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Tsonga the biggest threat to the top four?

With the Australian Open coming up Tsonga is the most likely player to make an impact on the top four in my opinion. He has showed last year he's game is big enough to to do well in Australia and if it wasnt for injury he might well have been in the position Murray is now. Do you think there is someone else who has a chance against the top four and win down under? Show your work
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Pretty much.
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Maybe.

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Yes!
I mean,the guy finished in 6th place last season despite missing 2 Grand Slams(and especially Wimbledon,his game being made for Grass).....that's pretty sick!
If you except the injuries,the only thing which really disappointed me with Tsonga last season was his showing against Federer in Madrid: i really hoped he would have putted in a much better showing,especially as he was in great form.

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he only thing which really disappointed me with Tsonga last season was his showing against Federer in Madrid: i really hoped he would have putted in a much better showing,especially as he was in great form.
yea that one was awful...liked his action on one Feds smash though
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yea that one was awful...liked his action on one Feds smash though

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Re: Tsonga the biggest threat to the top four?

I'm a huge fan of the Tsonganator, but I don't think he's consistent enough to be such a threat to the top four.

I also don't think he'll do that well in Australia this year. I only hope he gets to Wimbledon in form.
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Re: Tsonga the biggest threat to the top four?

I share Glenn's pessimism regarding Tsonga but looking at the other contenders you could seriously consider here I think it's fair enough to regard him as either the biggest threat or very close to it.

You could make a case for Nalbandian given that he matches up better against Fed than Jo does but he's also more likely to be gubbed early I think.

Davydenko is the most likely to go really deep but his problems against Federer and more recently against Djokovic make it hard to consider him the biggest threat. He'd need to avoid those 2 in the draw to have a chance but in betting terms I'd say he's the best value outsider.

It all depends on where you put your emphasis here

chances of taking out 2 or more of the top 4 to take the title should the chance arise (Fat Dave)

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likelihood of going deep enough to get a shot at them in the first place. (Davydenko)

Tsonga sits somewhere in between.

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There's no clear no°5 player right now, so I would say no. In terms of potential maybe, but then he has these injury problems, which have downgraded him and probably still do. There are a bunch of players I can well imagine to finish 2009 above Tsonga, though I would love to see him in the top5 or even better.

Only talking about Melbourne is too difficult for me at this stage (without the draw).
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If Jo can keep himself healthy enough to play a full season, who knows

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If Jo can keep himself healthy enough to play a full season, who knows
That's my feeling too and I'd love to see it happen, but I also agree with Gu that he lacks a bit of consistency.
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Re: Tsonga the biggest threat to the top four?

No.

I think an on-form Nalbandian is a bigger threat.

Simon also has more consistency than Tsonga so I'd put him as a higher threat through-out the year.

Of course, in a one-of game, Tsonga is very dangerous.

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Re: Tsonga the biggest threat to the top four?

You all make good points thanks for the replies, i was going to pt up a poll with all the other i think may be contenders to make inroads into the top 4 at Oz but i still dont know how to do it lol. Anyone care to tell me? Anyhow here is the players i would have put up: Tsonga, Davydenko, Roddick, Del Potro, Nalbandian, Simon, Gasquet and Safin.
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Re: Tsonga the biggest threat to the top four?

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No.

I think an on-form Nalbandian is a bigger threat.

Simon also has more consistency than Tsonga so I'd put him as a higher threat through-out the year.

Of course, in a one-of game, Tsonga is very dangerous.
how so?Simon's best finish at a major this year was the 4th round I believe
what's his record in Melbourne?
he plays well on the dirt and Gasquet gave him a set this year at Wimbedon but other than that what has he done on grass?

Tsonga went out early at the USO this year because he had just comeback from knee surgery and was rusty as hell

Tsonga has the game to play well and I mean pretty darn well on 3 different surfaces:the plexicusion in Australia;the grass at Wimbledon and at the USO on hard courts

Federer,Nadal,Djokovic,Tsonga and Murray and I'll add Roddick with an easy draw(away from these guys) unless he chokes the way he did against Kohlschreiber this year are my favorites heading to Australia

we can forget about Murray on clay and Tsonga too

Wimbledon is either for Federer or Nadal;next in line are Roddick;Djokovic,Murray;Gasquet;Tsonga and Hewitt if he's healthy and has an easy draw he'll go deap.Win it?hell nah!

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Re: Tsonga the biggest threat to the top four?

Simon never went past the 3rd round in a slam.
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