Kuerten ready to make noise

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  1. gugafanatic

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    Guga returns to competitive action in the valencia open. He has clearly stated that the French open is hes priority, and feels resting pre-season will help hes fitness and mobility. Surgery performed on hes hip, was successful and scar tissue has been removed. Kuerten made the 4th rd last year, despite not being 100% fit at the FO. Can a healthy and fit guga win the french open this year????
     
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  2. Perfect

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    I would not be surprised. He has truly made Roland Garros his home and the fans love him, though he might be getting too old. The top contenders IMO are Coria, Ferrero, Gaudio, Nadal, Federer, Safin, Kuerten, Moya, and the rest of the Argentines and Spaniards. Maybe Ljubicic and some of the Chileans and Russians will have a run to the quarters or better.
     
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  3. Grimjack

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    No chance in hell. There are just too many younger, healthier, more match-fit clay court wizards out there right now.

    I DO think he could play spoiler to a few non-clay-court specialist high seeds, as he's always dangerous on the dirt, but a victory or two over some big names, and maybe a run into the 2nd week is about the best one should expect of Guga at this point in his career, especially after a layoff. There's no substitute for youth or match toughness, and healthy or not, Guga hasn't got either right now.

    I'll be rooting for him, though. Whether he has a legit chance or not, he's still among my all-time faves.
     
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  4. Perfect

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    Guga beat Federer who is not a claycourter but considered a player who can perform on all surfaces proving he can beat a "clay-court specialist". I expect him to do well(quarters probably) because he will put his heart into this slam, his home. Remember Gaudio, who at 26 is considered to be on the wrong end of the 20s beat some younger-Coria, more match tough guys-Hewitt, who was playing very well.
     
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  5. perfmode

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    Guga is invincible when he's playing his best. The chance of seeing him in the zone for 7 matches in two weeks is slim though.
     
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    It is great news that he is back. I like his game very much. But I don't think it is possible to get such a great form immediately after surgery to win FO. But who knows ? Everything may happen, especially when talking about tennis talents...
     
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  7. Marius_Hancu

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    Question is will he win another tournament.
     
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  9. Steve F.

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    More info on Hernan Gumy?
     
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  10. Roforot

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    Guga was my favorite dirtballer. He was so funny looking, all elbows and a mop of hair and seemed genuinely happy to be playing. It makes me sad to look at him now.
    What I noticed also is that prior to injury his 1hBH was a great strength and he'd win most of the rallies on that side; however, it doesn't seem to hold up as well in the few matches I've seen since. I would like one more hurrah for him...
     
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  11. federerhoogenbandfan

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    No way, his body cant hold up for two weeks. He could take anybody out on a given day, but he wont win 7 matches.
     
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  12. larrhall

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    Fourth round is probably his best hope. I think he will show his appreciation for the fans who love him there.

    I also miss the 'joyous' Guga of earlier years. I hope that Guga makes it back. There is enough sobriety and death in the world, too many dudes in Hummers who look like extras from Shwarzenegger's movie....

    I think Kuerten has maybe one year left on tour, and I hope the fans turn out to appreciate the spirit and passion he has given to tennis.
     
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