rg04gaudio_coria

rg04gaudio_coria

Points won by each set: [ 11-27, 22-28, 34-25, 26-12, 55-45 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
17 % Gaudio – 26 of 149
14 % Coria – 20 of 136

One of the most amazing Grand Slam finals in the entire history! One year before Nadal began his “never-ending” reign in Paris. The 18-year-old Spaniard had to skip the event due to injury. There were 9 breaks (out of 14 games) in the final set; Coria led 4:3* in the 3rd set when the crowd started to cheer for Gaudio with “Mexican wave” changing the tone of the final. Coria began struggling with cramps in the 4th set, anyway he was serving twice to win the championships. At *6:5 he held two match points – made BH & FH errors. Previous major final in which the runner-up wasted MP occurred at the Aussie Open 1960 (Rod Laver d. Neale Fraser 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6).

Gaudio’s route to his 3rd title:
1 Guillermo Canas 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
2 Jiri Novak 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
3 Thomas Enqvist 6-0, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4
4 Igor Andreev 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
Q Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
S David Nalbandian 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-0
W Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6 – 2 m.p.

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