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The Gaston I'm taking on all the worlds problems and my own Roland Garros Thread

Action Jackson
05-26-2006, 10:25 AM
Time to wake up and show what Gaston can do.

Vale
05-26-2006, 06:18 PM
http://www.sports-central.org/sports/2006/05/25/french_open_preview_nadal_repeat.php

Thursday, May 25, 2006

French Open Preview: Nadal Repeat?

By Ricky Dimon

Some years, magic happens at Roland Garros. Small miracles of sorts. Often, a champion emerges that leaves even the most passionate of tennis fans asking, "Who in the name of Gustavo Kuerten is he?"

In 1997, Kuerten was that miracle. The unseeded and relatively-unknown Brazilian shocked the tennis world that year by reaching the French Open final and erasing veteran clay-court specialist Sergi Bruguera in straight sets to win the title.

While Albert Costa had already made a name for himself on the ATP Tour by 2002, his triumph that year at Roland Garros was nothing short of shocking. Once again, an unseeded player toppled a heavily-favored opponent (this time the victim was Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero) in the championship match.

The same sort of miracle graced the French Open in 2004. Unseeded Argentine Gaston Gaudio rolled through the likes of Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian en route to a final clash with countryman Guillermo Coria. At the time, Coria dominated the clay the way Rafael Nadal does now. Five sets later, after squandering a two-set lead and two match points in the fifth set, Coria was reduced to just another victim of Roland Garros magic. On the other side of the coin, Gaudio entered the tournament destined to be forgotten by history, but left a history-maker.

Of course, in other years, the champion has been exactly who we anticipated. Following his stunner in 1997, Kuerten slowly evolved into a clay-court force with whom the Roland Garros faithful fell in love. By the turn of the century, with no French hometown hero as a true contender, he was the man the crowd rooted for and expected to win. He did just that in both 2000 and 2001.

At the 2003 French Open, Ferrero was No. 3 in the world, but easily the top clay-court player. He finally realized his potential and erased the disappointment of falling to Costa the previous year.

And we all remember what happened last year, when Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal rode a tidal wave of momentum into the French Open by dominating the clay-court season. As expected, he could not be stopped at Roland Garros.

Lest we forget, however, even when the odds-on favorite has triumphed at the French Open, the magic is never lost. When Ferrero won in 2003, the runner-up was Dutch giant Martin Verkerk. I must admit I had never heard of him before that tournament. Not once. He had done nothing before, and has done nothing since. Adding to the shock factor is that Verkerk's game was best-suited for grass — clay should have been his worst surface. His run to the 2003 French Open final is something that can never be explained — it was truly a miracle.

Similarly, little-known and now-forgotten Mario Puerta stormed into last year's championship match and gave Nadal everything he could handle. Like Verkerk, Puerta had done absolutely nothing before his coming out party at Roland Garros. And all he has done since is test positive for performance-enhancing drugs (his second offense) and get banned for eight years from the ATP tour.

Needless to say, the forecast for what will take place at Roland Garros is never clear. Sometimes it calls for a miracle, other times it calls for the old reliables to put the upstarts in their place. It's impossible to know, but here is my best shot at a preview for the 2006 French Open.

Contenders

Rafael Nadal — He has won a record 53-straight matches on clay. He is three-for-three in clay-court tournaments this year, including Masters Series titles in Monte Carlo and Rome. Not only is he playing better than anyone else at the moment, but Nadal has also learned to play the big points better than anyone else (see: Rome final against Roger Federer when he saved two match points in the fifth set). Of course, at this year's French Open, he may not face any crucial points unless he plays Federer in the championship. Right now, Federer is the only player who can stay on a clay court with the Spaniard. Nadal is the overwhelming favorite to win the tournament and should not be bet against at any cost.

Roger Federer — Overall, he's still the best player in the game, although Nadal always gets hyped up during the clay-court season. At any other Grand Slam tournament — especially Wimbledon — Federer would be an even bigger favorite than Nadal is here. As the top two seeds, Federer and Nadal will be on opposite sides of the draw, so Roger should get to the finals. If Nadal somehow gets bounced along the way, Federer would instantly become the favorite, but even he does go up against Nadal in the championship, his showing in Rome proves he still has a legitimate chance.

David Nalbandian — In my mind, he is definitely the third choice to win the tournament. The Argentine won the year-end Masters Cup last year in a five-set epic over Federer, and the momentum has carried over into 2006. He has a whopping 24-6 record for the year, including a semi-final appearance at the Australian Open. Without question, Nalbandian is unfazed on tennis's grandest stages. He has also been thriving on clay as of late. He won three weeks ago in Estoril, and had strong showings at both Rome and Monte Carlo, losing in three sets to Federer and Tommy Robredo, respectively. Nalbandian should be seeded third at Roland Garros, so he can avoid Nadal and Federer until the semis.

Tommy Robredo — He is coming off the biggest win of his career, crushing Radek Stepanek in straight sets to win the Masters Series Hamburg on Sunday. Robredo certainly benefited from the absence of Nadal and Federer, but he still had quality wins over David Ferrer and Mario Ancic, in addition to his domination of Stepanek. The Spaniard also reached the quarterfinals of Monte Carlo (lost to Gaudio) and the finals of Barcelona, where he gave Nadal a decent match. Robredo is playing the best tennis of his life right now, and if he receives a favorable draw (i.e., avoiding you know who), he can do some serious damage.

Pretenders

Since "pretender" is synonymous with "American" at Roland Garros, I'll just put all the notable American players in this category. Hey, it's exactly where they belong.

Andy Roddick — I remember a few years ago when Roddick lost to Nadal in the Davis Cup final on clay and I considered it an upset. All I can do now is laugh hysterically at myself for thinking that. Roddick stinks on clay. He's played two tournaments on the red stuff this year and has produced no notable results. Tommy Haas took him out in Houston in early April, and 19-year-old Gael Monfils erased him in two uncontested sets in Rome. Adding insult to injury, Roddick has not even played well on the hard courts this year. His loss to Marcos Baghdatis in Australia is somewhat explicable (the Cypriot was unconscious the entire two weeks), but losses to David Ferrer, Igor Andreev, and Julien Benneteau are simply unforgivable. He'll be gone the first time he sees a seeded player, if not before.

James Blake — He's actually playing decent tennis right now and is really the only hope for an American man to get past the third round. Blake has had his fair share of clay-court disasters in the past, though, so advancing well into the second week would be a stunner.

Robby Ginepri — He's won three times in 2006 ... I'm talking about matches, not tournaments.

Taylor Dent — Please.

Mardy Fish — Zzzzz.

Paul Goldstein, Vince Spadea — That's when you know it's time to stop analyzing.

Ripe For an Early Upset

Lleyton Hewitt — He just played his first match of the year on clay two days ago, and to say it did not go well would be the understatement of the season. The fiery Australian lost to someone named Marcos Daniel from Brazil. The rest of Hewitt's 2006 campaign hasn't been much better. He has reached the quarterfinals of the French Open twice, in 2001 and 2004. He won't get close to that far this time around.

Gaston Gaudio — He is lethal on clay, as we all saw in 2004. But Gaudio embodies the unpredictability of the French Open better than any other player. He could either win the tournament or lose in the first round. After losing to Robin Vik last week in a World Team Championships match, Gaudio said, "I think I have to start again from scratch. That's as bad as I'm playing at present. I am very frustrated and simply only bad on the court." Uh, sounds like a first round exit is the safer bet.

Guillermo Coria — He spared himself by withdrawing from the tournament. Coria cited an elbow injury, but more likely is that he understood how bad he was playing.

Miracle Workers?

David Ferrer — The Spaniard is ranked 15th in the world and clay is by far his best surface, so it would only be a miracle if he won the whole thing. Ferrer has the tools to do it, but probably lacks the mental game to survive two grueling weeks at Roland Garros. He's a good choice to reach the quarterfinals, but if he goes down a set to one of the big guns once he gets there, he'll probably go in the tank and not come out.

Jose Acasuso — Another clay-court specialist who will never do anything noteworthy on any other surface. But the Argentine has had a good summer on the dirt, and he gained some valuable experience last year at the French Open in beating Roddick on his way to the fourth round. Acasuso has stormed into the top 30 in the ATP rankings, so he should be seeded at this year's proceedings. That will spare some other seeded player a terrifying early-round matchup.

Nicolas Almagro — This probably evokes a who-in-the-name-of-Gustavo-Kuerten-is-he kind of response from most readers, as Almagro is a relative no-name despite his recent climb to No. 42 in the rankings. With any luck, however, the 20-year-old Spaniard will make his presence known at Roland Garros. His record in 2006 is a mind-boggling 17-6 and recently he's been as hot as the summer sun. So far on clay, he has reached the semis of Acapulco, the semis of Barcelona (lost to Nadal), and the quarters of Rome, where he lost to Federer 7-5 in the third set. Almagro also won his first ATP tournament in Valencia. Still, however, his ranking won't earn him a seed at the French. Sound the upset alert.

Bottom Line

The ingredients are there for a miracle of Kuertenian and Verkerkian proportions to take place once again on the hallowed grounds of Roland Garros. At the same time, however, the tournaments two biggest stars are more-than-capable of fending off the magic that the upstarts will attempt to throw at them.

So that leaves me with only one option for my fearless French Open predictions. On one half of the draw, I expect the unexpected. On the other half, order will be restored. Quite frankly, I am way too terrified (and also too smart) to pick against Nadal, so it will be Federer who bows out prematurely. Nadal, meanwhile, will storm through the field en route to the finals, where he will play the Martin Verkerk of 2006. Until the draw comes out, it is anyone's guess as to who that player will be.

What I do know, however, is that there's a reason why that player will be the "Martin Verkerk" of 2006 rather than the "Gaston Gaudio" of 2006.

Gaudio won the whole thing.

He didn't have to play Rafael Nadal in the finals.

Choupi
05-27-2006, 03:29 PM
Thanks for that article Vale. The least I can say is that it is made of truths as well of very personal assessments that need to be confirmed. Of course, I'm talking about what he wrote concerning Gaston. :)

Vale
05-27-2006, 07:05 PM
Gastón will play against Karanusic (CRO) who is ranked 180.

Poor "Gato" Hartfield is up against Federer, and Del Potro against Ferrero!

QUALIFIERS PLACED

Calleri, Clement and Hanescu have withdrawn

Federer v Hartfield (Q)
Falla (LL) v Gimelstob
Pless (Q) v Volandri
Mayer v Galvani (Q)
Pashanski v Bozoljac (Q)
Vassallo Arguello (Q) v Goldstein
Gaudio v Karanusic (Q)
Seppi v Korolev (Q)
Del Potro (Q) v Ferrero
Tuksar (Q) v Youzhny
Kindlmann (Q) v Sabau
Monaco v Van Gemerden (LL)
Hernandez (Q) v Simon
Almagro v Arthurs (Q)
Massa (Q) v Norman (Q)
Roitman (Q) v Hrbaty
Kim (LL) v Silva (Q)

justClaudia
05-27-2006, 11:34 PM
Good luck Gaston. :)

RogiFan88
05-28-2006, 01:46 AM
I only want to say:

ALLEZ, GASTON!

Action Jackson
05-28-2006, 01:09 PM
Gaston is playing tomorrow, the first match on Lenglen.

justClaudia
05-28-2006, 02:56 PM
:lol: This title. Great, I love it.

Vale
05-28-2006, 06:17 PM
Here´s wishing you a good Roland Garros, Gastón! :D
You´re back in your favourite tournament, playing on Lenglen, with less pressure than last year, so I hope you´ll be able to relax and play as only you know how! :worship:
ALLEZ GASTON!!!

Florencia
05-28-2006, 09:52 PM
Just wanted to wish Gastón a good start into a successful RG 2006 :yeah:
You have the talent, please do your best !

anna10
05-29-2006, 03:23 AM
Given the other first matches for the day and that we have live coverage from the beginning, I'm wondering if I'm hoping too much that we'll get to see Gaston here.

sonatinca
05-29-2006, 08:48 AM
Wish Gastón plays his best on his favorite tournament!!! :worship:
:bounce: i Vamos Gastón ! :bounce:

Sommarsverige
05-29-2006, 09:11 AM
Vamos Gaston :yeah:
I hope so much he will play better at RG than he did in the last matches he played :worship:
Hopefully the atmosphere and everything brings back great memories and with that a lot of motivation to Gaston :)

aiwen_mei
05-29-2006, 09:24 AM
Vamos Gaston :yeah:
I hope so much he will play better at RG than he did in the last matches he played :worship:
Hopefully the atmosphere and everything brings back great memories and with that a lot of motivation to Gaston :)

I do hope too. Go Gaston

maria87
05-29-2006, 11:21 AM
Well done, Gato!! tripel 6-2 is a very good result!! :) :wavey:

i saw him yesterday on an interview on TV, typycal Gaston, so funny: "we'll see if i can pass first round, that would be great, after then we'll see if my game can progress match by match". The journalist asked why he is playing bad, according to his own words, and he said: "You never know when you will play good or bad, it is not up to you", smiling, "it just comes".... :)

sonatinca
05-29-2006, 11:46 AM
Vamos Gastón!!!!!!!!
I was watching 2 & 3d sets, it was quite funny, though Gastón wasnt very happy. All the points croatian got, he made when Gato was loosing his concentration. And Gastón has left court a little bit dissatisfied :lol: he probobly wanted some 6-0 result)))

Choupi
05-29-2006, 12:32 PM
Good result. I haven't seen the match, but I heard Gaston played pretty well.

RogiFan88
05-29-2006, 02:33 PM
Nice easy match for Gaston!!! Next up, Korolev. Time to beat him too!!

Vale
05-29-2006, 03:29 PM
I'm very pleased with his win, as I thought he played pretty well: just 18 UEs, 28 winners and 75% of first serves. :D Who isn't pleased is Gastón himself, who still isn't satisfied and was heard to say after hitting a ball out "I'm pathetic"! ;)
Anyway, getting through to the second round in just over 90 minutes should give him a nudge in the right direction!
:cat::banana:

anna10
05-29-2006, 04:12 PM
I agree, Vale. I thought he did a good job to start RG this year, and definitely a ahead of what we've been seeing from him lately.

Choupi
05-29-2006, 07:36 PM
Post match interview of Gaston, from the RG website. There's also a short video, for those who can either speak Spanish or French.

Q. On Tuesday you said you were playing your worst tennis for a long time. How did you feel today after beating your opponent?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, I don't think I played an excellent game. I think it was quite easy to win for me. It's the first time he plays in Roland Garros, so I made the most of that opportunity. I played a bit better than him. But it wasn't anything special really. I think I'm going to have to improve my game a little.

Q. You had a very good backhand. How did you feel the court? Was it fast?

GASTON GAUDIO: It was all right, yeah. The balls were fine. They were rather fast. The court was okay. Everything was fine really.

Q. Today the miracle happened. You said if you were to win, it would be a miracle. How many more miracles do you need?

GASTON GAUDIO: One and then it will be okay. One more miracle.

Q. How did you prepare for this tournament?

GASTON GAUDIO: Same as usual. I trained a little, came here, nothing unusual.

Q. You said if you win the first match in Roland Garros, it would be a miracle. Do you really believe that or are you just being angry because you didn't play very well? Do you believe it's a miracle, when you use that word?
GASTON GAUDIO: No, you know, when I say that, it's because the way I feel. The way I've been playing lately, well, I didn't really think I would be able to win here. That's the way I was feeling.

Now I'll see if I can play a little better during the next match.

Q. You told us about the balls. The balls are the same as in Dusseldorf. What's the difference?
GASTON GAUDIO: The court was a little heavier over there in Dusseldorf. Here it was going a little fast.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. In Dusseldorf you said that you were playing maybe the worst tennis of your life. What changed coming to Paris? Do you think you played any good tennis today?

GASTON GAUDIO: Well, actually I play pretty good. You know, I didn't play like I would love to play. I was playing better than the last week.

Of course, I didn't play too a guy that is maybe one of the tops. It's always good to win. I would love to play a little bit better, you know, for the next one. So we'll see.

Q. Can you tell me something about the guy that you played. At some points did it seem weird, the way he was playing?

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, I mean, I didn't know him. The first time I saw him playing a match. It was pretty difficult, you know, to play a guy you never heard about.

Like you said, sometimes he was hitting shots that I'm not used to. You know, he was playing too much slice, going for the ball, chip and charge sometimes. It's like, I don't know, weird, like you said, because I'm not used to play a guy like he play today.

Q. Any better feeling now after this match?

GASTON GAUDIO: Yeah, of course. I mean, it's always good to win. We'll see what happens for the next match.

Sommarsverige
05-29-2006, 08:17 PM
I really hope Gaston will be a bit more confident now after his first round win in Paris!
Vamos! :)

justClaudia
05-29-2006, 11:32 PM
Well done Gaston. :)

Good luck against Korolev.

Fed-Express
05-30-2006, 01:18 AM
Korolev is a way more dangerous player than Karanusic. I hope Gastón can raise his level. A 2nd round exit would be just terrible.

Action Jackson
05-30-2006, 05:18 AM
Gaston knows he has a lot to improve and he was Ok in this match, but OK won't do against Korolev as Korolev does have some weapons and Gaston better not even think of underestimating him.

Action Jackson
05-30-2006, 05:41 PM
Gaston is 3rd match on Court 7 tomorrow.

Vale
05-30-2006, 07:26 PM
Gastón will also play doubles, with Del Potro. Here is the draw:


[1] BRYAN USA / BRYAN USA
SANGUINETTI ITA / SEPPI ITA

HORNA PER / RAMIREZ HIDALGO ESP
FISHER AUS / KERR AUS

BERDYCH CZE / NOVAK CZE
LJUBICIC CRO / VICO ITA

GALIMBERTI ITA / SRICHAPHAN THA
[16] JOHANSSON SWE / MOODIE RSA

[10] CERMAK CZE / FRIEDL CZE
HEALEY AUS / THOMAS USA

(W) ASCIONE FRA / SERRA FRA
BENNETEAU FRA / MAHUT FRA

LANDSBERG SWE / SODERLING SWE
HERNYCH CZE / SKOCH CZE

TIPSAREVIC SCG / YOUZHNY RUS
[7] DAMM CZE / PAES IND

[4] HANLEY AUS / ULLYETT ZIM
LOPEZ ESP / VERDASCO ESP

PARROTT USA / SPADEA USA
CIBULEC CZE / LEVINSKY CZE

(W) BACHELOT FRA / ROBERT FRA
(W) CARRAZ FRA / DUPUIS FRA

COETZEE RSA / GIMELSTOB USA
[15] PAVEL ROM / WASKE GER

[12] ACASUSO ARG / PRIETO ARG
PHILLIPS USA / TURSUNOV RUS

BHUPATHI IND / MALISSE BEL
MULLER LUX / ROCHUS BEL

ALLEGRO SUI / WAWRINKA SUI
CHELA ARG / MASSA ARG

BRACCIALI ITA / VOLANDRI ITA
[5] ERLICH ISR / RAM ISR

[6] SANTORO FRA / ZIMONJIC SCG
PEYA AUT / PHAU GER

MATHIEU FRA / MONFILS FRA
PALA CZE / VIK CZE

(W) DEVILDER FRA / PATIENCE FRA
VLIEGEN BEL / WASSEN NED

FERRER ESP / VICENTE ESP
[11] KNOWLE AUT / MELZER AUT

[13] DLOUHY CZE / VIZNER CZE
KAS GER / PETZSCHNER GER

(W) GICQUEL FRA / SIMON FRA
MARACH AUT / SUK CZE

HRBATY SVK / MERTINAK SVK
RUSEDSKI GBR / ZIB CZE

HAGGARD RSA / KARLOVIC CRO
[3] KNOWLES BAH / NESTOR CAN

[8] ASPELIN SWE / PERRY AUS
DEL POTRO ARG / GAUDIO ARG

KOHLMANN GER / SCHUETTLER GER
MARTIN ESP / STARACE ITA

(W) HAEHNEL FRA / SIDORENKO FRA
DJOKOVIC SCG / ZOVKO CRO

PASHANSKI SCG / REYNOLDS USA
[9] FYRSTENBERG POL / MATKOWSKI POL

[14] LLODRA FRA / ROCHUS BEL
ARTHURS AUS / HEWITT AUS

ALMAGRO ESP / PORTAS ESP
ARNOLD KER ARG / GARCIA ARG

(W) CHARDY FRA / OUANNA FRA
HUSS AUS / LEVY ISR

LINDSTEDT SWE / NIEMINEN FIN
[2] BJORKMAN SWE / MIRNYI BLR

aiwen_mei
05-31-2006, 04:05 AM
Go Gaston

Vale
05-31-2006, 12:42 PM
Gastón, you said you needed a second "miracle" to get into your stride, so let's hope it happens! ;)
No more :cat:, enter the Lion King!
ALLEZ GASTON!!!

Corina2605
05-31-2006, 07:11 PM
Gaston won in 5 sets, congrats :)

sonatinca
05-31-2006, 07:17 PM
Gastón got him miracle :lol: :banana: 6-4 6(5)-7 6-4 3-6 6-3 :banana:
So now I want no miracles but reality to win Ferrero!!! Vamos!!!!!!

Watching this match now, Gaston is really nervous :( Screaming after each ball he loses :rolleyes:

RogiFan88
05-31-2006, 07:30 PM
Wow, tough win vs. Korolev but he did it! Amazing! Too bad he has to play Juanqui next...

justClaudia
05-31-2006, 07:39 PM
Good job Gaston! :banana:

Poor Juanqui :awww: this year he won't go further than the 3rd round. Vamos Gato!!!

Choupi
05-31-2006, 07:43 PM
I've only followed bits of that match, through livescores. It seems our guy hasn't decided to do it the easiest way. But I think it's a good win. The upcoming match is pretty interesting, as it's gonna be 2 former RG winners playing each other. And also, if Gaston & Juanqui are scheduled on the Chatrier on Friday, I'll be there, in the stands to cheer loud. :)

Vale
05-31-2006, 08:06 PM
Great difficult win!!! :banana::banana:
I´m giving Gastón a :worship: because it took guts to hang in there against a player who didn´t ever let him get into his game. So hats off to his attitude!!!
I´m sure he isn´t pleased with his level, but step by step he´ll improve, if the results help him along. Do we still need another miracle? I think it would help! ;)

RogiFan88
05-31-2006, 08:15 PM
Have fun, Choupi! ;)

justClaudia
05-31-2006, 08:40 PM
I've only followed bits of that match, through livescores. It seems our guy hasn't decided to do it the easiest way. But I think it's a good win. The upcoming match is pretty interesting, as it's gonna be 2 former RG winners playing each other. And also, if Gaston & Juanqui are scheduled on the Chatrier on Friday, I'll be there, in the stands to cheer loud. :)
Have fun Choupi.
I wanna hear you in the stands! :lol:

I'm sure this one is going to be a great match.

sophia_c
05-31-2006, 09:30 PM
Have fun Choupi...cheer him on girl...

sonatinca
06-01-2006, 06:20 AM
Oh, Choupi! That's great!!! Have fun there, hope you'll will see all the sportsmen you want!
Yesterday there were a lot of argentinian fans on court, and it was so funny when they reacted all the Gastón's words :lol: and they were singing some song after he won! Waving the flags and holding each other, it was so nice!

Action Jackson
06-01-2006, 07:26 AM
Gaston well he got through and that is what counts and he really needs to step it up against Ferrero and break down his forehand. These guys are so well known to each other and the tournament starts now for him.

Eléa
06-01-2006, 07:42 AM
Hola :wavey: i'm back :sad:

as you guess, Lovely and me had a great time in RG :)

I have tons of pics and videos to share with you :) I saw 3 trainings and the first round match. Gaston was in a very good mood and Franco was soooooo friendly ;)

We finally met Rosie on tuesday, it was great to meet her :hug:

I will start to upload the video now ;)

bovenbuuf
06-01-2006, 08:51 AM
Hi Elea, good to see you are back and that you had so much fun at RG. Well guess we all will wait for the pics you made.

Choupi
06-01-2006, 09:14 AM
Nice to have you back Eléa. Glad you had fun, saw Gaston and finally met Rosie.

taysbest
06-01-2006, 12:13 PM
Glad you had a good trip Elea!

Choupi- hope you had a lot of fun on yours too. I'm sure you will :D

LOVELY
06-01-2006, 01:12 PM
Hola :wavey: I'm back too.As Eléa told you we really had a great time in Paris :) (even if it was sooooo cold on tuesday :eek: ) We saw Gaston several times.And Franco and Pantera too. Franco was very nice and friendly :) I'm glad because we met Rosie :hug:
Eléa and I really enjoyed our trip (especially our last evening in Paris which was a kind of paradise on earth :o )Paris by night is :yeah: ;)

Eléa
06-01-2006, 03:24 PM
(especially our last evening in Paris which was a kind of paradise on earth :o )Paris by night is :yeah: ;) :haha: sure ;)

elleese
06-01-2006, 04:13 PM
I saw on the scoreboard that he and Del Potro retired from their doubles match. Does anyone know why? I hope that he isn't injured.

Choupi
06-01-2006, 04:55 PM
Gaston is 1st match on the Chatrier tomorrow. :banana: :woohoo:

LOVELY
06-01-2006, 05:16 PM
Have fun Choupi and enjoy your trip :D

RogiFan88
06-01-2006, 06:08 PM
Gaston, no 5-setter marathon, OK? ;)

Eléa
06-01-2006, 07:48 PM
Have fun Choupi, hope you'll bring luck to Gaston ;) vamooooooooos! :hug:

Vale
06-02-2006, 01:27 AM
ALLEZ GASTON!!!
If you can combine the attitude you showed yesterday with a tiny bit more tennis, you will win! :D
MERDE!!!

aiwen_mei
06-02-2006, 05:57 AM
Go Gaston

aiwen_mei
06-02-2006, 05:57 AM
Have a nice trip & Have a great time there, Choupi

sonatinca
06-02-2006, 12:33 PM
Gastón just won!!!!! 7/5 7/5 7/6 (7)

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

I see Choupi had great fun there :yeah:

Eléa
06-02-2006, 12:37 PM
i'm so happy!!! :bigclap: :bounce: i only watched the first set (as i had to leave for work :mad: ) but the match is waiting for me at home :D I can't wait to watch it (peacefully :angel: )
Congrats Gaston :hug: i'm so proud of you :worship:

sonatinca
06-02-2006, 12:41 PM
Match was very tough and I'm so glad Gastón did it in three sets! :bigclap:

LOVELY
06-02-2006, 01:29 PM
:woohoo: well done Gaston !!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana: Good Job !!!

admiralpye
06-02-2006, 01:33 PM
the girls who are in RG right now...don't leave! you may be Gaston's good luck charms :)

justClaudia
06-02-2006, 03:05 PM
:banana: :banana:

Well done Gaston! I'm really happy for him, great win.

*Ljubica*
06-02-2006, 04:05 PM
I saw on the scoreboard that he and Del Potro retired from their doubles match. Does anyone know why? I hope that he isn't injured.
When I was in RG, del Potro seemed to be suffering from a slight groin strain near to the end of his match with JCF - so I guess that was the reason. Oh - and well done Gastón today :) Hope you enjoyed it Choupi :hug:

Vale
06-02-2006, 06:23 PM
:banana::banana::banana:

GREAT WIN, GASTON!!! :bigclap::worship:

He said he'd played better than he had for a long time! :D

I loved the part in the first set where Ferrero won a point after a nice rally and Gastón sent him a huge smile, appreciating that they were both taking part in a great match.

I was wondering when he would come out in a new outfit, and he chose the Chatrier like in the 2004 final. For luck? ;)

I feel completely drained after all the adrenalin. Watching tennis is an exhausting occupation, especially if one cares so much about the outcome! ;)

Corina2605
06-02-2006, 08:01 PM
Wow, great win for Gaston :) :) :) Would have loved to see that match. Well done Gaston!!!!

RogiFan88
06-02-2006, 08:05 PM
Happy for Gaston today but pissed off we didn't see the match on TV... they were too busy focusing on boring women's matches... :ras:

Now to take out Kolya!!!

Sommarsverige
06-02-2006, 08:44 PM
Well done Gaston :banana: :banana:
Hope this will give him confidence for the match against Davydenko :)
Would be great to see Gaston successful in RG again ;)

sophia_c
06-02-2006, 08:54 PM
He needs lots of confidence against Davydenko...but I think he will be just fine...(I hope)

sophia_c
06-02-2006, 08:56 PM
When I was in RG, del Potro seemed to be suffering from a slight groin strain near to the end of his match with JCF - so I guess that was the reason. Oh - and well done Gastón today :) Hope you enjoyed it Choupi :hug:

Rosie are they new messages on your signature...if they are...lovin' em girl!!!

*Ljubica*
06-02-2006, 09:22 PM
Rosie are they new messages on your signature...if they are...lovin' em girl!!!
Relatively new - yes :) Glad you like them!!

Sommarsverige
06-02-2006, 09:35 PM
Relatively new - yes :) Glad you like them!!

And you have a new David pic, Rosie :)

maria87
06-02-2006, 11:39 PM
Good win, Gastón! good way to go! :) :worship:

Frederico
06-02-2006, 11:52 PM
So glad Gaston won today. ;)
Set eurosport to record, expecting to see all the match when i came back from work but instead got all the womens rubbish.
Well at least he won!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-03-2006, 05:55 AM
I think he gains confidence after playing Juan. :p His form is not so good recently,now it's time to step up to beat tough players. :boxing: Davydenko will never give up,I expect this will be a long match,good luck! :rocker:

*Ljubica*
06-03-2006, 09:07 AM
And you have a new David pic, Rosie :)
David is a very pretty boy :) He deserves more than one pic!!!!!!

Action Jackson
06-03-2006, 09:10 AM
Small steps are being taken at the moment, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Gaston should feel very confident of playing the PMK on clay, but matches aren't won on paper.

Choupi
06-03-2006, 10:05 AM
Yes, I did have fun, yes, that match was great to watch and yes, Gaston really was impressive. :hatoff:

I saw the match entirely. And I have to confess I was pretty nervous, as I really didn't wanna live one of those matches that Gaston just throws away. Both players were former winners, and both were going through some period of doubts as to the efficiency of their game lately. That could be seen from the very beginning of the match. Both wanted to make good shots to show the other one that he was wanting that match, badly. The 1st one to be broken was Gaston. But he kept cool, went on playing his game, and finally broke back, taking the 1st set. The 2nd set had the same scheme. Except that Gaston had double break against him. Ferrero seemed to have been touched in his pride, to have lost the 1st set whereas he had been leading. He really was aggressive, and it worked. Gaston made some errors at wrong times and ended up with that double break. That's where I started to think that things might get twisted in Gaston's mind. But he incredibly fought when Ferrero was serving for the set, and managed to break back. Then, he won his serve pretty easily and that just gave him enough confidence to break Ferrero back a 2nd time. He finally took the 2nd set, seizing the right opportunity. As you can imagine, Ferrero was getting frustrated by those 2 sets lost, after he had been leading. But it didn't show in his game. The 3rd set has been epic. Neither of them wanting to give up. Tiebreak was tense. But Gaston played smart and efficient. He took that match in 3. He really impressed me. Not because he played his best tennis. But because he really hadn't played like this for long. And especially, he hadn't kept focused in a tight match for very long. So congrats Gaston and thanks for the show. :worship:

Corina2605
06-03-2006, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the report, glad you had a good time in Paris and were able to see Gaston this year at RG after having him missed last time :)

Sommarsverige
06-03-2006, 07:44 PM
Choupi, it´s good to hear you had a great time in RG and got to see Gaston winning :bounce: :bounce:

RogiFan88
06-03-2006, 08:24 PM
Was Gaston motivated by his tough win over Korolev to play such a great match vs. Juanqui? I'm just curious as I have not seen any of his matches on TV yet... more's the pity...

Choupi
06-03-2006, 08:31 PM
Rf, seriously, I don't know what exactly motivated him and I don't wanna know in detail, to be honest. But, I was so happy to see how our guy just resisted, and kept his cool, even in the 2nd set, with a double break against him. No smashing racket, barely any swear words, or self talking. Impressive!! :worship: Great match. All I hope is that the mental strength he's showed vs Ferrero will still be there when he plays Davydenko. :)

Vale
06-04-2006, 02:22 AM
Rf, seriously, I don't know what exactly motivated him and I don't wanna know in detail, to be honest. But, I was so happy to see how our guy just resisted, and kept his cool, even in the 2nd set, with a double break against him. No smashing racket, barely any swear words, or self talking. Impressive!! :worship: Great match. All I hope is that the mental strength he's showed vs Ferrero will still be there when he plays Davydenko. :)

Thanks for the report, Choupi, and what luck you hit on that match for your trip to RG!!! :D
I can imagine Gastón must be pretty nervous facing tomorrow´s match, but Davydenko too; he must be cursing his luck to have GG as his rival. The lower half of the draw is really much easier...
All the best for tomorrow, Gasti!
Exit the kitten, enter the Lion King! :worship:
Allez, Gastón, and merde!!!

Dirk
06-04-2006, 05:20 AM
I bet all my vcash on Gaudio. Come on man make ME VVVVVVVVRRRRRIIIIICCCCCHHHH!!!

Fed-Express
06-04-2006, 02:51 PM
Gastón lost the first set 3-6 and is down a double break 2-5* in the second. I hope for the next miracle. Please fight!!

Update 16:59:
Gastón broke back and held, now 4-5*. Come on Gastón, turn it around.

Update 17:05
Okay, he lost the second set 4-6. Davydenko converted his first setpoint. Now Gastón really needs a miracle. I do not know if he ever came back from two sets down apart from the final 2004...George?
Gastón, fight for your dream!

Update 17:51
Gastón broke in the 8th game, serves for the set *5-3.

RogiFan88
06-04-2006, 04:10 PM
Gaston won the third set 63! :D VAMOS GASTON!!!

Vale
06-04-2006, 04:14 PM
Thanks FE! Gastón took the third set 6-3! Believe it or not, I´m not watching the match: I just can´t! It´s really bad for me, I start to feel ill, so I take the coward´s way out and have a peep every now and then and consult the IBM scoreboard!
PLEASE, Gastón, keep on fighting, you´re as good as Davydenko!!!

sophia_c
06-04-2006, 04:16 PM
I'm so glad he got the set..I can't watch it here...all women's tennis as usual....but Vamos Gaston..he did win the title from 2 sets down...so I am expecting things here....

Choupi
06-04-2006, 04:16 PM
Vale, I'd love to have coverage of that match. I have actually 2 chanels that show RG, and both are showing Mauresmo. :banghead:

Vamos Gaston!!! :bounce:

RogiFan88
06-04-2006, 04:32 PM
C'mon Gaston!! Fight, fight!! VAMOS!!! :)

Fed-Express
06-04-2006, 04:43 PM
Gastón lost.

RogiFan88
06-04-2006, 04:45 PM
:sobbing: Gaston! :awww:

Florencia
06-04-2006, 04:56 PM
:bigcry: The dream is over.

Eléa
06-04-2006, 06:09 PM
:awww: I'm sad too but... he didn't give up and tried to fight as much as he could... now it's time for rest. I want to know what he thinks about the match but i didn't find anything now.. anyway, i'm proud of you Gaston :hug:

16681
06-04-2006, 06:19 PM
I bet all my vcash on Gaudio. Come on man make ME VVVVVVVVRRRRRIIIIICCCCCHHHH!!!
Well at least I didn't bet all my vCash on Gaudio :) But a lot of posters lost vCash on that Match :sad: I don't know what happened Gaudio had beaten him 5 times on clay :shrug: I guess no one can win all the time :rolleyes:

Sophia C
06-04-2006, 10:46 PM
I can't believe he lost at RG! I was hoping he would win the tournament :(

justClaudia
06-04-2006, 11:49 PM
:awww: Gaston.

Action Jackson
06-05-2006, 06:04 AM
Well the PMK hit more winners than he did unforced errors in this match and had a better break point conversion rate with 9/20 to 7/20 and there are the essential differences, he played better on the big points.

Gaston tried his best and that's all that can be asked, but why not change the rhythm of the shots. Davydenko does not like short slices to his backhand and got to change things to get him out of his comfort zone and hitting through him is not going to work.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-05-2006, 08:19 AM
Well at least I didn't bet all my vCash on Gaudio :) But a lot of posters lost vCash on that Match :sad: I don't know what happened Gaudio had beaten him 5 times on clay :shrug: I guess no one can win all the time :rolleyes:
Well I almost did! :bigcry:
I didn't watch the match,but I thought he could have won the 4th set.

sonatinca
06-05-2006, 08:59 AM
so I take the coward´s way out
That's what I do now :o Cant make myself open russian tennis forum to see them celebrating :sad: Oh, I was watching all the match from the beginning till the end. It was quite hard, not even cos Gastón lost in the end, but cos he was quite close to win almost all the time :rolleyes: I think it's just bad luck.
What can I say about match...
From the very beginning Gastón seemed to be a bit frustrated and I think PMK was much more ready to fight then Gato. Gastón had problems with dropshots, he tried and tried but succeed just couple of times. Unfortunatelly I dint understand what was the point in that accident with umpire (thanx to terrible russian commentators i was watching the whole match with no sound), but it was the last straw I think. After match I saw Gastón talking with umpire.
Well it was quite good RG I think, Gastón played very good and I hope everything will be ok now ;)

Action Jackson
06-05-2006, 09:02 AM
That's what I do now :o Cant make myself open russian tennis forum to see them celebrating :sad: Oh, I was watching all the match from the beginning till the end. It was quite hard, not even cos Gastón lost in the end, but cos he was quite close to win almost all the time :rolleyes: I think it's just bad luck.

It's not bad luck when Gaston doesn't convert his chances and it's not bad luck when he takes the wrong options at times and can't hold serve often enough.

If he was good enough on the day, he'd have won the match.

sonatinca
06-05-2006, 10:53 AM
Yes, George, he made a lot of mistakes, but sometimes it looked like he cant make a single shot right and the same time Kolya made some amazing shots to the line :shrug:

sonatinca
06-05-2006, 11:09 AM
It's not bad luck when Gaston doesn't convert his chances and it's not bad luck when he takes the wrong options at times and can't hold serve often enough.

If he was good enough on the day, he'd have won the match.
I just realize that yesterday aftert match I told almost the same to a friend of mine, and also I was screamming that I will start cheering for Federer :lol:
But now I'm much calmer and in the end I think that Kolya had bd few days ago and Gastón as a real gentleman just couldnt leave him without present ;)