The Argentine, who reached the third round in Paris, remembered the Magician with great gratitude.
Not all tennis spring comes to the same age. Federico Coria had to arrive at what for now is his ceiling with 28 years of age and a long journey on the circuit. His brother Guillermo, on the other hand, reached his best ranking (3rd) when he was barely 22. Thus, he reached that Roland Garros 2004 in which he lost the final with Gastón Gaudio. And this Wednesday, after the best victory of his career, Federico showed all his emotion in a memory for his family. And especially, for his brother, the Magician.
“The stage when I was a boy was beautiful, I wish with Guillermo we could have shared the circuit more. I love my brother, I love him,” Federico said through tears after beating him. Benoit Pair for the second round of Roland Garros, which is his best performance at a Grand Slam.
“And thanks to him – he continued on ESPN as soon as the game ended – I’m living all these emotions. I don’t even know who I’m going to play with, I’m not interested in anything. I did not imagine being in the third round, I only looked first“.
Before apologizing for being “very sensitive” and “easy to tear”, Coria, current 99th in the world, said that he was “very excited” and with “a lot of nerves at the end” of 7-6, 4-6, 6- 3 and 6-1 with which he beat Paire.
“Benoit is very talented and his game is very unpredictable. I tried to hold my ground. I got in very nervous, I couldn’t move the ball, I was cheering up little by little. I think I won the mental battle, because he later lowered his intensity and I was able to impose mine “, he analyzed.
With a handful of French people who were able to follow the game on the stands – a thousand spectators are enabled per day throughout the venue – the Rosario stressed: “It was rare to play with people again. They swelled against me, but with great respect.”
“This court is beautiful, I am super happy. I really want to talk to my family,” he added, while dedicating the victory to all of his people. “My other brother, Roman, my parents, I dedicate it to them, I don’t want to cry …”, he said. Although he couldn’t help it.
Coria wants him not to be awakened from his sleep. On Friday he will face the great Italian promise Jannik Sinner, just 19 years old, who beat Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 6-2, 6-4 and 6-4 and occupies 75th place in the world ranking. But meanwhile, Wedding ring has already secured the best performance of his career in a Grand Slam and that in two weeks he will have the best ranking of his career, in the top 90 of the world. And the joys did not end there.
After the game, Coria thanked him on Twitter for some special messages of congratulations he received. Among them, none other than Gabriela Sabatini and Emanuel Ginobili. A magical day for the Magician’s brother.