You also probably realize that most of south american challenger journeymen don't know how to play HC properly. Gonzalez is a decent player, but simply was outplayed in rallies.
Russell made a great choice to play here instead of Winnetka.
I thought Gonzalez's game would translate pretty well. Colombian players in general are better on hard than their counterparts on the continent. Obviously Russell is a much better - and much more solid - player, but I thought the match would be more competitive.