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The good news is that he says he will never grow his hair out again. :)

Press Conference with GUILLERMO CORIA

Coria vs. Calleri 6:3, 6:4, 6:4 18.05.2003

Q: That must feel pretty satisfactory to win your first Masters title?

A: Yes, it’s unbelievable, it feels like a dream. I don’t want to wake up from this dream. I just want to share this dream with all the people that have been with me, my coach, my physical trainer, my family, my girlfriend, I just want to share this moment with them.

Q: What did you do since last night to make sure that you recovered from the cramps?

A: I rested very well, drank a lot of water and ate a lot of pasta to be ready for the match today. I thought about the cramps maybe a little bit at the beginning of the match, but I was much calmer on the court today and I was just focusing on the next point.

Q: Why were you much calmer?

A: Because I knew if I would get nervous, maybe I wouldn’t have been able to finish the match, because I would have had the cramps. Yesterday, my physical trainer told me it was unbelievable what I did, because I a lot of cramps and I was still able to finish the match. So today I just wanted to stay calm and not think about that.

Q: Did you spend more time preparing mentally?

A: No, their was no difference really. When I beat Philippoussis in the quarter finals it was under an hour, and I knew that it would be a big chance that I play Gaudio in the semis, so I had a lot of time to prepare for that. Every match is different, but I have the same amount of time to prepare mentally for a match.

Q: Can you tell us what it means for Argentina to have another Masters Series Winner?

A: Yes, it’s very important for tennis in Argentina of course. The economic situation is bad in Argentina, so maybe the junior players don’t get a chance to travel and fulfil their talent. They don’t have the opportunity. So maybe if we keep winning we keep the door open for them to continue the career.

Q: Just before the French Open, you must have a lot of confidence now?

A: Yes, my confidence is very high right now, and when I get to Paris, I hope that I’ll be fighting during the later stages of the tournament. I just hope I get there and play at the same level I’ve been playing during the last few weeks. If it doesn’t happen and if I lose there, I’ll learn from it for the next Roland Garros and for the next tournament I’m playing.

Q: Although a Grand Slam is totally different, it’s logical now looking at your form to see you as a contender for the French Open?

A: Yes, but at the same time there are a lot of favourites for Roland Garros. I know that if I play at the same level as in the last few weeks I have a chance to do well. But so have a lot of other players. There, every match is like a final, really.

Q: Since the haircut you got to the final in Monte Carlo and you won Hamburg. I take it you are happy with it?

A: I’ll never let it grow again. I cut my hair and then I started winning matches.

Q: How much support did you receive from the Argentinian federation?

A: I can’t really complain about the treatment I got from the Argentinian tennis federation. Myself, Nalbandian and the other players that where born in that year, we were helped by the federation to travel to all the junior tournament. I wouldn’t have made it without them. I won Roland Garros Juniors title thanks to this travels, supported by the federation. I know that for other players it was not the same thing. But for myself, I cannot complain. What they would need to do right now is to have a tennis centre in Argentina where the young players could practice. With the money coming in from the Davis Cup and other things they should put it there to help the young upcoming players to have a chance.

Q: You don’t think you would be sitting here today if it wasn’t for the help of the federation?

A: It’s would have been very difficult, because I come from a family that just couldn’t pay for all the travels to all the tournaments. If it wasn’t for that help I wouldn’t have been able to start my career.

Q: What strucks a lot of people is the speed you have around the court. What have you improved most over the last 2 years?

A: The concentration and the ability to fight until the last point. At the same time I kept working on my speed around the court. And all the shots of course,, because to win a tournament like this one you cannot make too many unforced errors. You have to be very solid and you have to be ready both mentally and physically. So you have to work on all those aspects.

Q: Can you tell us about the work with Alberto Mancini? What did change for his game?

A: All the success I’m having now and the good results speak for themselves. I have to thank Alberto and my physical trainer Jorge Trevisan who are working very hard both on the court and off the court. I wish I had met him earlier in career and not only working with him since this year. Alberto was a top 10 player, he won the Monte Carlo and Rome tournament, so he has the experience, he has been there before, so he transmits this experience he had to me.

Q: After winning you celebrated the win with Agustin. What kind of relationship do you have?

A: After the match I didn’t know what to do. He was there and he is a really good friend of mine. He really took the defeat very well and that shows you how good a person he is. It just happened that I won the match today.

Q: What does it mean to you that you follow Vilas in winning this tournament? He was the last ARgentinian to win this tournament.

A: It is very nice to follow in his footsteps in this tournament and be the second Argentinian to win here. All of us, we’re still very far from his achievements. It’s just great to be the second Argentinian to have won here in Hamburg.

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lovely interview. i hope he does indeed do well at RG. like he said (quite accurately) every match there is like a final -- that's the difference between what he accomplished here and what he will need to do there. and i agree, if not this year, i pick him as a fave for next year if he stays healthy.
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