Gaudio on Nadal breaking racquets, Federer's football fanatism (translation)

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    Against the beliefs of many, Spanish player Rafael Nadal breaks racquets too, said Gaston Gaudio in an interview published in the sports section of the website of the La Nacion newspaper. The Argentinian ex-player also recounted old stories involving Roger Federer, the ex-footballer Gabriel Batistuta and the football coach Marcelo Bielsa.

    According to Gaudio's story, it happened in the quarterfinals of the 2005 Buenos Aires tournament, in which Gaudio beat Nadal 0-6 6-0 6-1. The Spaniard was 18 at the time and would win Roland Garros four months after that. After his defeat, Rafa was furious and in the locker room he wasted all of his racquets. "What's the deal with this guy, is he crazy or what?", thought Gaudio, who now admits that, even back then, he was aware that he had just beaten an "off-the-charts talent, one in a century".

    "He broke all his racquets, the seven of them. I thought he was crazy. I mean, it wasn't like he had lost to a nobody. I was a pretty good clay-courter, the reigning Roland Garros champion at the time, but for Rafa it was such a failure, he couldn't stand it", reminisced Gaudio, who defined Nadal as "one of the chosen few".

    That wasn't the only annecdote unearthed by Gaudio. "There was this time, in Doha 2005, and Bati [Batistuta] happened to be playing in Qatar at the time. I told Federer -who's a harcore football fan- that he was there, and he told me that he'd love to meet him", he said. "We arranged for dinner and, with no warning, I brought Bati to the restaurant. You had to see Roger's face: he looked like a little boy, all emotional like he had just met the Messiah, I mean... he gave him his racquet, begged him for a photo and everything. We became friends after that. We talked about everything but tennis."

    Gaudio also had a story involving Bielsa. "We were playing a challenger in Chile with [Mariano] Zabaleta, and we wanted to meet Bielsa. Toto [Berizzo, his assistant back then] and I were friends, so we phoned him to see if we could watch them train the national squad", he reminisced. "So, well, we saw him, we greeted him... and then he starts talking and it's like you fall in love with him [Bielsa]. We started talking about life as a sportsman and the pressure and, who knows how, in the end he was trying to teach us the five ways of happiness", he said.

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    Federer cried, what's new.

    Also, Rafa quite arrogant, not humble, and a sore loser?
     
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    It's great to hear this kind of stories from pros. Gives you an idea of what is going on with pros.
     
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    how deliciously adorable from the off-court classy cute humble nadal...
     
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    Breaking 7 racquets is indeed totally insane.
    That Federer anecdote is actually funny.
    So Gaudio has a negative anecdote aboute Nadal, and a positive one about Federer...
     
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    I knew it all along, but none of the trads believed it. Nadal's demeanour portrayed to the media is completely fake.
     
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    Fixed it for you.:)
     
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    His way of telling this shows a sense of inferiority on his part. He seems to have thought he was the favourite and that therefore Rafa should have expected to lose.

    like his story about Bielsa though :)
     
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    Well, the score DOES give the impression that Nadal was dominating the match at first.
     
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    Conversely a sense of arrogance on Rafa's part thinking that he was expected to win?
     
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    Great stories.

    Both are kind expected in a way, we know how much of a competitor Nadal is so it was about time a story about him not taking well a defeat came up.
    It also gives us some insight on the "never break racquets" Nadal and Toni phylosophy, some extreme event probably had happened and he started to control himself as he matured, much like Fed in his young years.

    And Fed as always shows how much of a sports lover he is, not only to tennis but football as well, as we already knew. Tennis trully couldn't have a more sympathetic ambassador and figure head. :)

    Don't think so, I think it actually portrays how much of a crazy vision that must have been!! :shock: :shock:

    At the time Gaudio was one of the best clay courters around and a huge favorite to win that match, so that kind of reaction, even coming from a promissing young player surely must have looked like a freak fest!! Good thing that he stopped with that as he matured.
     
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    Can't imagine why the reigning FO champion would be considered a favorite on clay against an 18-year old upstart? Can anyone help me with that?
     
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    Which is what he thought, hence why he was upset about Rafa's reaction.
     
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    I'm guessing Nadal's reaction wasn't just because of losing the match, is losing it THE WAY he lost it (0-6, 1-6) after winning the first set 6-0

    I was there in person that match. It was a weird match indeed.
     
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    It appears Lynn Barber was right when she wrote of the nadal's carefully manufactured PR persona.
    Will the heterosexuality and dope-free myths be the next to be shattered?
     
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    What? So Nadal was the favorite in this match?
     
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    The Tio PR machine in high gear:

    Toni Nadal said for Rafael Nadal: "He has never broken a racket in anger. It would be showing a lack of respect to people who actually have to buy the equipment to play the sport."

    He must think *******s are really dumb to buy this crap.

    And he's right:)
     
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    He was the favorite. higher ranked, better credentials..
     
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    Thanks for sharing this
     
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    Nadal never had a feeling he was inferior to any player. Even if he was only 18 and his opponent was a 65 time Grand Slam champion. :lol: Nadal feels he should win because he feels he's better. A great attitude to have if you want to be the best. Second simply sucks! There is no second best. It's unacceptable.
    It's why Nadal has conquered grass when everybody on this forum said he had no hope in hell. It's why he won the U.S Open and Australian Open when everybody on this forum said he didn't have the game.
    Gotta give him respect for that.
    Notice that it was Nadal who felt Federer was nothing special back when Federer was routinely destroying everybody? He was trying to kick Federer's *** even on hardcourts and grass where everybody else feared Federer.
     
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    This is the exact reason why Nadal has no respect for the game. He's arrogant. The comment he made about past greats being just the serve is absolutely abysmal. If Nadal breaks any record, nobody will come to congratulate him like Laver, Borg, Sampras all did with Federer. He'll be all alone, and the past greats society will just ignore him.
     
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    I think this was partially lost in translation (my fault), but Gaudio sounded like he admired Nadal's competitive spirit.

    Some extra info to put this in perspective:

    - This was the third straight defeat of Nadal against Gaudio.
    - After this match, Nadal would go on to win 81 consecutive matches on clay, including 6 MS and 2 RG.

    So it may look like a childish tantrum, but it was a turning point in his career.
     
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    Actually no. After this match, we went undefeated in the South American claycourt swing until Valencia, where he lost to Andreev. Then, he went into berserker mode and won 81 clay matches in a row ;)

    But I agree. I also believe this match was the turning point of his career.
     
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    Ah, my bad.
     
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    Are you Andres Guzzalli?

    Has any player lost 6-0 and then went on to win more than Gaudio has? Fruitcake.
     
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    Yep. I loved the way he was toying with Federer the first 2 sets and then went on to destroy him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwreJJgeYIg
     
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    Gaudio was a true clay court specialist who got all his points and wins on clay, he went 42-8 on the clay in 2005. He literally could not play tennis on any other surface. Players like that don't seem to exist anymore, the closest would be Almagro I suppose but even he is much better on hard courts than Gaudio was.
     
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    Yup, G. It's me ;)
     
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    Great to see you're still around ;)

    Still running the Freddie Mercury site?
     
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    It's been down for a year and a half. I've been working on a big update and adding a Jeff Buckley and Michael Jackson website as well, but haven't found the time to work on the design.

    I'm guessing I'll eventually put it back online. It was a fun site :)
     
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    Nice. ............
     
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    An opportunity to post this, yay.

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    LOL :)

    Roggi love
     
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    And that's why it felt soooo good to see Nadal lose in 6 important finals to Djokovic. It must have been really painful for him. Good times.
     
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    He was the reigning French Open champion. He WAS the favorite. He was baffled by Nadal's reaction towards losing to someone as established as he was.
     
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    Yes, this is definitely a healthy attitude to hold.

    Yet as we are constantly told here on TW, Nadal fans are uniquely, especially sadistic and juvenile.
     
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    cool story, bro.
     
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    Lol Rafa acting like a rockstar after losing to Gaudio. I like that story.
     
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    Yeah, that must have had to do with it. Very weird score.

    What I meant seems to have been lost on some... :|

    I guess he was the favourite (though I don't know what ranking they both had at the time,nor their recent form). I said Gaudio was upset Rafa didn't seem to think so or to act as if he was.

    Wishful thinking... to say the least.

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    :D

    They are playing Bayern in the CL though, so not much of a chance for them there :twisted:

    Lol.

    I seem to remember no negative comments when people talk about Safin doing something of the sort... yet Rafa did it when he was 18 and that just confirms his evil nature, on some people's minds... :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm not so sure I believe this story about Nadal. It could be true,but it would have to come from someone who doesn't seem to have an axe to grind like Gaudio seems to. Isn't he also the one who accused Nadal of calling him a racial slur some years back?
     
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    Yup. I know what you mean. This kind thing happens with a lot of pros. Frustration causes them to act irrationally.I don't remember what event this was, but Federer recalled a similar incident from his younger years. He had just experienced a tough loss and he went in the lockerroom and smashed everyone of his rackets.

    Andre Agassi was so fed up of tennis at one point that after he lost a match, he walked into a park and gave a bunch of homeless men all of his tennis racquets. :lol:
     
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    I wasn't watching tennis back in 2005, but holy crap! 0-6, 6-0, 6-1??? The hell kinda scoreline is that? lol
     
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    That Federer story shows just how normal professional athletes actually are. It actually made me lol.
     
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    Yeah, I've got my doubts too, but this far I haven't seen anyone denying it. If Rafa says it isn't true however, I'm gonna believe him ;) (though I really don't think it's a big deal).

    I don't think Gaudio accused Rafa of using a racial slur. At least not that I know. It was in a match with him that the slur was allegedly said, but according to whom, I've got no idea. According to some yellow press journalist, I suspect.

    Lol, good anecdotes :)

    (I'm waiting for people to say, like about Safin, how this story shows Rafa has personality and that players now don't have personalities, we need more of that, etc., etc.)
     
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    Really weird. Made me curious about watching the match.
     
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    It's a Gaston Gaudio scoreline ;)
     
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    Like Nadal, we should all be judged for our emotional responses from when we were 18.
     
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    Nadal is heinous because he had a fit at 18! Everyone knows that he's just a pitiful liar about how he's acted on the court! Just like his meltdown after 2007W in the lockerroom, after he teared up after the match. Damn Nadal for having a human moment! What a fraud!
     
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    I rememeber when i was 18(3 yrs ago) I ran from my home and pretended I was kidnapped..I was just such a big foool at that time.:)
     
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