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Old 06-05-2004, 03:40 PM   #151
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Maybe this has too much about Gaudio, but I thought it was a good article.

Soccer-mad Argentina finds new love


Saturday, 05 June , 2004, 12:04

Buenos Aires, Argentina: A young man walked past a clutch of fans who cried out each time fiery Argentine tennis star Guillermo Coria won a point on his way to the French Open final, asking: "Who's playing, Boca?"
Argentina's passion is soccer, its top club Boca Juniors, and its sports god the legendary Diego Maradona. But as world number three Coria and countryman Gaston Gaudio on Friday set up an all-Argentine showdown, tennis has come into its own.

Even more so since Brazil spanked Argentina 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier earlier this week.


"I just got interested in tennis in the last year because the players started winning. And we're doing so poorly in soccer, we've got to replace it with another sport," said Pedro Matteucci, 22, standing on the sidewalk with 20 other storefront TV onlookers, from men in suits to dogwalkers.

Traders at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange tuned their TVs to the tennis matches, causing a lull in morning trade.

Argentina's racket fever even infected a sports bar called "Crazy about Soccer," where spectators cheered on Coria and a small poodle barked in seeming agreement.

"At work everybody was talking about the results, all the radios were turned on," said Beatriz Armand, 38, a computer specialist who watched the Coria-Henman match during her lunch break.

"There is much more enthusiasm for tennis now. Before, I was the only one watching," she added.

At Argentina's swankiest tennis spot, the Vilas Club -- founded by 1970s Argentine tennis star Guillermo Vilas -- people sweating on treadmills and cycling machines were glued to big-screen TVs.

"I am very proud ... Having two Argentines in a Grand Slam final is amazing. We Argentines don't have many things to be happy about, so we grab on to what we can," said Violeta Levy, a doctor.

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

Argentina is still reeling from a monumental economic collapse in early 2002 that decimated a once-thriving middle class and put the game of tennis out of reach for the majority of the population.

Argentina had three players in the men's semi-finals, including number eight David Nalbandian, while Paola Suarez reached the women's last four.

Others, like Gaudio's former coach, had more personal reasons to cheer. Gabriel Mena, grinning widely, watched his protege storm his way into the Open final on Friday morning.

"I was the first one that told his father he should leave school to dedicate himself to tennis because he is phenomenal. No one believed in him, I was the only one that said he was a crack player, the Maradona of tennis," Mena said.

Gaudio once promised Mena that if he made it to the French Open final, Mena would be there to watch.

"I was waiting for his call. He sent me (the airline ticket) and I'm flying to Paris tonight. I'm thrilled," Mena said.
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Old 06-05-2004, 11:44 PM   #152
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thanks for that star!
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Yes, thanx for it, Star.

I'm glad that finally Argentines are realizing the great tennis players they have, and I hope they can value (don't know if this word is ok here) them, those guys do a great work for their country.
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Old 06-06-2004, 02:11 AM   #154
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"value them" is correct.

John McEnroe wrote this for the Telegraph.

Henman at home in Paris
By John McEnroe
(Filed: 06/06/2004)



Well, I have to admit, a set and a half into it my head was beginning to ache a bit in anticipation. The offer to stand on it for an entire set at Wimbledon while doing commentary if Tim Henman beat Guillermo Coria suddenly seemed one of my less sensible ideas.

The British No 1 played some great tennis. It's just a pity he couldn't take it to a fifth set because then his semi-final at Roland Garros might have qualified as a classic.

Naturally, I still think - or is it hope? - the Argentine would have won, but you can never be too sure what might happen in a fifth set. One thing is sure: at one set and 4-2 down Coria was almost dead. He seemed to be visibly shrinking. The Argentine went into the match at 5ft 9in and I could have sworn he looked more like five seven or five six round about that time.

It was like a middleweight against a lightweight. Henman looked much the stronger of the two and was hitting through the ball. Coria had no answer to his game. I've never seen the Henman forehand work so well. You got the feeling he was just enjoying the moment. As he said, he made arguably the best clay-courter in the world look ordinary.

But when you're playing clay-courters as good as Coria on their favourite surface, you need to build up a big lead against them and just hope they don't come all the way back at you because, believe me, eventually they will have a run. Henman's match reminded me of one of my own at Roland Garros against Mats Wilander.

I won the first set 6-1. Then I somehow lost a set I should have won and got 4-1 up in the third before losing the next 11 games to go out. And I thought I was playing pretty well. It's typical of clay-court tennis; it drives you crazy.

At least Henman enjoyed a revival. In the fourth set there, my head was beginning to feel a little tender again. Had he won, of course, I would have had to go through with the promise. I would just have needed a stack of cushions and an upside-down monitor.

It was good to see the Roland Garros crowd getting right behind Henman - the French getting behind the English? That was probably Henman's greatest achievement in the entire match. I think it was because all tennis crowds love to see an attacking player taking it to a baseliner.

They appreciated how hard it is to do that and Henman was making it look so easy. They were on the edge of their seats enjoying it and at the same time wondering whether he could keep it up.

Unfortunately, he couldn't. It's tough to do so. I think it's much more exhausting playing that kind of game where you are always looking to make quick moves to the net. The baseliner, on the other hand, is generally playing in the same location more or less. Having said that, you have to credit Coria for his own pace.

He is so quick. Pace like he has is a weapon because, when an opponent is tracking down as many balls as Coria was, it eventually makes you try to play longer and closer to the lines than you should so that he can't retrieve the ball. You forget that you have to make him hit the shot, anyway. It says a lot about the importance of court coverage.

But Henman really seems to like Paris. He had that great tournament in the Masters here last autumn and now this. Perhaps they should try to move Wimbledon to the French capital. His form here has to be good news for his Wimbledon hopes.

He's obviously very fit and the real plusses from this French Open are that his shot-making and decision-making are good. I would say he has his best chance of winning Wimbledon since 2001 when he lost to Goran Ivanisevic. I've no reason to think, though, that Roger Federer isn't still the favourite despite his fairly clueless performance here in the third round.

I've been asked to present the trophy to the winner today, but I'm going to suggest they ask Guillermo Vilas to do it. With two Argentines in the final it would be much more appropriate. Besides, he's a former French Open champion. I think Coria will beat Gaston Gaudio. It all depends whether Gaudio believes he can win. He is stronger than Coria and has an incredible backhand and his forehand is pretty solid, too.

His tears at the end of his semi-final against David Nalbandian were nice to see, I just wonder whether for him that was the pinnacle of his achievement. It was like 'I don't believe I've done this'. He has got to want more. If he can impose his physicality on the match he has a chance. I just don't think he's as mentally tough and as confident as Coria.
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Quick Coria confident of being crowned king of clay

Argentine rivalry could boil over, says Jon Henderson

Sunday June 6, 2004
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Size may not matter after all, for which the smaller man should give thanks to Guillermo Coria and Gaston Gaudio, the Argentines who will contest the men's final today. Each stands 5ft 9in, making them the smallest duo for many a year to reach the title-deciding round of a grand slam.
Tall men have grown to dominate the modern game, leaving the sub-six-foot fraternity who have consistently challenged for the major titles in recent times represented manfully by Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt. And even these two are hunks compared with Coria, who finally shook off a tenacious Tim Henman on Friday, and Gaudio.

Coria, in particular, looks only an audition away from doing Mr Muscle ads if ever that product found its way to Buenos Aires. As an American magazine pointed out recently, while nominating Coria as their most improved player of 2003 after he rose from 45 to five in the world: 'At 5-foot-9, 145 pounds, Coria is smaller than a few WTA [women] players.' The fact that he hardly looks old enough to be allowed to go to school on his own completes the image of a player hopelessly ill-equipped for tennis in the twenty-first century.

Yet here the 22-year-old is on the verge of a first grand-slam title on the slow clay of Roland Garros that in the past 20 years has rewarded some of the game's most notable beefcakes, men such as Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier, Thomas Muster and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gustavo Kuerten, who has been the outstanding player here in the past eight years, winning three titles, may be hollow of cheek and chest, but stands an imposing 6ft 3in and unloads explosive groundstrokes.

Coria's weapons in overcoming his lack of physical presence are his eye, his fighting spirit, which can incline towards the overly combative, his speed and, he will tell you, Carla Francovigh, also known, since last December, as Mrs Coria. 'She is by my side and always says the right words about my tennis,' says Coria.

Fellow players tend to regard Coria's speed as his most valuable asset and it was after he changed his shoes to get a better grip on the rain-dampened court that he started to run down Henman's game. Agassi said recently of the Argentine's movement: 'It's hard to tell the difference between lightning fast and super-lightning fast.'

Seeded three, Coria, who is named after Guillermo Vilas, the last Argentine to triumph in Paris in 1977, is widely favoured to win today's match against his unseeded compatriot and fellow member of what their national press call La Légion , a world-class group of players that also includes David Nalbandian, Guillermo Canas, Juan Ignacio Chela and Mariano Zabaleta. Gaudio, 25, has won only one of his four matches - all on clay - against Coria, who has been known to needle his countryman in the cause of maintaining his dominance.

In Hamburg last year, there were reports of physical contact in the locker room after Coria beat Gaudio in three sets during which the latter felt he had been unnecessarily provoked. 'Yeah, but we talk about it and that's it,' says Gaudio. 'It's over. Everything is clear now.'

Even so, the incident almost certainly ensures that there will be as much feeling involved in this afternoon's match as there would be if the finalists were not bonded by a common nationality. There is little doubt either that the gap between them is far narrower than the 41 places that separate them in the world rankings, with Gaudio, at 44, playing far better than this position indicates.

If there were an award for the stroke of the tournament, Gaudio's wonderfully controlled, single-handed backhand would surely be a contender. It has become an increasingly effective weapon as he has stepped up his performances round by round to the point where he took out the dangerous Nalbandian in straight sets in the semi-finals.

Still, Coria, whose natural competitiveness was given an even harder edge by what he considered an unjust drugs ban three years ago, will draw more confidence than he probably needs from the fact that he will be seeking his thirty-eighth win in 39 matches on clay. If he manages it, it will be no small achievement.

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gaudio wins the third set... the match begins being interesting ! gaudio awakes ! but guille is tired and anhappy... oh ! guille puts off his jacket ! wahou ! so nice body ! people are happy too... they agree with me
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OMG! I can't bear to see him like this. Hope Guille's left leg miraculously gets better soon. Please, please, God.
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maybe yes, the doc said it (I've post something about it in an other thread about guille and gaston)
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Coria's interview is a heartbreaker. I hope he does get his RG or some other slam. God I feel for him. You all should read it.
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Extending my sympathies to Coria and his fans. That match was a heartbreaker.
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Thank you, Tangy. Definitely a sad day.
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I am also very disappointed and sad it's unfair .but i am still pround oh him.He is a real strong person

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I felt for Guille today but he will recover and I'm sure he'll win RG one day.
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