Originally Posted by mad1town
Really interesting matchups...I've never seen Johansson play but he sounds very tough on hard courts...sounds like he has an amazing serve. But...Malisse returns pretty darn well especially if only has to block it back (does Johannson serve and volley???)
yes, J. Johansson likes to serv & volley... I saw him against Ferrero at the Aussie Open and I would say he's attacking the net about every second point when at his own serve.
As you said, his serve is quite a very big weapon. DID YOU SEE/READ THIS TODAY? In his match today against Blake, 1set set, he blistered in 18 of 18 1st serves (almost 90% of points won when his first serve was in) and he had 11 aces in 4 service games
The 2nd set was less impressive, but still Johansson managed to win it.
He is almost 2 meters tall, he can serve around the 135mph mark... his forehand is also looking strong... I think he can become a good one, maybe soon.
Sweden is such a great tennis country, they have lots of good players almost all the time.
my picks would be:
(I think Johansson should be the clear favorite to win against Malisse, bookies should favor him as well)
(Fish didn't look shaky only in his 1st round match... no, the same against Niemeyer as well... Fish played a lot of matches the last days: final in San José in singles AND doubles... this week also some matches, almost no rest, some 3 matches included)
(looks like a no brainer, but I'm not so sure
... but I think somehow he will manage to win)
(sure, Kiefer can win this, but I'm not sure if he does... he has such a huge talent, but still so inconsistent)