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Gastón will play on Wednesday, probably in the evening.

He had said "I know that the public will help me", and it´s already happening: According to La Nación, on Saturday 1500 people ended up watching him and Massú practice (Massú later dropped out due to injury) and today´s Clarín says that on Sunday he alone filled the No. 3 court with fans watching him practice. The crowd was constantly calling out "Vamos Gato" and cheering him on!:)
That's great to hear, Vale! :angel:
 

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Thank you so much for these good news, Vale :hug:
 

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They just said on the radio that Gastón was practicing with Guido Pella today (he´s the 16-year-old new hope of Argentine tennis, who went to Austria as a sparring partner of the DC team).

Today´s La Nación recalls "Matches to Remember" and gives the link to a video on YouTube of a 34-shot baseline rally in the Gaudio-Nadal QF match in the 2005 BA ATP, which was a Mercedes Benz Play-of-the-Week.:worship:
Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgV5LSwNqyo&eurl=
 

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Of course I mind, I spent 20 days of my life translating that paragraph...

By the way, I am a he. And that should never be in doubt. Having a little bird in my avatar doesn't make me less of a man.
Well, I was afraid you would. Next time maybe I will just steal your translation pretending as if I understand Spanish perfectly. Makes things a lot easier.
 

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Here an interview he gave for nacion line:
"La paso mal adentro de una cancha"

Con esa sinceridad que lo caracteriza, Gastón Gaudio analizó su momento antes del debut en el Buenos Aires; volvió a decir que no disfruta cuando juega mal y hasta habló de "martirio"

Más allá de que los resultados no están de su lado en los últimos tiempos, Gastón Gaudio es una de las grandes estrellas de la Copa Telmex. El público no olvidó sus actuaciones por la Copa Davis aquí, el título obtenido hace dos años en este torneo y mucho menos aquella conquista épica de Roland Garros. Su entrenamiento en una de las canchas auxiliares fue seguido desde las tribunas del estadio Nº 2, donde se jugaba uno de los partidos del cuadro principal. Y después de su práctica con el juvenil Guido Pella, debió ser escoltado por cinco guardias de seguridad, ante el asedio de unos 50 chicos que lo buscaban. Aquí participará en el Grupo 5 del round robin, con el español Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo y el italiano Alessio Di Mauro. Antes de su debut, conversó con LA NACION sobre su actualidad y sus expectativas en una semana especial.

-¿Cómo te sentís en este momento de tu carrera?

-Llego más o menos, no estoy en un buen momento pero las cosas se dieron así. El tenis es una rueda, y hay que esperar que se dé vuelta, hay que luchar para ver si puedo volver a jugar bien. Así como estuve arriba en algún momento, ahora me toca estar abajo. Es muy difícil jugar siempre bien. Estuve un par de años jugando un buen tenis y disfrutándolo, pero ahora me toca lucharla. Estoy en una etapa difícil, en la que hay dudas, pienso mucho, porque no me divierto jugando como lo estoy haciendo ahora, no tiene ninguna gracia.

-¿Y cómo estás trabajando para salir de esto?

-Lo peor es que no la paso bien adentro de la cancha. Y lo único que hago es jugar al tenis, imaginate que me entreno todos los días y la paso mal, es un martirio. La motivación más grande es tratar de divertirme un poco y disfrutar cada vez que me entreno y entro a un torneo.

-Buenos Aires es un torneo especial, ¿es algo que te puede motivar?

-Sí, tengo la gente que me ayuda, jugar en la Argentina es algo único y me tendría que ayudar bastante. Por ahí también la gente espera bastante de uno y se siente decepcionada porque no disfruta lo que vino a ver.

-Pero vos ganaste Roland Garros, estuviste mucho tiempo entre los diez mejores, ¿qué es lo que te pone presión en este momento?

-No, no es una cuestión de presión. Se trata de sentirme bien, de jugar como lo hacía en esa época y ahora no estoy jugando mi mejor tenis, y no es lindo. Esa es la única presión, que cuando vengo a entrenar o salgo a jugar como a mí me gusta, y no me sale, es una sensación fea.

-¿Vos ves que jugar en Buenos Aires sea como un examen?

-No, aquí ya rendí todo lo que tenía que rendir. Jugué la Copa Davis, el torneo que se juega acá lo gané, y no tengo que rendirle nada a nadie. Yo juego por mí. Lo que digo es que el único que sufre soy yo. No le rindo cuentas a la gente, pero por ahí, en Buenos Aires, quiero jugar un tenis como el que me vieron en otro momento y disfruta, y por eso paga la entrada, y no poder brindarle eso me pone mal.

-En algún punto, parece una situación similar a la de Coria, en el sentido de no poder disfrutar el tenis cuando las cosas no salen bien

-Sí, es entendible porque hay momentos duros y tenés que ponerle voluntad. Yo lo vi entrenándose acá esta semana y sé que le está poniendo garra, la sigue luchando y eso es muy valioso. También hay que rescatar que son cinco o seis años que estás todo el día jugando, con muchas presiones, y él venía jugando y ganando torneos importantes. Y llega un momento en el que la cabeza no te da más. Cuando vas ganando y las cosas te salen, hay una fuerza interior que te lleva, vas y jugás un torneo, y otro, y seguís ganando, y al final pasan tres años y no querés agarrar nunca más una raqueta. Por eso lo de él es entendible. Por ahí, en un tiempo le vuelven las ganas de jugar otra vez, siente lo mismo que sentía hace cinco años y regresa como top ten. Es comprensible que esté cansado, y en cierto punto, a mí me pasa lo mismo.



"Cañas está haciendo cosas increíbles"
Gaudio también habló del regreso triunfal de Guillermo Cañas: "Es fantástico cómo volvió a jugar después de tanto tiempo de estar parado. No sé si hay una regla o qué, pero todos los que volvieron a jugar después de una suspensión siempre juegan bárbaro. Es como que dicen ´mirá el tiempo que estuve sin jugar, con todo lo que me gustaba , y sacan una fuerza tremenda de adentro. Y él, que ya tenía fuerza, está haciendo cosas increíbles".


Por José Luis Domínguez
De la Redacción de LA NACION
http://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportiva/nota.asp?nota_id=885082

I will try to make a summary but I can't translate in english very well, sory. I hope someone here can do it better.

First he says he is not in a good period but he has to wait that things be better and he has to fight for a come back. He has had some good year in tennis but now it's very difficult, he doubts, he thinks a lot because he is not enjoying tennis. The worst thing is that he is not good in a court. He 's been training all the day and and there is the result.His biggest motivation is to enjoy a little more.
He thinks people in argentina have to help him. He also says people here are expecting a lot. It's not a problem of pressure

They askes him if he feel like he has to pass an exam here: he answer no. He is playing for himself. He is the only one who feels hurted.

Does he understand poeple who are comparing him with coria?
Yes because both are in a bad period. He saw him training here this week and fighting. Both were playing all the days for 5/6 years with a lot of pressure. And in a hurry you don't even want to held a raquet anymore.

At the end he says what is doing canas is amazing, people who come back from suspension usually play good.

OK:rolleyes: sorry for my poor english
 

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Thanks, Tanga, for posting that interview!:angel:
You summarized it very well!:worship:

Gastón still seems pretty pessimistic. He talks about what he´s going through, and he also talks well about Coria and Cañas.

Here´s the full translation:

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportiva/nota.asp?nota_id=885082

“I have a hard time on court”

With that honesty so typical in him, Gastón Gaudio analyzed the moment he´s going through, before his debut in the BALTC; he repeated that he doesn´t enjoy himself when he doesn´t play good tennis, and he even referred to this as a torment.

Even though results haven´t favoured him recently, Gastón Gaudio is one of the great stars of the Telmex Cup. The public hasn´t forgotten his Davis Cup performance here, his triumph in this same tournament two years ago, and of course that epic conquest in Roland Garros. The public supposedly watching the match in progress on court Nº 2 were following his training on an auxiliary court. And after his practice with the junior player Guido Pella he had to be escorted off the court by five security guards to get away from the crowd of 50 kids who besieged him.
Here he will participate in the Round Robin Group 5 with the Spaniard Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo and the Italian Alessio Di Mauro.
Before his debut he talked with La Nación about his current situation and his expectations for this special week.

- How are you feeling at this moment of your carreer?

- “Not too well, I´m not going through a good moment, but that´s how things are. Tennis is like a wheel and one has to wait to be on the up-side once more, I have to fight to see if I can recuperate my game. Just as at one point I was on top, now I´m down.
It´s very difficult to always play well. During a couple of years I played good tennis and I enjoyed playing, but now it´s my turn to struggle. I´m going through a difficult period, with a lot of doubts, I do a lot of thinking, because I´m not enjoying myself playing this way, it´s not pleasant”.

- And how are you working to get over all this?

- “The main problem is that I have a rough time on court. And as the only thing I do is play tennis, imagine what it´s like: I train every day and I have a bad time, it´s like a torment. The greatest incentive is to try to enjoy things a little and have fun each time I train and enter a tournament.”

- Buenos Aires is a special tournament. Is that something which can motivate you?

- “Yes, I have the public, which helps me; to play in Argentina is something unique and it should help me quite a lot. On the other hand, people perhaps are expecting a lot and will feel disappointed if they don´t enjoy the spectacle they´ve come to see.”

- But you won Roland Garros, for a long time you were among the top ten. What sort of pressure do you feel right now?

- “No, it´s not a matter of feeling pressure. It´s about feeling good, to play as I used to in those days, whereas now I´m not playing my best tennis and that´s unpleasant. That´s the only pressure I feel, that when I turn up to practice or for a match intending to play as I like to play, and then I can´t, it´s an ugly sensation.”

- Do you feel that playing in Buenos Aires is a sort of exam?

- “No, here I´ve approved all the exams I had to approve. I played in the Davis Cup, I won the series that is played here, and I don´t owe anybody anything. I play for myself. What I mean is that the only one who suffers is me. I´m not in debt with the public, although maybe, playing in Buenos Aires, I want to play the same tennis they saw me play before and enjoyed, that´s what they´re paying for, and if I can´t give them that I feel bad.”

- In some points your situation seems similar to Coria´s, in the sense that neither of you can enjoy playing when your game is off.

- “Yes, it´s understandable because one goes through bad moments and one has to resort to one´s willpower. I saw him practicing here this week and I know he´s putting everything into it, he carries on fighting and that´s very valuable. You also have to take into account that it´s been five or six years playing all the time, under a lot of pressure, and all that time he played and won important tournaments. But there comes a time when your head just can´t handle it anymore. When you´re winning and everything is working out well, there´s an inner force that impels you, you go and play another tournament, and another, and you continue to win, and in the end three years have gone by and you don´t want to touch a racquet ever again. That´s why what´s happened to him is understandable. Perhaps with time he will recover the will to play again, he will feel the same things he felt five years ago and will come back as a top ten. His being tired is understandable, and in some ways, it´s what´s happening to me.

Gaudio also spoke about Guillermo Cañas´s triumphant return:

“It´s fantastic how he´s playing after having been away from tennis for so long. I don´t know if there´s a rule or something, but all those who have come back after being suspended always play great. It´s as if they feel “just look at all the time I´ve spent without playing, considering how much I liked it” and they bring out this tremendous strength from inside. And he, who already had this strength, is doing amazing things”:

By José Luis Domínguez
 

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Thanks for translating that interview and well the time for talking is over and it's time for some action.

Very kind words from Gaston about Cañas.
 

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http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-6431485,00.html

Nalbandian out, jeered Gaudio feels like quitting


BUENOS AIRES, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Top seed David Nalbandian crashed out of the Buenos Aires Open and his fellow Argentine Gaston Gaudio said he felt like quitting after being jeered off court on Wednesday.

Gaudio, who reached No. 5 in the world rankings in 2005, was trounced 6-1 6-1 by Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in his opening match of the tournament, which uses a round-robin system.

"The jeers don't surprise me, they came from the same people who applauded me in 2005," said the sixth seed, who won the tournament two years ago.

"I was a genius then and now I'm an idiot."

"Things don't work without confidence, I'm getting worse and worse and the situation is complicated."

"It makes me want to quit tennis."

Tournament organisers later said that Gaudio was pulling out of Thursday's match against Alessio Di Mauro.
 

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Gato, I feel so sorry for him :sad:
 

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http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-6431485,00.html

Nalbandian out, jeered Gaudio feels like quitting


BUENOS AIRES, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Top seed David Nalbandian crashed out of the Buenos Aires Open and his fellow Argentine Gaston Gaudio said he felt like quitting after being jeered off court on Wednesday.

Gaudio, who reached No. 5 in the world rankings in 2005, was trounced 6-1 6-1 by Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in his opening match of the tournament, which uses a round-robin system.

"The jeers don't surprise me, they came from the same people who applauded me in 2005," said the sixth seed, who won the tournament two years ago.

"I was a genius then and now I'm an idiot."

"Things don't work without confidence, I'm getting worse and worse and the situation is complicated."

"It makes me want to quit tennis."

Tournament organisers later said that Gaudio was pulling out of Thursday's match against Alessio Di Mauro.
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but only him can find the right spur and confidence in himself..vamos gato :hug:
 

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According to Clarín, Gastón was travelling to Acapulco today!:)

I´d promised to tell you about his press conference:

I looked for the full transcription in the tournament site, in La Nación, Clarín, TyC, ESPN Deportes and Sports Ya, but none of them are complete, so I´ll mix a few quotes from all of them:

You´ve probably seen the pics – Gastón looked in pain, as if he´d suffered a physical blow, and I admired him for facing the press in spite of what he´d just gone through. I won´t reproduce most of the questions, just the things he said:

“I´m not surprised at how I played today, it´s more of the same: it was nothing new”.

“I wasn´t surprised that I was booed – they were the same people who applauded me in 2004. When I was on top I was a genius, and now I´m a “boludo” (stupid)”.

“Well yes, sometimes I do feel like quitting. But I´ve spent many years doing this and it´s difficult to give it up from one day to the next.”

“At this stage in my life I don´t want to suffer on court, after all the good things tennis has given me.”

“I go on court with hope, but nothing happens. But it´s also true that every time I play I accumulate frustrations. No matter how much I train things don´t work out and I can´t help thinking that they won´t ever work out again”.

At one point, when the press kept on at him about how badly he´s playing, he stood up for himself: “I´m playing badly, that´s it. I can´t do everything wonderfully all the time, I don´t know if you can. If you can, congratulations, I´m not as great as all of you”.

“I frequently ask myself if I deserve to suffer so much on a court at this stage of my life. Nothing works, I´m playing worse each day. I feel impotent because when you´ve played well in the past you can´t enter the court and do the stupid things I do now, and the worst part is that I don´t know what the solution is.”

- What is lacking for you to get over this stage? - “A miracle”

- How´s your motivation for tomorrow´s match? – “Minus ten.”

There was a long silence and he tried to hide that his eyes had got bleary, and to close he said “This is a disaster, “loco”. That´s enough! Let´s go and watch the match (Nalbandian and Cañas)…”
 

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Vale, thanks. Tough work, isn't it, to translate these painful words... Hope you soon will have to translate happy articles.
 

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Hope you soon will have to translate happy articles.
I hope the same, thank you amiga :hug:
 

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Thanks for that Vale, people seem to forget that there are ups and downs in life, sometimes the highs are very high (RG 2004) and the lows are very low, but it's just as important to acknowledge them.
 

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All the tennis community has come out in Gastón´s favour, especially Clerc, Vilas and Sabatini, but also players like Moya and Chela. The sports commentator, Bonadeo, who is one of our two best tennis reporters (Salatino is the other), used every opportunity to defend him, saying, for instance, “Don´t you understand that to win RG you have had to win the previous six matches?” in reply to the usual ignorant critics. And the specialized press in general has been pretty understanding, in spite of “catastrophe” headlines saying “Gaudio on the verge of quitting”.

Many people are writing to support Gastón, there seems to be a reaction in his favour. There´s a new blog, www.gatotebanco.blogspot.com, that was started the day after his defeat. It means “Gato I support you” and it´s made the international news, with articles about the blog in the main Argentine papers and also in Chile and Peru.

The crowd at the BALTC is worse than any football crowd. They´re rowdy as if they were at a DC tie, and completely nationalistic. They interrupted the Nalbandian-Cañas match to shout “Argentina! Argentina!” and their new hero of the hour is Cañas. The foreign players must find it very hard to play against a local with all the shouting and clapping when they lose a point. Gastón may have forgiven them, but I haven´t!

After his press conference, during the Nalbandian-Cañas match the TV cameras cut to the players´ lounge where Gastón was seen standing, staring into space, and Marcela was behind him with her arms around his chest and her head on his shoulder, just holding him. They didn´t know they were being seen by millions on TV, but it´s good to know that after two years she is supporting him through thick and thin.

The good news is that Gastón seems to have decided to pull himself together and carry on with his life instead of moping. He´s shown us before that he has the guts to lift himself up when he´s down and now he´s showing us once again that he´s got the inner strength to do it. The evening after the débacle he went with Marcela to hear Coldplay and was being friendly with everybody, letting them take lots of photos, and yesterday he left for Acapulco as if nothing had happened!:clap:

There have been literally dozens of articles about Gastón, most of them rehashing the things he said in the press conference, but the most important is the one in today´s Clarín because it´s an actual interview that Gastón had arranged with Maller. It´ll take me a couple of days to translate it, but the main thing is that Gastón is holding up well!:)

In the meantime, here are a couple of things I found:

http://www.diariolarepublica.com.ar/notix/noticia.php?i=120056

Gaudio: “There are moments when my head won´t work anymore, after having spent the last 14 years hitting a little ball every day”.

However, Davin assures us that the Gato is playing very well when he practices but that then he can´t achieve the same level during matches. “The trouble is that he´s very demanding with himself, he always wants to do everything well, perfectly, that´s the way he is and it´s fine by me”, said Davin.

Gaudio: “I´m fine, in my private life everything is great but not in tennis, I think there are much more important things in life than a tennis match".
 
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