Monday, January 29, 2007

Guga Still Alive in Comeback Despite Loss

Thanks to the round-robin format making its debut in South America, Gustavo Kuerten still has a chance to make the quarterfinals of the Movistar Open in Viña del Mar on his comeback to the ATP after nearly a year due to injury.

The former world No. 1, beloved superstar, and three-time Roland Garros champion played his first round-robin match against Spaniard Oscar Hernandez who won in two tough tiebreaks, 7-6(2), 7-6(3).

“I felt I was playing well,” said Kuerten after the match. “I obviously was lacking rhythm but I felt I was controlling the match at times. I think it's probably at the end that I played the best. I really had my chances to win that second tie-break. I also need to acknowledge that he played a very solid match; he gave away very few points and lifted his level in the key moments.

“Now I want to try to keep playing the way I played today. I have another singles match tomorrow and I still have the chance to qualify into the quarters.”

Former No. 1 Marcelo Rios was also supposed to make a one-off comeback at this event but he withdrew last Saturday with a back injury, the same ailment that drove him from the game in the first place.


tangerine said...

Welcome back, Guga! Mr. Gugaloo will live on in tennis infamy as being the last guy to beat Roger Federer in straight sets at a slam (2004 Roland Garros).

Craig Hickman said...

True that.