Guga had 35 aces in 4 sets!

christo

Hall of Fame
Well at least his serve is working. Right now he's the ace leader as he pounded 35 by Goldstein to go with 7 df's and 73 ! unforced errors. Yeah that's percentage tennis.
 

Clutch

Rookie
I heard Guga had some reasonable success previously at the Open, and he does have the game to do it. I'm just not too sure if he's got that A-game and health back; this is an inspiring indication though.
 

gugafanatic

Hall of Fame
He had a recurrent hip problem and thus required revision surgery. He is attempting to regain the natural moblity around his hip and minimise the wear and pain.

He is looking healthy.
 

akj27

Banned
he said in an interview that he was feeling great after the match, so thats definitely good news
 

fjgarciap

Rookie
He had hip surgery some years ago but did not heal completely so he had a second surgery last year ... and seems it's starting to show signs of recovery. Let's hope he can hold this level up a couple of years.
 

Kevin Patrick

Hall of Fame
Just saw that his ranking is 357. It's a shame he doesn't have an injury protected ranking(wasn't out long enough to get one), it just seems wrong to see that number next to his name.
 
He doesn't have the movement that he once had so he has to go for broke on nearly everything. It worked against Goldstein, but probably won't against a top 20 player. GUGA has always been one of my favs and I hate to see an injury get in the way of his great career.
 
It's good to see Guga back on the courts winnig again. I was starting to get worried. I think he if is serving like that and continues to play well he will go farther in the draw.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
i dont think hes playing THAT well. he lost a set to paul goldstein. top 5 players wouldnt lose a set to paul goldstein let alone make 70 UE's. at least he won and its a step in the right direction though (better then losing).
 

ucd_ace

Semi-Pro
big ted said:
i dont think hes playing THAT well. he lost a set to paul goldstein. top 5 players wouldnt lose a set to paul goldstein let alone make 70 UE's. at least he won and its a step in the right direction though (better then losing).
I didn't think a top 5 player would lose in straight sets to Giles Muller...

Guga was still over plus 25 winners than unforced errors, and this was his first time on a hard court period since his last surgery. All in all, I thought it was a good match for him. The biggest problem I saw was that he didn't seem to be moving very well out there. I'd love to see Guga make a run at something before his time is done, but I don't really see it happening. Sampras surprised us all, but he wasn't coming off all the injuries that Kuerten has suffered through.
 

35ft6

Legend
ucd_ace said:
I didn't think a top 5 player would lose in straight sets to Giles Muller...
Nah, I agree with that guy two up. Muller is a totally different type of player, a big lefty with a serve and a big forehand on his way up the rankings. Goldstein is a journeyman pro with no weapons. Making that many unforced errors against a guy who's the 99 cent store version of Michael Chang isn't a good sign.

Beating Robredo would be a great sign, but I get the feeling that he's going to lose in 3 or 4, and either way the last two sets, and most certainly the last one, isn't going to be close at all.
 

joe sch

Legend
Go Guga !
With a bum hip, its pretty hard to win at baseline blasting.
You gotta serve big and end points early at the net.
I have learned this from experience.
 

Tchocky

Hall of Fame
He's actually the Ace Leader in the tournament. I don't think he can keep it up. American Express donates $100.00 for each ace served. I hope ACE sends Guga a thank you note.
 

gugafanatic

Hall of Fame
*Spoiler*


Robredo def Guga 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2

Guga was suferring from a back injury later on in the match and was not moving well in the fifth set. His first serve speed was well below 120 mph and he was not making many returns on the Robredo serve. However he was fighting until the end.

Kuerten will now play some challengers and look to play his best tennis next year.
 
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