2004 FRENCH OPEN
Guillermo Coria v Gaston Gaudio
0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6
In one of the craziest Grand Slam finals ever seen, Gaston Gaudio took the lead for the first time after three hours and 27 minutes of play, and four minutes later he was the French Open champion.
Coria dominated early and Gaudio later admitted he was suffering from nerves at the beginning from appearing in his first grand slam final.
But after running out to an early lead, Coria was hampered with cramps as he played the fourth set at walking pace
and served with difficulty in the closing stages.
The crowd was in a state of shock, but Coria was soon fit enough to twice serve for the match in the fifth set.
But cramps, or possibly nerves, saw him waste two match points and Gaudio came through in three hours 31 minutes.
A match filled with drama as both players seem to be fighting their nerves more than each other.
When Coria was close to serving for the match, the crowd began an extended "wave" which disrupted play and Gaudio put down his
racquet to acknowledge the crowds support.
Guillermo Coria , who once was the king of clay, has never regained his form after losing this match that seemed like
an easy victory after the first 2 sets.
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