Not every day you can talk to a Roland Garros semi-finalist, three-time ATP title winner and former top-15. Franco Squillari went through the microphones of the Podcast of Puntodebreak and made a review of his entire career in the world of tennis, an introspective reflection that comes from someone who experienced firsthand a time of many changes on the circuit.
Of that era, straddling the generation of the Sampras, Agassi or Chang and the new one formed by the Safin, Nalbandián or an incipient Roger Federer, Squillari spoke to us in depth. Already on the national scene Franco endured a relatively important slab at the beginning of his career: not having a mirror to look at recently. He was the one who left a good guideline to follow for what would come next: the Legion largest in Argentine tennis.
“My previous generation retired before the age of 30, so when I entered the circuit there were not many Argentines to go to or request information. Perhaps my semifinals at Roland Garros were a kick for those who came from below, who They could say: “If Squillari did it, why can’t I do it?” Squillari also spoke about those magical weeks in Paris, where he defeated tennis players like Kucera, El Aynaoui or Albert Costa to reach the semifinals of the Parisian tournament, where he fell to Magnus Norman.
It was a time, as we said, of changes, in which the calendar was proposed for an Earthman in a very different way than today … until ATP changed everything. “I entered the circuit with the idea that I could reach a good ranking playing alone on the ground. In fact, I reached # 11 in the world practically on the ground, I only had a good result in cement, the quarters in Cincinnati.
Think that I have prepared myself all my life thinking that you could only play in brick dust. Now, after the changes that took place, to maintain a great ranking you had to play the same way on the ground as in hard. And before, on hard court we played with very small balls, they were very fast courts and it was very difficult to harm Ivanisevic, Sampras… “
What changes is Squillari talking about? You can listen to them on our program, especially considering that whoever told them what ATP was doing was nothing more and nothing less than Guillermo Vilas. We also entered a slightly more personal territory, talking about great anecdotes with circuit players and about one of his great feats that he maintains to date: having a positive face to face against Roger Federer, against whom he never lost (2-0 ).
If you want to know what unites it with Boris Becker, what do you think of Federer and Nadal and who was the rival who most liked to face, you can not miss this program. An intimate talk about tennis, where several times of the circuit are reviewed, with someone who experienced everything first hand. To enjoy!