Great moment in history of the Argentinian tennis. The semifinals of a prestigious ‘Masters 1K’ event were composed of four players from the same country – something like that hadn’t occurred in the previous 13 years of the series (formerly known as ‘Mercedes Super 9’).
It was a good clay-court indoor final (2:14 hrs) from both sides. The five years older Calleri was more creative & produced more winners, but the 21-year-old Coria displayed better consistency throughout. “It was an important week for me,” said Calleri.“I got to the final, I lost it. I had my tactics that I had discussed with my coach, but Guillermo just played too well. He didn’t make any unforced errors. That’s tennis – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”
“El Gordo” barely escaped in the first round (3-6, 7-6, 7-5 over Hyung-Taik Lee) to enjoy the best week of his career while “El Mago” initiated his quest to become a new ‘King of Clay’ – he won 44 out of 45 matches on the dirt since the German Open. He didn’t officially confirm that status though, losing the French Open ’04 final in extraordinary circumstances.
Coria’s route to his second title:
1 Vincent Spadea 6-2, 6-2
2 Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4
3 Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-3
Q Mark Philippoussis 6-2, 6-0
S Gaston Gaudio 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-0
W Agustin Calleri 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
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