Re: Aussie Summer '10 : AO 2nd Round versus Taylor Dent
Again, not perfect translation but here goes (corrections are welcome):
Balancing the books of Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga passed the first round without a hitch at Melbourne on Tuesday, against the Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky (6-3, 6-4, 6-4). Taylor Dent awaits him in his next match.
“You have to win 21 sets in order to reach the end of a Grand Slam.” Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can subtract three of those after his victory (6-3, 6-4, 6-4) against Sergiy Stakhovsky. “It was a good match, I was solid,” the French number 1 noted after his first official match of 2010. “It wasn’t great tennis, but it wasn’t bad either. The important thing is to win in this kind of competition.”
In good accounting, the Australian Open 2008 finalist can put in the credit column: his physical condition with good coverage of the court, an effective serve with 15 aces and 65% first serve percentage and a three-set victory to keep fresh. In the debit column, he notes that he strayed a bit by conceding two breaks in the first two sets and made some foolish errors by letting down his guard at the beginning of the second set (0-3).
“There were times where I was a bit careless with my footwork, the intensity and purpose. I allowed myself to be broken stupidly in the second set by messing about. Today, I didn’t pay the consequences, but against a better player, it will become more complicated. I hope that next time, I will be better.”
With experience, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has learned the long-term aspect of his trade. A Grand Slam is long and tiring. One must know how to conserve energy and take care of each detail. Against Gulbis in official match conditions, he didn’t lose sight of his goals. (Appreciate correct translation of: Il a beau prendre « des doudounes à l'entraînement » et repartir presque à vélo contre Gulbis) Before an Australian crowd conquered by the Frenchman since his run in 2008, he endeavoured to keep the flame alive. His essence, his enthusiasm and desire.
By skipping tournaments at the beginning of the season, he arrived raring to go. “I feel well, fresh, I really want to play. When you play a few weeks before, you’ve played so much that you’re sick of it. When you arrive at a Grand Slam with the aim of going all the way, you must win 21 sets. I don’t know if the world realises that, but it’s a lot (laughter).” To calculate the points, he can count on his next opponent, Taylor Dent. Against this serve-volleyer, the Frenchman faces a good test and he knows it: “He is dangerous for he moves forward all the time. I have to be mentally solid. It’s true that I prefer to dictate play, but whether it’s Taylor Dent or another opponent, I must win.”
In a statement of account, one always looks at the last line.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power ~ Abraham Lincoln