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AO Final: Who Will Win: Djokovic or Tsonga?

CooCooCachoo
01-25-2008, 10:15 AM
Vote.

Sean.J.S.
01-25-2008, 10:16 AM
You'd have to go with Djokovic...Nole in four I'll say. :)

Il Primo Uomo
01-25-2008, 10:16 AM
I think Tsonga! Djokochoko will fade away under pressure. But it could be a wishful thinking in disguise though :p
Allez Tsony!:rocker:

Hagar
01-25-2008, 10:17 AM
I hope Tsonga. I cannot stand Djokovic.

dijus
01-25-2008, 10:18 AM
hope Tsonga, but Nole will clinch it

CyBorg
01-25-2008, 10:18 AM
I predicted a Djoko win at the Aussie months ago. That will probably happen. Tsonga has been amazing, but Djoke has the experience.

Scotso
01-25-2008, 10:18 AM
I certainly hope it will be Nole, but I'm terrified of Tsonga. :lol:

RickDaStick
01-25-2008, 10:20 AM
I think Tsonga! Djokochoko will fade away under pressure. But it could be a wishful thinking in disguise though :p
Allez Tsony!:rocker:

if anyone will fade away under pressure its Tsonga, Djokovic has been in a slam final before and SF in all Grand Slams. and Djokovic didnt fade playing the best player in the world tonight

Albop
01-25-2008, 10:20 AM
Tsonga will win

Voo de Mar
01-25-2008, 10:21 AM
Djokovic 6-4 in the 5th.

new-york
01-25-2008, 10:21 AM
what a final.:worship:
so fresh.
excited.

Jo in 4.
good luck to both.

Exodus
01-25-2008, 10:24 AM
ALI will boomaye joker in straight sets

Björki
01-25-2008, 10:26 AM
I hope Nole

Il Primo Uomo
01-25-2008, 10:27 AM
if anyone will fade away under pressure its Tsonga, Djokovic has been in a slam final before and SF in all Grand Slams. and Djokovic didnt fade playing the best player in the world tonight

Debatable.

Tsonga is an underdog. Nole is the favorite.Even as contender in NY,he choked big time wasting tons of SPs.
Being in a GS final is a new situation for Tsonga
Being the favorite in a GS final is a new situation for Nole

So we'll see but I really think it's Tsonga turn sunday.

Lucinda
01-25-2008, 10:27 AM
Wow, the poll is all tied up - I hope the final lives up to our uncertainty ;p

thesupreme
01-25-2008, 10:28 AM
I hope Tsonga. I cannot stand Djokovic.

Co-sign, i hope baby Ali knocks him out

*snowflake*
01-25-2008, 10:29 AM
Nole

Joey is on fire but Nole will pull it through

StZox
01-25-2008, 10:29 AM
Nole!!!!!!!!

Renaud
01-25-2008, 10:30 AM
Djokovic i think....
I hope Tsonga.

Labamba
01-25-2008, 10:30 AM
Djoker 7-6 7-6 6-3

TMJordan
01-25-2008, 10:31 AM
All I can say is that it's great to see a grand slam final like this :D

I just hope it's a good match, good luck to both :worship:

Freeze17171
01-25-2008, 10:32 AM
Tsonga has relished in the underdog role and at night at RLA all tournament, he will again be in the same situation. He will definitely have the crowd as well.

Marek.
01-25-2008, 10:32 AM
I hope Tsonga as I like his game more but I think Djoko will win this in 4.

Exodus
01-25-2008, 10:34 AM
ALI will win this really

anon57
01-25-2008, 10:34 AM
I think Djokovic is gonna come through, he's been playing well all tournament and I think the fact it's his second GS final may help him deal better with the situation although nothing has seemed to phase Tsonga this tournament. I hope it'll be an enjoyable match

BlakeJamitis
01-25-2008, 10:35 AM
The Year of the TSONGA!

Flibbertigibbet
01-25-2008, 10:36 AM
I really hope this goes five sets, and the play will be blisteringly beautiful.

CooCooCachoo
01-25-2008, 10:36 AM
I think and hope it's Nole :)

cardio
01-25-2008, 10:36 AM
I hope Tsonga. To be honest Djoko did not anything very special today , just played his usual game while Federer was way below his average level .If Tsonga can play the final like SF against Nadal, he has a good chance to win. I think it will be more battle between Tsonga and his nerves than battle between two players.

Tennis-Engineer
01-25-2008, 10:39 AM
I like Tsonga but I feel Djokovic will win it.

my0118
01-25-2008, 10:43 AM
I hope Tsonga. To be honest Djoko did not anything very special today , just played his usual game while Federer was way below his average level .If Tsonga can play the final like SF against Nadal, he has a good chance to win. I think it will be more battle between Tsonga and his nerves than battle between two players.

Yeah I hope Tsonga to win, but I wonder if he would be consistent as Nole is.
Tsonga has more variable tactics especially his volley while Nole usually does the same thing. But the baseline rally would be benefit for Nole and I think Nole is mentally stronger than Tsonga.
So I would pick Nole.

vincayou
01-25-2008, 10:48 AM
I'll go with Jo. A lot of wishful thinking here. If he keeps the same level of his semi, he'll win. But it was a very very special performance for him yesterday.

W!MBLEDON
01-25-2008, 10:51 AM
Tennis wins.

t0x
01-25-2008, 10:52 AM
Tsonga in 3

martine2
01-25-2008, 10:55 AM
If Jo reaches the level of the Nadal match, he has a good chance to win and I sure hope he does!

Allez Jo :yeah:

Lori42
01-25-2008, 10:56 AM
Go Tsonga. Wipe that smug look off of the Djoker's face and send him and his family back to Serbia

Daniel
01-25-2008, 10:57 AM
Tsonga for sure.

RickDaStick
01-25-2008, 10:58 AM
nobody will watch this, now before you freak out. listen. hardcore tennis fans like the people on here will watch but the general public wont watch it. first of all its bad timing for US and 2nd its not federer vs nadal.

DDrago2
01-25-2008, 11:01 AM
nobody will watch this, now before you freak out. listen. hardcore tennis fans like the people on here will watch but the general public wont watch it. first of all its bad timing for US and 2nd its not federer vs nadal.

pretty true, objectively it's a lack-lustre finals, no history behind it

JediFed
01-25-2008, 11:04 AM
Tsonga.

The man has knocked off some big names. No one's come close to touching him, not murray or gasquet.

Halba
01-25-2008, 11:04 AM
tsonga for his first grand slam. he's had a higher level than nole this tournament. nole has been tough from the baseline that is all. he is not comfortable at net. nole has been mentally strong on important points. but is not as free flowing as tsonga-nator.

Rogiman
01-25-2008, 11:06 AM
I think we will have a great final, and I love the way Tsonga plays, but honestly, Novak is right now the best player in the world and will be a deserving champion.

Turquoise
01-25-2008, 11:11 AM
Tennis wins.

For once, I actually agree with this. Finally, we have two fresh contenders fighting for their first gram slam title.

Having said that, I hope it's Tsonga :) Then my joy would know no bounds.

anousleshommes@h
01-25-2008, 11:11 AM
Tsonga WILL NAIL this one. He played two unbelievable matches against Yuznhy then Nadal. My pick for the final

Adler
01-25-2008, 11:11 AM
Novak Djokovic. A God couldn't stop him right now

ReturnWinner
01-25-2008, 11:12 AM
in the papers Djokovic is the fav of course, way higher ranked and experienced and just beat Federer in straight but i like tsonga to win if plays like against Nadal ,the match should pretty even, but lets see if the french can hold his nerves .

ugotlobbed
01-25-2008, 11:12 AM
i want tsonga to win bc i like him better

avocadoe
01-25-2008, 11:13 AM
I am not feeling generous at the moment, I guess, I think beating Nadal while playing perfect tennis, is not quite as stunning as comprhensively taking out Federer on hardcourts. As people I warm to Tsonga more than Djokovic, so hope he'll play great and do a kinda Guga Kuertan. Game wise I love Tsonga's game and have been a fan for years..Anyway, hope the Usians get up for the match replay, and get a hell of good match to boot. For the moment I'm disappointed, of course, but will certainly watch, maybe even LIVE!

Denaon
01-25-2008, 11:14 AM
I think Nole's got the biggest chance...but Tsonga is :eek:
Anyhow....I'm happy with this final....any of them can win and I'll still be happy :D

Adler
01-25-2008, 11:16 AM
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/AUS2008_TBORD_FRA_H.html

looks like FBI's list of 10 most wanted fugitives or something

OldSilentHill
01-25-2008, 11:19 AM
Think it´s gone be Nole...in 5 spectacular sets.

Mechlan
01-25-2008, 11:21 AM
I think the serve will be crucial to both. If they both serve like they did in the semis, it'll be an amazing match since both their serves set up many easy points.

Tsonga's nerves. If he gets down early and Nole just doesn't miss like generally happens, this match will be over in a hurry. The first set is critical.

Assuming both keep up their level of play, the more aggressive player will win. It'll be tempting for Djokovic to play passively and see if the pressure gets to Tsonga, but that would be a mistake. This court truly rewards aggression, and that should help Tsonga if he can keep his error count down.

This should be a great one. Hopefully it'll be a thriller, don't want a one-sided affair in this match. I'll go with Nole in 4.

Bilbo
01-25-2008, 11:22 AM
N. Djokovic and if Ivanovic wins to people in Serbia will drive nuts

supertommyhaas
01-25-2008, 11:27 AM
it will be 5 sts either way. if my life was on it... djokovic to win 7-6 5-7 3-6 6-4 10-8. it will be a great match and one of the best granslam finals ever going by my scoreline.

Adler
01-25-2008, 11:32 AM
Not many times I'm cheering for a particular player (usually I cheer for good game), but this time I will. Serbian triple victory (Djokovic, Ivanovic, Zimonjic) would be great for Serbia, the country that is undergoing serious political problems right now. The victory would make them happier

anousleshommes@h
01-25-2008, 11:32 AM
I would prefer Tsonga to dismantle Djoko. He's a gr8 player Tsonga

richie21
01-25-2008, 11:32 AM
Tsonga.
No youngster can resist him in this AO!:devil:

Voo de Mar
01-25-2008, 11:33 AM
It will be an entertaining match for me because I like both players. Whoever wins I'm happy. I picked Djoke in 5 but you never know. So many things in tennis depends on the scoreline. I'm an antagonist of the theory "if I won previous set, I'd win the match in straight sets". In my opinion the game is conditional from the scoreline. I can't imagine this final without a tie-break. It would be 7-5 7-6(7) 6-2 to Djokovic but the netcord or the ball hitting the line on a setpoint would turn around the match and Tsonga will win 5-7 7-6(9) 6-4 6-4 :shrug:

Ivanatis
01-25-2008, 11:34 AM
heart Jo

head Nole

Shabazza
01-25-2008, 11:47 AM
I don't care really - I like both players. Djokovic certainly deserves it, but Tsonga and his game has grown on me - guess I'll no after the match who I wanted more to win. Right now, I just wish for a great and exciting final.

hilluis
01-25-2008, 11:49 AM
Voted for Djokovic but hope Tsonga wins. More of a story and I am sick of all those over zealous Serbian supporters

CooCooCachoo
01-25-2008, 11:53 AM
Close poll :eek:

Horatio Caine
01-25-2008, 12:05 PM
I wouldn't take Tsonga too lightly...if he maintains his "fearless" attitude, he can do damage. Not to mention that a LOT is at stake for Nole...Tsonga is no easy opponent, but he has got quite a nice match (compared to in-form Rafa and Nalbandian etc) for his first GS title.

helgagonzalez
01-25-2008, 12:12 PM
i hope djokovic wins. :) i hope ana wins as well. :D

zimzim
01-25-2008, 12:18 PM
I hope Tsonga :)

yomike
01-25-2008, 12:20 PM
This really is probably the best tennis Novak will ever play in his career. I think he'll win in four though I wont be surprised if Tsonga somehow pulls a miracle and wins.

ivankg
01-25-2008, 12:26 PM
@ JediFed

"Tsonga.
The man has knocked off some big names. No one's come close to touching him, not murray or gasquet."

One can say same for Djoker.

cardio
01-25-2008, 12:31 PM
Lets compare some stats from semis. Tsonga played 25 games, W/UE =49/27, net approaches 30/40, aces 17, DF 1, breakpoint conversions 5/7
Djokovic played 34 games, W/UE = 50/32, net approaches
19/24, aces 13, DF 6., breakpoint conversions 4/11
Of course they had different opponents and below his usual level Fed is probably still better on hardcourt than average Nadal, but my impression is that Tsonga played lot better tennis than Djoko in SF. More important, he played more aggressive than Djoko. 49 winners during 25 games vs 50 winners during 34 games, 30 net approaches won during 25 games vs 19 net points won during 34 games. If Tsonga will play as aggressively in final( and executes his shots well), Djoko is in trouble.

Milaneli
01-25-2008, 12:31 PM
Nole in straight sets. Napred Nole.

Voo de Mar
01-25-2008, 12:33 PM
Nole in straight sets. Napred Nole.

Napred = forward?

yonexforever
01-25-2008, 12:39 PM
Im starting to dislike the Joker.. he seems very arrogant lately even before this win...

Milaneli
01-25-2008, 12:41 PM
Napred = forward?

Yes it is, something like that.

Iván
01-25-2008, 12:42 PM
I cant believe its even close.

novak will win for sure.

anousleshommes@h
01-25-2008, 12:42 PM
Lets compare some stats from semis. Tsonga played 25 games, W/UE =49/27, net approaches 30/40, aces 17, DF 1, breakpoint conversions 5/7
Djokovic played 34 games, W/UE = 50/32, net approaches
19/24, aces 13, DF 6., breakpoint conversions 4/11
Of course they had different opponents and below his usual level Fed is probably still better on hardcourt than average Nadal, but my impression is that Tsonga played lot better tennis than Djoko in SF. More important, he played more aggressive than Djoko. 49 winners during 25 games vs 50 winners during 34 games, 30 net approaches won during 25 games vs 19 net points won during 34 games. If Tsonga will play as aggressively in final( and executes his shots well), Djoko is in trouble.

EXCELLENT ANLYSIS. DESERVES TO BE QUOTED

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-25-2008, 12:46 PM
I hope Tsonga. I cannot stand Djokovic.

Ditto :worship:

~EMiLiTA~
01-25-2008, 12:56 PM
If Tsonga can keep up the form he's shown in the last few matches, I believe he will win

Hrastar
01-25-2008, 12:56 PM
If Tsonga keeps 85% percentige of winning pts on 1st serve and carries on with those fantastic net approaches, then I see no chance for Nole...

:worship: JWT :worship:

tangerine_dream
01-25-2008, 12:58 PM
I don't care who wins, I am happy to see the baby balls finally step up and claim their place and to see a slam final that doesn't involve either Roger or Rafa. Tennis is the winner. Props, JW and Nole. :)

shaggy
01-25-2008, 01:18 PM
no chance for tsonga here. nole is tactically the best player in the world and now you will see how many lacks tsonga has.

RagingLamb
01-25-2008, 01:21 PM
I'll be really happy either way. I think they both deserve a slam with their performances. So I hope it's a good match, and I'll be happy for whoever wins.

But, my gut feeling tells me Djokovic. He's too good at strategizing to be overwhelmed by Tsonga.

LleytonMonfils
01-25-2008, 01:23 PM
Nole in 4 Sets

Chileno
01-25-2008, 01:24 PM
All I can say is that it's great to see a grand slam final like this :D

I just hope it's a good match, good luck to both :worship:

I'm with you on that one. May tennis win.

stebs
01-25-2008, 01:30 PM
Djokovic in four.

MissMelly2U
01-25-2008, 01:31 PM
I'm surprised that this poll is so close. I give the edge to Nole, but if Tsonga can take it to him Gumby will go the way of his buddies the porker and the billy goat.

I think I'm cheering for Tsonga because he is the underdog.

Corey Feldman
01-25-2008, 01:33 PM
Tsonga deserves it

he would be an absolutely worthy champ, he's had a tough draw (cant get any harder than the 1st rounder he got!) and has just creamed them all

add the fact he's a far more likeable guy than his opponent and his family dont stink of desperation

scarecrows
01-25-2008, 01:35 PM
Djokovic in 4

stebs
01-25-2008, 01:35 PM
I definately would prefer Tosnga to win for the fact that I enjoy his game but also in a way I feel for the tennis world it would be better if Djokovic won. He would then really become immersed in the top of the game if he had a slam, a RU and two AMS events to his name.

savesthedizzle
01-25-2008, 01:51 PM
Tsonga is a very scary opponent. I honestly can't pick. I know who I *want* to win.. but for who *will*.. :scared:

scarecrows
01-25-2008, 01:58 PM
has Bud Collins spoken yet?
take the opposite of what he says

BlakeJamitis
01-25-2008, 02:08 PM
Lets go Tson-ga! Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap

jcempire
01-25-2008, 02:09 PM
Tsonga is little better Than Djok.

But I hope Djok win

rofe
01-25-2008, 02:12 PM
I am inclined to support Tsonga since he has been more aggressive and has more variety than Novak but I think Novak's experience in a GS final will help him get the win.

alfonsojose
01-25-2008, 02:15 PM
Jokebitch in 4 ... sets :devil:

Bug
01-25-2008, 02:47 PM
Tsonga will win!!

Alle tsonga!!

Sagacious
01-25-2008, 02:48 PM
Tsonga all the way!! :bigclap:

Motoflou
01-25-2008, 02:48 PM
Djokovic, 32-30 in the 5th.

Immediately followed by intense napping.

:rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:

anousleshommes@h
01-25-2008, 03:47 PM
Tsonga deserves it

he would be an absolutely worthy champ, he's had a tough draw (cant get any harder than the 1st rounder he got!) and has just creamed them all

add the fact he's a far more likeable guy than his opponent and his family dont stink of desperation

AMEN ESCUDE!!!! THAT'S VERY FAIR AND IMPARTIAL JUDMENT FROM YOU AND IT'S MUCH APPRECIATED.

Let's hope that next time he and murray meet, he'll be seeded, and it wont b in the first round

freeandlonely
01-25-2008, 03:49 PM
Hewitt always lost to the eventual champion.:tape:

anousleshommes@h
01-25-2008, 03:52 PM
lmao true he lost to tsonga in adelaide

hablovah19
01-25-2008, 03:53 PM
Tsonga Boumayé!!!!! :armed:

Adler
01-25-2008, 03:57 PM
Hewitt always lost to the eventual champion.:tape:
Fernando Gonzalez last year?

Mr. Magassi
01-25-2008, 03:59 PM
GOOOOOOOOO Tsonga... the Joke must go down (and PLEASE leave your shirt on!)

anousleshommes@h
01-25-2008, 04:07 PM
GOOOOOOOOO Tsonga... the Joke must go down (and PLEASE leave your shirt on!)

why? he's got a raging 6 packs... papa like lol

Tiklish
01-25-2008, 04:24 PM
I hope Tsonga. Can't stand the sight of Djokovic. Won't be watching.

safinalium
01-25-2008, 04:38 PM
Honestly, I've no idea who'll win. And this is so exciting :) Can't wait for the match! I guess that Tsonga is the "thing" which we've all been waiting for to bring back the intrigue to the game. And Nole had also great two weeks. The most interesting AO final since 2005. :yeah:

l_mac
01-25-2008, 04:46 PM
Could not care less.

But I think Nole will win, making it my blackest tennis day since 2002.

aeronatasha
01-25-2008, 04:54 PM
Could not care less.

But I think Nole will win, making it my blackest tennis day since 2002.

Oh don't be so sad, don't you think Novak deserves it just a tiny bit?
Rafa will bounce back.:hug:

DDrago2
01-25-2008, 05:03 PM
Hewitt always lost to the eventual champion.:tape:

I have no idea who wins the finals but this is indeed the clear sign that Tsonga is the favourite

l_mac
01-25-2008, 05:05 PM
Oh don't be so sad, don't you think Novak deserves it just a tiny bit?
Rafa will bounce back.:hug:


He's won all of his matches, so of course he deserves to be in the final :shrug: But I really don't like him, so I'm hardly likely to be turning cartwheels over a Slam victory.

aeronatasha
01-25-2008, 05:10 PM
It's just that you said it'd be the blackest tennis day for you, and I just can't see what so black about it.

Of course I don't expect you to change your mind about him. ;)

Bascule
01-25-2008, 05:11 PM
Tsonga deserves it

he would be an absolutely worthy champ, he's had a tough draw (cant get any harder than the 1st rounder he got!) and has just creamed them all

add the fact he's a far more likeable guy than his opponent and his family dont stink of desperation

He has tougher draw because Napoleon was there?
Give me a break. Federer, Nalbadian and Ferrer were on Nole's side.

l_mac
01-25-2008, 05:12 PM
It's just that you said it'd be the blackest tennis day for you, and I just can't see what so black about it.

Of course I don't expect you to change your mind about him. ;)

2002 was the last time a player I really didn't like won a Slam. :) So they days since then have not been so black. But now the skies are darkening :(

Kitty de Sade
01-25-2008, 05:15 PM
My head says Djokovic, but that outcome is about as desirable as a skin rash, right about now.

I'd love to see Tsonga ride his sweetheart run the entire way, but I don't see it happening.

aeronatasha
01-25-2008, 05:16 PM
Ok, I see you really feel down. Lets hope some day you might have a change of heart. :wavey:

Bascule
01-25-2008, 05:20 PM
Could not care less.

But I think Nole will win, making it my blackest tennis day since 2002.

Let's hope you're right, as usual. :p
Wow, looking at those pictures, you got to help yourself time after time.

Mr. Magassi
01-25-2008, 05:28 PM
why? he's got a raging 6 packs... papa like lol

Yea, but that concave chest leaves little to be desired... unlike Papa ;)

l_mac
01-25-2008, 05:31 PM
Ok, I see you really feel down. Lets hope some day you might have a change of heart. :wavey:

Let's hope you're right, as usual. :p
Wow, looking at those pictures, you got to help yourself time after time.

:rolleyes:

Don't worry. No need to put me on suicide watch just yet. I am strong enough to suck up the worst of what The Age of Nole has to throw at me :lol:

*It's obvious that I'm not being entirely serious with these posts, right?

aeronatasha
01-25-2008, 05:34 PM
You're funny I mac. I like you.:)

anousleshommes@h
01-25-2008, 05:44 PM
He has tougher draw because Napoleon was there?
Give me a break. Federer, Nalbadian and Ferrer were on Nole's side.

Novak Djokovic did not defeat Nalbandian, and he caught federer on an off day. With Tsonga performance yesterday, fed wouldnt have had a look at his first serve, never mind runnin after the canons he sent nadal. Djokovic played average today and still won. I do hope he brings his A game sunday for an exciting final.

Bascule
01-25-2008, 05:45 PM
You're funny I mac. I like you.:)

l_mac is a girl :)...with problems...hehehe.

Bascule
01-25-2008, 05:48 PM
Novak Djokovic did not defeat Nalbandian, and he caught federer on an off day. With Tsonga performance yesterday, fed wouldnt have had a look at his first serve, never mind runnin after the canons he sent nadal. Djokovic played average today and still won. I do hope he brings his A game sunday for an exciting final.

Hey, there :wavey:
I didn't say he beated Nalbadian, I said that his draw was tougher.

l_mac
01-25-2008, 05:54 PM
Hey, there :wavey:
I didn't say he beated Nalbadian, I said that his draw was tougher.


bascule, get a grip. Nole has not had a harder draw than JWT. I'm not stupid enough to suggest that Nole's semi wasn't tougher, of course it was, but the rest I'd say JWT had it worse.

aeronatasha
01-25-2008, 06:07 PM
l_mac is a girl :)...with problems...hehehe.

I knew that. I still like her, enjoy her comments, stike me as a clever person.

jonny84
01-25-2008, 06:37 PM
I think Djokovic will win, just because he has more experience on bigger matches and stages than Tsonga.

CooCooCachoo
01-25-2008, 07:01 PM
105 vs. 104

tennisgal_001
01-25-2008, 07:01 PM
If someone had told me three weeks ago that the AO final would be Tsonga vs. Djokovic I would've called them MAD! But here we are, it'll definitely be a great final, regardless of the winner. For the first time in quite some time, I won't care who wins it. I give Djokovic a *slight* edge, only because he's been serving out of his mind on clutch points and key moments. I'd love for Tsonga to come out as composed as he was against Nadal, swinging freely without a care in the world, but I think the occasion will get to him, at least at the start of the match, and that's exactly where I think Djokovic will step it up and take advantage of situation.

Poll so far
104 - 104

Classic MTF...:lol:

Allegretto
01-25-2008, 07:25 PM
Djokovic, something like 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.

I'd absoloutely love Tsonga to take it though.

*Ljubica*
01-25-2008, 08:42 PM
I am so looking forward to this match, and I think it wil be a very tough one to call. My first reaction is to go with Novak, as he has more experience of the "big occasion", and has already played in pressure situations such as Masters' Series finals and the Masters' Cup. I feel that Jo may "freeze" a little with the pressure. However, I thought that he would "freeze" against Nadal, but he didn't, so perhaps he has nerves of steel? :shrug:

Overall, I think that Novak is the better, all-round player, and I will tip him for the Championship, - but I think it will be close.

Clara Bow
01-25-2008, 08:44 PM
Think- Nole.

Hope- Tsonga. Just some of his play here has been pretty darned special

gogogirl
01-25-2008, 08:46 PM
All,

It really is about matchups - and since these two have never played - we haven't witnessed what each will bring out or not in the other.

I am pulling for Tsonga - but the best player on the day will win anyway - so good on whomever it is.

Now that one I'll tape and/or set my alarm for. LOL!

leng jai
01-25-2008, 08:49 PM
This match is on Tsonga's racket. Based on SF performances, Tsonga would rip Fakervic a new one.

Halba
01-25-2008, 08:50 PM
tsonga more inherent talent and power, djokovic is steady and mentally very tough now

tsonga in 4

didadida
01-25-2008, 09:05 PM
i hope tsonga aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

kobulingam
01-25-2008, 09:16 PM
Tsonga. Why? I think if Tsonga wins one set (one of first 3 sets), he will win the whole things. Djokovic is wearing down. I saw him stretching his knees/legs and his right shoulder during tthe lastt set of semifinal.

gomeny
01-25-2008, 09:16 PM
I just hope Tsonga doesn't play like Nalbandian in the 2002 Wimbledon final.

Xavidbz
01-25-2008, 09:28 PM
I certainly hope it will be Nole, but I'm terrified of Tsonga. :lol:

Same. :lol:

Agnes
01-25-2008, 09:33 PM
Tsonga will win

Merton
01-25-2008, 10:20 PM
I think Nole is the favourite with probability about 60% of winning. There is little doubt that if Tsonga plays like he did against Nadal he will win, I also think that he will win if he plays like against Murray and Youzhny. But this is a very high level and this is his first final. On the other hand Nole will play within himself, he has been there again, he will come prepared for his opponent and he will be very tough on the big points. Djokovic in 4, I would prefer Tsonga to win and I look forward to a very interesting final.

World Beater
01-25-2008, 10:29 PM
I think tsonga's net play could be the deciding the factor. I have not seen many matches of nole when he is playing a player who is capable of winning pts at net. Tsonga could surprise him in this respect.

Djokovic will probably have the edge in the rallies but it will be interesting to see if tsonga can keep up the aggression over the whole match.

Merton
01-25-2008, 10:31 PM
I am surprised at how odds are different for different people, here the poll gives about an even chance for both opponents, in my mind that puts too much weight in Tsonga's performance so far in this tournament. On the other hand, the implied probability of Djokovic winning at betfair is like 70%, for some reason it seems the markets overestimate the chances of the favourites in this tournament, the same happened in both semis.

gogogirl
01-25-2008, 10:40 PM
All,

Yes, on paper the number three player should win. But there is something to be said about a player that is playing in just his fifth or sixth (pardon me) grand slammer, grew up at the FO/Clay but is in his first hard court slam final. I really do believe T-Man's nerves will be under control. He might as well relax for he is the underdog. He is not suppose to win. Forget about the fact that he beat three top youngins in Murray, Gasquet and Nadal. And forget about the fact that he won doubles in Sydney w/Richard. He is not suppose to be playing w/confidence. Who possibly does he think he is - Ali?

One thing about Tsonga is that if he continues to drop shot like (Who's name was it they called out when he was dropping - Edberg?) he did against Rafa, he'll have a great chance. It just all has to come together for him.

Nole is great at redirecting the ball and hitting it deep as a routine. Tsonga was doing it out of skill. Nole is probably better mentally. He's a smart player - and he hardly ever misses. He has the potential to win his first grand slam - so he will be tough - indeed.

As it stands now, I'd give the edge to Nole, but I wouldn't count Tsonga out - for he's been playing some smart and dogged and determined tennis too.

We shall see said the pied pipers.

Dimonator133
01-25-2008, 10:43 PM
Djoker up by 5 now

still close

Dimonator133
01-25-2008, 10:44 PM
All,

Yes, on paper the number three player should win. But there is something to be said about a player that is playing in just his fifth or sixth (pardon me) grand slammer, grew up at the FO/Clay but is in his first hard court slam final. I really do believe T-Man's nerves will be under control. He might as well relax for he is the underdog. He is not suppose to win. Forget about the fact that he beat three top youngins in Murray, Gasquet and Nadal. And forget about the fact that he won doubles in Sydney w/Richard. He is not supposed to be playing w/confidence. Who possibly does he think he is - Ali?

One thing about Tsonga is that if he continues to drop shot like (Who's name was it they called out when he was dropping - Edberg?) he did against Rafa, he'll have a great chance. It just all has to come together for him.

Nole is great at redirecting the ball and hitting it deep as a routine. Tsonga was doing it out of skill. Nole is probably better mentally. He's a smart player - and he hardly ever misses. He has the potential to win his first grand slam - so he will be tough - indeed.

As it stands now, I'd give the edge to Nole, but I wouldn't count Tsonga out - for he's been playing some smart and dogged and determined tennis too.

We shall see said the pied pipers.

just curious, what would your analysis be if Fed were the opponent

Ruski
01-25-2008, 10:58 PM
Tsonga!

gogogirl
01-25-2008, 11:07 PM
just curious, what would your analysis be if Fed were the opponent

All,

Hey Dimonator133.

I assume you mean against Tsonga. That is a good question. I also assume he and Fed have never played. I stand by my first paragraph, because the same could be stated regardless of who his opponent would have been in the final.

The fact that Roger would have just beaten Nole would have to come into play. He would certainly play w/a lot of confidence from the first point. He would also be trying to secure his third Aussie Open title in a row - so he would be determined to show the up and comer up and something - indeed. I'd have to also assume because he would have beaten Nole in the semi, the sickness that he'd suffered before the final would not be a part of the conversation as it is now.

If James could lose 7-5, 7-6, 6-4 against Roger; thereby improving the score from when he played him last in Cincy wasn't it, then that tells me that Roger was tested, although the outcome in retrospect was never in doubt some would trumpet.

It really is about matchups, so the smart thing to conclude would be that he would have beaten Tsonga in three sets. Whether the sets would have been as close as the ones against James is speculative. But all things considered, I think Roger would have won. May haps not in the straight three sets, but his magic might have shown up. Nole had already played him and knew what to expect. Roger is not such a tough cookie to figure out anymore. Crack maybe - but not figure out. Nole was able to crack/break him.

That being said, Tsonga would have still gained grand slam final experience, would have learned how Roger played first hand - and he might would have performed better against him the next time they played.

I think we can speculate more about this question after the final. We'll see how he handles Nole.

gogogirl
01-26-2008, 12:03 AM
All,

Why is Nole so concerned about the crowd support? Does he think it is one of the things a champion needs to pick up along the way to success? If so, he need not read the third article/link.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/tsonga-needs-to-be-quick-on-the-draw-as-young-guns-duel-for-grand-slam-glory-774326.html

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/882f44f4-cb92-11dc-97ff-000077b07658.html

http://www.livenews.com.au/Articles/2008/01/26/Fan_favourite_Tsonga_in_a_bid_to_make_history

AgassiDomination
01-26-2008, 12:05 AM
I haven't been this excited about a match in a long time. I'm pulling for Tsonga only because that'll make me laugh.

l_mac
01-26-2008, 12:05 AM
All,

Whys is Nole so concerned about the crowd support? Does he think it is one of the things a champion needs to pick up along the way to success? If so, he need not read the third article/link.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/tsonga-needs-to-be-quick-on-the-draw-as-young-guns-duel-for-grand-slam-glory-774326.html

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/882f44f4-cb92-11dc-97ff-000077b07658.html

http://www.livenews.com.au/Articles/2008/01/26/Fan_favourite_Tsonga_in_a_bid_to_make_history


edited: playing nice.

Don't know. I think he enjoys being a crowd favourite.

Marek.
01-26-2008, 12:11 AM
Wow, the poll's dead even. That means the match will be lopsided.

gogogirl
01-26-2008, 12:29 AM
All,

That hottie Pat Rafter speaks. I used to love his legs.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22846756/

ChinoRios4Ever
01-26-2008, 12:31 AM
i hope Baby Ali to win, but i think Fakervic takes this

gogogirl
01-26-2008, 12:47 AM
All,

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080126/jsp/sports/story_8828794.jsp

gogogirl
01-26-2008, 12:52 AM
All,

http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,23111013-23216,00.html

Huntress555
01-26-2008, 12:56 AM
Novak is going to win, 3 sets to 1 :D

Andi-M
01-26-2008, 01:03 AM
I dont know.

I'd favor Nole but this is one of those matches whereby no scenario will shock me, mainly because Tsonga is a unkown quantity and when on is unstoppable. If off very stoppable!

The match is on Tsonga's racket to an extent but Djoko's big serves will put him in charge of alot of rallies on hus service.

Burrow
01-26-2008, 01:11 AM
But Tsonga has a better serve.

Tsonga hopefully but I am expecting that conehead to win it.

gogogirl
01-26-2008, 01:12 AM
All,

I can hardly wait until the prize fight now after reading all of these articles. LOL!

Nite. Time for the ladies' final.

"C'MON - MARIA"

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/event/story.cfm?c_id=500857&objectid=10488922

anousleshommes@h
01-26-2008, 01:26 AM
I dont know.

I'd favor Nole but this is one of those matches whereby no scenario will shock me, mainly because Tsonga is a unkown quantity and when on is unstoppable. If off very stoppable!

The match is on Tsonga's racket to an extent but Djoko's big serves will put him in charge of alot of rallies on hus service.

I wudnt bet on that. Tsonga gave Youznhy a drubbing in the second set. He's a gr8 returner, remember last year against roddick...

anousleshommes@h
01-26-2008, 01:27 AM
All,

http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,23111013-23216,00.html

AW THANKS FOR ARTICLES GR8 READ

wenty
01-26-2008, 02:55 AM
Whoever wins, I hope it's a 5 set thriller.

bluefork
01-26-2008, 03:05 AM
Djokovic will almost certainly win, though I'd love to see Tsonga beat him.

FedFan_2007
01-26-2008, 03:09 AM
Tsonga will continue his awesome form and triple bagel the Djokerbtich 6-1, 6-2, 6-0!!!

FedFan_2007
01-26-2008, 03:10 AM
Djokovic will almost certainly win, though I'd love to see Tsonga beat him.

Why will he almost certainly win? Djokobitch proabably thought his win over Federer was the "real SLam win" and will have a total letdown against Tsonga who will annihilate him anyways. This is ALL on Tsonga's racket.

Ferrero Forever
01-26-2008, 03:15 AM
I think Tsonga, but I hope Djokovic

Allegretto
01-26-2008, 03:27 AM
At least it should be a good match either way. I was just watching the women's final and it was one of the most dismal displays of tennis I've ever witnessed.

bluefork
01-26-2008, 03:40 AM
Why will he almost certainly win? Djokobitch proabably thought his win over Federer was the "real SLam win" and will have a total letdown against Tsonga who will annihilate him anyways. This is ALL on Tsonga's racket.

Djokovic hasn't lost a set yet and he's got a lot more experience in big matches than Tsonga. I really don't expect a let down from him. I know Tsonga has been really impressive this tournament, but playing Nadal is very different from playing Djokovic. Nadal's defensiveness gets him in trouble on hard courts. Djokovic won't be as bothered by Tsonga's style of play. At least, that's how I see things. I really hope I'm wrong.

Svetlana.
01-26-2008, 05:06 AM
Anyone, but Federer... :devil:

jcempire
01-26-2008, 06:36 AM
Wow, Very tough to say it

Both has a chance, Not sure who will come out. 50/50

robt
01-26-2008, 07:08 AM
Tsonga - if he plays the brand of tennis that got him to the final and remains free-spirited. He reminds me of the way Pete was when he won the USO in 1990!

Also, what about the crowds? Who do you believe they'll be supporting?

gjr
01-26-2008, 08:04 AM
I have a ticket for tomorrows match and can't wait for it. I think Nole will win but Jo has started every one of his matches so well. If he gets another good start I think he could win.

I will be cheering him on for sure.

Allez Les Blues

Freeze17171
01-26-2008, 09:02 AM
The crowd will be with Tsonga, no doubt. He has won them over already. Djoko, on the other hand, has alienated the crowd with his antics.

nhissan
01-26-2008, 10:28 AM
Novak Djokovic 133 49.44%
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 136 50.56%
Voters: 269. This poll is closed

sports freak
01-26-2008, 10:31 AM
The new King atm Novak 3-1 sets over Prince Ali!!

Action Jackson
01-26-2008, 10:33 AM
Tennis.

Maya_4
01-26-2008, 10:35 AM
You really think that Tsonga will beat Djokovic and win AO?:lol:You must be crazy,I mean c'mon,there is no way!Tsonga will choke!Djokovic will win 3:0 or MAYBE 3:1;)

nhissan
01-26-2008, 11:01 AM
You really think that Tsonga will beat Djokovic and win AO?:lol:You must be crazy,I mean c'mon,there is no way!Tsonga will choke!Djokovic will win 3:0 or MAYBE 3:1;)

is it Djoker in your avatar?

you are biased my friend

Deivid23
01-26-2008, 11:03 AM
Weird to see Tsonga as a favourite. :scratch:

Nole in 4

64 76 36 63

Petrovic
01-26-2008, 11:05 AM
Djokovic to win AO !!
C'mon Nole !

zcess81
01-26-2008, 11:22 AM
novak in 3 or 4 sets...easy.

~Jin~
01-26-2008, 11:31 AM
Tsonga

masterscup
01-26-2008, 11:32 AM
I Hope Tsonga! Why Not?

nhissan
01-26-2008, 11:49 AM
Weird to see Tsonga as a favourite. :scratch:

Nole in 4

64 76 36 63

:rolleyes:

Action Jackson
01-26-2008, 11:50 AM
Tsonga bandwagon express going into overdrive.

lisaplenske
01-26-2008, 11:56 AM
:angel:

Lunaris
01-26-2008, 11:58 AM
Djokovic easily. Tsonga's run will end just like the runs of Baghdatis', Gonzalez and Schuttler.

Dimonator133
01-26-2008, 01:59 PM
Australian Open Championship Preview: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Novak Djokovic (http://www.protennisblog.com/3.html)


:bowdown:me

NYCtennisfan
01-26-2008, 07:22 PM
Djoker in 4
7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Corey Feldman
01-26-2008, 08:08 PM
Tsonga 6-4 7-6 7-5.

Alex999
01-26-2008, 09:02 PM
Tsonga 6-4 7-6 7-5.

Love your prediction. The funny part is that it is so NOT going to happen and you know it too :)

mangoes
01-26-2008, 09:06 PM
Tsonga

I don't doubt it will be tough and he will have to steady his nerves. But, he is capable of winning this. Plus, if I were in his shoes, I'd rather be looking across the net at Djokovic than Federer. He just needs to close it out.

Dzordzzz!
01-26-2008, 09:07 PM
Djokovic!

TMJordan
01-26-2008, 09:46 PM
Once again, the match is on Tsonga's racket, if he comes to play and holds his nerves (what he has done all tournament) there is no reason he will not win.

l_mac
01-26-2008, 09:58 PM
Once again, the match is on Tsonga's racket, if he comes to play and holds his nerves (what he has done all tournament) there is no reason he will not win.

The Master has spoken. Yet to be wrong this tournament (after he removed Nalby from avatar/sig anyway :lol:)

TMJordan
01-26-2008, 10:01 PM
The Master has spoken. Yet to be wrong this tournament (after he removed Nalby from avatar/sig anyway :lol:)

:haha:

Lets hope it continues :p

Hugh Jaas
01-26-2008, 10:51 PM
Tsonga is a TRUE champ.

Go for the win!

platinum
01-26-2008, 10:59 PM
Djokovic

jcempire
01-26-2008, 11:00 PM
Tsonga

7-5 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-2

Saturn66
01-27-2008, 05:30 AM
Tsonga.

Michael_21
01-27-2008, 05:53 AM
tsonga will win in 3 or 4 he is the MASTER

Greenday
01-27-2008, 05:56 AM
WOW!!!!!...Tsonga is leading the poll...!!....Hmm

Farenhajt
01-27-2008, 06:01 AM
At least a third of Tsonga votes are by angry Fedbitches & Nolehaters who wish for Novak's self-combustion at the middle of Rod Laver Arena :)