Guillermo Coria, whose anticipated coronation as king of clay in 2004 was hijacked by injury, a heartbreaking French Open
final defeat as well as the emergence of Rafael Nadal, has shelved plans to quit.
The Argentinian famously squandered a two-set lead as well as two match points against compatriot Gaston Gaudio in the Roland Garros final four years ago before his career went into a tailspin.
He missed 12 months because of a crippling shoulder injury and had played just four tour-level events since the 2006 US Open.
With his ranking at a lowly 733, the 26-year-old considered quitting earlier this year with his mood not improved by having to fight a legal battle to clear his name following a 2001 doping ban.
But after losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 to Spanish 12th seed Tommy Robredo in the first round of this year's French Open on Monday, Coria believes he can still resurrect a career which once saw him reach number three in the world.
"I thought about retirement. A month ago I didn't think I would play here but Roland Garros means a lot to me. It's like another home," said Coria.
"In the last three weeks the situation has changed and I'm eager to be back on tour."
During his injury-enforced absence, Coria also launched a legal case against a firm of multi-vitamin suppliers who he blames for his 2001 positive test for the banned substance nandrolone.
The doping test failure led him to be banned for two years which was later reduced to seven months by the ATP, the governing body of the men's game.
Now Coria is determined to get his career back on track and return to the French Open next year for another attempt at the later stages.
"I have bittersweet memories of this event. I lost that final and I said that if I had won I would withdraw from the game," he said.
"Then I had the doping case and the injury to the shoulder to deal with. But now I hope to come back in 2009 and win the tournament."
Since Coria's final appearance here in 2004, Nadal has dominated the event winning three successive titles without losing a match and now stands one more trophy away from equalling Bjorn Borg's record of clinching four Roland Garros triumphs in a row.



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