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Gonzalez Pays Price For Gold In Opening-Round Open Loss
By Richard Pagliaro
Careening rapidly to his left in a desperate dash, Fernando Gonzalez crashed into the blue wall near the scoreboard retrieving a shot from Robin Soderling's racquet. Standing in front of the net awaiting the arrival of the inevitable lob, Soderling snapped off an overhead into the opposite corner and Gonzalez could only toss his racquet in vain toward the ball that bounced away taking his U.S. Open hopes with it.
It was that type of day for the 14th-seeded Chilean. Soderling spent much of the match driving Gonzalez up the wall, frustrating him into losing his grip and ultimately putting this U.S. Open opening round match of out reach with a 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 6-1 victory.
It was Soderling's second victory over Gonzalez in as many matches and followed a similar script to his 7-6, 6-3 win over Gonzalez in the quarterfinals of Marseille: Soderling countered Gonzalez's baseline blasts with consistent depth and pace on his shots.
"I'm really happy that I won today," Soderling said. "It's a pretty good feeling to be up 2-0 against a player who is as good as he is."
A vocal contingent of Chilean fans chanting "Chile! Chile!" in sing-song voices supplied plenty of spirit, but could not coax life into Gonzalez's weary legs drained from an arduous Athens Olympic experience that would have caused Atlas cramps. In the span of 48 hours in Athens, Gonzalez, sustained a twisted ankle during his three-set semifinal setback to Mardy Fish, scored a 6-4, 2-6, 16-14 triumph over Taylor Dent to claim the bronze medal and give Chile its first medal of the Athens Olympic Games and returned to the court with Nicolas Massu in a five-set marathon match that saw the Chileans save match points in the fourth-set tiebreak to defeat Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler and claim the first Olympic gold medal in their country's history.
Stretching his legs out in front of him in the post-match interview, Gonzalez, who was scheduled to conclude today's day session on Court 7 playing doubles with Massu against former chain-smoker Karsten Braasch and Sargis Sargsian, looked like a man in dire need of a massage and extended nap, after enduring perhaps the most demanding three-week stretch of tennis in his career. Carefully selecting his words, Gonzalez declined to use fatigue as an excuse for the loss.
"I was really trying to hit the ball solid, but it just didn't move too much," Gonzalez said. "You never know (how much fatigue contributed to the loss). When you lose, you try to find excuses, but there are none that I like. Today was not a good day for me and he played well."
If sacrificing his shot at the U.S. Open was the cost of an Olympic medal, Gonzalez spoke like a man who was satisfied to pay such a price.
"The Olympics come once every four years so you have to play for your country," Gonzalez said. "The Olympics are very important."
The 20-year-old Soderling could sense the general weariness in his opponent ?and took advantage by forcing Gonzalez to come up with something special to beat him in baseline rallies.
"It (the fatigue factor) is so different from player-to-player and how they react so maybe he's not physically tired, but for sure he's mentally tired," Soderling said. "He played a lot of matches ?singles and doubles ?at the Olympics and they were all long matches so I think you would have to be a little bit mentally tired."
A 2002 U.S. Open quarterfinalist, Gonzalez delivers the type of crushing strokes that threaten to contort the shape of the ball with each vicious swing. But the hard-hitting Chilean could not summon the consistency necessary to combat Soderling, who rarely looks rushed in delivering the sound strokes that follow in the smooth-swinging Swedish tradition.
"This is a good tournament for me," Gonzalez said. "I've played good tennis here. It's disappointing. But some days you cannot play the way you want to play. It is not physically possible."
Stylistically, Gonzalez and Soderling are as similar as a Metallica and a mime. In the second-set tiebreak, Gonzalez's tendency to go to extremes cost him the set. Whaling a wild forehand returned well wide from the ad side, Gonzalez misfired another forehand return wide from the deuce side then crushed a crosscourt forehand wide to trail 1-5. Two points later, Gonzalez blasted the most impressive shot of the match ?a running forehand pass from seven feet behind the baseline to save one set point, but it was a brief reprieve as another errant forehand flew wide to give Soderling the set.
"He's a tough player to play against," said Soderling. "He can do some really bad games and then he will play very well for some games. He's a tough player to play against because he is pretty unpredictable. But his game suits me because he hits the ball hard and I like that. I always play good against him."
Soderling's serve set the tone for the fourth set. He won 11 of 14 first-serve points and did not face a break point to seal the match and set up a second-round meeting with Russian Nikolay Davydenko, who led Mark Philippoussis, 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5),4-1 when the 2003 Wimbledon finalist retired.
"We've practiced together before and we play a pretty similar game so it should be a good match," Soderling said. "I like this tournament because I play my best tennis on hard courts. It's probably my favorite (major). If I play my best tennis, I can beat anyone in this tournament, but I know I can also lose to anyone in this tournament as well. The Chilean chants did not faze Soderling ?"the fans were very fair; they were loud but they did not cheer my double faults or anything like that," Soderling said ?and he's happy to hear the Swedish sounds in the locker room as Soderling joined compatriots Thomas Enqvist, 28th-seeded Joachim Johansson and former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson in the second round.
"It's nice to be able to speak Swedish in the locker room for a couple of more days," Soderling said with a smile. "