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Marcelo Rios infamously dominated this tournament

Tennis Fool
02-14-2004, 03:12 PM
Did you know that BellSouth 2003 was the last appearance in an ATP final for Marcelo Rios?

In fact, he always seemed to do well here, only to lose the big prize to heavyweights like...

David Sanchez (2003) 1/6 6/3 6/3
Julian Alonso (1997) 6/3 6/1
Hernan Gumy (1996) 6/4 7/5
Slava Doesedel (1995) 7/6 (3) 6/3

Interesting fact: there has never been a repeat winner in the 10 years of this tournament.

02-14-2004, 04:00 PM
It certainly can't be a coincidence that he's fallen before his home crowd every time against less than impressive opposition. Last year he was up 6-1, 3-1 on Sanchez and then lost five games in a row and subsequently the match. Not that those four champions don't have distinctive qualities, I believe Alonso was once one of the three fastest servers in the world along with Rusedski and Philippoussis.

02-14-2004, 07:26 PM
Thanks Marcelo for giving Gumy his only title.

Marcelo leads Gumy 5-1 or 6-1, and Gumy's only victory was that final.