GoodBye Gonzo!

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  1. kishnabe

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  2. jayoub95

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    Gonzalez will be missed by many. One of my favourite players... good personality, great forehand and has the attitude of a winner :)
     
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  3. nissrro

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    will really miss gonzo and his forehand...watched him for so many years!
     
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  4. Clarky21

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    Entertaining guy with a humongous fh. Sad to see him go.
     
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    Made me cry (sniff) :(
     
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  6. tennis_pro

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    It's strange to hear that he's retiring, I mean don't look far - he was still in the top 10 in 2009/2010 and then sort of fell off the cliff AND very fast. IMO he could've pushed for top 20, top 15 if he wanted to but seems that Gonzo has other priorities. Shame, really.

    A player with character. Not many of those left.
     
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  7. norbac

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    It's a shame I only started to appreciate his game and personality so late into his career. He will be missed on the tour.
     
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  9. gold soundz

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    I wonder what will happen when Davydenko retires. Since he's one of, if not the most low key player who's achieved some big stuff, will anyone notice/talk about it/make any tributes or anything?
     
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  10. Mustard

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    Gonzalez's wins over Nadal and Haas at the 2007 Australian Open were brilliant performances from him, particularly the Haas match where Gonzalez had 42 winners and just 3 unforced errors with such a high-risk game. I think Gonzalez's win over Haas was even more one-sided than Federer's win over Roddick in the other semi final.
     
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  11. Carsomyr

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    :lol:

    Not sure if that's the word you meant, but it's definitely true. Honestly, too talented to have so few career highlights. Still, he was an incredibly entertaining player and I will miss his game and his personality.
     
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  13. DunlopDood

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    Used to be a gonzo fan... that was until he straight up cheated against James Blake at the Olympics.
    good riddance!
     
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  14. Carsomyr

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    It was one moment. Yes, not a very admirable one, but I don't think that should toss a player's name in the gutter. It wasn't in the same league as Tiger Woods' multiple and continuing affairs or worse, Bob Hewitt's deplorable predatory acts against young girls.
     
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  15. DunlopDood

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    That may be true and all, but still it was one of the most unsportsmanlike and despicable things I have seen on a tennis court, and unfortunately for gonzo that is what I will remember him for most, not the great play he showed at the australian open reaching the final vs Federer. It's a shame really, because I liked his game.
     
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  16. kimbahpnam

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    Where was Stepanek in the video? ;)
     
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  17. nissrro

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    lmao.......
     
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  18. spiderman123

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    Wrong forum.
     
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    That FH was a friggin bazooka. :lol:
     
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    Or Ljubicic - got to no 3 in the world, reached 4 MS finals (won 1), the semis of the FO, won 10 titles total, had some big wins in his career like Federer in Basel or Nadal/Djokovic/Roddick in Indian Wells
     
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  21. joeri888

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    He will be missed
     
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    I heard Federer say something about Ljubicic's career/positive presence on the tour when he retired. I wonder if any of the players will say anything when Davydenko retires since he's so low key. Wait, Ljubicic has oficially retired right?
     
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  23. Cormorant

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    He's saying goodbye in Monaco, where he hangs his hat these days.
     
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  24. laughingbuddha

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    Another one-hander gone. Definitely one of the Olympics GOATS.
     
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    I remember when he picked up a dog who had been hit by a car , took it to the vet who is his sister returned it to th e owner,

    Here he talks about his 2 dogs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s68XdLpgZls

    A kind person and an animal lover as well as having one heck of a forehand.




    [To download Fernando's interview]

    It began on a lazy Saturday afternoon with a car ride to get coffee. It ended with a dog bite, an altruistic rescue and, ultimately, a heartwarming reunion.

    Fernando Gonzalez, a lifetime lover of dogs, is horrified to see a small terrier mix run down by a car on a busy Santiago highway. Pulling his car to the side of the road, Gonzalez embarks on a rescue mission to save the dog – which is barely moving and nursing a broken hip – from being hit a second time. But not everyone wants to be rescued.

    “I tried to get the dog, but he didn’t want to come,” the 2007 Australian Open finalist and Top 10 star recalls. “He wasn’t moving much and I could see he had a hip problem, so I couldn’t just leave him there.”

    Suddenly recalling that he is in the middle of a highway, Gonzalez turns his head to check for oncoming traffic, only to be bitten near the base of his little finger on his right hand – his playing hand! “It wasn’t a hard bite, but it was a special part of my hand. He was afraid; that’s why he bit me. I didn’t want to leave him but at that point I didn’t know what to do.”

    Gonzalez returns to his car only to be followed by the dog, who crawls underneath the vehicle. “Maybe that was a sign he really wanted my help,” Gonzalez says. Risking further injury, Gonzalez lures the dog out and puts it into the front passenger seat of his car alongside his friend. To this day Gonzalez is unsure of the breed of the dog, but likens him to Benji, the terrier mix who found fame on the big screen.

    “I called my sister, who is a vet. I also called my doctor, who said I needed to go to the hospital. I told my friend to drop me at the hospital and then to take the dog to the vet.”

    Gonzalez thought he may need to get a rabbies shot, but was advised against it. “I had one shot straight away, but it wasn’t for rabbies. They said to wait 10 days. If the dog is still alive after that you’re okay. If he dies, then I need to get the shots – and I wouldn’t be able to play [Master Series] Monte Carlo.

    Two days after the rescue the Chilean press became aware of the story and the dog became the best-known canine in the country. The shelter where it was housed was fielding 50 calls an hour from people wanting to adopt the dog and the publicity also flushed out its true owners, sparking a second heart-warming story. The dog, who belonged to a woman who was unable to have children, was lost when the woman’s brother took the dog for a ride on his motorcycle.

    “This dog was like a baby to her, so it meant a lot to get it back,” Gonzalez said. “Although I never got to meet the real owner, the press visited the family and got their story and I felt really good to know that I had helped.”

    Gonzalez has long been a dog lover and is the proud owner of a four-year-old samoyed, Pato, and an 18-month-old boxer, Roke, given to him by his sister from a litter of eight puppies. When he is on the road the dogs stay with Gonzalez’s parents, increasing the household dog count to six, adding further stress to the home’s two cats.

    Given the same situation, would Gonzalez attempt another daring roadside rescue? “Yes, I would do it definitely, but maybe a little differently. Maybe wait a little bit longer because he is afraid.”

    And it did add some excitment to a dull day at home. “We went from an afternoon with nothing to do to a situation where we had many things to do!”
     
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    Another 1HBH gone.:(
     
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  27. bezs

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    Played with his heart on his sleeve, that blistering forehand will be missed. Thanks for the memories Gonzo!
     
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    He was always fun to watch. If only he had a better serve.
     
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  29. Squall Leonheart

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    I agree. Maybe it was a bad moment for him, but it is what it is. The thing that I really don't like is that it was at the Olympics: he was representing his country in what is supposed to be a friendly, competitive gathering, and then he goes and cheats.
     
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  32. Cesc Fabregas

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    Blake should have been in that opening video, only joking. Good luck Gonzo.
     
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    Grande Gonzo!
     
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  35. pound cat

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    I hope he continues with tennis in some form...maybe seniors, Davis Cup.

    I never saw him play live, but he was a truly special player.

    Chi Chi Chi Le Le Le!
     
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  36. Crisstti

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    He was brilliant in that match. Thanks for the highlights.

    A pity we won't be seeing him any more.
     
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  37. SeeingDusk

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    The video made me sad. I will surely miss his game, especially his tremendous forehand. I'm trying to attend the US Open final this year before any other great players retire in the future.
     
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  38. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    :) this is one of my favorite destructions of the nadal... gonzo was playing really great in this tournament !
    his atomic forehands and his colorful personality will be really missed...
    thx for the goodbye vid... with some nice messages from other players. [​IMG]
     
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  39. Crisstti

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    :) I was thinking more of the Haas match, but he sure was brilliant against Rafa too.
     
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  40. tideronthehooch

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    Totally agree! Lost all the respect I had for him after that incident.
     
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  41. kishnabe

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    You guys should watch the Gonzo-Ferrero 2003 French Open QF....that was some match.
     
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