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Tsonga is 6th...

Voo de Mar
01-24-2008, 10:29 AM
Tsonga became the sixth player to reach his first ATP final in a Grand Slam in the Open Era (I didn't count the players who had started career before the Era):

1) Mark Edmondson (Australia) - Australian Open 1976 - winner
2) John Sadri (USA) - Australian Open 1979 - finalist
3) Steve Denton (USA) - Australian Open 1981 - finalist
4) Mikael Pernfors (Sweden) - Roland Garros 1986 - finalist
5) Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) - Roland Garros 1997 - winner
6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) - Australian Open 2008 - ?

Baby Ali :worship:

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/ab/fullj.5805339fcb898a6e26c7d473202ce077/5805339fcb898a6e26c7d473202ce077-getty-78841305mb342_australian_op.jpg

TMJordan
01-24-2008, 10:30 AM
:worship:

Byrd
01-24-2008, 10:30 AM
Funny that this guy was playing challengers literally a year ago.

MissMelly2U
01-24-2008, 10:31 AM
Tsonga became the sixth player to reach his first ATP final in a Grand Slam in the Open Era (I didn't count the players who had started career before the Era):

1) Mark Edmondson (Australia) - Australian Open 1976 - winner
2) John Sadri (USA) - Australian Open 1979 - finalist
3) Steve Denton (USA) - Australian Open 1981 - finalist
4) Mikael Pernfors (Sweden) - Roland Garros 1986 - finalist
5) Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) - Roland Garros 1997 - winner
6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) - Australian Open 2008 - ?

Baby Ali :worship:

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/ab/fullj.5805339fcb898a6e26c7d473202ce077/5805339fcb898a6e26c7d473202ce077-getty-78841305mb342_australian_op.jpg

good on him :yeah: Isn't this only his 5th slam?

Voo de Mar
01-24-2008, 10:33 AM
good on him :yeah: Isn't this only his 5th slam?

Yeah, it is 5th :D

TMJordan
01-24-2008, 10:34 AM
Yeah, it is 5th :D

And he needed a WC for 3 out of those 5!

aussie_fan
01-24-2008, 10:35 AM
:worship:

Can't believe Guccione took him to 3 sets in a challenger just 6 months ago.

TMJordan
01-24-2008, 10:38 AM
:worship:

Can't believe Guccione took him to 3 sets in a challenger just 6 months ago.

I beleive that was 7-6 in the 3rd(SF) then Tsonga beat Karlovic for the title :D

Voo de Mar
01-24-2008, 10:40 AM
He played one Futures a year ago :lol: Of course he won it :aplot:

tangerine_dream
01-24-2008, 02:58 PM
Tsonga became the sixth player to reach his first ATP final in a Grand Slam in the Open Era (I didn't count the players who had started career before the Era):

1) Mark Edmondson (Australia) - Australian Open 1976 - winner
2) John Sadri (USA) - Australian Open 1979 - finalist
3) Steve Denton (USA) - Australian Open 1981 - finalist
4) Mikael Pernfors (Sweden) - Roland Garros 1986 - finalist
5) Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) - Roland Garros 1997 - winner
6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) - Australian Open 2008 - ?

No wonder the Aussie and French Opens are the ugly stepsisters to Wimbledon and USO, they attract all the flukes. ;)

RickDaStick
01-24-2008, 03:03 PM
No wonder the Aussie and French Opens are the ugly stepsisters to Wimbledon and USO, they attract all the flukes. ;)

You have no room to talk about flukes, andy roddick did win the us open afterall :eek:

Pedigree
01-24-2008, 03:04 PM
Damn. I've never played tennis before. Maybe I can contend for the US Open final.

Kitty de Sade
01-24-2008, 03:07 PM
Thank you for the stats (as usual), Voo. :inlove:

Tsonga looks so happy- great moment for him. :)

tennizen
01-24-2008, 03:14 PM
This is quite a big story. I just hope he doesn't lose steam in the final

OldSilentHill
01-24-2008, 03:26 PM
Anyone knows how will Tsonga end in the ATP ranking so far?

scoobs
01-24-2008, 03:29 PM
When was the last time a player made the top 20 with his ranking still consisting of points from a Futures event, I wonder...

anousleshommes@h
01-24-2008, 03:30 PM
When was the last time a player made the top 20 with his ranking still consisting of points from a Futures event, I wonder...

He's the only known case to date, no precedent so far.

buzz
01-24-2008, 03:31 PM
^I think Martin Verkerk did that, he was no15 after RG final I thought.

Yes he played challengers less than a year ago, don't know if he's the last one tough

deekaye
01-24-2008, 03:41 PM
Tsonga could go upto 18. Some say he is the incarnation of the young Mohammed Ali. The resemblance is that of identical twins.But the older,damaged self is still alive,if you can call it living. A mere shell of the once "Greatest".

Deekaye

Shabazza
01-24-2008, 03:47 PM
Tsonga could go upto 18. Some say he is the incarnation of the young Mohammed Ali. The resemblance is that of identical twins.But the older,damaged self is still alive,if you can call it living. A mere shell of the once "Greatest".

Deekaye

And it's Ali's fault for getting Parkinson???

jcempire
01-24-2008, 03:48 PM
Tsonga

I told you this guy in the Final one week ago. NOW, He is right on here. He maybe the 2008 AO Champion

jcempire
01-24-2008, 03:49 PM
When I watch his game, He surprise me as Roger did it in 2004

JMG
01-24-2008, 05:57 PM
:worship:

Can't believe Guccione took him to 3 sets in a challenger just 6 months ago.

He would still have a chance.

stebs
01-24-2008, 06:01 PM
Januray '07 LOSES TO Bohli, Stephane (SUI) 2-6 6-0 5-7

Januray '08 DEFEATS Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 6-2 6-3 6-2

Not a bad transformation.

safinalium
01-24-2008, 06:09 PM
I wish him good luck in the final. He deserves to win.:worship:

Eden
01-24-2008, 07:21 PM
Tsonga became the sixth player to reach his first ATP final in a Grand Slam in the Open Era (I didn't count the players who had started career before the Era):

1) Mark Edmondson (Australia) - Australian Open 1976 - winner
2) John Sadri (USA) - Australian Open 1979 - finalist
3) Steve Denton (USA) - Australian Open 1981 - finalist
4) Mikael Pernfors (Sweden) - Roland Garros 1986 - finalist
5) Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) - Roland Garros 1997 - winner
6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) - Australian Open 2008 - ?



Thanks for the info Voo :)

Good to see a reasonable thread on GM today.

DrJules
01-24-2008, 07:39 PM
Januray '07 LOSES TO Bohli, Stephane (SUI) 2-6 6-0 5-7

Januray '08 DEFEATS Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 6-2 6-3 6-2

Not a bad transformation.

Or

August 2007: Nadal beats Tsonga 7-6, 6-2, 6-1

January 2008: Tsonga beats Nadal 6-2, 6-3, 6-2

Ivo#1Fan
01-24-2008, 07:53 PM
Tsonga could go upto 18. Some say he is the incarnation of the young Mohammed Ali. The resemblance is that of identical twins.But the older,damaged self is still alive,if you can call it living. A mere shell of the once "Greatest".

Deekaye

Tsonga is already guaranteed #18, if he wins the final he will vault up to #9!

Voo de Mar
01-25-2008, 03:49 AM
1) Mark Edmondson (Australia) - Australian Open 1976 - winner
2) John Sadri (USA) - Australian Open 1979 - finalist
3) Steve Denton (USA) - Australian Open 1981 - finalist
4) Mikael Pernfors (Sweden) - Roland Garros 1986 - finalist
5) Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) - Roland Garros 1997 - winner
6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) - Australian Open 2008 - ?


No wonder the Aussie and French Opens are the ugly stepsisters to Wimbledon and USO, they attract all the flukes. ;)

Edmondson, Dent and Sadri were playing the finals at Australian Open at the times when the tournament was much less prestigious than nowadays. The tournament was playing in December and players in the main draw were almost only from USA & Australia. There were the times when a weak player could have reached the final by a fluke. But Pernfors, Kuerten and Tsonga have been reaching the final in an impressive style beating Top players on the way :cool: