Sunday, October 22, 2006

Oh No!!, Not Roger Federer Again !

Chile's Fernando Gonzalez Loses Final of Madrid Tennis Open

The day before the final of the Madrid Tennis Open, during a local television program where viewers can phone to give their opinions, most Chilean fans congratulated Fernando Gonzalez for reaching his second ATP Tour final in a row (last week in Vienna). Also many said that it would be hard to defeat the number one ranked player of the moment, Roger Federer of Switzerland.
"Federer is a tennis machine", "I hope Gonzalez wins, but it will be very difficult" "I don't think Gonzalez will win, Federer is just too good", were some of the opinions given by the fans.
On Oct 22, Gonzalez went onto the court in Madrid in order to face Federer, that until today had won 42 ATP tournaments and during the past three years had lost only 15 matches. Gonzalez also had a very bad record against Federer, having lost all seven previous encounters.
Gonzalez put up a fight in the first set to go down by 7-5, but Federer´s strong serves were just too difficult to control as the Swiss "tennis machine" scored 9 aces. Near the end of the first set Federer tripped as he hit a ball and slightly twisted his right ankle. The ATP medic had to bandage Federer´s ankle and many Chilean fans thought that this would be an opportunity for Gonzalez to hit back. However, the injury did not affect the Swiss player in any way , and Federer continued to crush Gonzalez by 6-1 and 6-0. Anyway it was a good chance for Chilean fans to see the best tennis player in action against Fernando Gonzalez , and that under the guidance of his new coach, Larry Stefanski is now 9th in the ATP rankings and may still qualify for this years "Masters Series " tournament in Shanghai. During his career Gonzalez has won 7 ATP tournaments and one of his finest moments came in the 2004 Olympic Games as together with Nicholas Massu, they won a gold medal for Chile in doubles , Massu won the gold medal and Gonzalez won the bronze medal in the singles.

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