Does this help you? You talk a lot, move around a lot.

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, this is the way I've always been. If I make a mistake during the game, I usually talk to myself. Of course, I realize that I made a mistake, so I tell myself that I should have played the shot differently. It keeps me active.

If I'm not talking to myself to correct my mistake, that means I'm daydreaming, not really into the match. So I keep talking to myself not to make the same mistake the next point.



Q. You keep saying, "Come on, Seb." Do you call yourself Seb?>

GUILLERMO CORIA: It's one of my nicknames.



Q. When you look at the draw and you see you're going to play a lot of clay-courters as opposed to fast-court players, is this something that worries you to think that Zabaleta, so on, are coming up?>

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, I don't think two matches ahead. They have to win their match and I have to win my match. I play one at a time. So Monaco has won his match. I knew it was going to be a difficult match today. I knew I would have to play very well in order to win.

I was playing someone who isn't a clay courter today. Of course, I have played with Juan. This is a match that I'm going to have to play very well, the way I played today actually, and try to win it.



Q. When Andre Agassi lost today, he said the last time he felt very well is when he played against you.

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, that's very kind of him. I wanted him to train with me. It wasn't not possible. He didn't want to.

I do think it gives me mental strength and it enables me to go on the court and play, like today, one of the best matches in my life.



Q. Did he say something to you?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No. Well, last year we had trained together, and before the draw I trained with him, and I realized that I could beat him. I found out about his weaknesses. This year he didn't want to repeat the experience. He wanted to wait for the draw.



Q. Was this one of the best matches of your life or the one you played against Agassi?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No, I meant the one I played against Agassi.



Q. But today's match was very good, as well.

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, as far as this year's concerned, it's been one of my best matches. I've been playing very well. I was playing very good shots, very good serves. But that match against Agassi, apart from the first set, was spectacular.



Q. Can you tell us more about how well you know Juan Monaco? He's a good friend of yours?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes, we know each other very well. He started in Buenos Aires on the professional tour. He's a very nice person. We're going to have to play each other and I've got to win. He is going to want to take his revenge from Buenos Aires, and I want to win, as well, of course, because the tournament's only just begun.



Q. At some point, 3-0 today, you said, "What the heck does this guy have in him?" Do you think people take time, they push you to your limits? Do you think you need to take time to know your opponent?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, that's the way Davydenko plays. I do admit I was surprised at the way he plays on clay. Of course, you say this and that during the match because of the tension. He arrived on the court with a lot of will to win the match. He was playing very well. When I arrive on the court, usually I know that my opponent is going to give it everything he has, but I have to stay concentrated. When they sort of lapse, I have to take that opportunity to make the difference.

Against Horna, Almagro, and today, when there's a lack of intensity, that's when he move ahead, try to take the advantage.



Q. Is this a very difficult beginning for you at Roland Garros as compared to the past or does this strengthen your position as a favorite? Do you think you're a true favorite to win this tournament, as people have said?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, the fact that you're winning matches in the way I won it is very important for me because I've been playing as I've been training, that is to say very well. Maybe I'm a favorite. I don't know. I feel that I have possibilities to win this tournament, as I've said in the past. A number of players have the same will to win this tournament and are playing very well.

There's a lot of people at the top. So you've got to take one match at a time and try to improve at each match, and hopefully get to the end and win the tournament. I've trained really hard in order to reach the last day.



Q. The journalists have already put you among the favorites for this tournament. What about your colleagues? What do they say to you?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, no, I just turn up, do my best, then go home to the hotel.



Q. So there's no difference compared to last year?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, last year I had less experience. I arrived, I was a bit tired, I walked around. This year I'm a little bit more concentrated. I'm looking after my physical condition, which is very important. If you're moving from one court to another, it's not always very restful. Of course, I talked to other players, but sometimes we talk about football or something else, not necessarily about the matches.

Q. Out of the Argentinians, who would you say is playing best at the moment?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Nalbandian. All of them, I think, have been playing well for some time. Unfortunately, Canas is playing another Argentinian in the first round, which is quite unfortunate because both have the possibilities to go far in this tournament. They will be forced to play myself or Monaco in the next round. We all have the possibility to go far in Roland Garros, but I think they're all playing well.



Q. Out of the four or five names that are given as possible winners this year, do you think there's one that's really above everyone else? Who would you think has possibilities?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Out of the favorites, I think there's Federer, Moya, Roddick. I think that Ferrero is not going to play. But you also have Costa who is a very good player. He reaches the semifinals last year playing really well. All the Spaniards.

I wasn't a favorite last year, and I reached the semifinals. This is a tournament that's very open. A lot of players have possibilities. Safin.

If Augustin Calleri is feeling well, I think he can win. Safin is a wonderful player. This surface is good for him. If he's on a good day, it's difficult to beat him.

Guille's Girl
05-24-2004, 07:54 PM
bwahaha, "Seb"...

star
05-24-2004, 08:27 PM
Seb :eek:

Guille's Girl
05-24-2004, 08:52 PM
His middle name is Sebastian.

Guille's Girl
05-25-2004, 04:04 PM
oh yeah this is a weird part of that interview...

Q. When Andre Agassi lost today, he said the last time he felt very well is when he played against you.

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, that's very kind of him. I wanted him to train with me. It wasn't not possible. He didn't want to.

I do think it gives me mental strength and it enables me to go on the court and play, like today, one of the best matches in my life.



Q. Did he say something to you?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No. Well, last year we had trained together, and before the draw I trained with him, and I realized that I could beat him. I found out about his weaknesses. This year he didn't want to repeat the experience. He wanted to wait for the draw.



Q. Was this one of the best matches of your life or the one you played against Agassi?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No, I meant the one I played against Agassi.



Q. But today's match was very good, as well.

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, as far as this year's concerned, it's been one of my best matches. I've been playing very well. I was playing very good shots, very good serves. But that match against Agassi, apart from the first set, was spectacular.
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Guille is talking about last years RG. Andre was talking about the LAST match he played against him. At the Pacific Life Open.

Ma. Estefania
05-25-2004, 07:48 PM
:lol: to Seb

Guille's Girl
05-26-2004, 12:34 PM
YaY!!! Go Guille. 7-5 :( 6-1, 6-3!!!! Not so bad. Monaco kinda had ya goin' there for a sec eh? But you is da shiz so no biggie for thou. Dude, it was like Hewitt appeared on the court when he won that 1st set! :lol: Yeah he was hype. Who's next? I heard Mariano was losing :( But he's coming back! He won the 3rd set. OH SHIZNIT!!!!!!!!! Juan Ignacio Chela messed Verdasco UP!!! Go kid. Hey it's the day of the Argintines. C'mon Mariano, this ain't the time to be getting your butt kicked :(

Guille's Girl
05-26-2004, 01:14 PM
Ok Ancic is next.

alita
05-26-2004, 03:12 PM
Ancic~another young man~
GOooo Guille(C'mon seb;))

here are some pics from the match vs Monaco

mordicus18
05-26-2004, 04:41 PM
guille has down a good job again today. :worship: but I'm not happy because he has played this moning and I was at school ! :mad:
I'm seeing the match between Olivier Mutis and Andy Roddick. Mutis is young and he plays very well (and he is French too ;) ), Roddick is very very angry :D because of Mutis' good game (I'm not what I saiy is a very good english sentence :confused: )

GUILLERMO YOU'RE THE BEST !!!!

:toothy: tu vas tous les bouffer !

:devil: mordicus :devil:

Ma. Estefania
05-26-2004, 07:24 PM
Congrats Guille :D

I couldn't watch the match, but it looks like the 1st set was a tough one, I bet that it was because Mónaco is a guy that doesn't respect anyone (I'm saying this in a good way) and is quite agressive.

But good to know that Guille could handle it :)

Guille's Girl
05-27-2004, 01:40 AM
Hey look, I'm doing good in the Argentina and France department. My countries are winning!!!!!!!! Ok maybe I should root for an American....woman...Ok go Venus! even though I want Amelie to win ;) Bot I'm off topic.

ANYWAY, Guille and Mario haven't played eachother. I wonder how long it'll take Guille to get some rhythm with this guy. But he's da shiz so he can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VAMOS MAGO!!! (Seb :p)

Carito_90
05-27-2004, 01:57 AM
I'm seeing the match between Olivier Mutis and Andy Roddick. Mutis is young and he plays very well (and he is French too ), Roddick is very very angry because of Mutis' good game

Well Andy's not angry. He was playing like CRAP. He wasn't focused... he looked more focused while practising before the matches lol
Nah it was really painful to watch. He played sooooo bad.

Now as regards Coria, i didn't watch the whole match, just a lil part of the first set (And yes GG, i think everyone has a Hewitt inside LOL) and they were both playing amazingly well. Monaco was shooting some great balls and also was Coria. Of course, when Guille won the first set, Monaco started playing not that well you know... he was probably very dissapointed because he had played such a great first set and dispite of that he lost it.
Guille probably started playing even better. I can imagine that he gained a lot of confidence there so yeah, i can understand why Coria won lol Although i'm kinda sad that Monaco lost... well actually i'm kinda sad that they had to play against each other so early.. i was hoping Monaco would last untill 4th round... but well, draws are draws, we can't change em.

Go Mago! We wanna see u kickin some more asses!! :devil: lol

alita
05-27-2004, 02:55 AM
Carito~urmm^^" You must be sad now? because of Andy's loss :D
Many dark horses, Henin is defeated too, really surprise!:eek: (maybe her injury effected her?)

Many seeded were out~~:o GUille, YOU MUST HOLD ON!!

alita
05-27-2004, 08:31 AM
More pics from yesterday;)

alita
05-27-2004, 03:01 PM
GUILLE's schedules

LENGLEN 11:00 Start
1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Marlene Weingartner (GER) v. Nadia Petrova (RUS)[8]
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Michael Llodra (FRA) v. Julien Jeanpierre (FRA)
3. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Marissa Irvin (USA) v. Lindsay Davenport (USA)[5]
4. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Mario Ancic (CRO) v. Guillermo Coria (ARG)[3]

Carito_90
05-27-2004, 03:57 PM
Carito~urmm^^" You must be sad now? because of Andy's loss

Well yeah i'm quite dissapointed... but you know, he wasn't concentrated, he was playing like sh*t to be honest so, he kinda deserved to lose unfourtunately.
I'm also really pissed at him cuz he said he's going to the US before going to London for Queens... I mean, Queens' only 10 from now! why's he going to the US? to spend what? 4 days there?... such a waste of time.

Anyway, I'm also sad that Justine lost. She was probably very sick and didn't feel well. It's very hard to make a physical activity with that kind of sickness, very dangerous.

And it's true that many seeded players have been defeated before reaching the 3rd round at least. But I'm sure Coria wont, don't worry ;)

alita
05-27-2004, 04:55 PM
I'm also really pissed at him cuz he said he's going to the US before going to London for Queens... I mean, Queens' only 10 from now! why's he going to the US? to spend what? 4 days there?... such a waste of time.
:smash: Andy miss his mom~ :lol:

Carito_90
05-27-2004, 08:04 PM
Oh maybe alita :)

I just hope that new girlfriend he has had nothing to do with his desition...

Safin_Henman
05-27-2004, 10:29 PM
Andy has a new gf???

Carito_90
05-27-2004, 10:54 PM
Yah, Lauren Bedford (or as i like to call her, 'the blondie' lol). She's a model and she's 19 years old. I dunno much about her but she first appeared in one of Andy's matches at Indian Wells. They first said that they were friends but now it's 'confirmed': they're dating.

I don't really like her, not the type of girl I'd like him to date... but I didn't like Mandy either although i prefer her instead of the blondie (hey, never liked mandy before lol). I just want him to be single untill i'm 18 :devil: :lol:
No seriously, if he thinks she's okay and he's happy with her, it's fine by me... as far as he doesn't start loosing every match he plays :rolleyes: lol

undomiele
05-27-2004, 11:39 PM
hehe I had to check twice I was in the guillermo coria forum... ;)
Go Guille!
:D

Carito_90
05-28-2004, 01:09 AM
LMAO!
Sorry undomiele :)

Go Guille Go! :banana:

Guille's Girl
05-28-2004, 11:23 AM
Thank you undomiele. crap...

star
05-28-2004, 11:35 AM
Naughty Carito! :D

(You are too used to the relaxed rules of that other place so you can go :topic: about anything anytime! ;) )

I'm hoping that we get to see some of Coria today on TV. And I hope my taping set up is ok, because yesterday didn't go so good. And I'm afraid I've started to look ahead to Moya. Ay ay ay.

Vamos Guille!

alita
05-28-2004, 01:06 PM
(You are too used to the relaxed rules of that other place so you can go off topic about anything anytime!
May I have this privilege too? :D

star
05-28-2004, 01:27 PM
It's always ok with me, but others might not like it too much. :D

alita
05-28-2004, 01:36 PM
:D

iloveguille
05-28-2004, 03:45 PM
Guille just won! YEAH!!!!!!!!! 6-3, 6-1, 6-2. You're the best, Guille!

Carito_90
05-28-2004, 03:52 PM
LMAO sorry GG ;)
And star... well yeah i'm kinda TOO used to that LOL

I'm so glad Guille won! I've just finished watching his match... well actually i only watched the last set and he played amazingly well! It was great to watch, hitting lots of winners, good long points, very exciting. :)
The good thing is that Guille comes from playing very short matches so it's a great advantage. I hope he keeps up with that! GO GUILLE!

mordicus18
05-28-2004, 04:24 PM
GRRR ! I was at school today again ! :mad: that's why I haven't seen his match, and on tv, they spoke only about french players (I like the players from my country, but at that moment I needed news about guille !! :D )...
I have only heard that he would play on sunday, is it true ? :confused: it would be coool !! no school and no homeworks for next week ! :wavey:

:devil: mordicus :devil:
ps : who's got msn messenger here ?

alita
05-28-2004, 04:38 PM
I need a help! I couldn't open the interview in official site! Someone help me?
Could you post the interview here?? Thanks, I just can not open the site! I don't know what the hell problem about the website!
the interview……

dominique00026
05-28-2004, 07:42 PM
Here is the Interview from the Roland Garros site :)


Q. Can you just sort of assess your play in the tournament so far and how you're feeling?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Today it was perhaps the quickest it's been in the last three matches, and most of all because I was able to take advantage of every single possibility that I had. So I'm looking forward to the next game, and I'm happy about the level I've been able to keep up with so far.

Q. Why was the ball quick, and do you think that was a disadvantage for you?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No, it wasn't really a disadvantage for me, but it was difficult to stand on the court because you see a lot of the cement which you don't see in many of the other courts. Perhaps last year the court was the slowest. This year, it's the quickest.

In the beginning, it was difficult for me perhaps, and then I was able to adjust to it and I was able to move freely on the court.

So I think that it went well. I'm happy because I felt well. I adjusted quickly.

Q. Just talk about the pressure. You're now into the fourth round, as one of the favorites, do you feel the pressure is building on you? Can you talk about how you're dealing with that pressure?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No, I'm relaxed going into the next match. I know the next match is going to be difficult against Escude. He will be supported by the public. He's been playing very well as far as I've been able to see.

And pressure, on my side, is the same as for any other player. Everyone who comes here feels a bit of pressure on him, but I am relaxed. I trusted myself and I'm not thinking that I'm going to win whatever the case. There's not that much pressure on me.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish, please.

Q. One has the sensation that this was different from the previous two matches, and perhaps you didn't have the same rhythm here, the same pace. The player you were playing against didn't have the same pace.

GUILLERMO CORIA: I think this was important, the fact that I was able to break him. With other players, you always have to be prepared that they are not going to set the right pace, and you have to concentrate when you're serving. It is difficult because you play in a different kind of way.

So, thankfully, I was able to play differently from the match that I played against Juan Monaco. But I am very happy because I thought it was going to be a long and difficult match. After all, I was able to wrap it up rather quickly.

So it means that when we were leveled, I played well.

Q. You had a number of unforced errors, and he had a greater number.

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes, he had many forehand unforced errors. The fact that I was able to win quickly in the first set meant that he improved later, and I had to adjust my game to this.

You have a difficult time if you play him in the middle of the court, and that can be very dangerous in his case. The thing is that I was able to concentrate and focus on my serve, although I had made a few mistakes. I had been a bit distracted, and then I was able to focus again on the game and to readjust.

Also, because I felt physically well, I'm going optimistically into the next match.

Q. At the next level, everything is difficult, but Escude plays very well and he's also a Frenchman.

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes, when he's playing in an inspired manner, he can be very dangerous. He reaches the net very quickly, and he's a very complete player. One has to be really relaxed, but you also have to try to control the game. You know that he has very good strokes, and you have to take advantage of whatever possibilities he gives me, he opens up for me. I also have to serve well.

Above all, I have to keep my head, because he's going to have the public on his side.

Q. Physically, everything is going well? Everything is going as you had planned for?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes, better than I had planned for. The match with Monaco was a long one, and I have not really been tired out in any of my matches. I hope that -- I probably will have to run even more during the next match, but I hope that everything will turn out well.

Q. Statistics always speak about errors made by your opponents, which are greater than yours. To what extent do you make him make mistakes when you play deep balls or when you play high balls? Do you make him make an unforced error? Is it because you do so, or because it's his fault?

GUILLERMO CORIA: With Zabaleta, he played very well. I tried to make him uncomfortable. When I thought he was taking advantage of the backhand or my forehand, I tried to put him at a disadvantage. Then I tried to make him move on the court, and he began to make a number of unforced errors. That's when I was trying to speed up the game and to answer his every stroke.

So I tried to find a way for the other player to begin to make mistakes, and I think he lost patience because to some extent he realized that he was not able to fight his way and to make me make the same mistakes.

So I really took advantage of the breakpoints, as I said before, because if he was able to take off, he would have been dangerous.

Q. Are you close to Roland Garros? Are you here with your family? You've not lost any sets. Is that the ideal plan? Is there something that you feel has not been taking place with respect to what you had planned for?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No, everything is going very well. It's nice to be in an apartment, close to Roland Garros, and not to have to spend a lot of time in transportation. I can rest, I can lie down, and I can train if I wish to, and I also can have physical attention if I need it. I can walk if I feel like it, I can see films if that's what I want. So I'm rather happy because my family's here. In the beginning, they were not able to come to Roland Garros because I didn't have entries for them, but this time I'm very happy.

Q. Will you go to the movies?

GUILLERMO CORIA: No, on DVD. I've seen a number of films, but I don't remember which ones.

Q. Last year you came single; this year, you are here and are married. Aside from tennis and one more year of experience, how does this change things?

GUILLERMO CORIA: A lot of it, because I'm very happy. Having a wife is very important for me. I spend a lot of time with her, with my family, and with all those who surround me, with Marcelo, with Federico. This means that this is very important for me.

Whenever I have a doubt about my tennis, I can always ask them, and they're always there for me to provide advice if I need it. So it's important to be with people that are on your side and who trust you fully.

Otherwise, there would be something missing there.

Ma. Estefania
05-28-2004, 09:18 PM
He sounds very comfortable and relaxed (in a good way). :)

Guille's Girl
05-28-2004, 10:26 PM
YaY!!!! Go Guille!!! I got to see some of the match!!!!!!! :D *sighs* It was bliss. Escude on sunday. Ouch, Frechman. The crowd is gonna be irate. *shudders* Vamos Mago!!! Damnit! My Grandmother is gonna be here! *sighs* everyone needs to be quite :sad: please.

Carito_90
05-28-2004, 10:50 PM
Oh I don't think the french crowd bothers him much. He has many people that support him there you know... although probably most of the people will be cheering for Escude, that's understandable.

He'll definetely win it. Straight sets, he seems to be with a lot of confidence and playing really great tennis. So neither Escude nor the french crowd should be a problem for him :)

kandykane
05-29-2004, 05:08 AM
Does he speak English at all? i damn do wanna see him do an interview without a translater.

Guille's Girl
05-29-2004, 01:36 PM
Nope, he can't kandykane. So I'm stuck over here studying Spanish :lol: He can UNDERSTAND english though. Uhm, after the "loss" in Miami, they interviewed him (on camera ya!) and uhm, when the lady was asking him questions in English, he understood what she was saying. It took her a while to figure out she didn't have to translate to Spanish after she finished the question :rolleyes: So like on the last 2 questions she didn't translate to Spanish and he understood what she was saying in English.

Back to the next match. Eh, Guille is very strong mentally. The crowd in France can get quite awful though. Did anyone see the match between Spadea and uhm, that French kid? I forget his name. Dude, Vincente actually got the supervisor out on the court to get a fan taken out! And the Mutis vs Roddick match. The crowd booed Andy when he asked for a towel. I was like "damn! Andy needs to win just to piss y'all off!" Golly gee, there's patriotism, then there's insanity. Guille needs to be careful with this crowd I swear. Don't argue calls, don't say shit....unless it gets really bad like, say uhm, Trent Hassel fouling Shaq O'neil but the refs refuse to call a foul. It if gets like THAT, throw a frickin' hissy. Crap, ok, VAMOS MAGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carito_90
05-29-2004, 02:41 PM
Well I think Guille can speak english a lil bit, but he's ashamed of speaking. But probably he speaks a very little bit.

Yah there's a lot of patrosism over there... i mean just like in other countries but there they are pretty unrespectful towards the players. (Even tho I have to admit, people over here aren't very 'nice' either... usually we yell to the player when he misses the first serve LOL, we're like "nope, nope, nope".. it's quite funny tho lol)

Oh and Guille can say whatever he wants in spanish... just a few people will get it anyway ;)
But you know.. people there really like Coria so I don't think they'll boo him... although they're probably not gonna cheer for him but you know... as far as they don't boo him, it's okay :) He has to get focused on his game, that's all.
Oh and now that Roger lost (YAY! GO GUGA! lol) Guille's possibilities to win RG are much bigger! So that's a great thing to have on count ;)

GO GUILLE! GOOD LUCK TOMORROW :)

star
05-29-2004, 02:53 PM
Sometimes the French have a special feeling for these special clay players. Guga is a player they have loved from the very beginning. I think Coria is one of them too. You can see Coria's heart when he plays on clay. He has that quiet intensity that I adore. :hearts: The French love artistry, and Guille is a clay artist. :)

Carito_90
05-29-2004, 03:02 PM
Couldn't have explained it better myself ;)

But hey.. i think EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE loves Guga. You can't hate him :)

Fostin
05-29-2004, 03:04 PM
go guille gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo arrongant rogie looost! :)

Carito_90
05-29-2004, 03:06 PM
arrogant rogie :lol:

I think even fans wanted Roger to lose. Everyone was sick of watching him win everything :lol:

alita
05-29-2004, 03:43 PM
Well, IMO,I don't think Roger is arrogant:rolleyes:
Am not his fan, but I think he is a nice guy. :)

congrats Guga! And Good luck GUille!

Carito_90
05-29-2004, 04:07 PM
Well I think since he became #1 in the world he's changed. I really liked him but for some reason I don't now. Umm well maybe it's not that I don't like him AT ALL but I definetely don't like him as much as i did before. Just my opinion :) I respect the ones that like him... but it seemed as if everyone wanted him to lose against Guga lol even the fans... everyone was saying "I want Guga to win but I think Roger will". I even heard that from a few fans of him.. it was funny actually lol

Fostin
05-29-2004, 08:40 PM
Well I think since he became #1 in the world he's changed. I really liked him but for some reason I don't now. Umm well maybe it's not that I don't like him AT ALL but I definetely don't like him as much as i did before. Just my opinion :) I respect the ones that like him... but it seemed as if everyone wanted him to lose against Guga lol even the fans... everyone was saying "I want Guga to win but I think Roger will". I even heard that from a few fans of him.. it was funny actually lol

exactly! I feel it in the same way as you. I feel he is changed 4 some reason, his attitude is more coincited... maybe im crazy lol, but I always look that kind of details in the court... ;)

alita
05-30-2004, 03:11 AM
urmm……maybe, many people talked about that he was changed. :shrug: I don't know. Actually I really don't know the detail he makes in the courts or out off the courts. May be he really has changed, but anyway, I cann't tell, when I think of Roger, the picture that he held a triumph with cry in Wimbledon is come to my mind, :shrug: I don't know, maybe he changed a lot, but that moment is really really impressed me~~:)

off topic again.hehe...:smash:

mordicus18
05-30-2004, 02:09 PM
the match coria/escudé will begin soon... wahou ! I will see them on tv !!! my mother told me guille would beat escudé very easily ! tro mortel !
:devil: mordicus :devil:

mordicus18
05-30-2004, 02:43 PM
the match is finish ! I HATE french channels ! they said they would show us guille's match, but they show us only henman/llodra ! I'M VERY ANGRY !!!
:devil: mordicus :devil:

iloveguille
05-30-2004, 02:45 PM
Guille won the match! It was 6-0 and Escude retired...

mordicus18
05-30-2004, 02:51 PM
pfff.... stupid french channels.... they only said that guille was playing very well and the public was surprised and in anger too, because they don't know why escude retired...
mais j'ai la poisse ! à chaque fois que je veux regarder guille à la télé il sa passe un truc ! pas contente ! niah
:devil: mordicus :devil:

alita
05-30-2004, 02:52 PM
Yeah! GOD JOB! Guille! :yeah:
But hope Escude is ok~

star
05-30-2004, 03:03 PM
Too bad for Escude, but :yippee: for Guille!!

willie
05-30-2004, 03:03 PM
great set for willie!!! :D , next step quarterfinals against moya or robredo.

MiLoU_tAn
05-30-2004, 03:04 PM
hi everyone. i'm new here. it's nice to see that there are lots of guille fans. anyway, the roland garros matches are not shown here in the philippines :( i just saw guille's game result :D great job for him. hope he could play a good match against moya. goodluck. hello to all guille fans :)

alita
05-30-2004, 03:10 PM
:wavey: :wavey: Milou!
Another one from Asia! :hug:

MiLoU_tAn
05-30-2004, 03:17 PM
oh hi alita. ;)

goodluck to guille!

alita
05-30-2004, 03:27 PM
Escude has the stomach flu... but its weird cos he's coming out to play his doubles match. undomiela said that in another thread.

No^^" it look so weird!!
Now I know Nicolas is ok now.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Guille's Girl
05-30-2004, 04:22 PM
Hi Milou!!! Crap! That was fast. So Escude is ok? Hmm, yeah odd. Oh well! Guille's gonna be all nice and fresh for his next opponent :yeah:

Fostin
05-30-2004, 05:27 PM
yes he is gonna be all fresh, I guess he is gonna practice a little bit, but I could see he is playing great! :d

Guille's Girl
05-30-2004, 08:16 PM
Ok Gman, time to carry out another Moya thrashing! Boy that sounds mean. Poor Carlos. VAMOS MAGO!!!!!!!!!!!

Ma. Estefania
05-30-2004, 09:35 PM
I'm glad Guille won, he played that set sooooo good, he took advantage of all the break points he had I think. Escudé was totally erased from court. :yeah:

But anyway....I wanted to see much more from Guille, it was Sunday, and the only day I've been available to sit down and watch carefully one of his RG matches, and it finishes like this :confused: Hmm....

Well, I just hope to be able to watch him next Sunday too, and winning the tournament :bigclap: I'm getting excited, je je.

VAMOS GUILLE! :kiss:

alita
05-31-2004, 12:27 AM
But anyway....I wanted to see much more from Guille, it was Sunday, and the only day I've been available to sit down and watch carefully one of his RG matches, and it finishes like this Hmm....
That's bad. :D :D
Next Sunday you will see Guille in final!;)

iloveguille
05-31-2004, 04:33 AM
Good Luck, Guille! You can beat Moya! You can beat ANYONE!!! We believe in you...Vamos Guille! We're with you all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

argiesf
05-31-2004, 05:55 AM
when do they (mago vs moya) play next? (tues or wed) I heard all the men QFs are on Wed - makes sense. Anybody knows?

Fostin
05-31-2004, 05:25 PM
I dont know If I`ll be able to watch the match on sunday... :( does anyone know the exact hour of the final??? :p :)

Guille's Girl
05-31-2004, 11:15 PM
Guille plays tomorrow y'all! Golly gee. OMG he's last on Lenglen!!! THAT'S FUCKING INSANE!!!!!!!!! THIS SHOULD BE THE MATCH OF THE DAY AND IT SHOULD BE ON CHATRIER!!!!!!!!!!! :( :( :( :( omg what the hell are these people thinking...

alita
06-01-2004, 04:50 AM
GUille's schedule. I'm little bit late;)
LENGLEN 12:00 Start
1. Women's Singles - Qtr. Finals
Paola Suarez (ARG)[14] v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[18]
followed by:
2. Women's Singles - Qtr. Finals
Anastasia Myskina (RUS)[6] v. Venus Williams (USA)[4]
3. Men's Singles - Qtr. Finals
Carlos Moya (ESP)[5] v. Guillermo Coria (ARG)[3]

MiLoU_tAn
06-01-2004, 04:51 PM
we have a nice match going on... goodluck guille!
i'm keeping up with the scores through the real-time scoreboard. argh!!! poor me.. i wanna see the match.

kandykane
06-01-2004, 04:54 PM
so, um... anyone watching the match at the moment...
it's 12:54am over here, and the CCTV just decided to not show the match! :sad: Damn them :mad:

Carito_90
06-01-2004, 04:57 PM
I am :wavey:

mordicus18
06-01-2004, 06:06 PM
I'm seeing the match ! I'm so happy !
today I have visited Amiens' cathedral with my school. It was horrible ! it was raining all the day, we had formed of the groups for the visits but the teachers did not succeed in gathering us for lunched, my group and me waited 45 minutes under the rain and while being upright!
it was terrible but when I came back to my home, my mother told me about the match and it's fabulous !

guille you're the best ! : Coria/Moya : 7-5 7-6 4-3 !!! you will win ! moya is tired !
on the tv they've shown us drawing : the draughtsman has drown guillermo like a cat ! (a cat with a cap) and moya who said :"he scratched me !" :lol:
:devil: mordicus :devil:

MiLoU_tAn
06-01-2004, 06:08 PM
guille vs henman or chela in the semis.. sounds interesting. guille has the advantage.. 2-1 against henman and 4-1 against chela. yahooo... go guille! tsup! ;)

MiLoU_tAn
06-01-2004, 06:14 PM
great job, guille. he still hasn't lost a set. :)

Guille's Girl
06-01-2004, 10:18 PM
Oh fuzz cake you Carito!!!!!!! :( I wanted to see the match. ESPN2 started showing it at the start of the second BUT:

Chris Fowler: I'm TERRIBLY sorry but we're gonna just CUT this match, a VERY good match going on and go to ESPN and show the Venus Williams vs Myskina match from earlier today. Again I'm TERRIBLY sorry...just terrible...I won't sleep tonight. Just TERRIBLE.

Bitch. Ok that wasn't an EXACT quote but OH MY GOD I ALMOST DIED. My comp was all fucked up and damn I was dying!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but then my comp stopped fucking up and I was able to catch the LAST SET. :sad: :sad: But oh well. MAGO!!!!!!!!! some of that stuff was just unreal. Just insane. Hasn't lost a set YET. Damn. I don't wanna be Tim on..when's the next match?

Carito_90
06-02-2004, 01:30 AM
Oh fuzz cake you Carito!!!!!!! I wanted to see the match. ESPN2 started showing it at the start of the second BUT:

Ohh don't worry, the first one wasn't thaaaaat good... he did a better job in the second and the third definetely :)

Damn if i was Tim i wouldn't even show up! lmao!

Scotso
06-02-2004, 12:12 PM
Here's hoping Guille takes the title :)

Fostin
06-02-2004, 04:48 PM
I`m soooooooooooooooooo happy 4 guilleeee!! woohooo! http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/contrib/guus/tong.gif

Guille's Girl
06-02-2004, 11:10 PM
Ohh don't worry, the first one wasn't thaaaaat good... he did a better job in the second and the third definetely :)

Damn if i was Tim i wouldn't even show up! lmao!

:haha: not about to happen. In fact, Tim is being slightly arrogant about it...

BaselineSmash
06-02-2004, 11:22 PM
:haha: not about to happen. In fact, Tim is being slightly arrogant about it...

Yep, he can sound like that sometimes...but then no-one (e.g. Moya, Gaudio, John Mcenroe) is giving him any realistic chance of winning. Ironically, it's probably Coria who has been most respectful in his comments about Tim.

Guille's Girl
06-03-2004, 01:40 PM
Ironically, it's probably Coria who has been most respectful in his comments about Tim.

Why's it so ironic eh? Too much "Guille's not a nice guy" stuff been fed to ya? :p Not gonna get on ya about it. But yeah, Guille knows that Tim is a "very dangerous player". As for Tim being all blahish about it, I don't mind :) :rolleyes: high tolerance...

BaselineSmash
06-03-2004, 05:54 PM
I only meant it was ironic in the context that everyone was going on about the match as a foregone conclusion; whereas Coria, the man supposed to serve out the demolition job of Henman, was being lowkey and respectful towards his opponent.

Not interested in any dialogue on Coria's sterling integrity as a whole, or lack thereof. :p

Fostin
06-03-2004, 08:43 PM
LOL everybody wants so bad Coria lose... :p

Guille's Girl
06-03-2004, 11:37 PM
Not interested in any dialogue on Coria's sterling integrity as a whole, or lack thereof. :p

:lol: yeah a'ight man :yeah:

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 03:01 AM
LOL everybody wants so bad Coria lose... :p

Yes....and that's just one more of the reasons I want to see him winning, you know, to shut up some mouths for at least some days. ;)

Anyway with the typical haters, I'm sure they'll come up wiht the typical things as that Guille cheated, and blah blah blah.

I don't care a f#%& about it, so VAMOS GUILLERMO! :bounce:

star
06-04-2004, 04:31 AM
Yes....and that's just one more of the reasons I want to see him winning, you know, to shut up some mouths for at least some days. ;)

Anyway with the typical haters, I'm sure they'll come up wiht the typical things as that Guille cheated, and blah blah blah.

I don't care a f#%& about it, so VAMOS GUILLERMO! :bounce:

:worship:

Great post! I feel the same way. wtf everytime Guille makes any comment at all about a call he is a whiner? Yeah right. LIke that ball that he supposedly didn't get to against Moya. Yeah right. Replays didn't show it bouncing twice. Coria was on it. He didn't go on an on about the call. He was surprised by it and thought it was wrong and then he was playing again. No yelling match with the umpire. No smashed racket. Nada! And he gets called out on mtf over that? :mad:

Anyway, I know my guy. He's intense and on his game. He wants this.

And did I mention that I think Guille's dad is very good looking, and I thought it was so sweet that he was getting emotional about Guille's win. ohhhhhhh Coria! I want your papa. :lol:

MiLoU_tAn
06-04-2004, 03:02 PM
oh no.. we are in trouble guys :( guille lost his 1st set.. his first set loss in RG huhu..

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 03:26 PM
Come on....don't worry....

Guille lost the 1st set, but won the 2nd one :bounce: ...and is starting to improve slowly.

Btw...I hate the crowd :shout: I'd like Guille to shut them up :( They're all the time whistling Guille :(

VAMOS GUILLE!

MiLoU_tAn
06-04-2004, 04:04 PM
i must have spoke too soon. guille's back! :) i'll keep my fingers crossed though.

do you know where i could get a live feed of the match? tennis matches aren't shown much here in the philippines :(

go guille go! 1 set to go and off you go to the finals. coria vs gaudio.. :cool:

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 04:23 PM
No...dear, I don't know where you could get it...sorry.

Guille won the 3rd set with a bagel, and now they're on the 4th set all tied at 3-3.

Keep fighting Guille :boxing:

MiLoU_tAn
06-04-2004, 04:33 PM
okay, thanks anyway.

go guille!!!!!

Safin_Henman
06-04-2004, 04:55 PM
yay Coria!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it was a good run by Henman....he even won the 1st set :eek:

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 04:57 PM
Guille in the final :woohoo:

Let's celebrate :aparty:

MiLoU_tAn
06-04-2004, 05:01 PM
yehey!! guille won 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, 7-5. great job, boy.

coria vs gaudio.. hmm.. :) guille has the advantage.. 3-1 in their last 4 meetings. way to go, mr. coria.

a sure win for guille,?! what do you think, guys?

let's keep our fingers crossed. goodluck, guille.

alita
06-04-2004, 05:07 PM
yeah!! good job!:yeah:
Really tough in first and second set, but you make it!
You reach the final!
He is always dreaming of that!
Now just make you dream come true!;)
Guadio is tough. Do you best!

Ma. Estefania
06-04-2004, 05:10 PM
a sure win for guille,?! what do you think, guys?

let's keep our fingers crossed. goodluck, guille.

Don't know. Of course Guille leads their head to head, but every match is different, and specially in such a hard stage as is the final of Roland Garros.

And also because Gaudio has improved a lot his game and his attiude lately, I think he'll not get pissed off that often due Guille's complainings, etc....

But yes, everything can happen, and IMO it will be a tense final due the "not good" relationships between Guille and Gaudio.

So....Guille you must just stay focused and play your game, sweety ;)

GUILLE :kiss:

Sommarsverige
06-04-2004, 06:39 PM
Just wanted to post some Guille pics from TMS Hamburg.

And can someone please tell me from which site the photos with 3 gauchos are????

andy17852003
06-04-2004, 07:20 PM
Go Guille :) :worship:

willie
06-04-2004, 09:56 PM
is missing only one step and the title is yours, come on willy you will enter in the history of tennis if you win on sunday!!! :worship:

Guille's Girl
06-04-2004, 10:37 PM
*sighs* Just one more. A tough one. Vamos Mago.

Fostin
06-04-2004, 10:43 PM
vamoos CORIAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! CONGRATSSSSZ! http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/contrib/sally/roller.gif

star
06-05-2004, 05:44 AM
This one will be the toughest of all.

I just have to keep the faith and believe that Guille can do it. He's done amazing things that I couldn't believe he could do.

I LOVE watching him play. His game just sparkles.

esther
06-05-2004, 06:21 AM
VAMOS GUILLE!!!
this is your moment!!

We all have faith in him right?! he'll play an amazing game *fingers crossed* and we'll get to see him make a speech lol. they should soo make him talk in english already.

GOOD LUCK GUILLERMO!!!

Heron
06-05-2004, 09:58 AM
what a fight! I've never been so nervous for a match of Guille LOL I sweat a lot LOL
NOW IT's YOUR TIME GUILLE!!! GO FOR IT, GO FOR RG!!!
Guille gives so much emotions!! :) :) :)

iloveguille
06-05-2004, 02:32 PM
I couldn't really watch the 4th set. The match gave me multiple heart attacks!! Now that he's in the final. I can't wait to see him holding the trophy tomorrow! Love and kisses for our Guille. You're the best!

iloveguille
06-05-2004, 02:47 PM
Yuck! I just found this in Yahoo! Sports website:

__________________________________________________ ___________________

French Open Glance


June 4, 2004
PARIS (AP) -- Highlights from the men's semifinals Friday on Day 12 of the French Open.

Weather: Overcast with occasional rain, high of 69 degrees.

Attendance: Not available.


Winners: No. 3 Guillermo Coria, unseeded Gaston Gaudio

Losers: No. 8 David Nalbandian, No. 9 Tim Henman

Stat of the Day: 13. Number of consecutive games lost by Henman against Coria.

Quote of the Day: ``It just goes to show that playing the best clay-court player in the world, I make him look pretty ordinary.'' Henman, on taking a 6-3, 4-2 lead against Coria before losing.
Saturday: No. 6 Anastasia Myskina vs. No. 9 Elena Dementieva in the women's final.


Updated on Friday, Jun 4, 2004 4:07

__________________________________________________ _____________________

That quote of the day by Henman...Did he have to say that kind of thing?! I would have said it if I won the match not when I lost!

star
06-05-2004, 03:23 PM
Yeah. I saw that quote. I wasn't really thrilled about it.

Sort of forgot that the world's best clay court player didn't let him win a game for 13 straight games.

But kudos to Tim. He took it to Guille when Guille was tight at the geginning and late when Guille tightened up again.

I was so proud of Guille for the way he faced adversity and fought through it. He assessed what he needed to do and did it.

star
06-05-2004, 03:40 PM
Maybe this has too much about Gaudio, but I thought it was a good article.

Soccer-mad Argentina finds new love


Saturday, 05 June , 2004, 12:04

Buenos Aires, Argentina: A young man walked past a clutch of fans who cried out each time fiery Argentine tennis star Guillermo Coria won a point on his way to the French Open final, asking: "Who's playing, Boca?"
Argentina's passion is soccer, its top club Boca Juniors, and its sports god the legendary Diego Maradona. But as world number three Coria and countryman Gaston Gaudio on Friday set up an all-Argentine showdown, tennis has come into its own.

Even more so since Brazil spanked Argentina 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier earlier this week.


"I just got interested in tennis in the last year because the players started winning. And we're doing so poorly in soccer, we've got to replace it with another sport," said Pedro Matteucci, 22, standing on the sidewalk with 20 other storefront TV onlookers, from men in suits to dogwalkers.

Traders at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange tuned their TVs to the tennis matches, causing a lull in morning trade.

Argentina's racket fever even infected a sports bar called "Crazy about Soccer," where spectators cheered on Coria and a small poodle barked in seeming agreement.

"At work everybody was talking about the results, all the radios were turned on," said Beatriz Armand, 38, a computer specialist who watched the Coria-Henman match during her lunch break.

"There is much more enthusiasm for tennis now. Before, I was the only one watching," she added.

At Argentina's swankiest tennis spot, the Vilas Club -- founded by 1970s Argentine tennis star Guillermo Vilas -- people sweating on treadmills and cycling machines were glued to big-screen TVs.

"I am very proud ... Having two Argentines in a Grand Slam final is amazing. We Argentines don't have many things to be happy about, so we grab on to what we can," said Violeta Levy, a doctor.

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

Argentina is still reeling from a monumental economic collapse in early 2002 that decimated a once-thriving middle class and put the game of tennis out of reach for the majority of the population.

Argentina had three players in the men's semi-finals, including number eight David Nalbandian, while Paola Suarez reached the women's last four.

Others, like Gaudio's former coach, had more personal reasons to cheer. Gabriel Mena, grinning widely, watched his protege storm his way into the Open final on Friday morning.

"I was the first one that told his father he should leave school to dedicate himself to tennis because he is phenomenal. No one believed in him, I was the only one that said he was a crack player, the Maradona of tennis," Mena said.

Gaudio once promised Mena that if he made it to the French Open final, Mena would be there to watch.

"I was waiting for his call. He sent me (the airline ticket) and I'm flying to Paris tonight. I'm thrilled," Mena said.

esther
06-05-2004, 11:44 PM
thanks for that star!

Ma. Estefania
06-06-2004, 12:51 AM
Yes, thanx for it, Star.

I'm glad that finally Argentines are realizing the great tennis players they have, and I hope they can value (don't know if this word is ok here) them, those guys do a great work for their country.

star
06-06-2004, 02:11 AM
"value them" is correct. :)

John McEnroe wrote this for the Telegraph.

Henman at home in Paris
By John McEnroe
(Filed: 06/06/2004)



Well, I have to admit, a set and a half into it my head was beginning to ache a bit in anticipation. The offer to stand on it for an entire set at Wimbledon while doing commentary if Tim Henman beat Guillermo Coria suddenly seemed one of my less sensible ideas.

The British No 1 played some great tennis. It's just a pity he couldn't take it to a fifth set because then his semi-final at Roland Garros might have qualified as a classic.

Naturally, I still think - or is it hope? - the Argentine would have won, but you can never be too sure what might happen in a fifth set. One thing is sure: at one set and 4-2 down Coria was almost dead. He seemed to be visibly shrinking. The Argentine went into the match at 5ft 9in and I could have sworn he looked more like five seven or five six round about that time.

It was like a middleweight against a lightweight. Henman looked much the stronger of the two and was hitting through the ball. Coria had no answer to his game. I've never seen the Henman forehand work so well. You got the feeling he was just enjoying the moment. As he said, he made arguably the best clay-courter in the world look ordinary.

But when you're playing clay-courters as good as Coria on their favourite surface, you need to build up a big lead against them and just hope they don't come all the way back at you because, believe me, eventually they will have a run. Henman's match reminded me of one of my own at Roland Garros against Mats Wilander.

I won the first set 6-1. Then I somehow lost a set I should have won and got 4-1 up in the third before losing the next 11 games to go out. And I thought I was playing pretty well. It's typical of clay-court tennis; it drives you crazy.

At least Henman enjoyed a revival. In the fourth set there, my head was beginning to feel a little tender again. Had he won, of course, I would have had to go through with the promise. I would just have needed a stack of cushions and an upside-down monitor.

It was good to see the Roland Garros crowd getting right behind Henman - the French getting behind the English? That was probably Henman's greatest achievement in the entire match. I think it was because all tennis crowds love to see an attacking player taking it to a baseliner.

They appreciated how hard it is to do that and Henman was making it look so easy. They were on the edge of their seats enjoying it and at the same time wondering whether he could keep it up.

Unfortunately, he couldn't. It's tough to do so. I think it's much more exhausting playing that kind of game where you are always looking to make quick moves to the net. The baseliner, on the other hand, is generally playing in the same location more or less. Having said that, you have to credit Coria for his own pace.

He is so quick. Pace like he has is a weapon because, when an opponent is tracking down as many balls as Coria was, it eventually makes you try to play longer and closer to the lines than you should so that he can't retrieve the ball. You forget that you have to make him hit the shot, anyway. It says a lot about the importance of court coverage.

But Henman really seems to like Paris. He had that great tournament in the Masters here last autumn and now this. Perhaps they should try to move Wimbledon to the French capital. His form here has to be good news for his Wimbledon hopes.

He's obviously very fit and the real plusses from this French Open are that his shot-making and decision-making are good. I would say he has his best chance of winning Wimbledon since 2001 when he lost to Goran Ivanisevic. I've no reason to think, though, that Roger Federer isn't still the favourite despite his fairly clueless performance here in the third round.

I've been asked to present the trophy to the winner today, but I'm going to suggest they ask Guillermo Vilas to do it. With two Argentines in the final it would be much more appropriate. Besides, he's a former French Open champion. I think Coria will beat Gaston Gaudio. It all depends whether Gaudio believes he can win. He is stronger than Coria and has an incredible backhand and his forehand is pretty solid, too.

His tears at the end of his semi-final against David Nalbandian were nice to see, I just wonder whether for him that was the pinnacle of his achievement. It was like 'I don't believe I've done this'. He has got to want more. If he can impose his physicality on the match he has a chance. I just don't think he's as mentally tough and as confident as Coria.

esther
06-06-2004, 06:46 AM
interesting

star
06-06-2004, 12:42 PM
Quick Coria confident of being crowned king of clay

Argentine rivalry could boil over, says Jon Henderson

Sunday June 6, 2004
The Observer

Size may not matter after all, for which the smaller man should give thanks to Guillermo Coria and Gaston Gaudio, the Argentines who will contest the men's final today. Each stands 5ft 9in, making them the smallest duo for many a year to reach the title-deciding round of a grand slam.
Tall men have grown to dominate the modern game, leaving the sub-six-foot fraternity who have consistently challenged for the major titles in recent times represented manfully by Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt. And even these two are hunks compared with Coria, who finally shook off a tenacious Tim Henman on Friday, and Gaudio.

Coria, in particular, looks only an audition away from doing Mr Muscle ads if ever that product found its way to Buenos Aires. As an American magazine pointed out recently, while nominating Coria as their most improved player of 2003 after he rose from 45 to five in the world: 'At 5-foot-9, 145 pounds, Coria is smaller than a few WTA [women] players.' The fact that he hardly looks old enough to be allowed to go to school on his own completes the image of a player hopelessly ill-equipped for tennis in the twenty-first century.

Yet here the 22-year-old is on the verge of a first grand-slam title on the slow clay of Roland Garros that in the past 20 years has rewarded some of the game's most notable beefcakes, men such as Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier, Thomas Muster and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gustavo Kuerten, who has been the outstanding player here in the past eight years, winning three titles, may be hollow of cheek and chest, but stands an imposing 6ft 3in and unloads explosive groundstrokes.

Coria's weapons in overcoming his lack of physical presence are his eye, his fighting spirit, which can incline towards the overly combative, his speed and, he will tell you, Carla Francovigh, also known, since last December, as Mrs Coria. 'She is by my side and always says the right words about my tennis,' says Coria.

Fellow players tend to regard Coria's speed as his most valuable asset and it was after he changed his shoes to get a better grip on the rain-dampened court that he started to run down Henman's game. Agassi said recently of the Argentine's movement: 'It's hard to tell the difference between lightning fast and super-lightning fast.'

Seeded three, Coria, who is named after Guillermo Vilas, the last Argentine to triumph in Paris in 1977, is widely favoured to win today's match against his unseeded compatriot and fellow member of what their national press call La Légion , a world-class group of players that also includes David Nalbandian, Guillermo Canas, Juan Ignacio Chela and Mariano Zabaleta. Gaudio, 25, has won only one of his four matches - all on clay - against Coria, who has been known to needle his countryman in the cause of maintaining his dominance.

In Hamburg last year, there were reports of physical contact in the locker room after Coria beat Gaudio in three sets during which the latter felt he had been unnecessarily provoked. 'Yeah, but we talk about it and that's it,' says Gaudio. 'It's over. Everything is clear now.'

Even so, the incident almost certainly ensures that there will be as much feeling involved in this afternoon's match as there would be if the finalists were not bonded by a common nationality. There is little doubt either that the gap between them is far narrower than the 41 places that separate them in the world rankings, with Gaudio, at 44, playing far better than this position indicates.

If there were an award for the stroke of the tournament, Gaudio's wonderfully controlled, single-handed backhand would surely be a contender. It has become an increasingly effective weapon as he has stepped up his performances round by round to the point where he took out the dangerous Nalbandian in straight sets in the semi-finals.

Still, Coria, whose natural competitiveness was given an even harder edge by what he considered an unjust drugs ban three years ago, will draw more confidence than he probably needs from the fact that he will be seeking his thirty-eighth win in 39 matches on clay. If he manages it, it will be no small achievement.

mordicus18
06-06-2004, 03:13 PM
gaudio wins the third set... the match begins being interesting ! gaudio awakes ! but guille is tired and anhappy... oh ! guille puts off his jacket ! wahou ! so nice body ! people are happy too... they agree with me :)

iloveguille
06-06-2004, 03:40 PM
OMG! I can't bear to see him like this. Hope Guille's left leg miraculously gets better soon. Please, please, God.

mordicus18
06-06-2004, 03:47 PM
maybe yes, the doc said it (I've post something about it in an other thread about guille and gaston)

Dirk
06-06-2004, 08:32 PM
Coria's interview is a heartbreaker. I hope he does get his RG or some other slam. God I feel for him. You all should read it.

tangerine_dream
06-06-2004, 08:38 PM
Extending my sympathies to Coria and his fans. That match was a heartbreaker. :sad:

Ma. Estefania
06-06-2004, 08:51 PM
Thank you, Tangy. Definitely a sad day. :sad:

ale
06-06-2004, 09:31 PM
Extending my sympathies to Coria and his fans. That match was a heartbreaker. :sad:

Coria's interview is a heartbreaker. I hope he does get his RG or some other slam. God I feel for him. You all should read it.

Thank you guys!! Thanks...sad day indeed!!

ysy_547
06-06-2004, 09:38 PM
I am also very disappointed and sad:sad: it's unfair .but i am still pround oh him.He is a real strong person

PinkFeatherBoa
06-07-2004, 12:33 AM
I felt :sad: for Guille today but he will recover and I'm sure he'll win RG one day.

kandykane
06-07-2004, 02:28 AM
It was 1 o'clock in the morning here when he finished the match... and I was devastated... I don't know how I drifted to sleep, but it turned out to be a nightmare... and this morning when I read his interview, i felt like crying again... I guess it's time for us to look over RG, and start thinking about his debut at Queens! Vamos Guille, you'll do great on Grass! We all believe in you!

rue
06-07-2004, 03:06 AM
It is a heart breaker to see Guillermo feel the way he does now. His time will come and most probably next year will be his year. I will definitely support him ahead of everyone else because he so deserves to take the title.

unefleur
06-07-2004, 04:13 AM
It was 1 o'clock in the morning here when he finished the match... and I was devastated... I don't know how I drifted to sleep, but it turned out to be a nightmare... and this morning when I read his interview, i felt like crying again... I guess it's time for us to look over RG, and start thinking about his debut at Queens! Vamos Guille, you'll do great on Grass! We all believe in you!

Where did you read the interview??? Ahhh, I want it!

esther
06-07-2004, 04:16 AM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2004-06-06/200406061086546063496.html

Q. Could you tell us exactly what happened to your legs and when that happened? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: In the middle of the third set, it started. I felt cramps. I thought that I should try not to have cramps, and I was rather thinking about that than the match. But I had cramps. I was not able to play.

They told me I had to wait about 10 minutes after the cream, and after that I would be able to move more. In the fifth set, I tried not to think about it. When I was playing, it was hurting. So I had two match points. He saved them, Gaudio. He was very bright because he made me move, he made me play. I was exhausted. But I'm happy because I gave everything I had.

>

Q. You worked a lot physically. Do you know what you can do not to have this problem? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: I believe the thing you have to do is not to think about your cramps. Until now I was managing the anxiety correctly. I slept almost 11 hours. I was drinking a lot of liquids. I also started to run a little bit to avoid this kind of thing happening.

But unfortunately, it did happen. You can't replay the story and history, but it will be for next time.

>

Q. For the first two sets, maybe even four games in the third set, you played exquisite tennis. You could almost reach out and grab the championship. Did you think midway through the third set, "I can win this now"? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: No, no. I didn't think that way. I didn't think I had the match in my hands. It cost me a lot when he came back, 4‑All, 40‑Love. I thought if I was able to win that game, I could maybe come close to the title.

But it's true that I waited my whole life to be able to win this tournament. I had a match point. I couldn't convert it. But I absolutely knew I had to win that third set.

In the fourth set, it was difficult to play well. He started playing deep. I believe that on match point, he saved those match points and needs to be credited for that. At 40‑Love, he won a point. On match point, he sent the ball back. If he didn't, I would have won the match, but he won the match himself.

I am down, but at the same time I'm happy because, you can ask my friends, they don't understand even how I was able to stay as long on the court. But it was the dream of my life, so I fought until the end.

>

Q. Could you tell us whether you ever at any point during the match thought about retiring, stopping playing? Also, how shocking this win for Gaudio is for us. I'm wondering how shocking it is for you? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: In the fourth set, I was absolutely exhausted. When he was playing, he was winning every point. When he was playing short, it was better for me, and I could play a little bit better. But in the fifth set, I was able to return, but I had a lot of trouble serving. He was hitting the ball very hard.

Then I felt my fingers hurting because I was holding my racquet very tight, and it bothered me a lot because, as you know, I only drink water, I don't take anything else. Maybe that was against me. Maybe I thought too much about that at a certain stage. But now it's behind me.

>

Q. Is this another example of too much tennis affecting players at the end of major tournaments? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: No, before the tournament I had one free week. I believe I prepared myself very well, as best as possible. But if you want to show up in a Grand Slam, you have to prepare a long time before.

In Miami, I also had a muscle tear. In Monte‑Carlo, I had many problems. I thought I could not be in Hamburg. I came back. So maybe if I had prepared better, we could think it wouldn't have happened.

I was feeling well mentally. I tried to do my best. I have no words to describe what really happened.

>

Q. It seems today that you lost because the only thing that could defeat you was your own body. As it turned out, that's what happened. What was going through your mind at the very first moment that you felt something changing in your body in the early part of the third set? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, I felt completely powerless because I had been waiting for this opportunity for a long time, and maybe I believed too much in it. Because, as I said, here I was eating well, I was sleeping well, I was very calm. It's true that on the court I didn't understand what happened because I prepared well and I was managing well. I thought I would finish up this third set.

I became nervous. It was new for me. I had the experience of other tournaments, of other matches, but I couldn't control this nervousness at that moment.

I hope that I will be able to work a bit more on that.

>

Q. Despite being on one leg for the majority of the last two or three sets, how were you able to get to the point where you had two match points? That was really a miracle of sorts. >

GUILLERMO CORIA: I can repeat to you, it's the tournament of my life. I didn't want to leave the court retiring. It was very difficult for me to serve, that's true. The points I was winning were because Gaudio was making a mistake. For me, it was difficult to win points.

Now, those two match points, he played well, and my body was exhausted, and I made mistakes. I believe if I had felt good, the match would have changed, it would have been a different story. But, in fact, I had a lot of difficulties serving. It was okay for the returns, I could move. But now everything is behind me.

>

Q. When the trainer came out to assist you at 1‑1 in the fourth set, did he tell you that you could work through it, it would take a certain amount of time, but if you took some potassium, bananas, tablets, that you could work through it? If he did say it, did he say how long it would take your body to at least partially recover so you could play? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes, he told me that after 15 minutes, I would feel an improvement. This is the reason why during the fourth set I didn't run, and during the fifth set I was able to fight a bit more.

But what I was thinking is that the match was escaping me. But I was trying to encourage myself to forget the cramps to see if they were going to disappear. But I knew they would come back at a certain stage because I was nervous. At that stage, I felt cramps all over my body.

The trainer and the doctor were a good motivation to me because they said, "Keep calm, relax." If I didn't have their help, I might have stopped the match before. I don't know what they gave me. I don't know the name of the product, but it's incredible that after taking this tablet, it helped me.

If I was used to taking vitamins and supplements, I might not have had this problem.

>

Q. After he hit the winner to win it, you guys hugged at court, then you smashed your racquet near your chair. Obviously, a time of extremely mixed feelings ‑ great day for Argentina, tough day for you. What was going through your mind when you finally realized this match had completely gotten away from you? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: I realized I lost the match when I lost my serve because I was exhausted. In the sport, sometimes you lose, sometimes you win. Obviously, I hope my country is very proud of what I did, because I did my best to carry the flag very high.

When I lost, it was an enormous disappointment. But I'm only 21. Last year I didn't even know when I would have a new opportunity. I had the opportunity this year. I couldn't take advantage of it. But my head is up high. I think that if I keep on working, my physical condition, I will have another opportunity.

>

Q. In the fourth set, did you decide not to run, or you could not run? Was it a gamble that you took, or you just decided that you couldn't do it or were you waiting for it to clear up?>

GUILLERMO CORIA: Well, indeed, I just couldn't do more in the fourth set. But I didn't want either to be ridiculous and start running, although I perfectly knew that this set was lost for me. The trainer and the doctor told me to wait 10 minutes before I could feel an improvement.

Gaston himself became nervous. He missed a few points. It gave me a bit of courage. But I didn't know how long I could have withstood this pressure. It was only at the moment of the serve.

>

Q. Will you be pulling out of the Queen's Club event in London, or do you still intend to go? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes, I will be in Queen's. I will have a special invitation. Even if I had won this tournament, I would have gone, because when I commit myself, I respect my commitments. I don't know how I will feel mentally, but I will do everything to win the tournament and I will try to forget what happened today.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish.

>

Q. You said that someone was going to help you for your physical training. >

GUILLERMO CORIA: No. I have a physical trainer who is going to continue to work with me, but I'm speaking with another person. That person gave me a lot of advice already. I remembered him during the match, and it helped me a lot.

But today I can't say anything because there's no formal commitment. This person has a lot of experience. That person went through what I went through. I trust him a lot. I know he's going to help me improve a lot.

>

Q. You spoke about revenge against Gaston. >

GUILLERMO CORIA: No. The revenge would have been to win this tournament. Against Gaudio, he won the final, he won it perfectly well, and I can't speak about revenge.

Next match will be as usual. It will be long and difficult. But what I am aiming at today as a revenge is to be in the Olympics, to win a medal, and to try to become No. 1. That's the objective I've had since the beginning of the year.

>

Q. Recently you were saying, "I hope God will give me another opportunity." You said it was the tournament of your life. Now after what happened, don't you believe you put too much pressure on yourself? You thought it was your tournament. Maybe it was a disadvantage for you. Maybe it prevented you from managing properly the pressure. >

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes, I would say the ‑‑ it was obvious on the court. Until now my anxiety was under control. I slept 11 hours a night. I was very calm and confident in my game, in my way of playing.

When you see the beginning of the match, well, maybe I was starting to think too much. I was thinking about the victory. It seemed very close, a couple of games to achieve my dream. Maybe that was against me.

But I, indeed, thought that I had to fight. Everybody was saying that I was the favorite. It was important for me to play this final. In Monte‑Carlo, people were saying I was the main favorite because Juan Carlos Ferrero wasn't there. But I had Federer and then I had Moya. It was a key match, and I won.

But today what I lacked is experience. I hope I'm going to follow the example of Ferrero who won this tournament.

>

Q. The crowd was seeing that the match was almost finished, and they started cheering for Gaudio. Did it bother you? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: No. At 4‑All, 40‑Love, he played the point perfectly well. There was one very long rally at 40‑15. I played a forehand. He returned it. I think I hit the ball out. I think I was thinking too much at that stage. I was thinking that if I had won that point, I could have won the match. He won this game ‑ unfortunately for me.

Then I was under pressure. I was thinking too much. What happened, happened. I have no words to describe it.

>

Q. It's been three years that you haven't taken any supplements. Do you know any other player on the tour doing the same thing? Did they try to convince you?>

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes, they tried to convince me to take something because everybody's taking something. This is the reason there have been many cases. I don't know if it was this year or last year.

But I want to continue a long time in tennis. I prefer to live what I lived on the court today and not be concerned to know whether these supplements are considered as doping supplements or not.

I think for the next opportunity I have to avoid putting pressure on myself. Already once, without reason, I had taken supplements, and it turned out to be positive, and I didn't want that to happen again (tearing up).

>

Q. You beat Nalbandian in Juniors. Do you believe your talent goes beyond clay, and that you can win in New York or London and not only in Paris? >

GUILLERMO CORIA: I believe I can improve my game on hard courts and fast courts, and I hope to win matches on that surface.

After what happened to me because of doping, I was dreaming of this situation. To see that my body let me down and my nerves let me down, I want to come out of this story (crying).

I remember what people did to me at that time that were on the other side. It's maybe the reason why I was a bit nervous. I really wanted to win this tournament, to try to forget everything I have deep inside. I wanted to bring a lot of happiness to my family because they supported me during those very difficult moments.

So I would like to have a revenge against those who gave me these contaminated vitamins. I have nothing against any people, but it's true that I killed myself practicing after that. I was not as strong as I am now. In spite of that, I've had very good results.

I came here thinking it was "the" opportunity to demonstrate to everybody, and more specifically to the people who judged me, to show them what I was able to do and keep them quiet. But, unfortunately, it was against me. I was thinking too much on the court.

But I really wanted to empty myself of all that. I was not able to do so. But I will come back. I hope it's going to be very soon. And I would like to express everything I felt.

I had difficult months. I hope God will be fair with me and will give me another opportunity. I hope God will give me a new opportunity.

It's true, at that moment I was not believing a lot in God. I insulted Him. But now I believe in Him because with my family and Carla, my friends, I think with them I will be able to bring them a lot of joy and not disappoint them as I did today.

I think this was the cause of my loss. I thought too much. I started off well.

I would like to thank Jil, because his advice was very important. I hope next time I will win the title and not disappoint those who are behind me.

I will come back. I overcame the death of my uncle Mattias, my grandfather, while I was playing a tournament. I was thinking also about the doping problem. So I promised myself I would win many matches and many tournaments.

Thanks a lot.

unefleur
06-07-2004, 04:44 AM
Thanks so much!!

kandykane
06-07-2004, 07:31 AM
those last things he said just strikes you hard right there in the heart, and makes your eyes all stingy again.... I wish he feel better now

Heron
06-07-2004, 09:19 AM
thanks for the interview. I saw something of that opn eurosport and Guille was alomst cring when he talked about doping etc..:( but you're right let's stop being sad, it's over, Guille keep fighting! you're always a champion, El MAGO! don't foorget that! forever I'll support Guille!!

Carito_90
06-07-2004, 11:37 PM
He wasn't almost crying... he WAS crying! It was so hurtful... sooo hurtful...

Anyway, Fuerza Guille! You'll be back next year, kick 7 asses, and race the cup! I promess! :)

alita
06-08-2004, 08:35 AM
Ooooooooh! cool!!!! KandyKane, I love your avatar!!

kandykane
06-08-2004, 09:39 AM
;) :) thanx