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Re: Q&A With Mark Lenders.

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Originally Posted by nazzac View Post
What did you make of Tsonga during his AO run?
I liked it overall. He had a pretty easy draw in the first four rounds, but he won all his matches rather easily, which is great considering how he usually drops random sets in early rounds - he was far more solid and consistent than usual.

Of course the match with Federer is the most important one here, imo that match was the best of the tournament along with Djokovic vs Wawrinka. I think he played a quite good match, he was returning serve rather well for his standards and his BH was way more solid than usual, you could see some off season work there. He still had some bizarre tactical choices at times that ended up costing him the match, but he could easily have won, it was a very close match - he actually broke Federer more times than Fed broke him, and the SF vs Murray showed how hard it was for Fed to beat him, he was clearly a bit fatigued. He didn't play even close to his best but he was solid - that was great to see and an encouraging sign.

He also looked fitter/in better shape overall, much better than the shadow of a player he was in late 2012. I hope this was not just a 'fluke' and that he continues to work hard with Rasheed, 2013 could be a great year for him. Wimbledon should be his main target, he can do well on the clay too but it's at Wimbledon that he must look to play his best tennis.

MTF games titles:

Suicide Tennis (5): Wimbledon 2014, World Tour Finals 2015, Madrid 2015, Kuala Lumpur 2014 and Metz 2015 - 1 Slam, 1 WTF, 1 Masters 1000, 2 ATP 250; 2 finals lost

Fill-in-the-Draw (3): US Open 2014, Rotterdam 2013 and Geneva 2015 - 1 Slam, 1 ATP 500 and 1 ATP 250

Tennis Tipping (3): Veneza and Todi 2014 (with vn01), Knoxville 2015 (with Redkop) - 3 challengers; 7 finals lost
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