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Royalty, Yuppies, Yachts, a bad Casino and no time for Jimmy's Bar Monte Carlo Thread

Action Jackson
04-15-2006, 08:48 AM
Well now the fun really begins and Gaston has to lift his game in the first of his big 4 events.

Monte Carlo is on the way and just hope he can defend his points from last year, but this won't be easy.

Choupi
04-15-2006, 08:54 AM
Well, no. It won't be easy. But our guy is on the way to recovery. Hope he doesn't stop in the middle of the road now. :)

LOVELY
04-15-2006, 10:25 AM
buena suerte Gaston y vaaamooooos !!!! :yeah:

Action Jackson
04-15-2006, 11:10 AM
Here is the full draw.

Gaston got stuck with Henman, a guy he has never won a set off in 3 matches, hope this changes soon.

(1) FEDERER, Roger SUI v Qualifier
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO v MARTIN, Alberto ESP
ROCHUS, Christophe BEL v HAAS, Tommy GER
VERDASCO, Fernando ESP v (13) GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA

(11) FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS
CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG v RUSEDSKI, Greg GBR
HRBATY, Dominik SVK v Qualifier
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v (8) FERRER, David ESP

(4) LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO v ANDREEV, Igor RUS
SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA v SERRA, Florent FRA
(WC) SIMON, Gilles FRA v Qualifier
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA v (16) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

(12) GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI v MOYA, Carlos ESP
HANESCU, Victor ROM v LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP
Qualifier v Qualifier
SODERLING, Robin SWE v (5) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS

(7) GAUDIO, Gaston ARG v HENMAN, Tim GBR
ACASUSO, Jose ARG v VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
Qualifier v WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI
Qualifier v (10) STEPANEK, Radek CZE

(15) ROBREDO, Tommy ESP v HORNA, Luis PER
MONFILS, Gael FRA v ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
SANGUINETTI, Davide ITA v SEPPI, Andreas ITA
MALISSE, Xavier BEL v (3) NALBANDIAN, David ARG

(6) CORIA, Guillermo ARG v YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA v SAFIN, Marat RUS
PASHANSKI, Boris SCG v (WC) LLODRA, Michael FRA
MIRNYI, Max BLR v (9) KIEFER, Nicolas GER

(14) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN v VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
Qualifier v (WC) BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
(WC) LISNARD, Jean-Rene MON v MURRAY, Andy GBR
CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA v (2) NADAL, Rafael ESP

*Ljubica*
04-15-2006, 11:51 AM
As a Brit and a big fan of Timmy - I will keep my head low here I think :o Gastón will win easily though I'm sure - Tim is carryng an injury and clay is not his best surface.

Action Jackson
04-15-2006, 11:55 AM
Well just hope Henman doesn't remember the 2 beatings on clay he gave Gaston and his chip and charge rubbish pisses Gaston off and it wouldn't surprise if that happened again.

RogiFan88
04-15-2006, 02:44 PM
Vamos, Gaston! Valencia was just a warmup to MC! ;)

Action Jackson
04-16-2006, 05:22 PM
We are on baby.

Fourth match on centre court Gaston is up against Henman. Just hope Tim is the toothless one this time.

Vale
04-16-2006, 08:24 PM
Vamos Gastón! Just take your matches one at a time. If you get over this first hurdle the next two will be easier!

justClaudia
04-16-2006, 10:45 PM
Vamos Gaston! :)

RogiFan88
04-17-2006, 03:40 AM
ALLEZ, GASTON!!!

Sparko1030
04-17-2006, 04:45 AM
VAMOS GASTON!!! :rocker:

taysbest
04-17-2006, 11:54 AM
Woo Hoo Gaston!! :yippee:

Choupi
04-17-2006, 02:34 PM
Gaston & Tim have just entered the Court Central. They're warming up. Vamos Gaston!! :bounce:

Vale
04-17-2006, 03:25 PM
Gastón won the first set 6-1!!! :D Is anybody seeing the match?

LOVELY
04-17-2006, 04:06 PM
6/1 6/3 well done Gaston !!! :woohoo:

Choupi
04-17-2006, 04:15 PM
Yes, good match from Gaston. For those who haven't been able to see it, I'd say it's been a solid match and Gaston still seems on the way to his former self. Congrats to Tim for breaking back when Gaston was serving for the match though. :hatoff:

Just listened to the postmatch interview. Well, Gaston said that the next match won't be easy because it's always tough to play against a friend. He insisted on the fact that he & Jose had been knowing each other since they were kids. He expects a tough match but hope he can play as good as he's played today. He also pointed out that it was the beginning of his fave part of the year, with all the upcoming events on clay. He added he'd love to play during those weeks like he did in RG 2004.....;)

*Ljubica*
04-17-2006, 04:19 PM
Guess I should say well done Gastón, though in truth I don't really have the heart for celebrations seeing my poor Tim playing like that :sad: He has never played so well on clay but he was still a shadow of the guy who reached RG semis in 2004 :sobbing: I think it is time for him to move on to other things in his life now :sad:

Vale
04-17-2006, 04:21 PM
WE WON 6-1 6-3!!!!:banana:
GRANDE, GASTI!!! :worship:

Choupi
04-17-2006, 05:01 PM
Guess I should say well done Gastón, though in truth I don't really have the heart for celebrations seeing my poor Tim playing like that :sad: He has never played so well on clay but he was still a shadow of the guy who reached RG semis in 2004 :sobbing: I think it is time for him to move on to other things in his life now :sad:
That's precisely what our commentators wanted to point out during the match. Yes, that's sad for Tim....

*Ljubica*
04-17-2006, 05:06 PM
That's precisely what our commentators wanted to point out during the match. Yes, that's sad for Tim....
:hug: Thanks for your understanding. I am really, really sad for Tim :sad:

Corina2605
04-17-2006, 05:45 PM
I am sorry for Tim, I like him, but I am very pleased for Gaston :) Good luck for the next round :)

Sparko1030
04-17-2006, 06:18 PM
:hug: Rosie. It must be a tough decision for a player though.

I'm very happy for Gaston though. :D

justClaudia
04-17-2006, 06:48 PM
:hug: Thanks for your understanding. I am really, really sad for Tim :sad:


:hug: I'm so sad to see Tim playing like that.

But happy for Gaston. Well done. :)

maria87
04-17-2006, 10:32 PM
:hug: I'm so sad to see Tim playing like that.

But happy for Gaston. Well done. :)

Me too!! well done, Gastón!! :yeah: :wavey: :)

Vale
04-18-2006, 12:00 AM
I was truly sorry that it had to be Henman against Gastón because I like him very much. But I differ in what a lot of you have said. Setting aside the score, I saw some great points where you could tell you were in the presence of two top players. Tim had too many UEs but he showed some beautiful shots too. I think we´ll still see him play good matches in the future, and he himself doesn´t seem to be too concerned! :D

Action Jackson
04-18-2006, 06:39 AM
Gaston played well enough to win, it was far from an excellent performance and he still has a lot of work to do between now and RG, but it's a step in the right direction.

Typical serving for a match at 40-0 and then losing serve and his next round match against Chucho won't be an easy one for him. It's not like they don't know each other's game and they get along quite well and it will be hard in this case for him, but just see what happens.

I am not going to go overboard over a 1R win.

Fed-Express
04-18-2006, 07:53 PM
Gaudio vs. Acasuso is no. 4 tomorrow on court 2. I am surprised how much respect the organisers show to one of the most accomplished claycourters, a top 10 player and RG champion. Acasuso is far from unknown and can play magnificently on clay. I seriously doubt that nalby vs. seppi will be a greater claycourt match to watch ... but anyways, as long as gaston gets his W everything is all right.

Vale
04-18-2006, 10:33 PM
Gaudio vs. Acasuso is no. 4 tomorrow on court 2. I am surprised how much respect the organisers show to one of the most accomplished claycourters, a top 10 player and RG champion. Acasuso is far from unknown and can play magnificently on clay. I seriously doubt that nalby vs. seppi will be a greater claycourt match to watch ... but anyways, as long as gaston gets his W everything is all right.
The organizers have given more importance to:
First: French players
Second: Italian players and star players
Third: European players
Last: All the rest. :devil:
I suppose it makes sense from the point of view of attracting the public to see the tournament or to watch it televised...
But who cares? If Gastón plays well he´ll have the last laugh! :D

RogiFan88
04-19-2006, 12:56 AM
I know there are some Chucho fans here and I'm happy that he won a title this year and seems to be improving, but I'm cheering for Gaston tomorrow. ;)

Fed-Express
04-19-2006, 06:46 PM
Congratulations, Gaston won 63 36 64. To the people who saw it: Was it a hard match and how did he play?

justClaudia
04-19-2006, 06:59 PM
Well done Gastón!! :)

LOVELY
04-19-2006, 07:05 PM
:woohoo: congrats Gaston !!!! :clap2:

Sparko1030
04-19-2006, 07:28 PM
:banana: YEAY Gaston!!!! Way to get back on track!!!! Keep it up! :D

Vale
04-19-2006, 07:28 PM
GREAT WIN, GASTON!!! :worship: :banana::banana:

I've just been able to access MTF and I know nothing about the match except the livescore! Hope to learn a bit more about it tomorrow!

Here is the OOP:

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Court Central start 10:00 AM
(11)J Ferrero (ESP) vs (8)D Ferrer (ESP)
(4)I Ljubicic (CRO) vs (WC)G Simon (FRA)
(1)R Federer (SUI) vs B Balleret (MON)
K Vliegen (BEL) vs (2)R Nadal (ESP)
Allegro/Federer vs (8)Huss/Vizner


Court des Princes start 10:00 AM
(WC)Henman/Murray vs (3)Santoro/Zimonjic
(15)T Robredo (ESP) vs (3)D Nalbandian (ARG)
(7)G Gaudio (ARG) vs (Q)A Di Mauro (ITA)
(6)G Coria (ARG) vs (9)N Kiefer (GER)
(12)F Gonzalez (CHI) or F Lopez (ESP) vs R Soderling (SWE)
(6)Aspelin/Perry vs (WC)Clement/Llodra


Court 2 start 12:00
(4)Damm/Paes vs Bhupathi/Stepanek
(1)Bjorkman/Mirnyi vs Haggard/Tursunov
Acasuso/Prieto vs (2)Knowles/Nestor
(7)Friedl/Knowle vs Bolelli/SeppiorAndreev/Davydenko


VAMOS GASTON!!!! JUST TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME!

Corina2605
04-19-2006, 07:52 PM
Congrats Gaston, good result :) Keep winning!!!

RogiFan88
04-19-2006, 08:28 PM
Well done, Gaston! He fought hard and won vs. his friend. Independiente won today!

Wish we could see his match tho...

Choupi
04-20-2006, 06:35 AM
I've only followed the match through the livescores. The funniest was that I had my tv on, with Nadal playing. And I could see that it was raining. At one point, on the livescore, you could see that all matches had stopped because of rain, but Gaston & Jose were still playing!! :cool:

Action Jackson
04-20-2006, 06:40 AM
Thanks for the updates Choupi and there has been very minimal info on this match.

Only positives are that Gaston won and his next match will be on a court where there is TV coverage.

Choupi
04-20-2006, 06:44 AM
Yes, the next match will be on a televised court. That's good. I'll just be at work at that time, in some very boring meetings..........Hope some of you can enjoy the match and share some comments.

Eléa
04-20-2006, 09:03 AM
Hola :wavey:

I just came back from Monaco, i saw Gaston everytime from sunday to yesterday :) But he was in a very bad mood, he asked to be escorted by 2 guards on monday, tuesday and wednesday and nobody could approach him :s Fortunately I could talk with him on sunday and I had my daily "hola" from him :lol: Franco was really lovely to me :hug:

I took lots of pics and even videos of the match and the training, i'll try to upload them before going to Barcelona (If you want to see them of course...?)

I met a lot of People from MTF: Betty, Enqvistfan, Sommarige (with Maria :hug: ) Bjorki and Olimpo :hug: I really had a good time in Monaco and i will come back next year for sure!

About Gaston's match, the one against Henman was brilliant! Yesterday's match was a bit more complicated but Gaston had a great reaction in the 3rd set. I mean he was screaming and praying god (and Franco :lol: ) but he stayed concentrated and did what he had to do to win. It was a very good match, very interesting :D

Choupi
04-20-2006, 09:16 AM
Glad you had fun in Monaco Eléa. Thanks for these infos. Looking forward to the pics and videos. :)

bovenbuuf
04-20-2006, 10:28 AM
Elea seems you had a good time there. Good to hear that :)

taysbest
04-20-2006, 11:47 AM
I'm glad you had a great time Elea! Of course we want to see your pics and videos.
Your trip sounds like it was lots of fun! Glad you are back safe and sound and ready for your next adventure.

Betty
04-20-2006, 12:10 PM
yes Elea i'm waiting ur pics too :) my camera death yesterday and photo machine:scared:....i have to upload them too :p
for the match of yesterday i could say that Cucho helps Gaston...a lot and, that Gaston needs to find his best tennis fo go on in this tourney:p, sure he was more nervous...he was screaming a lot about his "wrong mind" :awww:

Vale
04-20-2006, 01:01 PM
Thanks Eléa and Betty for your news! :angel: :angel:
I'm glad you had a good time and met all the MTF friends!
What on earth is the matter with Gastón? Why guards, for crissakes??? :eek:
I hope he won't relax against Di Mauro now and reach QFs a bit calmer, because Robredo is playing very well!
VAMOS GASTON! STOP TORTURING YOURSELF AND YOUR BEST TENNIS WILL APPEAR! :D

Fed-Express
04-20-2006, 01:41 PM
Gaston leads 42 in the first. He was up a double break 30 before DiMauro came back (or Gaston let him come back;)) to 32 where DiMauro had bps. Luckily, Gaston saved them.

Fed-Express
04-20-2006, 01:44 PM
He is again a double break up, serving for the set at 52. Go Gastón.

Fed-Express
04-20-2006, 01:52 PM
He took the first 62. Great! DiMauro to serve.

Fed-Express
04-20-2006, 02:34 PM
Gastón just had mp, with DiMauro serving at 3*-5. Now gp DiMauro

Fed-Express
04-20-2006, 02:49 PM
Gastón takes the match 6-2 / 6-4. He had 68% 1st serve and won 74% of his 1st serves. Zero Dfs and 69% on 2nd serve. Pretty solid stats, I hope he can keep it up cause he might have to raise his level against Robredo. I wonder if Tommy is tired after today's match.

Vale
04-20-2006, 02:56 PM
Gastón takes the match 6-2 / 6-4. He had 68% 1st serve and won 74% of his 1st serves. Zero Dfs and 69% on 2nd serve. Pretty solid stats, I hope he can keep it up cause he might have to raise his level against Robredo. I wonder if Tommy is tired after today's match.
Thanks for all the info!
I'm delighted that Gastón has reached QFs.!:banana::banana::banana:
VAMOOOSSSS!!!! :worship:

Sparko1030
04-20-2006, 03:21 PM
:yeah: Great that Gaston has got himself in the quarters!!!

:wavey: Hi Elea-glad to hear you had a good time and thanks for the news!

Eléa
04-20-2006, 03:22 PM
:banana: i'm so happy!!! only a bit frustrated to have followed the match on the scoreboard :rolleyes:

I realize i didn't say i had met Reiko in Monaco, it was so obvious that i forget to tell you :lol:

RogiFan88
04-20-2006, 03:58 PM
Well done, Gaston!! Nice to see him in the QF!! Next up, Robredo, GWH's fave guy-to-hate. :lol:

VAMOS, GASTON!!!

Choupi
04-20-2006, 04:15 PM
Well, he has no right to lose.

Corina2605
04-20-2006, 05:48 PM
Congrats Gaston on making the quarterfinals, muy bien :)

justClaudia
04-20-2006, 07:03 PM
Eléa and Bettina, thanks for the updates.
I'm glad you girls had a good time :hug:

Well done Gastón! Keep up the good work. :) Good luck against Boredo. :p

Action Jackson
04-21-2006, 06:32 AM
He hasn't proven anything in this tournament as of yet and has defended his QF spot from last year, but got to move forward now and this is a big chance and he better not blow it.

Choupi
04-21-2006, 06:35 AM
Friday, April 21, 2006

Court Central start 11:00
(7)G Gaudio (ARG) vs (15)T Robredo (ESP)
Not before 12:30
(6)G Coria (ARG) vs (2)R Nadal (ESP)
(1)R Federer (SUI) vs (8)D Ferrer (ESP)
(4)I Ljubicic (CRO) vs (12)F Gonzalez (CHI) or R Soderling (SWE)
Bhupathi/Stepanek vs Allegro/Federer

admiralpye
04-21-2006, 10:44 AM
1 hour 18 minutes, Gaston won the match against Tommy Robredo: 6-1, 6-3!!! That has got to be a record for him (?)

Hopefully, this means he'll do even better in the semis.

Eléa
04-21-2006, 11:35 AM
I'm so happy!!!! :banana: :aparty: I missed the end of the match cause i had to go to work but i taped it of course. Hope he will play in second tomorrow cause i will be in a plane tomorrow at 2pm but i will be able to see the second semi... i cross my fingers :rolleyes:
Anyway, Finally Gaston in semi of a MS :D :worship:

Corina2605
04-21-2006, 12:43 PM
YAY, great score-line, congrats Gaston :) :) :)

Hope he can beat Rafa now, would be too nice :) Vamos!!!!!!

Sparko1030
04-21-2006, 12:56 PM
:woohoo: Awesome win for Gaston!!!! Its so wonderful he's made it to the semifinals. Good Luck against Rafa, Gaston! :hatoff: Rafa will be tough of course but Gaston is hot and can do it.

Action Jackson
04-21-2006, 12:58 PM
Gaston did what was necessary and that's good.

Choupi
04-21-2006, 01:21 PM
That's indeed a good job. You won't stop me from thinking that, from the moment a player reaches the semis, everything's open. :)

*Ljubica*
04-21-2006, 01:44 PM
Well I just saw Gastón interviewed on Sky - and he seemed fine - and said that every day he felt that he was playing better and growing in confidence - and he hoped that tomorrow would be his best day yet!

Btw -sorry Elea - but he has just pulled out of Barcelona - hope can have fun anyway.

RogiFan88
04-21-2006, 02:40 PM
Fantastic win for Gaston! It's great that he's into the SF of my fave clay TMS! I shall cheer him on heartily even tho I will barely be around [freakin tax return to prepare... yuk]. I have not seen either Gaston nor Rafa's matches... so what are Gaston's chances of an upset in the SF??? How I w love for Gasti to be in this final!!!!

VAMOS, GASTON!! Do your worst!! Wreak revenge!

RogiFan88
04-21-2006, 02:41 PM
Gaston p/out of BCN??

Action Jackson
04-21-2006, 02:43 PM
It depends on whether Gaston believes he can win or not, if he doesn't, then it's over quickly.

It's about time he started beating people above him.

taysbest
04-21-2006, 03:18 PM
[QUOTE=RogiFan88] I shall cheer him on heartily even tho I will barely be around [freakin tax return to prepare... yuk]. QUOTE]

Good Luck with your tax return- ugh! They are so awful!!

He pulled out of Barcelona?

RogiFan88
04-21-2006, 03:20 PM
Well, Gaston, it's time for you to believe!!!

taysbest, I'm self-employed and have a fear of numbers -- you can't begin to imagine how I abhore this month...

Action Jackson
04-21-2006, 03:25 PM
He pulled out of Barcelona?

Yes, it's in the News section.

taysbest
04-21-2006, 03:26 PM
Thanks GWH.

Rogifan- You have my sympathy...I hope your numbers come out well!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-21-2006, 04:06 PM
Well done Gas! :clap2:
It's nice the better play to face Nadal in the next round,the chance is not that high but I believe he can make it closer! :boxing:

Choupi
04-21-2006, 06:43 PM
I thought you might like this interview. Some bits are just :lol: Our Gaston is incredible and that's the way we love him, no?

From the Monte Carlo official site, post match (Robredo's) interview:

An interview with: GASTON GAUDIO
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You must be pretty pleased with that sort of performance in the first set?

GASTON GAUDIO: (Through translation.) Yes, it was a very good match. I played very well during the first set. I believe he was tired or asleep or something, but I took advantage of it.

Q. Nobody talks about you in this tournament. Now you are in the semifinal. What do you think about that?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, they didn't talk about me in the French Open either when I won it, so I hope to continue like this. And maybe is a good opportunity to win this tournament, too.

Q. How do you explain your results from this year?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, I am starting to play better day by day. At the beginning of the year I was a little bit tired, you know. I was coming two years in a row, I was fed up, you know (smiling).

And, finally, I think that I am coming back and I really love to play again, you know, my best tennis again.

Q. Do you think you're playing well enough to win the French?

GASTON GAUDIO: Actually, you never know. When I came in 2004 to the French Open, I was like playing good tennis, but I didn't expect that I was win the tournament.

So this year we'll see. Of course we have Nadal and Federer and both of them, maybe Coria, a lot of guys, who wants to win it. It's gonna be tough for sure.

But, anyway, I have to go there, play my best tennis, and maybe it happens again.

Q. Do you think you've improved since 2004 some part of your game?

GASTON GAUDIO: No, I think that I was playing better in 2004 than now. But, like I told you before, you never know. You have to go over there and try to give your best and then maybe it happens.

Q. I saw you yesterday. You were quite nervous when you were playing against Di Mauro. Is yourself the worst opponent sometimes?

GASTON GAUDIO: Myself?

Q. Yes, because you have a negative attitude sometimes.

GASTON GAUDIO: I think that always myself is my worst opponent. I always playing against myself first and then to the other one. So I'm playing against two guys during the match (smiling).

Q. You cannot do anything about it?

GASTON GAUDIO: Imagine how good I am, that I play against two (laughing).

Q. About your mental, do you think that you are ready to fight three sets or four sets, five sets if you have to play five sets? Not physically, but mentally.

GASTON GAUDIO: Mentally, I don't know what is gonna happen tomorrow, you know. It's like mentally I don't know what is gonna happen in the next ten minutes. Maybe I get depressed in ten minutes. I don't know myself too much.

But I know that I was prepared, you know, because I did it in the French Open. But I would love to feel that feeling again.

Q. Do you work to know yourself better?

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, I was working with a psychology, and I still.

Q. You still do it?

GASTON GAUDIO: Yep.

Q. Is he around here?

GASTON GAUDIO: It seems like it's not too good or what (laughing)?

Q. I'm just asking.

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, I'm still working. No, he's not here. When I arrive there in Argentina, I used to work every day.

Q. He is in Argentina. Every day?

GASTON GAUDIO: Almost.

Q. What is his name?

GASTON GAUDIO: Pablo.

Q. Pablo?

GASTON GAUDIO: Yep.

Q. Last name?

GASTON GAUDIO: Pecola (phonetic spelling).

Q. Half Italian?

GASTON GAUDIO: I don't know.

Q. You come from where? Gaudio, the last name, I mean, where is your family background?

GASTON GAUDIO: French.

Q. French, Gaudio? Come on.

GASTON GAUDIO: I don't know (laughing). I don't even know.

Q. You never ask?

GASTON GAUDIO: What? No, I didn't ask.

taysbest
04-21-2006, 07:00 PM
Thanks for that Choupi! I love how he responds that he's French *LOL* :D

Choupi
04-21-2006, 07:04 PM
Yes, I like that bit too. But also when he says that he's damn good to play 2 guys at 1 time!! :lol: Or when he fakes misunderstanding, when he's asked if he's still working with the psy today. Too good!! :cool:

Action Jackson
04-21-2006, 07:06 PM
Well he is Spanish/Italian, but those guys deserved that.

Choupi
04-21-2006, 07:09 PM
Yes, next time, they're gonna work on their subject before interviewing him!!! :lol:

Vale
04-21-2006, 08:00 PM
Hi guys! :D
Believe it or not, I've just now been able to come here.
It's a great day!!!
I watched Gastón live this morning, and I'm full of optimism for the future.
He seems to be back! His press conference was more upbeat than he's been for such a long time! :worship:
This year has been pretty hard for some of us here, and we have Gastón to thank for giving us such a thrill. I bet today there were a lot of happy faces!
Love you all, and love Gastón!!! :angel:
Show yourself and the world what you're capable of tomorrow!
:banana::banana::banana::banana:

LOVELY
04-21-2006, 08:38 PM
:banana: I'm so happy Gaston reached the semis !!!!:woohoo: I won't be here to follow the match on tv tomorrow :awww: ( because I will be on the plane with éléa ;) )so vaaaaaamoooooos Gaaaaaastooooooooon :bounce:

RogiFan88
04-21-2006, 09:48 PM
Isn't Gasti the cutest?

Denisse
04-21-2006, 10:56 PM
yep, he is. :)

marti_228
04-21-2006, 10:56 PM
Well he is Spanish/Italian, but those guys deserved that.


I think his surname is Spanish, from Catalunya, because it's very similar to Gaudi (the architect), but it could also be Italian.

Maybe he is French from his mother side. ;) It's very common in Argentina to have different ethnicities, or I don't know how to explain it.

I don't know why the journalists always ask him where his surname is from.

Betty
04-22-2006, 06:20 AM
I think his surname is Spanish, from Catalunya, because it's very similar to Gaudi (the architect), but it could also be Italian.

Maybe he is French from his mother side. ;) It's very common in Argentina to have different ethnicities, or I don't know how to explain it.

I don't know why the journalists always ask him where his surname is from.

it's Italian, one journalist told him about it....and he said yes Italy....like Coria and Nalbo :p

well done gasty :yeah:

Action Jackson
04-22-2006, 08:41 AM
I think his surname is Spanish, from Catalunya, because it's very similar to Gaudi (the architect), but it could also be Italian.

Maybe he is French from his mother side. ;) It's very common in Argentina to have different ethnicities, or I don't know how to explain it.

I don't know why the journalists always ask him where his surname is from.

His mother is from Galicia and on his father side they are from Italy.

maria87
04-22-2006, 12:48 PM
what a strange last name Gaudio to be italian! anyway he is playing wonderful against Nadal! fine and talented talented...but he lost his chance to break again when he was 0-40 on Nadal's serve and i am afraid he is going into the tunnel of darkness!! please, Vamos Gastón! you can do it against Nadal's garra!!

maria87
04-22-2006, 12:50 PM
anyway he is ahowing to Nadal he can be really a trouble for him :) :worship:

RogiFan88
04-22-2006, 12:54 PM
VAMOS, GASTON!!!

RogiFan88
04-22-2006, 12:56 PM
Gaston, bring it to the dreaded 5-5 score, por favor!

RogiFan88
04-22-2006, 12:57 PM
...and he obliged! ;) OK, now to do your worst [or your best, as the case may be]...

RogiFan88
04-22-2006, 01:04 PM
Gaston broke Rafa and it's now 6-5 for him!

maria87
04-22-2006, 01:06 PM
Gaston broke Rafa and it's now 6-5 for him!

good, good!! vamos Gastón!!!!! he is serving for the set

maria87
04-22-2006, 01:06 PM
he is 40-0!!!!

maria87
04-22-2006, 01:08 PM
he got first set!!!! :worship: :)

RogiFan88
04-22-2006, 01:09 PM
I'm impressed! 7-5 it is! Now for the REAL test... ;)

Choupi
04-22-2006, 01:11 PM
I don't know if you guys, can follow that match live on tv. But I'm following the livescores, and it is indeed stressfull!!! Vamos Gaston. Please, confirm now.

maria87
04-22-2006, 01:11 PM
I'm impressed! 7-5 it is! Now for the REAL test... ;)

right, the real test...to see if Gastón cain remain up, stable as much as to beat the stone!

maria87
04-22-2006, 01:12 PM
I don't know if you guys, can follow that match live on tv. But I'm following the livescores, and it is indeed stressfull!!! Vamos Gaston. Please, confirm now.

yes, we are watching live, and Gaston is playing wonderful tennis! he just needs to saty focus and calm, and cool! vamos, Gastón! :)

maria87
04-22-2006, 01:40 PM
now he got a little bit tired from the defense of Nadal...shame

maria87
04-22-2006, 01:41 PM
if Nadal gets the set 6-1 it will be bad for Gastón, vamos!

maria87
04-22-2006, 01:45 PM
Nadal got it: 6-1 :eek: :sad:

RogiFan88
04-22-2006, 02:12 PM
Aw, Gaston, come on, just fight... honestly... have some belief! You are the talent guy here... I know, I know...

And people say it's boring cos Rogi keeps winning... and wins easily... and wins when he's not playing his best tennis... :rolleyes:

Gaston, don't you want this title???

Denisse
04-22-2006, 02:13 PM
3-1.. :sad:

Denisse
04-22-2006, 02:16 PM
4-1! what is wrong with him??!

maria87
04-22-2006, 02:26 PM
4-1! what is wrong with him??!

i think he just cannot stand Nadal's game (like me!!)...he got mentally tired from Nadal's defense.

maria87
04-22-2006, 02:28 PM
i think he just cannot stand Nadal's game (like me!!)...he got mentally tired from Nadal's defense.

this is a mental fight, you kow? and Nadal is more stronge, that's it. :eek: :sad:

maria87
04-22-2006, 02:32 PM
one more thing: Nadal was stronger but he had to fight a lot, even when the score didn't show it.

Florencia
04-22-2006, 02:56 PM
The dream is over, it´s so sad :bigcry:. I wanted Gastón to win so badly.

The match was quite intense and tough and, even though it is not reflected in the score, Nadal needed a lot of effort and determination to win.

Gasti, I hope this does not affect your confidence :hug:

maria87
04-22-2006, 03:01 PM
The match was quite intense and tough and, even though it is not reflected in the score, Nadal needed a lot of effort and determination to win.

yes, this is just what i have said...i want for him to win badly too...but i think Gastón is away from the strong mentallity of Nadal, what a shame for his beautiful tennis! :eek: :sad:

Denisse
04-22-2006, 03:22 PM
this is a mental fight, you kow? and Nadal is more stronge, that's it. :eek: :sad:

yeah you're right.. poor gasti. i still wish i could have seen the last two sets. i got dragged to my mom's office! :(

Corina2605
04-22-2006, 03:34 PM
Well, it wasn't meant to be, but still, great tournament for Gaston. I did enjoy the first set very much :) Hope Gaston has a nice break at home to recharge his batteries and is back strong in Rome. Vamos Gaston!

daze11
04-22-2006, 04:14 PM
i think this is my first post in here. like coria himself, i am not really a fan of gaston. but i wanted to come in and say how much i enjoyed gaston today in the first set and really believed he would win and was excited for him to do it. obviously, yes, he unraveled himself, but i dont believe as many do--even in here--that nadal was the cause of it. it was nice to see that gaudio could have beaten him today if he had remained in a 'regular' frame of mind. :)

vamos gaston.

Sparko1030
04-22-2006, 04:33 PM
Too bad about Gaston's loss today but it sounds like he played a good match-esp the first set. Congrats to him for a GREAT tournament!!!! :yeah:

*Ljubica*
04-22-2006, 04:47 PM
i think this is my first post in here. like coria himself, i am not really a fan of gaston. but i wanted to come in and say how much i enjoyed gaston today in the first set and really believed he would win and was excited for him to do it. obviously, yes, he unraveled himself, but i dont believe as many do--even in here--that nadal was the cause of it. it was nice to see that gaudio could have beaten him today if he had remained in a 'regular' frame of mind. :)

vamos gaston.
Thanks for coming over here and saying that daze11 :hug:

Vale
04-22-2006, 07:54 PM
Well, that was quite a match! :eek:

Yes, I know that Gastón lost, but even so I´m feeling positive. This tournament marked Gastón´s return to his best tennis. In my opinion, that first set showed the world´s two best players on clay. It was magnificent tennis. :worship:

But between the two, one of them deserves to win, and that is Nadal. Gastón has the most beautiful tennis, but Nadal´s attitude plus accuracy are hard to beat. When Gastón hit winners, he not only answered them but also converted them into winners of his own! To play against someone like that Gastón had to take risks and many became UEs, although in fact they were forced by the quality of his rival. :rolleyes:

I think a major factor was that in the last two sets Gastón´s first serves weren´t working, and his second serves permitted Nadal to take control of the game. But mainly it was a question of physical and mental stamina. :( The 1:19 of that first set, played all-out as if it was the end of the world, took its toll on Gastón, whereas Nadal is indestructible. The score doesn´t reflect what really went on in that court, because Nadal had to sweat blood in each point, although in the end he always managed to win them.

I felt that in their handshake they were both recognizing that they´d been part of a memorable match, and the crowd applauded Gastón when he walked off court. :D He didn´t look upset either!

Afterwards Gastón said “Nadal was simply magnificent. I played my best match of the week and even so it wasn´t enough. I had a great first set, but to beat Nadal one has to continue playing just as hard during the whole match”.

El Mundo, of Spain, in between lavish praise for Nadal, talks about Gastón´s tennis in the first set: “Gaudio is one of the major talents of the circuit… Those magical backhands, his determined approaches to the net, the lobs, the dropshots, the smashes and all his strokes of genius…”

And now Gastón is on his way home to BA, and he won´t defend either Barcelona or Estoril. Well, that seems to be the condition he´s imposed upon himself to continue playing without going mad in the process: to take a rest even if it means abandoning valuable points…
I hope his short holidays with the people he loves will allow him to forget about his responsibilities for a bit, recharge batteries and get into good shape for what comes next. A friend of his mother´s told me the family were very happy with his new-found confidence! Let´s hope it´s here to stay!!! :angel:

Choupi
04-22-2006, 08:51 PM
I felt that in their handshake they were both recognizing that they´d been part of a memorable match, and the crowd applauded Gastón when he walked off court. :D He didn´t look upset either!
Well, that's the sole and only bit of the match I could see, the match point, followed by the handshake. And yes, I've also had the impression they were both relieved and satisfied. Full of mutual recognition it seemed. :)

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-23-2006, 08:24 AM
It's a pity that Gaston can't win in straight sets.But in first set he could have lost a break again when he faced 2 bps at 3*-4 (or 3-3,I forget),but he saved it really well. :yeah: And it's very hard to play against Nadal on clay,the man can save every shot and play a winner in a very short time. :eek: Anyway,he suddenly gives some hope to me! :p

Action Jackson
04-23-2006, 08:30 AM
Contrary to some belief I haven't topped myself. The result wasn't great, but the performance was enocuraging in parts.

Action Jackson
04-23-2006, 10:50 AM
Well the match wasn't too bad, especially the 1st set there were plenty of tough rallies there and initially Gaston was quite astute tactically, though he did hit too much to the open court.

There were some interesting moments and some outstanding points that highlighted the enjoyable features of claycourt tennis. Both guys knew what the other was trying to do and seeing how they combated it was fun to watch.

The 1st set well Gaston leads 3-1, then it gets after Rafa holds, then Gaston down 0-40 decides to hold serve after a huge battle and that gives him some confidence for the rest of the set. Some excellent volleys and backhands from Gaston, some quality defensive skills from Rafa and he showed it takes at least 4 or 5 more shots to win points against him.

Then the 2nd set starts and this where Gaston lost his concentration and that can't be done against Nadal especially on clay and he started to get lazy with the footwork and whereas the forehand wasn't at its best in the 1st set, he starts making errors on the backhand. Nadal was just being consistent and placing the ball deep and hitting some excellent drop shots at the right moment and steams through the 2nd set.

Gaston showed his racquet smashing skills, which aren't bad for a small guy and the incessant chats with Davin and Pantera, who have heard it all before and the running commentary. Shaking the chair of umpire Pascal Maria, well not the best, but if it was Norm Chryst then it would have been deserved.

The final turning point in this match was 1 all in the 3rd set and 30-0 on Gaston's serve. Well he decided to be Santa Claus and give up 4 unforced errors in a row to lose his serve and once this happened, in essence it was game over.

Nadal took advantage like a top player should and then Gaston was totally deflated mentally and was mauled into the ground as he should have been.

Gaston played well in parts and Nadal was his solid self and had some excellent gets and his mentality was the clear difference. He kept his concentration up for the whole match and he didn't panic after losing the 1st set,and mentally imposed himself on Gaudio.

Gaston still has a way to go, but there is somewhere to build from.

Vale
04-23-2006, 09:31 PM
Well, the match wasn't too bad.
I don´t think we were watching the same match! :confused:

This reminds me of a description of the typical English understatements:
If you ask an Englishman "How was the party", he´ll answer "It was murder!",
but if you ask him "How was the battle", he´ll answer "Rather uncomfortable".

Anyway, Gastón has said in the press conference that his problem was mainly physical, that he wasn´t sufficiently well prepared physically to play more than one set with such intensity, and that he hopes to be better prepared for the next tournament.

Action Jackson
04-24-2006, 05:15 AM
I don´t think we were watching the same match! :confused:

This reminds me of a description of the typical English understatements:
If you ask an Englishman "How was the party", he´ll answer "It was murder!",
but if you ask him "How was the battle", he´ll answer "Rather uncomfortable".

Anyway, Gastón has said in the press conference that his problem was mainly physical, that he wasn´t sufficiently well prepared physically to play more than one set with such intensity, and that he hopes to be better prepared for the next tournament.

Since when does 1 good set make a good match?

Well, Gaston has 2 weeks without tennis and should be doing some training in this time and he should be ready to play for long as it takes and the physical side of things can be controlled.

As long as he is ready by RG that's what really counts.

Vale
04-24-2006, 01:02 PM
Since when does 1 good set make a good match?
I refer to the general “feel” of the message you transmit…
Since I joined the Gaudio forum in MTF I’ve tried to keep all Gastón’s fans informed about what was happening in his matches and to him as a person. I’ve done it especially thinking of those who haven’t been lucky enough to see a particular match. I’m not the moderator, but I take it as a duty just the same!

And now to this particular case in point: As you know, we’ve all been worried about Gastón’s level this year, and the most worried of all was Gastón himself. That’s why that first set against Nadal was so important, because he showed that his best tennis is back, and that’s what one must emphasize for his fans who didn’t see the match. The result wasn’t as important as what has happened to Gastón there in Monte Carlo. And ALL the media have commented on the fantastic tennis we saw in that 1:19 of the first set!

Gastón was the first to admit that he wasn’t sufficiently prepared to continue playing with that intensity, and that he has to improve that aspect. But when he arrived yesterday morning in BA and was asked at the airport did he think he had the level to be able to beat Nadal and Federer, he answered that his game on clay was on a par with them both (although he didn’t say he could beat them). That’s the first time in a great many months that he has shown such self-confidence. He can have a "relapse", I know, but just the same I’m hoping that this is the real start of a great year for him!

Choupi
04-24-2006, 01:05 PM
Gastón was the first to admit that he wasn’t sufficiently prepared to continue playing with that intensity, and that he has to improve that aspect. But when he arrived yesterday morning in BA and was asked at the airport did he think he had the level to be able to beat Nadal and Federer, he answered that his game on clay was on a par with them both (although he didn’t say he could beat them). That’s the first time in a great many months that he has shown such self-confidence. He can have a "relapse", I know, but just the same I’m hoping that this is the real start of a great year for him!
Thanks for these updates Vale. :)

Action Jackson
04-24-2006, 03:53 PM
I refer to the general “feel” of the message you transmit…
Since I joined the Gaudio forum in MTF I’ve tried to keep all Gastón’s fans informed about what was happening in his matches and to him as a person. I’ve done it especially thinking of those who haven’t been lucky enough to see a particular match. I’m not the moderator, but I take it as a duty just the same!

Considering this forum would be fucked without your contributions, this is plainly obvious to see. but most of us in here will never know Gaston personally, it's only an image that we will get from him and whatever image that is, is totally dependent on the individual person.

And now to this particular case in point: As you know, we’ve all been worried about Gastón’s level this year, and the most worried of all was Gastón himself. That’s why that first set against Nadal was so important, because he showed that his best tennis is back, and that’s what one must emphasize for his fans who didn’t see the match. The result wasn’t as important as what has happened to Gastón there in Monte Carlo. And ALL the media have commented on the fantastic tennis we saw in that 1:19 of the first set!

Gaston played well for a set and showed good signs that he has improved, but that good tennis was only for a set and not for 3 sets.

As for his intensity and fitness, well he can control that and that is one of the many things he needs to work on during his time away from tournaments and to be ready for his major.