I'm so surprised he's not doing well, in Sydney he looked like he had added a yard of pace to his movement, I thought we were seeing a new player. I don't understand why his form didn't continue. It's weird because of his serve his performances seem to be the same against any level of player, like he'll lose a similar scoreline to a hack and then lose 7-6-7 to Roddick.
Sad to say it, but he seems to have no fight. I've watched him play a lot at Queens and Wimby the last four years and he's just too tame. He walks out for every match with the body language of the underdog, even when he's favoured to win. He needs to impose himself more on opponents...bang a couple of forehands at their chest...stare them down...make more noise on court so they know he's there.
He couldn't have asked for a better draw. Even though the guy did well for a set against Nadal last week, Gooch should be thanking his lucky stars he didn't draw someone like Simon or Kiefer...or anyone else in the top 50 for that matter.
Well for Chris he either wins this match and stays in the top 100 until at least October or he loses and drops out (which I have a feeling he will not getting back in). I feel this match is going to determine the whole rest of the season for Chris. Levine is on a high but Gooch hasnt dropped a set in qualifying. I also feel this match could potentially determine whether or not our Davis Cup team gets back into the world group or not. Regardless of what happens Gooch will play in the Olympics next week and play in the US Open two or three weeks later guarunteed.