Ricardo Acuña’s background was far away. He had already come of age. Chilean tennis sought to renew the flag on the Wimbledon grass. And Fernando González was the one to carry out any of those goals.
He arrived in London in 2005 as the twenty-first seed. He had reached the third round of the tournament the year before and not much else. Unlike in previous years, the one born in Santiago for the first time decided to prepare according to the fastest surface of all. It was scored at Queen’s without positive results (it fell on his debut) and then, from an exhibition tournament in the same British capital.
The rival at the premiere was Scottish guest Alan Mackin, whom Feña would defeat in straight sets. The second match would suffer the same fate against Czech Tomas Zib. In the third match, the Swedish eleventh seed Joachim Johansson was waiting for him, who had just won two titles at the beginning of the season. The sets run in favor of González did not attract the attention of the coach at that time, Horacio de la Peña.
The passage to quarters was played hand in hand with Mikhail Youzhny and he unlocked it to live the sensations of sneaking into the best of a large tournament. Just as it did a couple of years (fourth at the US Open 2002) and how it would be on the doorstep a year and a half later (final in Australia 2007). Despite his great journey in the tournament, the Chilean was defeated by world number one Roger Federer in straight sets. The one that in the end would be consecrated defending the title.
But Fernando González, by force of serves and forceful rights, settled where he wanted. At the scene of the fight. To be within range. Like a Queen Bomber.