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Poll - Is Tsonga the real deal or will he suck the rest of the year?

Kuhne
01-24-2008, 10:04 PM
While I think Tsonga is vastly superior in skill to Baggy and Gonzo, he still falls into the category of "guys who made the AO final you didn't expect and will probably lose to Federer"


Do you think, Tsonga, either win or lose in the final, will...

richie21
01-24-2008, 10:08 PM
Considering the way he has been playing in this AO and the fact that Roger has looked a bit off in this AO,i now think he'll win this AO contrary to Baghdatis or Gonzalez in the previous years.
But for the rest,i don't know....i would say that like Baghdatis,he'll become a good top 15 player but i don't see him being in the top 5 in a near future.
I'd go with third option.

fran70
01-24-2008, 10:25 PM
He is a great player with big strokes and mentally strong but he tends to suffer a lot of injuries. If he can play normally without injuries he can be a better player than Gonzalez or Baghdatis. However, I wouldn`t undersestimate Baghdatis and Gonzalez. Both can be ranked as top 10 players again.

gusman890
01-24-2008, 10:56 PM
I think it will be a toss up.

I know that Tsonga is playing really well at the moment, and I'm happy to see what with all the injuries he has had over the years. Gonzo had been around as a dangerous player long before he was in the AO final. Sure he wasnt winning big matches, but he was the big hit or miss player that could get a suprise win.

Baggy, when he made the SF of wimbledon in 2006 showed he can do well in the slams. I think the consistancy has lacked in that department since the start of 2007.

Back to topic: I surly hope Tsonga isnt a flash in the pan, he seems to be a likeable guy and his play is exciting.

JimmyV
01-24-2008, 11:03 PM
I think Baghdatis gets a bum rap. He won a title in 2006, made the Wimbledon semi's and cracked the top 10. That's not that bad. Gonzo on the other hand completely imploded.

RagingLamb
01-24-2008, 11:10 PM
it will probably depend on how he does in the final.

new-york
01-25-2008, 12:25 AM
you never know with brains.

Merton
01-25-2008, 12:30 AM
We do not have enough information based on one tournament, even if it is a slam like the AO. By the way. these are not "either or" propositions, for example Marcos did not disappoint, in fact he made semis at Wimbledon.

megadeth
01-25-2008, 12:33 AM
baghdatis - AO'06
gonzalez - AO'07

poor for the rest of the year...

'nuff said! :p

jcempire
01-25-2008, 12:50 AM
baghdatis - AO'06
gonzalez - AO'07

poor for the rest of the year...

'nuff said! :p

Is Tsonga the No 3 man follow this two. NONONO. Absolute, He is a totally different.

Time will tell how great he is

Experimentee
01-25-2008, 12:53 AM
It isnt like this run is a fluke, Tsonga has been getting good wins against top players for the past year, and reached R4 of Wimbledon. He is improving fast, as he rose from outside the top 200 to around 20 in a year. He will be strong all year if he stays healthy, though i dont think his game will be as strong on clay.

Experimentee
01-25-2008, 12:56 AM
I think Baghdatis gets a bum rap. He won a title in 2006, made the Wimbledon semi's and cracked the top 10. That's not that bad. Gonzo on the other hand completely imploded.

Yeah I dont get why people consider Marcos a failure. His performance in Slams in 2006 wasnt bad at all and he reached the top 10.

Gonzalez is a different story, he had been a solid top 20 player for a while who had a hot streak and played above himself for a few months. Tsonga has been rising for the past year and hasn't shown any signs of stagnating.

Mateya
01-25-2008, 05:53 PM
He is the real deal :cool:
Maybe wont win many titles, but will be a serious contender in many of them.

my0118
01-25-2008, 05:58 PM
While I think Tsonga is vastly superior in skill to Baggy and Gonzo, he still falls into the category of "guys who made the AO final you didn't expect and will probably lose to Federer"


Do you think, Tsonga, either win or lose in the final, will...

hmm... It seems to me you're more like the real deal.

CooCooCachoo
01-25-2008, 06:21 PM
Tsonga isn't the kind of player to be consistently brilliant, but he'll definitely be dangerous in many events.

Chris Seahorse
01-25-2008, 07:49 PM
He will do very well in several other hard courts events over the coming year and will be a huge threat on grass and at Wimbledon. On the other hand he will be crap on clay. But despite that I expect him to finish the year ranked between 5 and 7 which isn't at all bad really.

JediFed
01-25-2008, 08:05 PM
He'll be #9 if he beats Nole at 1789 points, just ahead of Nalby and ironically, Muzza.

goldenlox
01-25-2008, 08:16 PM
His draw to the final was very soft. I saw Blake do the same thing to Nadal at the USO, and Blake's never been near a slam final.

And in this final, suddenly Novak is the favorite, and he's never won anything.
He might not handle the pressure. He was a huge underdog in his SF and Federer stunk in the match.
This final is a different type of pressure.

Ivanatis
01-25-2008, 08:18 PM
neither nor

he won't play again as strong as he does right now (or maybe only once or twice), but he will have a pretty good year, i.e. ranking 11-20

Tommy_Vercetti
01-25-2008, 08:45 PM
I hope he sucks. I don't want to see him on TV. Caveman has got to be in the running for ugliest player on tour. At least Radek is naturally ugly and doesn't look like a devolved human.

Horatio Caine
01-25-2008, 09:02 PM
Biggest problem for him is the fact that he is injury-prone. Also, I'm sceptical as to how he will perform on clay. :shrug:

Otherwise, he will be a huge threat wherever else he goes (including Wimbledon and US Open).

Bad Religion
01-25-2008, 09:19 PM
His draw to the final was very soft. I saw Blake do the same thing to Nadal at the USO, and Blake's never been near a slam final..


That is because Blake sucks nuts , has no game and he is not GS finalist material

In other words , Blake is garbage :)

ps: I think you are overrating his skills cos JB is a New Yawker like you

Halba
01-25-2008, 09:28 PM
tsonga is the next federer. he has finally put his game together. He has just found his level now. Guys that peak later are generally more talented (e.g. Federer, Tsonga both at 22 yrs of age hmmm?). Djokovic also hasn't found his peak neither as has Andy murray. All these guys are capable of playing a completely different set of shots on the same ball in order to win a point.


Nadal peaked last yr on clay - he peaks every yr on it!

*Ljubica*
01-25-2008, 09:34 PM
If he can remain injury free, then I think he can be a strong contender in all the hard and grass court events that he enters. I don't see him being successful on clay at all :shrug: I would expect him to end the year at least Number 15 or above.

Mĺnu
01-25-2008, 09:39 PM
I hope he sucks. I don't want to see him on TV. Caveman has got to be in the running for ugliest player on tour. At least Radek is naturally ugly and doesn't look like a devolved human.

Like a caveman??? Running for the ugliest?? Did he try to get your girlfriend or why do you hate him that much?

Halba
01-25-2008, 09:49 PM
Like a caveman??? Running for the ugliest?? Did he try to get your girlfriend or why do you hate him that much?

oh come on, tsonga is the most likeable guy around right now
gentle giant

Clara Bow
01-25-2008, 09:51 PM
Like a caveman??? Running for the ugliest?? Did he try to get your girlfriend or why do you hate him that much?

I have noticed that Tommy doesn't seem to like any players who let's just say are a darker tinge.

His draw to the final was very soft.

Ohhhkayyy....so Murray in the first round is soft? And two other top ten players en route to the final. He played and beat three top ten players to get to the final. How is that "very soft."

Shabazza
01-25-2008, 09:58 PM
I have noticed that Tommy doesn't seem to like any players who let's just say are a darker tinge.


Clearly a "closet" racist.


Like Chris S. said he'll be a big thread on hc and Wimbledon, but won't do that well on clay. Top 8-15 range, I guess. A bit better than Baghdatis, but not by much.

anousleshommes@h
01-25-2008, 10:25 PM
It isnt like this run is a fluke, Tsonga has been getting good wins against top players for the past year, and reached R4 of Wimbledon. He is improving fast, as he rose from outside the top 200 to around 20 in a year. He will be strong all year if he stays healthy, though i dont think his game will be as strong on clay.

He tried to catch nadal at his own game on thursday, conjuring some moonballs outta his racket and trying to get the error from rafa at least twice. Let's see how he fares on clay

binkygirl
01-25-2008, 10:39 PM
Its too early to tell.. by April the answer will be more definitive.

Tommy_Vercetti
01-25-2008, 10:56 PM
I don't like watching ugly players or grunters. I could never stand to watch Seles when I was younger and it's no different today. You cannot possibly disagree with me that Tsonga is one fugly mofo.

vincayou
01-25-2008, 11:07 PM
Who knows? He's a such a surprise package. Maybe it's the pinnacle of his career, maybe just the beginning. I just hope he won't get injured again.

binkygirl
01-26-2008, 04:32 AM
I don't like watching ugly players or grunters. I could never stand to watch Seles when I was younger and it's no different today. You cannot possibly disagree with me that Tsonga is one fugly mofo.

He has deep set eyes, but I don't think he's totally ugly. The rest of his face is rather nice. Maybe he get the fat removed from above his upper lids to bring his eyes out more.

Fedex
01-26-2008, 07:49 AM
Tsonga definitely has the talent and skill set to be the 'real deal', but whether or not he can consistantly play at a high level remains to be see.
I love Ali Jr.'s game and I wish him the best in the final.

Action Jackson
01-26-2008, 10:00 AM
Way too early to tell.

Bilbo
01-26-2008, 10:27 AM
I don't see him as the real deal. He also won't have the consistency as the top players.

FedFan_2007
01-26-2008, 10:50 AM
Sure, Djoko-tards are hoping Tsonga's suckage begins tomorrow, magically of course. Yeah like all of a sudden Tsonga is going to forget his god-mode.

martine2
01-26-2008, 11:06 AM
Ohhhkayyy....so Murray in the first round is soft? And two other top ten players en route to the final. He played and beat three top ten players to get to the final. How is that "very soft."

Exactly

I don't like watching ugly players or grunters. I could never stand to watch Seles when I was younger and it's no different today. You cannot possibly disagree with me that Tsonga is one fugly mofo.

:rolleyes: the boy looks just fine but that's not the point in this thread

Who knows? He's a such a surprise package. Maybe it's the pinnacle of his career, maybe just the beginning. I just hope he won't get injured again.

Agree :scared: . He's injury prone and this is the only reason for the "late-blooming".

jonny84
01-26-2008, 11:14 AM
I think so. I think now he is in the Top20 he can only build on his ranking. He'll be guranteed places in main draws, and virtually guranteed a seeding on most tournament he plays. His wins over three Top10 players in Melbourne will also give him great confidence.

sports freak
01-26-2008, 11:18 AM
Nole's the real deal,although it looked like Fed had conrete in his boots!!Tsonga can be the real deal,has all the applications only time will tell!!

Sean.J.S.
01-26-2008, 11:54 AM
I chose option three. :)