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Old 10-31-2004, 04:53 PM   #31
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Hoi Corina

Thanks for posting your story here, as you may have noticed I came up with the idea of putting these together and then getting Melu to give them to Gaston, so he can se his effect on us.

If that doesn't work, then I will give them to him at the Aus Open the full versions.
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Hi GWH

Yes, I read that you or Melu are planning to collect the msgs and give them to GG - this is why I wrote that last paragraph... Really great idea :-)!
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Old 11-01-2004, 03:24 AM   #33
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That special day when Gaston won Roland Garros is something that won't be forgotten and neither will that match.

I was watching the match by myself at home and very happy about that as I figured to keep the tradition alive, as I needed to enjoy or get disappointed by whatever result.

Our commentators were definitely on Gaston's side being the underdog and all, but the way those first 2 sets went. I thought horrible thoughts of that smiling midget getting the trophy and that pissed me off no end, and that was as bad as Gaston freezing on the big stage and not producing his best form.

Then when he joined the wave, yes I did the wave as well and his improved play started to worry the midget into cramping. I thought Gaston has to be tough and seize the moment right here and now. Once it went to the 5th I knew the evil one would be running a lot better than in the 4th.

I was screaming at the TV at all the missed chances and I am not the most expressive guy, but Gaston of course doesn't do things the conventional way and that is what added to the drama. Neither could hold serve and when I saw midget have the 2 match points I couldn't sit down and was pacing and cursing.

Then when he held serve for 7-6, then I could almost allow myself to think really positive thoughts and then that backhand which is one of the best one handers in the game, went crosscourt into the open court and the fact that Gaston Gaudio was the French Open champion was so fantastic and I agree with Sjeng that the celebration was great running around and shaking hands with everyone in the crowd.

It does different things to people, and the best thing is Gaston is still Gaston. What I mean is he hasn't changed and doesn't think he's the huge star and the laughing in the 5th set, will never be forgotten.
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Old 11-01-2004, 04:03 AM   #34
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Wow, I'm loving this thread! I think it's time to post mine now (and because I'm not sleepy, hehe)

I woke up early that day with a feeling. I had been following his results all through the tournament, and was more that ecstatic to see him in the final. It was just like I had dreamed it, so seeing it happen in front of me was almost unbelievable. I knew almost everything was in favour of Coria, so to me it wasn't surprising to see him in the final and wouldn't be surprising to see him win. As much as I don't really like him, I had to admit he had the biggest determination to win that tournament since the beginning. But there was Gaston, also with a chance...

It was horrible for me to witness the reults of the 1st 2 sets. I said to myself "Well, I think it's over... no surprise... unless something happens NOW". And we all know what happened. To me it was actually a movie. And on the 5th set I really felt like killing someone because one was cramped, the other was desperate and neither of the 2 could hold their serves! Hahaha... To tell you the truth I just wanted it to be over, it was too much. I screamed to the TV "It's your chance now, Gaston, come on DO IT!" I was so agitated I felt I could come up with something; everyone at home was telling me to calm down. But I couldn't! When that magic backhand happened, I just got up from my bed and screamed really loud "HE WON!!!" My mom came running, my dog started barking, and I just stood there in awe. I was so happy... I didn't want to cry because my family would make fun of me, but I was screaming in joy [still as I write this, I get the chills!] Hahahaha! I was floating in air the rest of the day, screaming randomly "GANÓ MI GATO!!!" ["my gato won" ].

I felt as if I was there, cheering, doing the wave, etc. I was also very proud of all he accomplished, because even if people say that the final was too emotional and the circumstances helped him, you also need to take into consideration all he had done, how he got there, fighting his demons and winning the most important tournament of his life.

Sorry if my story doesn't make much sense, I had so many feelings I don't know how to put them into words !

The idea of giving all our stories to Gaston is great of course! I hope you get to do it... Thanks GWH for starting this thread!
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Old 11-01-2004, 04:18 AM   #35
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These are all great stories and no one should apologise for anything, it was a very special moment and each one of us had our own reactions to the same result.

Keep them coming.
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Old 11-01-2004, 07:06 AM   #36
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I kept thinking I'm going to post here but kept delaying coz I'm so lazy in putting feelings into words but I should coz this is one of the nicest thread to read in MTF

I r'bered after the 1st 2 sets, all I could think of horribly was how that will dampen Gaudio's self belief even more in future, then the magical waves came. His spirit was lifted. When he won the 3rd set, I was thrilled and so happy for him, couldn't stop thinking well done, well done, almost as though he had won the match. Then came the drama, my commentators were skeptical saying they won't be surprise if Coria starts to run in the last set.

True enough, he did. That last few games were truly painful to watch. When I saw how he laughed and looked at his stand at times, all I could think of was gosh...he's gonna lose. I was convinced in those match points of Coria, that's it, game over and started to console myself, it's ok, at least he came close. Unbelievably, I was so wrong. Seeing him lifting the trophy, with the same smile but this time with a huge belief and relief was heart warming.

I hardly followed Gaudio for long but his win and Rogi defeating Andy, also almost coming back from brink of defeat were definitely the happiest winning moment for me this year.
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Old 11-06-2004, 04:33 AM   #37
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All these responses have been fascinating to read, so I will try and express it in my words.

When I saw the draw I was hoping for a fastcourter in the first round to ease him into the tournament and then I see the name of Canas. My first reaction was 'fuck" not him, then I was running around and said to my friend this will go 5 sets and Canas will win, then when it was 2 sets all and they suspended play I was like woohoo. Then I found out the result of last set and danced a little jig, obviously this was nothing compared what was to come.

Then Novak and another tough match as Novak doesn't give anything away, and then Gaston won in 5 sets and thought to myself it has to get easier from here.

Enqvist and Andreev weren't too much of a problem, then the Hewitt match. I felt very calm as if this wasn't going to be difficult and it's one of the few times I put money on the match, and the way he owned Hewitt was great and then I thought he's made the semis that's great.

When he beat David and made the semis my friend was confident and said Gaston was going to win. I wanted to think that outright but I would be lying, of course he had a chance and if he played his best, then why not.

He came around to the unit and we were either stunned or cursing at how bad Gaston was in the first 2 sets, he really seemed scared out there and I thought he has come too far to fall at this moment. Then when he started playing better I could sense worry in the evil Midget's eyes that Gaston was surging.

Then our despair was changing and there was never any chance of turning it off, the theory was we had to watch every point, no matter the result. Then the 5th set man that was so dramatic, we could hardly sit still I was always fiddling with something, and with all the breaks of serve it was getting hectic.

The thought of Coria beating Gaudio to win RG was making me sick, but he saved the match points ourselves and the commentators were very happy about that. When he held serve for 7-6, it was a massive relief, then when he got to the match points, he was biting the nails and I was like he can see the top of Mt. Everest.

Then the backhand cross court and I hugged and high-fived my friend and the rest of the day was great, the wave, the celebration and the speech and you could see how much it meant to him, and here is the guy who had the talent, but the mental strength wasn't his strongest point, triumphing to win the title that meant the most to him and just seeing that was something I will never forget.
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great thread, reading everyones perspectives brings some great memories back
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You know, I thought Gaston was ,0,1, and done myself-until the third set. I was just so shocked at the result and how predictable it looked, that I left. I was so sure that Coria won that match, as predicted, that I didn't bother to turn the TV back on to that match.

Imagine my surprise when I returned some hours later, and learned that Gaudio did indeed win that match. I was like "What". Then, I was like "How". I was immensely thrilled with the result, for Gaston finally proved the naysayers wrong. And, don't get mad at me, I loved reading the vitriol coming out of the Coria group. They were just pathetic. I LMAO when I saw some of the comments, and had the pleasure of telling three of 'em to "kiss off".
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Well in a couple of words, amazement, relief, joy (yay the midget lost ). I realy enjoyed the trophy ceremony, and hearing Gaston speak as well. I do thank the French crowd in that match. When he was down 2 sets to none, and a couple of games from defeat, I loved how the crowd supported Gaston 100%, and really helped him out of the massive hole he was in.
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Yes, the vitriol and the garbage coming out of the mouth of some of the Coria fans made it even more worthwhile to revel in the moment afterwards.
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Yes, the vitriol and the garbage coming out of the mouth of some of the Coria fans made it even more worthwhile to revel in the moment afterwards.
Trouble is - they're still doing it - must have very sad, empty lives or very bitter little minds - or both
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Trouble is - they're still doing it - must have very sad, empty lives or very bitter little minds - or both
I have noticed that and FB's thread about the excuses was a masterpiece.
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You know, I thought Gaston was ,0,1, and done myself-until the third set. I was just so shocked at the result and how predictable it looked, that I left. I was so sure that Coria won that match, as predicted, that I didn't bother to turn the TV back on to that match.
It's good that surprises can still happen in sport, you can always the Eurosport videos again.
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No matter how many times I read this thread, it's still very enjoyable.
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