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Last Updated: Friday, 4 June, 2004, 11:03 GMT 12:03 UK
Gamewatch: Nalbandian v Gaudio
Result: Nalbandian 3-6 6-7 (5/7) 0-6 Gaudio

All the action as eighth seed David Nalbandian is defeated by Gaston Gaudio in an all-Argentine French Open semi-final.


Third set:

Nalbandian 3-6 6-7 (5/7) 0-6 Gaudio
Nalbandian saves one match point but is helpless on the second as his fellow Argentine books a place in the French Open final, prompting tears from Gaudio.

Nalbandian 3-6 6-7 (5/7) 0-5 Gaudio
Nalbandian crumbles again as Gaudio makes it five games in a row. He is on the brink of victory.

Nalbandian 3-6 6-7 (5/7) 0-4 Gaudio
Nalbandian is looking as though he just wants the match to end. Gaudio is dominating the rallies and produces a confident service game to move within two games of victory.

Nalbandian 3-6 6-7 (5/7) 0-3 Gaudio
Gaudio enjoys a massive stroke of luck when trailing 30-15 with a net cord that bounces - just - on to Nalbandian's side of the court. And it proves telling as Gaudio goes on to take the game, moving two breaks up in the process.

Nalbandian 3-6 6-7 (5/7) 0-2 Gaudio
Nalbandian appears to have lost concentration completely, and Gaudio wins this game to love to take control of the third set.

Nalbandian 3-6 6-7 (5/7) 0-1 Gaudio
During the changeover, Nalbandian calls the referee to argue about the incident in the tiebreak, but not surprisingly it gets him nowhere. The eighth seed is all over the place, perhaps dwelling on the 5-1 lead he lost in the last set. A string of unforced errors gift Gaudio two break points and Nalbandian is already in trouble in the third set.


Second set:

Nalbandian 3-6 6-7 (5/7) Gaudio
Gaudio eases into a 5-2 lead before confusion reigns when the next point, which Gaudio wins, is played from the wrong side of the court. Nalbandian enters into a long discussion with the umpire but the point is not replayed. Nalbandian saves two set points, but Gaudio holds his nerve to move into a surprise two-set lead against the eighth seed.

Nalbandian 3-6 6-6 Gaudio
Nalbandian again has a 30-0 lead, and again double-faults to let Gaudio back in. The unseeded Argentine overhits his return to give his opponent game point and Nalbandian clings on to take it into a breaker.

Nalbandian 3-6 5-6 Gaudio
Gaudio wins his fifth game in a row. Can Nalbandian stem the flow?

Nalbandian 3-6 5-5 Gaudio
Nalbandian has two set points, but still cannot close it out. Gaudio sends a backhand down the line to complete his recovery from 1-5 down in this set.

Nalbandian 3-6 5-4 Gaudio
Gaudio holds again to put his compatriot under real pressure.

Nalbandian 3-6 5-3 Gaudio
Gaudio pounces on a short ball to force break point and Nalbandian nets a drop shot to give up one of his breaks.

Nalbandian 3-6 5-2 Gaudio
Gaudio holds to love but he has a mountain to climb to stop Nalbandian levelling the match.

Nalbandian 3-6 5-1 Gaudio
Nalbandian executes a perfect drop shot to move to 40-15, but he fails to close out the game, allowing Gaudio to come back to deuce. He saves a break point with another drop shot and wins his fourth straight game.

Nalbandian 3-6 4-1 Gaudio
Nalbandian sends a forehand skimming down the line to earn a point for his third successive break. Gaudio digs deep and saves it, and a second, but the pressure tells and Nalbandian gives himself some breathing space.

Nalbandian 3-6 3-1 Gaudio
Nalbandian delivers the first ace of the match to set up game point and goes on to break the run of games against serve.

Nalbandian 3-6 2-1 Gaudio
There is no pattern to this match. Nalbandian picks up his level again, as Gaudio's drops, and the eighth seed earns the fourth successive break after a thrilling rally at the net.

Nalbandian 3-6 1-1 Gaudio
Gaudio powers a backhand down the line and follows that with some confident net play to recover to 30-30, before forcing deuce. He sends a Nalbandian smash back past his opponent for break point and Nalbandian responds with a double fault.

Nalbandian 3-6 1-0 Gaudio
After a lame return into the net puts him 30-15 down, Nalbandian seems to pull himself together and a superb, deep forehand gives him break point. He misses that one but takes a second.


First set:

Nalbandian 3-6 Gaudio
Gaudio earns three set points with the shot of the match so far - an angled drop shot which completely baffles Nalbandian. The unseeded player takes the first set with a heavily sliced backhand which Nalbandian plants in the net.

Nalbandian 3-5 Gaudio
Gaudio manages to consolidate the break, and is a game away from the first set.

Nalbandian 3-4 Gaudio
Nalbandian looks to have seized the initiative when he jumps into a 40-15 lead after some stunning play from the baseline and at the net. But Gaudio refuses to give up and battles back to deuce before breaking.

Nalbandian 3-3 Gaudio
It is a battle of the backhands at the moment, with a series of testing exchanges from the back of the court.

Nalbandian 3-2 Gaudio
Nalbandian gets back on track by holding serve to 30.

Nalbandian 2-2 Gaudio
Nalbandian strikes back. After getting the better of three long baseline rallies, he recovers the break at the third opportunity.

Nalbandian 1-2 Gaudio
As Lleyton Hewitt discovered in the quarter-finals, Gaudio's backhand can be very dangerous and it earns him two break points. The eighth seed nets a backhand to surrender his serve.

Nalbandian 1-1 Gaudio
Nalbandian, in his third Grand Slam semi-final, has settled much quicker than his less experienced opponent. He is dictating play from the baseline, but makes a few errors to allow Gaudio to hold.

Nalbandian 1-0 Gaudio
Nalbandian imposes himself on the match straight away with two groundstroke winners taking him to 30-0 before he seals a love service game.




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