Fernando Gonzalez speaks to ESPN at 2012 Brasil Open
By Lucia Hoffman
SAO PAULO, Brazil – Russian qualifier Igor Andreev upset Fernando Gonzalez’s retirement party tour as he stopped the Chilean wild card 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Brasil Open. The Chilean was broken three times as Andreev won in a mere 64 minutes.
Andreev was pounding the ball hard and fast and it was difficult for Gonzalez to keep up with the Russian’s pace as Gonzalez is not fully recovered from a hip injury. Gonzalez said that the difference in the match was that Andreev served extremely well. Gonzalez was broken three times by Andreev in the loss.
Gonzalez officially announced last week that he’ll be retiring from the tour after the Sony Ericsson Open. When asked about why did he chose to call it quits after Miami, he said it was because of the large Latin community that gathers in Miami.
Gonzalez was also asked about the difference between tennis today and when he first came on tour. The Chilean sai...