Gaston Gaudio, the hero of Roland Garros 2004
Gaston, the new King of Paris !!!
*Data taken from www.abcnews.com except the last paragraph which was written by A. Paenza.*
PARIS - Gaston Gaudio completed one of most dramatic comebacks in tennis history to beat the world's best claycourter Guillermo Coria on Sunday and win the French Open crown.
The rank outsider came from two sets down and saved two match points to defy his fellow Argentine and win his first grand slam 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6.
"It's everything, you know?" Gaudio said. "I touched heaven."
Overwhelmed, Gaudio screamed, hurled his racket high into the stands and ran round the entire stadium, slapping hands with fans.
Coria, who had suffered cramps in the latter stages, smashed his racket to pieces and slumped into his chair, tears also burning his eyes.
However, it was to be a remarkable victory for Gaudio against a player who had won 48 of his last 50 matches on clay. One hour into the first all-Argentine final of a grand slam, Gaudio had been two sets down and facing a one-sided defeat.
Two-and-a-half hours later he pummeled a backhand crosscourt on match point to seal a victory most had thought impossible.
"I don't know what to say, it is too much... this is like a movie for me," Gaudio said, tears rolling down his cheeks. "Thanks to all of you, the crowd. Thanks to you I managed to fight more and come back."
Gaudio became the second Argentine to win at Roland Garros, 27 years after Guillermo Vilas.
He would not finish the happiest day of his life without remembering his beloved ones..."Mami, Papi...los amo" he pronounced. The stadium fell at his feet and Argentina cried tears of happiness along with her new champion, a champion of life, a champion of simplicity, a champion that will stay in hearts of tennis fans forever demostrating that we can overcome difficulties, no matter what the rest may think...
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