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gugafanatic
11-02-2004, 12:39 PM
Guga's revision on hes hip has been successful and all injuries that caused the pain and blockade of movement have been removed. It is believed that after 4-6 months rehabilitation Guga's hip will be alot stronger and pain free. He is expected to return shortly after the aus open.

Do you think Guga can become a force in 2005???, can he compete with federer and re-stablish himself as the king of the clay.

Vlad
11-02-2004, 12:53 PM
I wish him successful recovery and if he will be fully fit than I would expect good results especially on clay. Can he challenge Fed on hard courts? At this point I have to say I doubt it..

Colpo
11-02-2004, 01:09 PM
Unfortunately, I have no problem looking back at this fine pro's career and saying that we've already seen "his best." A great clay-courter, a great personality. I question whether he has the kind of mettle that pushed a Sampras to one more run for the gold. The game has continued to move forward without him, just don't see him have the hunger to compete day in and out. Could just as easily get bounced early from the French as make a run, who knows?

@wright
11-02-2004, 01:36 PM
I would love to see Guga come back and rule RG once again. The chances are slim, but I guess it's possible the surgery could be a complete success.

kv581
11-02-2004, 02:57 PM
Anyone amazed at how Guga excelled at his clay court game with a 18X20 racquet? Many clay courters these days are sponsored by Babolats and Princes, racquets that have more open string patterns.

finchy
11-02-2004, 03:20 PM
i think gaudio used a 18x20 racquet to win the FO.

kv581
11-02-2004, 04:02 PM
That's right, I think he used a similar racquet to the HPS 6.1 Tour currently sold here. Once again, this shows that spin potential ultimately depends upon the player more than the racquet. Either that, or these pros are just way too good ;-).

Max G.
11-02-2004, 05:44 PM
We'll just have to see how well Guga plays. He clearly has the game to get back to, if not #1, at least the top 10; he has the game to beat all the top players on any given day, including Federer.

But will he get back to his form of old? Well, the chances are slim, but nonzero. We'd love to have him back.

Tenny
11-02-2004, 06:04 PM
2000 Masters Cup Finals. Gustavo Kuerten def Andre Agassi, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

I began to play recently so I missed (I guess) his prime period. How did he play in 2000? I am considering some DVDs. Can you recommend some of his good matches? Thanks!

T.

big ted
11-02-2004, 06:06 PM
i dont think u can count him out. he's 34 in the world right now even with a bad hip

Kevin Patrick
11-02-2004, 06:10 PM
that's a great match tenny, perhaps guga's best moment on hardcourts, he was absolutely crushing the ball, generating the most extreme angles I've ever seen. He was also hitting a ton of service winners against a very in form Agassi. It was in Portugal, so he had huge crowd support. He had also beaten Sampras in the semis, one the few times anyone beat both Agassi & Sampras in the same tournament.

Tenny
11-02-2004, 06:14 PM
that's a great match tenny, perhaps guga's best moment on hardcourts, he was absolutely crushing the ball, generating the most extreme angles I've ever seen. He was also hitting a ton of service winners against a very in form Agassi. It was in Portugal, so he had huge crowd support. He had also beaten Sampras in the semis, one the few times anyone beat both Agassi & Sampras in the same tournament.


Thanks Kevin.

I think I will get the DVD. Again, because I haven't watched him playing...what's was/is his strength? Does he have good personality? It seems he is popular in that way.

T.

Kevin Patrick
11-02-2004, 06:23 PM
Yeah Tenny, I always got annoyed when the media say no players have any personality. I'm not always sure what they mean, but I don't think anyone can deny that Guga is a true personality on & off the court. He wears his heart on his sleeves & fans love him for it.
He did everything well, great variety in all his shots, great pace on his groundies. Pretty good pace & placement on the serve.

Tenny
11-02-2004, 06:26 PM
Thanks.

I will check his matches. He must be a fascinating player.

T.

Vlad
11-02-2004, 11:41 PM
You can also consider Hamburg 2000 final Guga - Safin match. Amazing stuff from both players.. more so from Guga..
Also try to get his best moments at RG where he has been unbelievable for years. Consider Guga - Kafelnikov matchups (usually quarters of RG) and Guga - Ferrero matches. All of those were a lot of fun..
Also Guga - Fed match of this year's RG was fun even though Roger was not at his best but Guga was awesome.

Phil
11-03-2004, 07:07 AM
Guga was, and maybe can still be, an artist on clay. He's the ONLY clay court "specialist" that I enjoyed watching. The rest are boring. That backhand! But I'm afraid I have to agree with some of the other posters-his best days are on video.

gugafanatic
11-03-2004, 08:54 AM
Guga has great fluid groundstrokes. He's backhand in 2000 was like poetry in motion. Hits with a tight elbow close to the body, rarely do you see hes elbow above hes shoulder on follow through (forehand side). Definitely one of the best players to watch in terms of great attitude and persona and languid shotmaking.

Ronaldo
11-03-2004, 08:59 AM
kv, thought Guga used a Head Premier Tour with a 16x18 string pattern?

kv581
11-03-2004, 10:02 AM
I thought it is a Pro Tour 630?

Gugafan_Redux
11-03-2004, 10:50 AM
I'm pretty sure Guga has used the Prestige MP and now the new LM Prestige.

His play in Portugal was inspiring and awesome, second only to his French Open play.

His match v. Arazi in the final of Monte Carlo in 2001 (?) was also excellent.

For those of you with the tennis channel, his Bag Check segment is priceless. "I'm Guga. That's what's in my bag, my friends. Good-bye."

Tenny
11-03-2004, 01:24 PM
I see. I can see he is very popular and a respected player. BTW,
GUGA? Is it his nickname?
T.

Who else has interesting nickname?

AAAA
11-03-2004, 02:02 PM
No.

sambapati
11-04-2004, 03:05 PM
that's a great match tenny, perhaps guga's best moment on hardcourts, he was absolutely crushing the ball, generating the most extreme angles I've ever seen. He was also hitting a ton of service winners against a very in form Agassi. It was in Portugal, so he had huge crowd support. He had also beaten Sampras in the semis, one the few times anyone beat both Agassi & Sampras in the same tournament.



Portugal?? Wasn`t that match played in Brazil? I`m going on memory here, so forgive me if I am wrong...
I also like Gustavo (Guga IS his nickname) Kuerten. I liked his style of play, especially his backhand. I hope he can make a sucessfull return to tour. I know he won at least one tournament after he back from the first surgery, and I think the same thing will happen after this one. He`ll win more tournaments but the question is can he win the big titles and do well in the big tournaments again? Hope so...[/quote]

Go Tennis
11-05-2004, 02:21 AM
Tenny, u can check in "guga.com.br".

Tenny
11-16-2004, 10:11 AM
I just watched his match against Agassi (World championship at Lisboa 2001?). 6:4, 6:4, 6:4. He is a master of Angle, and mixing up. I was instantly fascinated by his playing (Another player who did it to me was Monica Seles against Graf 92 FO final). Also I somehow found he is an inexplicably likable character (I don't know about him very well). Maybe his docile eyes? Long spider like skinny body? It could have been one of the days he was in his ZONE but anyway the match was amazing! I'd like to see more!

* there are many DVDs available but I found many of them, for example Sampras vs. other players matches, are not that enjoyable if great. Many times, Sampras seems too much into the match (too serious) although his playing itself is always amazing. But Guga's playing is somewhat sweet to watch... Oh, poor Andre...

Max G.
11-16-2004, 10:57 AM
"any times, Sampras seems too much into the match (too serious)"

Is that a bad thing? That's why he stayed #1 for so much and won so much!

Tenny
11-16-2004, 01:36 PM
Max G.

Uh, he is definitely one of the greatest (maybe GOAT) and brought us so many great matches-Corretja (Sp?) and Courier matches come to mind (I cannot complain at all!). What I meant was when he loses, he looks so hurt and disappointed-Edberg match (USO final 92), I almost feel pain myself. But maybe that kind of internal intensity was what made him great. I'd rather watch AA losing. He also looks bitter but seems to handle it better. Anyway, Guga's game was very enjoyable!!!

Kevin Patrick
11-16-2004, 01:47 PM
That's interesting Tenny, I always thought the opposite. Sampras' demeanor was hard to read both in victory & defeat, though I'm sure he took losses hard. Agassi usually looked more visibly upset after losses(& skipped out on a few post match press conferences over the years)

Check out the '91 Courier-Agassi French Final, Agassi losses his 3rd slam final & is almost in tears. After the match, he says, "I wonder if I'll ever win a slam."

Tenny
11-16-2004, 03:38 PM
That's interesting Tenny, I always thought the opposite. Sampras' demeanor was hard to read both in victory & defeat, though I'm sure he took losses hard. Agassi usually looked more visibly upset after losses(& skipped out on a few post match press conferences over the years)

Check out the '91 Courier-Agassi French Final, Agassi losses his 3rd slam final & is almost in tears. After the match, he says, "I wonder if I'll ever win a slam."

Obviously I missed Sampras' prime days. I only began to play tennis about 2.5yrs ago and recently began to collect some DVDs. So I haven't seen much. Interestingly I watched 2-3 of Sampras matches in a row recently, mostly him losing. To Edberg (92 USO final)-Pete looks very very downed. And to Federer (2001? Wimby). When he isn't winning, he looks very tired and his shoulders seem to show it.

Kevin, as a semi-pro, you might know better than me. Every loss is bitter, right? BTW, who is/was the player who take/took losses well (or in other words, gracefully if it's possible)? Also, Kevin, what does it mean-SEMI? Thnx.

T.

Marius_Hancu
11-16-2004, 06:18 PM
Obviously I missed Sampras' prime days. I only began to play tennis about 2.5yrs ago and recently began to collect some DVDs. So I haven't seen much. Interestingly I watched 2-3 of Sampras matches in a row recently, mostly him losing. To Edberg (92 USO final)-Pete looks very very downed. And to Federer (2001? Wimby). When he isn't winning, he looks very tired and his shoulders seem to show it.


He took that loss to Edberg very hard. That's what pushed him afterwards to become #1 for 6 years, as he mentioned.

In terms of DVDs, I'd suggest

- Sampras Agassi 2001 USO QF - the perfect match for both
- Sampras Lendl 1990 USO Q the match that made him
- Sampras Agassi 1999 Masters F (not RR)
- Sampras Agassi 2002 USO F (his last match)
- any of the Wimbledon finals, esp during the middle 90s, perhaps esp against Becker

Tenny
12-05-2004, 08:55 PM
Does anyone have the match video of Guga defeating Reger Federer at Roland garros this year?

Thanks.

PS) Does (did) he play a Ti radical MP? Or is (was) it a paintjob?

Free_Martha
12-07-2004, 07:57 AM
Sampras looked emotionally destroyed when he lost the 2001 USO to Hewitt. Hewitt looked like the cat that ate the canary.