RG Round 1: Robredo def. El Mago 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-4

05-26-2008, 11:56 AM
Great effort from Guille :hug:

Some genius tennis for the first 2 sets, he really should've won the 2nd and would've had a chance. Legs and shoulder gave way in the latter stages of the match, but he played some brilliant tennis.

Getting better with every match :yeah:

05-26-2008, 11:57 AM
Amazing Guille

05-26-2008, 11:57 AM
good match from Coria, especially at the end of the first set and in the start of the 2nd. Missed some chances to break in the 2nd set and after that Robredo took control. Had some chance in the 4th set but he couldnt hold serve to save his life
he can have some run in MM clay tournaments this year IMO

05-26-2008, 11:58 AM
didn't take those opportunities in the second but good to see him going toe to toe with someone like robredo on clay

05-26-2008, 11:58 AM
ah well. so many wasted chances.

thanks for the match anyway, guille! :yeah: congrats robredo.

05-26-2008, 11:58 AM
Coria had a chance. Sad

05-26-2008, 11:59 AM
Good match from Coria, I was expecting 6-2 6-1 6-3 but Guille played some phenomenal shots from time to time. Old deamons appeared with double fault on 1st matchpoint. He needs some match practice and not letting getting down on himself and he will be OK.

Action Jackson
05-26-2008, 11:59 AM
Good effort Weasel.

05-26-2008, 12:00 PM
On a side note, scoreboard UEs/winners are again screwed up :mad: shows just 20 winners for Guille but on TV they said 45 already at 4-2 in the 4th set.

Fed Express
05-26-2008, 12:00 PM
Wow, coria surprised me! In a very good way! He played some excellent tennis this match. Would have been enough against a lot of players, too bad he had to play Robredo.

Well done Coria!

Tom Paulman
05-26-2008, 12:00 PM
he can have some run in MM clay tournaments this year IMO

Exactly what I was thinking watching the match.

It's a shame that Coria couldn't hold serve in the 4th set, he was up a break 3 times and still lost :shrug: And he was unlucky to lose the 2nd set, so many chances and he couldn't take them :(

Nack Suk Cao
05-26-2008, 12:00 PM
Big chance gone, he was 4-2 up in the fourth and final set. Finished with a double fault, which landed a good couple of meters out. Confidence is his need, he will improve.

Ferrero Forever
05-26-2008, 12:00 PM
This would have been a really nice match. Hopefully someone posts a torrent of this match within the next day or so.

I'm happy that Tommy won the match, but Guille was very promising. I'm no longer a fan of Coria, but it's always nice to see a great player making a comeback, and taking a set off a player like Tommy would give him some confidence too. And also Guille didn't just give up on the big points, he kept fighting. Well done to both players.

05-26-2008, 12:01 PM
Nice effort Tommy :yeah: still a disgrace to lose a set though :o

05-26-2008, 12:01 PM
No disgrace in that performance from Coria.

05-26-2008, 12:01 PM
I woke and Coria was up 4-2 and had 30-30 on Boredo's serve. He missed a drop shot that would've given him BP and it was pretty much all over after that game.

At least we know he was playing well and maybe if he'd have gotten a better draw, he'd have gotten a win. This is certainly a positive sign for the Coria comeback.

Great job Coria!

05-26-2008, 12:01 PM
Good to see that Coria is capable of winning set and not giving points to opponent for free.
Indeed quite good two sets. He didn't played bad in the last set, had a break and lead, but not bad from Boredo at all.

05-26-2008, 12:02 PM
Really impressive passage of play from Coria from the end of the first set to most of the second set. He looked like he was on a bit of a roll when he went up 0-30 towards the end of the second set (after saving a couple of break points with some good play). But the set turned around pretty quickly after that. He seemed to be struggling physically towards the end otherwise he probably would have had a very good chance of winning that 4th set. Good match, though.

05-26-2008, 12:02 PM
i wonder why he looked so angry in the 4th. maybe he was feeling pain? or was he frustrated from the 2nd set...

05-26-2008, 12:03 PM
If only his serve was a bit better...:awww: I've gone from ecstasy to agony...oooh Guille :awww: Still, he can take a lot of positive stuff out of this match. I still believe in his magic :yeah:

05-26-2008, 12:05 PM
i wonder why he looked so angry in the 4th. maybe he was feeling pain? or was he frustrated from the 2nd set...
He looked like he was in pain. He didn't celebrate any points with any conviction, and in the first 2 sets he had some 200km serves, but none in the 4th. I think his shoulder was hurting, it's a long time since he played even a 4 set match.

05-26-2008, 12:05 PM
i love it when people who have no idea and havent watch the match take their own conclussiones :rolls: :smash:

:bigclap: guille :tears: you made us all believe you could do it..

from 2-5 to 7-5 first set

and til the 4-4 you were solid as rock!!

come on! you just need more matches and rythm... you re definately going back on top :) :yeah:

05-26-2008, 12:07 PM
I was sure that Tommy would finally win. How can a spaniard lost at Roland garros? ^^ good job coria too, I saw the 1st set.

05-26-2008, 12:12 PM
Nice effort Coria. I hope things will keep getting only better for him.

05-26-2008, 12:13 PM
Great effort imo, gives me hope for the future :yeah:

05-26-2008, 12:17 PM
Well done Tommy! Coria you did a great match, come one, you can do it! But Tommy is my favourite player and i am so glad seeing him doing well! So come on Robredo, you can do very far in the draw!!!


05-26-2008, 12:19 PM
It's good to see how claycourt tennis was played before the Moonball Machine took over - with intelligence, creativity and aggression. Some breathtaking play in sets 1 and 2 and later in 4. Great effort Guille, hats off.

05-26-2008, 12:21 PM
The best match till now. Such a shame for Coria (and good job for Robredo). From the mid 1st and in 2nd Coria was playing like in 2003. Tommy showed in such a fisical shape he is. Really good match.

05-26-2008, 12:25 PM
Good performance for Coria and when you consider Robredo is super solid and played a good match himself that Coria was just a few games from a fifth set is a very good showing. A poorer player probably would've lost to Guille today andI haven't seen a lot of his attempted comeback matches but this certainly was promising. Good win actually from Robredo for whom it must have been difficult, not really knowing what to expect from his opponent. With different draws and the same levels of play this match wouldn't have been out of place in the 4th round.

05-26-2008, 12:27 PM
Big chance gone, he was 4-2 up in the fourth and final set. Finished with a double fault, which landed a good couple of meters out. Confidence is his need, he will improve.

Double faults sound like typical Guille to me. He played well, though.

05-26-2008, 12:35 PM
good match , i was hoping it would go into a 5th, but robredo probably would've won anyway

05-26-2008, 12:36 PM
Good performance for Coria .

His angles shots are amazing.

05-26-2008, 12:46 PM
Great to see him getting better, back in his prime he was probably the fastest player on tour.

05-26-2008, 12:47 PM
Good win for Robredo. Shame for Coria though, I think played very well considering his recent troubles. Hope he can keep it up, and get that service going.

05-26-2008, 12:58 PM
The match was really very good. G. Coria was very good, excellent especially in two firts sets and better in first two sets. He did not play for long time or he played in challengers that`s why he had probably problems. He must enter in tempo of professional tennis on high level. It will come with time.
It must be not forgotten that Robredo fought very good too and it is good, professional player.

05-26-2008, 01:05 PM
seeing him win the first set 7-5 coming from 2-5 down was great, especially if you don't like Robredo :)
I'm a new tennis fan, so it's the first time I've seen Coria play. hope to see him more often now.

oh, and damn Eurosport for interrupting this match with first 2 sets of Fed-Querry, which was really dire. yuck!

05-26-2008, 01:11 PM
Keep doing more of this, Coria.

05-26-2008, 02:05 PM
good win for robredo, sorry to see coria leave so early

05-26-2008, 02:11 PM
expected choke, not unlike his 2004 title match

05-26-2008, 02:15 PM
This will do well for Guille's confidence. He played some good tennis out there and there's no shame in losing to Robredo on clay. I'm sure these two gave a good match, but I wouldn't expect Guille to go the distance in a best of five setter right now. If he can maintain this kind of form, we should see him back in the top 50 soon enough.

05-26-2008, 02:20 PM
He's not El Mago anymore:(

05-26-2008, 02:23 PM
i was surprised with how well coria played. after getting broken so early in the first set i thought it would be one way traffic, but he put up a good fight

05-26-2008, 02:55 PM
i don't think he is back to his ATP level, not yet. in fact, i'm not even sure if he will ever return to that kind of level - he probably won't. however i think this match can do wonders for his confidence - he tried & fought & played well - & that's great at this point.

good job, Guille & congrats to Tommy.

05-26-2008, 03:11 PM
I think Guille will play Wimbledon :D

His post match press conference was quite unclear, but it seems he'll play qualies if he doesn't get a WC :yeah:

Action Jackson
05-26-2008, 03:47 PM
He isn't going to play Wimbledon.

Q. You talked about retiring a few weeks ago. I think that was in the tournament in Naples, Italy. How do you feel today after your performance? Do you feel like you've recovered all your strength physically speaking?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes. I'm very happy with my match today. It is true that I couldn't serve as well as in the previous tournaments, and one month ago I served well.

But one month ago I didn't think that I would play this tournament. I didn't think that I would be here at Roland Garros, and you know what Roland Garros means to me.

Last week I was in Casablanca, and I was quite happy with my performance at Casablanca and was very happy. Today it was a major challenge for me, and I took up the challenge and in three weeks' time. I can tell you that the situation has changed.

So I'm back, and I'm really eager to be on the tour. I'm very happy with my performance today, and it was great pleasure for me to be here today.

Q. First, what does it feel like to be back at Roland Garros? I mean, this is obviously a place that was maybe bitter sweet, place of great success, but also a bit of defeat.

GUILLERMO CORIA: It is true that I've had good memories, but bad memories, also. I lost here. It was a bitter memory because I lost in the final here. But I said that if I were to win a Grand Slam I would withdraw from the game.

That's what I thought when I played the final a few years ago. But, in fact, as I didn't win this final, I'm again here, and I'm struggling with my shoulder. There were some doping accusations, so I'm very happy to be at Roland Garros and back here at the club, waving to the different people say you feel like being at home. It's something very special.

I feel great, and I hope that next year I will be at Roland Garros. I hope one day I will win the tournament.

Q. Just talk little bit about what's kept you off tour. Has it been physical, has it been mental? Has it been motivational?

GUILLERMO CORIA: I've been on the tour for quite a long time, and I was a little bit tired. I was waiting for the judicial decision regarding vitamins, and I wanted to sort that out. Thank God everything is over.

From then on, I was able to have rest. I was with my friends, my family. I was able to practice. I've never stopped practicing.

It was true that it was difficult sometimes to practice, because it I was practicing for nothing. But last year I played a little bit. I played three ATP tournaments during the year, so I was back, and I was really eager to win in Barcelona, which is a great tournament.

I mean, I played well, and it's true that tennis means a lot to me. I'm playing tennis the very first day. I'm very happy to be back in Paris.

A few weeks ago I didn't know that I would play Roland Garros, and I'm very happy now, because I was able to take up the challenge. I think I will be even better for the next tournament.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish, please.

Q. So you've overachieved, and in the second set there was a good moment for you? It was 3‑All, but it seemed you were tired.

GUILLERMO CORIA: I don't know what happened, but I was nervous. I mean, it is true that I built up some adrenaline before stepping on the court. Because I was really eager to be on court.

When I was told that I would play on center court I was quite happy, but you have to realize what is different here. It is true that last week I played good matches against good players and had this match in my mind. That is, the Roland Garros match.

But I couldn't prepare well for this match, and I tried to do my best. I enjoyed this match, during this match, had the opportunities to hurt him to a certain extent.

But I would say that the second set slipped from my hands, and it was very difficult for me. I couldn't serve as usual, and he served very well today. I couldn't serve as appropriately, as precisely, as last week.

But this demonstrates that I can play against a player who is ranked 13th or 14th in the world, so this gives me a lot of confidence. It shows that I'm on the right track, and I'm quite humble about it.

Q. So if you don't have a good ATP ranking you won't be given a wildcard. So what about your situation?

GUILLERMO CORIA: I will play at Warsaw, and then I will play two ATP tournaments and then Wimbledon. But, if in fact I won't play Wimbledon at the end of the day, I would rather play the two ATP tournaments. So I'm not afraid about the ranking. That's my concern.

What matters today is to be in the position to take up the challenges, as it is the case today. If I have to play the qualification tournament I will do it. That's not a problem.

In the past, I mean, I had no motivation. In fact, I played, but in fact it didn't matter. And whether I won or I lost, I mean, I didn't mind. It was tough for me at that time.

But in Barcelona, it was a great moment, and now I will try to do my best in order to play the great tournaments. I know that I'm here to fight. When I play a match, I'm there.

And when you win you're playing with confidence, in fact. Even when you lose, you're quite happy.

Q. During the match, I mean, did you feel that you were better than in the past?

GUILLERMO CORIA: I would say I'm even better, because I haven't played for the past two years against such a player. So I won a set today. Last week I played well. But today the match slipped from my hands, because I didn't get the rhythm today.

So I'm not sad. I'm not sad. I mean, I haven't thought of playing this tournament, so I played only three ATP tournaments so far. I noticed that Tommy was a little bit desperate. He doesn't know how to play against me. He plays very short balls and he decided to take the initiative, but he made a lot of mistakes.

And at the end of the day, I played against the player who is ranked 14th in the world, and we were almost on par.

And it is true that he's won three sets but he has more rhythm, he's more consistent. But I don't know what would have happened if I'd have found the good rhythm.

Q. What about your opponents? Do you think your opponents respect you because you're back with splendor?

GUILLERMO CORIA: I don't know exactly what they think about me. Of course, I have to think about my own concerns, I would say. Today I feel great on the court, and I hope that I'll be able to ‑‑ to play matches such as that with Nadal in Rome a few years ago.

Three weeks ago I didn't know what to do, in fact. And, in fact, three weeks ago I wanted to know where I was heading. Today was a good sign because I played well. I would say that I enjoyed today's match, and I hope that I will continue to make headway.

I'm on the right track, and I hope that I will play with the Argentinian Davis Cup.

Q. What about this match? Was it important to you?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes. It was very important to me. It is true in Argentina I started playing but had to care for my own business and to care for my life. I mean, I had things to sort out in Argentina. I can tell you that in Argentina I was able to settle some things that were of concern to me.

But today on the court, I mean, I was really focused on my objective. In the past, I mean, I pulled out in different directions, I would say. Today, in my mind, it is clear I want to enjoy, I want to play tennis, and that's what happened today.

So I'm really happy. It's very difficult to be aloof of the tour, and now I'm back.

Q. Over the past few years, what have you discovered? What about tennis? What about life? So when you were on tour, I mean, there were things that you didn't realize, did you?

GUILLERMO CORIA: In the past, I mean, basically I had to win a match. I had a good ranking, and I had to win the matches. I didn't enjoy tennis. So I won nice matches, but I was not very happy because I wanted more.

At the end of the day, things happened very quickly. I mean, I got good results when I was 19, 20. And when you are so young you don't realize how it is important, and you don't enjoy basically tennis.

And when you are two or three years older, I mean, you're more mature. So I was at home and had to look at the videos, at the newspaper articles. It is true people supported me when I was out there in the restaurants.

The people told me that I had to be back on the tour, and I realized that I had to give a lot. It is true that I was able to build up some maturity when I was off court, and that's why I'm back.

If I want to be at the top, if I want to be happy, I can tell you that I needed to stand back a little bit from tennis in Argentina.

But tennis has given me a lot, and I couldn't leave tennis this way. So that's why I didn't quit. This is something that I didn't envisage, to withdraw so quickly.

Q. You read some newspaper articles; you watched videos, you said. Did it help you?

GUILLERMO CORIA: Yes, it helped me quite a lot. I realized that I had a successful life in tennis. And as I told you, being here at Roland Garros, that's fantastic.

So I'm playing on center court. I mean, it was the match of the day, even though I was two years off the tour and I don't have a good ranking. What I've done was quite important, and it represents quite a lot to be on center court.

Because, remember, I was ranked 700th. When I started playing again, I mean, of course I was a talented player, but had some physical problems.

So I achieved good results, and I realized that tennis was quite important to me. I think that I have to keep a high profile, but I have to fight really, because I don't want things to slip from my hands.

Q. Your professional career, of course you have to take into account the ranking. You've told me that you needed a sign. You've told me that you even felt that you played better than you were ranked. What do you think of that?

GUILLERMO CORIA: I would say that I've made some strides here in Paris. I haven't always played very well. I tend to keep the good memories, and I'm quite happy with my practice sessions. I practiced with very good players. This is what I want to take on board.

And last week I set myself some objectives. I just want to cast the future, cast a future‑oriented eye. I just want to make the most of tennis, and I want to enjoy tennis. I don't want to think about the next tournament. I don't want to think about what's going to happen to me in the future.

I mean, I want to enjoy life and to enjoy tennis on a daily basis. I hope that after so many efforts, I think that I deserve it. Thank you.

05-26-2008, 03:55 PM
The whole interview confuses me.

05-26-2008, 03:56 PM
It at least reads like he intends to.

Action Jackson
05-26-2008, 04:04 PM
The whole interview confuses me.

It is dependent on how he does in the 2 events before Wimbledon. Leaving the option of not playing.

Kitty de Sade
05-26-2008, 04:12 PM
Great to see Guille take a set and keep it competitive- hope to see more of him now. :yeah:

05-26-2008, 04:45 PM
The whole interview confuses me.The French version is less confusing and sounds indeed like he won't play Wimbledon (because he has just a couple of tournaments left with his PR and needs to focus on clay events).
According to the French version, he says:
"I'll play the ATP tournament in Warsaw and I entered the 2 ATP tournaments after Wimbledon. I would have loved to play Wimbledon, but I would miss one ATP tournament then. I will play these 2 ATP tournaments."

05-26-2008, 05:54 PM
Well done Coria!:worship:Congrats Robredo!:cool:

05-26-2008, 06:23 PM
he might play there Adam...hmmm...he's not very clear but he has had good results on grass before. Maybe a change of surface could help a bit...even though with his serve...grass is not the best solution :tape: anyhow, as he said it himself, a lot of positive things can be taken out of this match. I don't feel so sad anymore now that I've read the press conference and saw that his tone is definetly optimistic. :yeah:

05-26-2008, 06:53 PM
Coria is (almost) back :scared:

05-26-2008, 06:56 PM
he would not win a single game against the 163rd best player in the Wimbledon field

he is not playing

Clara Bow
05-26-2008, 08:50 PM
Well, it seems that Coria did fairly decently, all things considering. Thanks for posting the interview- nice to see he seems at peace.

I hope he continues to make strides in his comeback.

05-26-2008, 10:05 PM
Scoreline looks okay if you're taking the some of his previously lost matches against much lower-ranked opponents as a reference.

I hope he can build on that effort!

05-26-2008, 11:55 PM
Go Tommy GO! You can do it!

05-27-2008, 12:13 AM
Well done for Coria getting a set there, too bad for him that the clay season after Wimbledon is short this year.

Bernard Black
05-27-2008, 12:53 AM
Great effort from Coria, I really didn't expect him to play so well. Hope he can take confidence from this into the rest of the year.