Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by @wright, Jun 8, 2004.
I think he's done winning majors, but I think he can be more of a factor on tour. With his talent, he's been a bit of an underachiever.
I'm sure he'll revert to his old headcase ways, but still post enough good results to maintain a top 20-30 ranking.
ab so lutely a one-slammer.
No more for Gaston.
Well, he's "done" in the sense that he probably won't win more Slams. But he can definitely be a factor on tour, he can definitely win more claycourt tourneys and maybe nab a TMS or so.
I think he's accomplished his tennis dream at age 25 and getting another slam is likely far from his mind , not a prority, & highly unlikely. As Max G. says he will be a factor on the tour, and will always be noted as the guy who won RG 2004 under the most unusual circumstances.
During Gaudio's acceptance speech he basically already conceded that he's not going to be able to defend his French title by saying that "Coria will win it next year, for sure". I think in his heart he knows this title was a miracle for him and that he'll never win another Grand Slam. He's already fulfilled his life long dream and now he can live happily ever after, just like Costa and Ivanisevic.
and Thomas Johansson
and Andres Gomez
He was lucky to beat Coria who clearly was conceding a few stpes to him in the fifth. Glad he won it though.
Hmmmmmmmm. Well i'm sure the only major he could win is the French. We must remember here that he beat a resurgent guga, who many tipped for the title after his defeat of Federer. In hindsight Hewitt probably played ok against him too. Against him is that Coria is only ever going to be harder to beat. On the flipside again Gaudio has done it now and has nothing to fear in any FO from here on, he should be loose and confident. I think he will be in the top 5 chances each year for quite some time to come, he's still only a kid. Yeah i give him a very good chance of repeating sometime.
John, Gaudio didn't beat Guga, Nalbandian did.
I agree with you that at his best Gaudio should be a consistent Roland Garros threat for years to come. But considering he is 25(which is actually 'old' compared to the average age of a French champion) and hasn't shown up to this point in his career that he is capable of playing well in big events(slams, masters-series) I doubt he will suddenly turn into a contender.
I thought about adding Johansson to the list but I don't believe his life long dream was to win the Australian like Gaudio's and Costa's life long dreams were to win the French and Ivanisevic's dream was to (finally!) win Wimbledon. Other than a few Australians, I don't think it's anyone's life long dream to win the Australian. In fact, most Aussie pros would choose Wimbledon if they could only win one Grand Slam. It's the same reason I left Korda off the list. It's nice that he won the Australian, but I'd bet he would have preferred to win Wimbledon, or even the US Open, if he could only have one.
I think with Johansson & Korda it was their lifelong dream to win a a slam(any slam). Especially Korda, he was 30 & had a lot more expected from him than he had achieved up until that point. Plus he had been to a GS final many years before & lost.
With Johansson, I'm sure it was a dream, but I'm sure he knows he was a little lucky(and no one expected for him to ever accomplish anything like it)
With Costa & Gaudio, the French was their dream (partly because they knew they were among the best players on clay)
Ditto Ivanisevic, I'm sure he thought the surface was his best chance at a slam.
I doubt if he wins another Slam, but so what? It's still a GREAT achievement, and something nobody will ever be able to away from him. However, I don't think this will be the last time we hear from Mr. Gaudio. :wink: The Coria-Gaudio match was one of the most dramatic Slam finals in recent memory, save for the Ivanisevic-Rafter match at the 2001 Wimbledon.
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