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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 01-20-2008, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Youzhny - Tsonga : www?

Misha, from the beggining of this year, is on fire. Didn't lose a single match, destroyed Nadal, scored his first victory over Davydenko in str8s. It seems everything is working fine, except for his head sometimes

Tsonga's not having a bad year at all. Defeated Hewitt, reached Adelaide SF, but managed to lose to Seppi on hardcourt. This time he defeated Murray and Gasquet, two former or present Top 10 players

Those two have never played against each other before. On paper it seems that Misha is the favourite, but his results against serve'n'volleyers aren't that impressive:

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/player...ter%2C+Patrick
http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/player...layer2=Sampras
http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/player...sevic%2C+Goran
http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/player...panek%2C+Radek
http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/player...=Henman%2C+Tim

However, these were damn good serve'n'volleyers and Tsonga, with all his respect, could be found only good and not always. Besides, all these matches above took place quite a long time ago, and today's Youzhny is a different person

So, who will win?

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Those H2Hs are meaningless and mostly pretty old. I mean, Sampras, Rafter, Ivanisevic, and Henman are all retired and irrelevent. Youzhny is one of those late-bloomers playing better and better as he ages and matures. So much pressure on his shoulders when he was young, and now he's beginning to live up to it. Honestly, the sky is the limit.

I actually like how Misha's game matches up against serve and volleyers. He knows how to hit a passing shot, he's very accurate, and he can also take the net away from opponents by coming in himself. He's also good at chipping returns back in play off his forehand and backhand, which will be useful against Tsonga. I'm predicting a high quality 4 or 5 set QF, and it will come down to who manages their nerves and their serve better! I (cautiously) predict my man Mish. But Tsonga is one of those guys who can blow you off the court if everything is working. But Youzhny is smarter and more experienced.

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Youzhny in 3 or 4.
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Those H2Hs are meaningless and mostly pretty old. I mean, Sampras, Rafter, Ivanisevic, and Henman are all retired and irrelevent. Youzhny is one of those late-bloomers playing better and better as he ages and matures
That's exactly what I wrote

What I wanted to say is that till this moment Misha faced ordinary 21st century players and on monday he'll see Tsonga rushing to the net. What will he do? And if he loses serve, what will happen?

However, I think Youzhny will clinch it in 4

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Youzhny in 3 or 4
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Tsonga isnt exactly a Serve & volleyer
c'mon Misha......... lets get the job done and another crack at Miss Piggy
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Tsonga isnt exactly a Serve & volleyer
In these hard times, including some S&V into your game makes you look like one

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This Tsonga is good,may go all the way to the Final!!Actually thought the winner of Tsonga vs Ritchie would go far!!Tsonga like Gonzo last year playing with NO FEAR,until he met Roger!!
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Youzhny in straights. He's got too much game for Tsonga. Plus, Tsonga tends to get tight in the big moments, Gasquet didn't have enough guts to take advantage of that but Mischa will surely not let it pass easily. And if you take into consideration the occasion and what's at stake, the odds are in Youzhny's favor.

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Wow Misha in straight sets??Youzhny can go MISSING when UNDER the PUMP!!
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Misha has more quality in his little finger than Baby-Ali has in his entire body (doesn't mean he's not a good player).

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