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Gonzo the Great!

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-10-2003, 01:54 AM
Hey, we need a Fernando Gonzalez thread, so here! And voila, some cool facts about Gonzo from an official website!


The Great Gonzo, Gonzo the Great, Just Plain Weird

Tapdancing blindfolded on tapioca while balancing a piano on his nose, backwards, five times fast.

"From Here to Eternity...with no brakes."

"Touched By An Anvil"

"No parachute? Wow! This is so cool!"


omigod, wrong Gonzo, sorry!!!

Jackpot, I found it:


You didn't think Fernando reeeeeaaally tap danced while balancing a piano on his nose while blindfolded, did you?!

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-10-2003, 02:04 AM
Hey, Gonzo is playing Cinci, and his first round opponent is Brian Vahaly! Shake 'im down Gonzo, shake 'im down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On a more serious note, does ANYONE know the severity of his injury?!

Chloe le Bopper
08-10-2003, 02:20 AM
Mrs Guga - I watched Gonzo against Henman in Montreal. Very dissapointing *sniff* Count me in as another fan, btw. I have acouple pictures of him close up that turned out decent. They are of him signing for a group of kids. When I scan them I will share.

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-10-2003, 02:33 AM
Hi Rebecca :worship:

Yeah, I know you are a Gonzo fan. I could never forget! And you are Nalbandian's most vocal supporter! You're great!

So Fernando was pretty nice... do you think?! Or was he really down while signing for kids because of his injury?! I hope he was super nice. That is a nice thing period--to sign autographs after you are on the verge of falling over on the court while simply trying to serve. It was hard to see him not move at all--I was distraught

I am still kinda mad that my experience with him was not what I had hoped--I really imagined him to be like a Guga, and that he would be so nice to me and warm and fuzzy, but he intimidated me and I thought he was a bit rude, but he still did cater to me, and I understand he is a busy man, so I am not trying to get worked up about it. But was me after our encounter :( :sad:

Chloe le Bopper
08-10-2003, 03:37 AM
The pictures of him signing were actually from when he was getting off the practice court ;) He was smiling though... seemed approachable. I didn't bother him for anything myself, but wouldn't have been afraid to, if I was one to approach players.

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-10-2003, 11:06 PM
Queen Rebecca! You are, you are!

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-11-2003, 08:25 PM
Where are Gonzo's fans!!!

Anyway, guess what!!! He will be on ESPN tonight!! Oooooooowww! I'm so happy. 12:30am ET. The only reason they're showing him is because he's taking on the Vahaly from that lame college UVA, but they will see, when Gonzo blows him out of the water, how they will hang their heads in shame!!! And if Vahaly can actually beat him--which he won't!, he better know it's because our darling Chilean is fighting an injury! GO GONZO!!!!

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-12-2003, 04:38 PM
Here is Gonzo's latest picture--from his 7-5 6-2 win over UVAhaly... I love this picture!


Gonzo Hates Me!
08-13-2003, 01:14 AM
Rebecca!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got my Gonzo picture back!! He's smiling in the picture, er, trying to!!! Maybe he doesn't hate me after all!

Chloe le Bopper
08-13-2003, 03:11 AM
Eggcellent. Maybe it's time to change your name ;)

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-13-2003, 03:42 AM

08-15-2003, 05:05 PM
Now vamos Gonzo at the USO, where he will be seeded 15th (or higher, depends on withdrawels). Or is he playing that tournament before the USO (used to be Long Island, don't remember what is instead of it now)? I hope he isn't. I'll go check.

08-15-2003, 05:10 PM
Ok, so i'm just confused. It is Long Island, & according to the site, Gonzo is playing. That's too bad, i wanted him to rest before the USO.

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-15-2003, 08:37 PM
Are you talking about Hamlet Cup? Is it now called TD Waterhouse? He is um, scheduled to play that. :eek:

08-16-2003, 01:51 AM
I don't know, i'm totally confused when it comes to this year's summer scheduale..

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-20-2003, 04:26 PM
Gonzo lost to Chela AGAIN, round 1 of TD Waterhouse... :( He lost 6-4 6(8)-7 0-6 :eek: :eek:

You're gonna let him keep doing this Gonzo!!!!!!!!! Bah!!!!!!!!!

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-21-2003, 04:58 AM
I really like this interview... from last year though :(


November 15, 2002

Gonzalez Answers Your Emails

Fernando Gonzalez, who is the second alternate at Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, has slashed his year-end ranking from No. 135 in 2001 to No.18 in 2002. (He is 17th in the ATP Champions Race.) This year Gonzalez won two titles in Vina del Mar and Palermo, reached the Basel final, the semifinals in Cincinnati and the quarterfinals of the US Open. He also replaced Marcelo Rios as the No.1 ranked player in Chile.

Below, Gonzalez answers emails from ATPtennis.com fans.

Fernando, that's a long name to call out when cheering you on at a match. What do you like to be called?
- Annie
Maybe in my country they call out Fene

Is it true you were in the movie Traffic? If so, do you have future acting plans in the works?
- Greg Scordato
No, that's not true (laughing).

What is planned on your vacation's agenda starting next week?
- Alex
I didn't know that I was going to Shanghai, so after here I'm going to Hawaii for almost a week. I'll meet up with a friend there and after that I may go to Los Angeles. I have a few friends so I may stay there for a weekend. After that I'll go home before heading to Buenos Aires to practice.

What tournament is your most favorite?
- Masayo Walker
There are a lot of great events. I like Roland Garros and the Masters Series in Miami. I love to play in my country, but there is only one tournament there.

Considering your aggressive play and your qualities of hard hitting, don't you think that hard surfaces and carpet courts are better to your play than clay courts?
- Andrés Enríquez
Maybe on hard courts, where I've had much better results this year, including in Cincinnati and the US Open. But the two titles I won this year came on clay.

Why didn't you appear at the Masters welcome ceremony like the other players?
I arrived on Monday night, too late for the ceremony. I would have loved to have been part of it. I played an exhibition with Marcelo (Rios) Wednesday last week and the day after they asked me if I wanted to come and then it was confirmed the day after that. It all happened very quickly and I didn't expect to come because I was far down on the list. I said I'd travel two days to get there even if I didn't play. I just wanted to part of the Masters.
- Sebastien, Chile

I know it's difficult to choose the rising star who improved the most this year, but who do you think deserves that title? Would you agree that the right answer is among Nalbandian, Srichaphan and Gonzalez?
- Daniel Calcinaro from B.A., Argentina
I would add (Paul-Henri) Mathieu to that list a well. It would be a tough decision. We all had a great year. I never expected at the start of the season (when Gonzalez was ranked outside the top 100) that I would finish in the top 20. My goal was to finish in the top 50. In the middle of the year when I did get inside 50 I then set the goal of reaching the top 20.

Which Grand Slam do you have the best chance of winning?
The US Open. I like the courts, I like everything. I have a better feeling at Roland Garros because I grew up playing on hard courts. But it doesn't matter. I'd gladly take any Grand Slam if someone said I would win one.

What do you look for in a girlfriend?
- Sarah Linn
I like a girl to be herself, not to pretend to be someone she is not.

How long do you practice tennis on court everyday and also what kind of off court training do you do?
In the pre-season I practice four hours on court and another two hours off court. Between tournaments maybe two hours tennis and one hour fitness. I work out in the gym and run.
- David, TN

If you could play mixed doubles with anyone, who would you choose as your partner?
I don't know… Kournikova (laughing).

Who are your best friends on the tour?
Jose Acasuso and I practice a lot together. Massu, Lapentti, Zabaleta. Guys from Latin America.

What are your hobbies off the court?
Surfing the internet. I try to go out with my friends when I'm home.

Do you remember the first time you were asked for an autograph? What happened? How did you feel?
I was seven or eight years old. They took me to a company and there was a tennis tournament and I hit with the teacher, who is the father of one of my best friends now. I was very small but I was playing well. All the people who worked in the company asked me to sign. One year ago one of those people asked me for another autograph and he pulled out the same paper that I signed 14 years ago. My signature has changed a lot since then!
- Kayla, New Jersey, US

My question is regarding your backhand (one handed) down the line. Can you give me few tips please like what are the key points I have to focus on?
- Vladan Milosevic, Canada
It's a shot that needs to be practiced a lot. Hit it low over the net and believe in yourself that it's going to go in.

What is the most embarrassing moment in your tennis career?
- Hilde
Last year I was playing with Clavet in Vina del Mar and I fell over and slid under the net and finished on the other side of the court.

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-21-2003, 05:19 AM
Fishing, found some nice pics

08-23-2003, 10:51 PM
Fernando Gonzalez faces Michael Chang first round, that should be a breeze :)

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-30-2003, 11:56 PM
Omigod, your two favorite players are Fene and Andy!!!!!!! Yooooooooooww!!! Those are my two favorite players, ahem, at the moment. Haha!!! I guess the third guy I am absolutely diggin' right now is Nalbandian, haha

Chloe le Bopper
10-16-2003, 10:11 PM

Gonzo Hates Me!
10-28-2003, 10:37 PM
Omigod, lovely picture!!!

Chloe le Bopper
11-02-2003, 12:05 AM

12-30-2003, 10:14 AM
hey gonzo fans....no one here?
nice pix btw

Chloe le Bopper
01-04-2004, 03:20 PM
I have a couple pictures that I took in Montreal that I'm going to scan asap. I'll get around to it one of these days ;)

01-04-2004, 11:57 PM
gonzo :hearts: Rebecca Im looking for your Nalbandian pictures, did you say you were gonna post them here?

01-05-2004, 12:05 AM
nevermind found them :hearts: thanks again!

Ma. Estefania
01-09-2004, 10:29 PM
He's such a cutie :kiss:

Ma. Estefania
01-09-2004, 10:32 PM
I'll try to post some more pics of him.....are kinda old ones, but Gonzo is on them, then it worths to see them again. :p

Ma. Estefania
01-09-2004, 11:07 PM
Tommy and Feña... :hearts:

01-12-2004, 11:35 AM
:sad: oh no Gonzo 3-6, 4-6 *cries* pls dont let me down I have big hopes for you!!!

Ma. Estefania
01-12-2004, 06:01 PM
Not a good start...but well...I hope he can get better for next week...

01-24-2004, 10:02 AM
wher can i find photos from gonzo in the net? -or a website?


Ma. Estefania
01-24-2004, 08:01 PM
Try at Getty Images....

02-04-2004, 12:53 AM
Gonzo will play the Davis Cup against Peru this Friday!!!!

Ma. Estefania
02-04-2004, 03:11 PM
Yeah, I saw him on TV yesterday :)

02-05-2004, 11:39 PM
Gonzo v.s Horna in the first turn

Ma. Estefania
02-06-2004, 08:34 PM
He won :)

02-06-2004, 09:11 PM
yep! 6-4 6-4 6-1!! Was a very good match, but gonzo always was better than horna!!!

02-08-2004, 11:41 PM
and gonzo won on doubles too!!!

Ma. Estefania
02-09-2004, 04:46 PM
Yes, now Chile faces Ecuador (my country) but on Chile :(

I had hopes of watching Feña here....but well, I'll have to wait much more :sad:

02-10-2004, 06:31 PM
but will be on Viña, and I'm in santiago, so I cannot go to see feña :sad:

02-11-2004, 12:49 AM
Feña def Montañez 6-1 7-5!!!1

02-22-2004, 01:10 AM
Gonzo is the 2004 Viña del mar champion!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ma. Estefania
02-22-2004, 10:25 PM
Yes, he was Estef. :)

But he lost last Tuesday on Rotterdam at 1st round ag. Hewitt.

I think it wasn't a wise decision to go to play there after playing a clay tournament...

02-26-2004, 11:16 PM
Gonzo is on Marseille quarterfinals!

02-27-2004, 03:34 PM
HE lost 6-7 3-6 against Soderling

04-25-2004, 05:56 PM
Hi, I was in Monte-Carlo last week-end to attend to the qualifyings and practrices. I had the chance to see Fernando many times, he practriced 3 times on sunday. I was sad when he lost his first round, he worked a lot during the week-end. Well, I saw someone very nice with people, simple. I took pics, they'll be scanned soon and will be on my website this week.
Last thing, this guy is very cute :-)) and wish him good luck for the rest of the clay season. Next tournament for me is Roland-Garros, I hope he'll go far.

If you are fan of Fernando and wants to meet another fan, feel free to email me (in French, English or Spanish). Please write in the subject "Fernando"

See ya,

My website : http://www.thomasenqvist.com
My email : webmaster@thomasenqvist.com

04-27-2004, 01:23 AM

Marcelo Rios underwent a minor medical procedure to overcome his back problems. The procedure will allow him to play without pain at least for a couple of weeks. Rios could start practicing tennis either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The former world number one said his manager keeps working to get wild cards from the organizers of the Master Series tournaments of Rome and Hamburg. Marcelo wants to play the Master Series as a way to prepare for the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany.

enqvistfan I'll write you some news about Fernando Gonzalez (in Spanish)

My Messenger: Blink_1eightytu@hotmail.com

si yaa. :angel:

04-30-2004, 06:09 PM
Latino 1987 : Thanks a lot for the news. It is ok if it's in Spanish, I understand it. I uploaded my Fernando's pics on my website, if you want to see them, just go at this address :


05-12-2004, 12:51 AM
Fernando Gonzalez WIN OVER roger Federer in 3º round.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

User ID 4783
05-13-2004, 06:00 PM
Fernando Gonzalez WIN OVER roger Federer in 3º round.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately not

05-30-2004, 10:03 AM
Fernando :)
He's my favourite player ever. He's unique, no-one can play like him. Unfortunately his style doesn't win tournaments.

06-05-2004, 07:19 AM
I'm starting to upload my first pics of Roland-Garros 2004, just go to my website and go to Roland-Garros 2004 personal, you'll find a great pic of Fernando. More are to come ...


06-08-2004, 03:41 AM
Chile present here, come on speedy!! Roland Garros 2004 is in the past, Wimbledon, and other touranemnts is the future
Ma Estefania, bueno que puedo decirte, Ecuador tiene un gran equipo y ojalá que lleguen la zona mundial luego

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-15-2004, 03:06 AM
aw, I havent been in here since last summer :)

06-20-2004, 11:28 AM
My pics of Gonzo are finally online, if you want to check them, you are welcome.



06-27-2004, 07:42 PM
Fernando is out of Wimbledon after losing to Philipoussis. I knew the Australian was great on grass but was hoping on his bad season :( :sad:

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-27-2004, 07:46 PM
EF, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peoples, I am sad tooooo. But very proud!!! He was one of the last Spaniards/South Americans standing

06-28-2004, 01:31 AM
I like Gonzalez alot. It's a shame he lost to Phillipoussis. Any idea which tournament he's going to play next?

And will Rios ever come back? I want to see him on court again.

07-05-2004, 04:36 PM
Now Fernando is playing against Horna and if he wins which I'm quite confident he'll do, he'll face Nieminen and that's already a tougher challenge.

07-08-2004, 12:22 PM
Gonzalez in the quarter finals :) Now that he's there he just has to beat Monaco and reach semis.

07-16-2004, 11:51 PM
Gonzalez photos can be found here:
More than 150 photos there.

Album belongs to: http://on.starblvd.net/meet/thegonz

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-17-2004, 04:50 AM
thanks so much for those pictures!!!!!!

07-17-2004, 10:05 PM
Some wonderful photos you have there!

I really hope Gonzalez wins the title tomorrow, so much. But I betted against him as always to at least have a consolation in case he loses. Always when possible I bet against him as I don't care at all about the amount I lose just to see him winning and playing some great tennis.

07-18-2004, 01:12 AM
He slipped twice today, needed treatment, glad he won.

07-18-2004, 01:29 AM
VAMOS, FERNANDO!! Win it all!!! Beat that dorky guy!

07-18-2004, 04:20 AM
Thank you for the photo.....
Go ! Fernando. Win the title tomorrow.

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-19-2004, 01:46 AM
He lost :(, but he has had some good results in the past few weeks. Keep it up Fenito, carry it over to the hard courts!!!!

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-28-2004, 05:12 PM
yay, he fought BACK to defeat Schuettler, yaaaaay! I knew he could do it.

The Hawk, thanks so much for the Fernando MB link, he has great fans there!

07-28-2004, 06:47 PM

Excellent win today :)

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-29-2004, 07:23 PM
It's a double celebration today 'cause Fernando won his 2nd round match AND it's his birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooooo ooooouuuuuu ooooooooooooouuuuuuu

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-13-2004, 07:30 PM
Hello, nobody here, huh? Fernando needs more fans! He's so much fun

08-13-2004, 09:10 PM
He is, but now it's time to deliver, win more titles :S

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-14-2004, 03:20 AM
I knooooowww! Get your head together Gonzo, you have so much potential!!

08-15-2004, 02:14 AM
Gonzalez....Gran jugador, aunque todavia no le llega su año-

08-15-2004, 08:17 PM
Vamos Fernando :wavey: Felicitaciones! :bounce: :cool: :hug: :D

08-15-2004, 10:42 PM
[Olympic Games]

Fernando González def. Konstantinos Economidis, 7-6(6); 6-2
Chile def. Bahamas, 7-5; 6-4

Glad he got used to the courts without problems.

08-17-2004, 03:46 AM
Massu def Kuerten!!!

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-17-2004, 04:45 PM
Come on Fena!!! MedaL!

08-17-2004, 04:48 PM
Vamos Fernando :bounce: :wavey:

08-17-2004, 09:28 PM
[Olympic Games]

Fernando González def. Hyung-Tai Lee, 7-5; 6-2
Chile def. Argentina, 6-3; 7-6(2)

Marc Rosset is Tall
08-18-2004, 09:29 AM
Vamos Gonzo, time to take out Roddick. He has beaten him on hardcourts before, just hope that his backhand is prepared and he'll show Roddick how to hit a real forehand that is effective on all surfaces.

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-18-2004, 12:59 PM
I would be SO mad if he beat Andy and then lost in his next match or something. I love Gonzo, but he scares me. Gonzo, please, if you're going to upset, medal damnit

08-18-2004, 03:39 PM
I would be SO mad if he beat Andy and then lost in his next match or something. I love Gonzo, but he scares me. Gonzo, please, if you're going to upset, medal damnit

Gonzo achieved the big Upset. :worship: Congrats!. http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/huepfen/jumping-smiley-016.gif :dance: http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/musik/music-smiley-018.gif

08-19-2004, 06:05 AM
Andy? GO HOME!! NOW! :D

[Olympic Games]

Fernando González def. Andy Roddick, 6-4; 6-4
Chile def. U.S.A., 7-5; 6-4

08-19-2004, 06:05 AM
He's on fire.

08-19-2004, 06:47 AM
Vamos Gonzo, time to take out Roddick. He has beaten him on hardcourts before, just hope that his backhand is prepared and he'll show Roddick how to hit a real forehand that is effective on all surfaces.

It looks like someone was right then, doesn't it? :)

08-19-2004, 09:03 PM
[Olympic Games]

Fernando González def. Sebastien Grosjean, 2-6; 6-2; 6-4
Chile def. Croatia, 7-5; 4-6; 6-4

08-19-2004, 09:04 PM

08-20-2004, 04:00 AM
Vamos Nico, Vamos Feña :bounce:

08-21-2004, 03:39 PM
Will the injury mean he'll have to miss US Open? I've been looking forward to this for too long.. :(

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-22-2004, 05:14 AM
i hope not. i will be sooo mad... but anyway, congrats dear fenito mon, we are so proud... carry the success across the ocean mon

08-23-2004, 04:03 PM
Yeah, congrats! What he did in these Olympics was truly awesome. I'll be so happy if he can continue that form in the US Open.

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-26-2004, 10:34 PM
he seems to have an interesting draw, take a look:

he's on the bottom half, with A-Rod. He can run into some difficult guys early. But I have faith and belief in him

...well guys, it's been swell, I am going back to school and I wont be around here very often at all. So, you guys will have to cheer very loudly for Gonzo here at MTF. I am glad that more of his fans seem to be appearing :D hasta luego

08-27-2004, 01:52 AM
Gonzo have a hard match against Soderling :rolleyes:

Vamos Feñita :kiss:

Gonzo Hates Me!
09-03-2004, 01:16 AM
Very sad for the Chileans :sad:

09-03-2004, 04:25 AM
The 2 golden boys lost :sad: :sad: :sad:

09-03-2004, 08:44 AM

09-03-2004, 03:57 PM
and Massu... :sad:

09-04-2004, 04:24 AM
But Nico and Feña are still alive in doubles :yeah:

09-06-2004, 06:40 PM
Yup they are still in doubles! Go Nico and Gonzo!!!

09-07-2004, 03:57 AM
Another long match today :rolleyes:

Vamos Nico y Feña :bigclap:

09-08-2004, 01:08 AM
When is Gonzalez's next tournament?

09-08-2004, 04:29 AM
When is Gonzalez's next tournament?

Davis Cup ;)

09-08-2004, 11:59 PM
and exhibition match:
Gonzalez v/s Massu
14 sept.

10-04-2004, 02:32 AM
Fernando plays again next week, good luck!!!

he doesnt have too many points to defend, but he has to climb some entry positions... i think he's ranked over 20...

11-06-2004, 02:03 PM
I wish that Gonzo could play well for indoor season :(. I guess thats his worst surface since he lost 1st round both tournaments. Better luck next year! :)

11-29-2004, 02:19 AM
When is Gonzo's first tournament of the 2005 season?

*Viva Chile*
11-29-2004, 02:36 AM
When is Gonzo's first tournament of the 2005 season?

Auckland... previous to Australian Open... When??? I don't know, I think the first week of January.

Gonzo Hates Me!
12-29-2004, 05:57 AM
not many posts in here in the past few months :eek:

I'm still Gonzo crazy. Happy endeavours for 2005 Gonzo

12-29-2004, 10:59 AM
Some news:

Feña won an award (with Massu): Best Chilean Sportsman of the year ... Congrats :yeah:

12-30-2004, 09:09 PM
Way to go Gonzo!!!!

Gonzo Hates Me!
12-31-2004, 05:22 AM
Suuppeeeeeeerrr Fena!!!

Paul Capdeville doesn't sound like a Chilean name JTurpin? Who is that?

Action Jackson
12-31-2004, 05:25 AM
Some news:

Feña won an award (with Massu): Best Chilean Sportsman of the year ... Congrats :yeah:

Thanks for that announcement I don't think this result was ever in doubt.

I will try and get some Feña photos when I am at the Aus Open and I will post them here, though the camera I have his absolute garbage.

12-31-2004, 10:45 AM
Thanks for that announcement I don't think this result was ever in doubt.

I will try and get some Feña photos when I am at the Aus Open and I will post them here, though the camera I have his absolute garbage.
Thanks George :kiss:

01-02-2005, 06:23 AM
Some news:

Feña won an award (with Massu): Best Chilean Sportsman of the year ... Congrats :yeah:

:woohoo: for both of them !!!! much love !!!! :inlove:

*Viva Chile*
01-06-2005, 04:41 AM
Feña traveled to New Zealand yesterday to play in Auckland next week

Good luck Gonzo this year!!!!
Good luck in the AO!!!! :wavey:

Gonzo Hates Me!
01-06-2005, 04:46 AM
thanks soooo much for this info!

01-06-2005, 07:10 AM
vamos Gonza :bounce:

*Viva Chile*
01-06-2005, 04:49 PM
Vamos "Bombardero"