Still Upbeat

Gaston Gaudio was upbeat despite letting a two-set lead slip to Lleyton Hewitt in the second round of the French Open. Gaudio, the 2004 French Open champion, saw enough positives in his game to think he might be getting back on track. "I'm quite hopeful because today I felt the ball quite well,'' Gaudio said after losing to Hewitt 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. "I'm relatively confident with my game.''

GAUDIO, WHO HAS ONLY REACHED the quarterfinals once this season, felt short on fitness against Hewitt. "I haven't played at such a level for a long time,'' the 28-year-old Argentine said. "Over the past two months, I haven't played in a long match. It is not easy to go into the long haul in a match such as today.''