You could not have said it better, more important than this:
2004 Tommy Robredo Gastón Gaudio 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
2002 Gastón Gaudio Albert Costa 6-4, 6-0, 6-2
is personality and charisma. Gaudio is a nº1 in those aspects.
a picture of the 2002 ceremony, Costa is now the tournament director.
don't need to mention Safin was awarded with the 3rd WC in Barcelona,
because of this:
2003 Carlos Moyà Marat Safin 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 3-0 (retired)
2000 Marat Safin Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
this is the unforgettable anecdote-moment when the big trophy was broken
no, because of charisma and the love of local fans as with Gaudio.
1st WC went to another champion of the event Ferrero, the 2nd to another of your guys Gonzalez and the 4th to great veteran Beto Martin