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Old 07-08-2008, 09:14 PM   #33
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i was in stuttgart today and will write some thoughts here:

i was lucky to see guille practising in the morning, he was hitting a few balls with brian dabul, a fellow argentinian. he seemed to be very relaxed, made some jokes and was friendly to the fans, giving autographs and photos. of course i wanted to see what his serve looks like in practice and surprise, surprise, he had no problems at all, easily hit first and second serves and i was hoping good things for the match, though i was still expecting a loss.

the match:well, some of you saw it, so there's not much to add. he played very well in the first set and edu was completely off, as truc said, he looked like having an injury and was moaning right from the start. guille's play was solid and he didn't make much unforced errors (apart from the DFs) which was enough to give out a bagel. i was like "WTF is going on here", the first set was over in 30 minutes. then guille took the 1-0 lead in the second and had chances to make it 2-0, but suddenly edu is waking up and pushing himself, while coria fell apart from one moment to the other without any reason. the serve got worse every second, rallies were still competitive, but you cannot win against schwank when you produce 2-3 DFs per game. his first serve was at 35% at the end, which is ridiculous. i also noticed that 80% of his misses are into the net and sometimes you could tell a DF coming right after he tosse the ball up. his whole service motion looked different than in practice, i have no explanation for that. there was little hope when he made it 2-3 in the last set, but the serve still let him down. yes, he was fighting, but obviously it's so frustrating to see his serve breaking down and he looked helpless on court at the end he was leaving immediately after his loss. i saw him again later, he still looked very disappointed, sorry to say.

so all in all, it may be hard to find positive things out of this match, but his baseline game has definitely improved. but we cannot ignore the fact that his serve was atrocious today and he won't win a match with a serving display like this.
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