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Fall Season Thread 2008

MacArthur
09-02-2008, 01:39 PM
The tourneys programed as of now are :

Bangkok, Thailand September 22-28
Tokyo, Japan September 29-October 5
Madrid, Spain October 13-19
Lyon, France October 20-26
Paris, France October 27-November 2

His real objective is Bercy. He will play the other tournament to raise his rythm (and to win his first title :cool: ).

Discuss :wavey:

Dragon89
09-03-2008, 03:23 PM
And what about the Kremlin Cup? He is in the official entry list :rolleyes:

MacArthur
09-03-2008, 04:03 PM
Yeah, it's true but my list is what has been written in l'équipe two days ago and they are usualy very reliable on this matter. If he plays in Moscow, he won't stop playing for nearly two months and I doubt it's going to be the case. He probably made his program to keep open every opportunity (even if it's not really fair for the tournament where he will pull out :rolleyes: ).

We will know tomorrow if he goes for Bucarest for example, while he has already officially asked for a WC.

lisaplenske
09-12-2008, 03:12 PM
I hope Jo to come back even stronger in the following tournaments and yes win his first tournament.
Allez Jo!!:)

JanineGermany
09-19-2008, 08:14 AM
Jo plays today against Kiefer in Vietnam, Exhibition
The winner will face the winner between Berdych and Söderling tomorrow in the final...

amdany
09-19-2008, 08:59 AM
thanks for the info:)

SelvenluvJo
09-20-2008, 04:14 AM
hay,everyone, which tour do you believe that Jojo has the best chance?

amdany
09-21-2008, 09:31 AM
(1) DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB vs BYE
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA vs QUALIFIER
BERRER, Michael GER vs GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS
QUALIFIER vs (6) SODERLING, Robin SWE

(3) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE vs BYE
BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA vs BOLELLI, Simone ITA
(WC) UDOMCHOKE, Danai THA vs MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
(WC) DJOKOVIC, Marko SRB vs (5) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

(7) SAFIN, Marat RUS vs PETZSCHNER, Philipp GER
ZVEREV, Mischa GER vs (WC) SMEETS, Robert AUS
QUALIFIER vs KENDRICK, Robert USA
BYE vs (4) MONFILS, Gael FRA

(8) MELZER, Jurgen AUT vs YOUNG, Donald USA
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA vs TROICKI, Viktor SRB
QUALIFIER vs BECKER, Benjamin GER
BYE vs (2) TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA

Ome
09-21-2008, 10:15 AM
:rocker2:

Jo will team up with a Thai model and they will play (a silly exhibition match) against Srichaphan and his Miss Universe wife tomorrow :lol:
Too bad I have exams all week, so I can't stalk him :awww:

lisaplenske
09-21-2008, 02:39 PM
wow!very glamour jo!:)

too bad Ome you couldnt go:hug:

Alex.
09-21-2008, 09:00 PM
Good luck, Jo. :dance:

He is also playing with Santoro in doubles, they managed to draw Djokovic/Djokovic. :lol:

amdany
09-24-2008, 09:00 AM
Jo won 7-6 3-6 7-6:)

Turquoise
09-24-2008, 10:13 AM
Seems Jo is off to a slow start, but great job pulling off the win after being a break down in 3rd set. Expected him to be rusty; if only he'll find his rhythm and go deeper in the tournament.

Also, nice that he's playing doubles with Santoro, hopefully the magician can pass on some skills to the apprentice. ;)

Alex.
09-24-2008, 05:29 PM
Nice fight. He'll getter better as the week goes along I'm sure.

They won in doubles too, 6-2 6-2.

MacArthur
09-24-2008, 05:36 PM
Important win for Jo :)

I wait friday to see him play.

lisaplenske
09-24-2008, 08:40 PM
it was tough first match,yes he must be rusty.

Allez good luck Jo for your next match;)

Pepi.
09-24-2008, 09:54 PM
Allez Jo :D

~*BGT*~
09-25-2008, 09:16 AM
Jo has been doing so well since his comeback. :D

lisaplenske
09-25-2008, 03:25 PM
Jo will face Melzer who beat Troicki in straight sets today.

that means the Austrian play good right now.

Allez Jo-wi!:)

*Raine
09-25-2008, 10:35 PM
I hope he'll win against Melzer :D

teleri
09-26-2008, 05:00 AM
I hope he beats Melzer. There's something about this guy that I don't like.

Turquoise
09-26-2008, 08:05 AM
Convincing vitory by Jo over Melzer 6-3 6-2 :woohoo:

Expected a tougher match, so I'm really ecstatic at this result. :yippee::bigclap::bounce::worship:

Good luck against Monfils in semi-final! (By the way, my dad adores both Tsonga and Monfils, so he's going to be torn as to whom he's going to support :lol:)

amdany
09-26-2008, 09:31 AM
Convincing vitory by Jo over Melzer 6-3 6-2 :woohoo:

Expected a tougher match, so I'm really ecstatic at this result. :yippee::bigclap::bounce::worship:

Good luck against Monfils in semi-final! (By the way, my dad adores both Tsonga and Monfils, so he's going to be torn as to whom he's going to support :lol:)

I'm like your dad here, I'm torn:sad: so good luck to both of them:p and let's hope it'll be a great match:)

MacArthur
09-26-2008, 11:14 AM
Solid win by Jo :)

The monster serve was there, still a little too much UEs though. Melzer also clearly gave up on the end, but still a very good win for the rest of the season. The guy is full of energy, no doubt :devil:

Now, comes Gaelou. I just hope for a good match and "que le meilleur gagne" as we say. :D

lisaplenske
09-26-2008, 01:34 PM
Yeah Fire Jo is back:D

allez good next match against gael.

Pepi.
09-26-2008, 10:23 PM
:banana:

take the tittle :D

*Raine
09-27-2008, 02:16 AM
You can do it Jo :D.

*Raine
09-27-2008, 07:26 AM
Jo is in the finals :worship: :banana: :banana:.

6-0, 6-3 against Gael. :D

I'm glad I got to see it, it's nice to see Jo back in a good form.

dootsiez
09-27-2008, 07:27 AM
WOW, Jo Willy Tsonga's on fire again. Missed him since the AO.

*Raine
09-27-2008, 07:49 AM
:banana:

Pepi.
09-27-2008, 08:22 AM
oh my.

Allez Jo!

he is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amdany
09-27-2008, 11:30 AM
congrats Jo:worship: and good luck for the final!

MacArthur
09-27-2008, 12:33 PM
I've just seen the second set. Poor Gaêl :sad:

Not even a chance for him.

Now, I absolutely want Jo to give a correction to Djoko. Not that I feel anything against him, but just to clearly establish himself for the end of the season. :cool:

lisaplenske
09-27-2008, 02:00 PM
happy about jo back in form:)

good luck in the finale,sure he can do it but like he said on post match interview he has to move better than that if he wants to win that finale.
On the atp web site they say that if jo wins that finale he will 35 point in the race.Blake who is 8th is at 86 points from him;

he perhaps has a chance to get place for the TMC BUT lets wait and see what he'll do tomorrow
GO JO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce::kiss:

Aurelien
09-27-2008, 02:48 PM
I'm quite impressed by Jo, I didn't think he could come back at such a level so fast. I really hope he will be able to beat the djoker tomorrow.

I didn't see his match against Gael, was Gael sick or something ? or did he play particularly bad ?

Alex.
09-27-2008, 06:46 PM
I watched a little bit. He was moving so well, his knee is definitely doing just fine. The forehand was great as well, he gave Monfils very few chances. :yeah:

*Raine
09-27-2008, 11:46 PM
Good luck to Jo.. :D :bigclap:.. he did so well yesterday :worship:.

He'll be up against my favorite player today, so I won't be rooting for him (just for today) but I'll be so happy nonetheless if he wins. ;)

Truc
09-28-2008, 07:11 AM
good luck in the finale,sure he can do it but like he said on post match interview he has to move better than that if he wants to win that finale.I don't know why they picked just that comment everywhere because I can't believe it was his main point in his post-match interview. He rather stresses he was on fire, and it was obvious by watching the match.

Here’s what he says in L'Equipe about these shape issues:Jo-Wilfried TSONGA : « Je ne suis pas encore au top physiquement, comme je l’étais à l’Open d’Australie. Je le vois bien, je suis encore pas mal essoufflé quand le point a été long. Mais, ici, les échanges seront plus courts qu’à Melbourne. Or, Djokovic adore imposer son endurance et son rythme quand l’échange se prolonge. Ça pourrait m’avantager… »
Éric WINOGRADSKY: « Le match ne se jouera pas sur le fait de jouer indoor. Plutôt sur la capacité de Jo à appréhender l’événement mieux qu’il l’avait fait à Melbourne. Là-bas, sa gestion des intentions de jeu n’avait pas été bonne. Tout allait tellement comme sur des roulettes (Tsonga avait gagné le premier set) qu’il avait eu tendance à temporiser. Interdit contre les meilleurs joueurs du monde. Dès qu’ils voient une faille, ils s’y engouffrent. C’est pour cela que j’adore ces matches-là. Gagnant ou perdant, ils sont source de progrès. » He says that physically he isn’t at his best like in Autralia, he’s a bit out of breathe after a long rallye. But the rallies are shorter here than in Melbourne. Djoko loves to impose his better condition and high pace in long rallies, but the conditions in Bangkok might favour Jo.
And Wino doesn’t completely agree the difference HC/indoors will be deciding, he says the key rather is the way Jo will approach the match. That was the problem in Melbourne. Everything was looking so good after having won the 1st set that Jo kind of started playing for time. One can’t afford to do that against the best players in the world. As soon as they see a flaw in the opponent's game, they will use it. That's why matches like the one in Melbourne are so important and really help to improve.

Truc
09-28-2008, 07:12 AM
And here’s the whole article, I can’t translate it, but he clearly says he was hitting the ball as well as in Australia:
Un air d’Australie
Impitoyable face à Monfils, Tsonga sent aussi bien son tennis qu’à Melbourne. Il retrouve justement Djokovic en finale aujourd’hui...

MAUDIT SOIT LE GENOU. Sans la lésion du ménisque droit qui l’obligea à s’allonger sur le billard le 27 mai dernier, le privant ainsi du triptyque Roland-Garros - Wimbledon - Jeux Olympiques, qui sait à quelle altitude planerait aujourd’hui Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ? Impitoyable vainqueur de Gaël Monfils en demi-finales (6-0, 6-3), hier à Bangkok, le Français n’a mis que deux tournois (l’US Open et l’Open de Thaïlande) pour retrouver un niveau de jeu presque digne de son extraordinaire début de saison. Ce garçon est fait d’un bois qui n’appartient qu’à lui. Quand la santé va, tout va. Sauf pour l’adversaire, alors réduit à un rôle de simple figurant, désemparé par l’agressivité et la violence des frappes du finaliste de l’Open d’Australie.
Monfils en fit hier la bien amère expérience. Plombé par un début de match hésitant, il encaissa durant cinquante-neuf minutes une avalanche de directs et d’uppercuts qui devaient moins à la leçon de boxe thaïe prise par Tsonga durant la semaine qu’à la volonté de son pote et rival d’assommer le match dès son entame. En huit minutes, le Manceau menait déjà 3 jeux à 0. L’entreprise d’étouffement fut si soudaine qu’il engloutit 17 des 21 premiers points. Tout y passa : services maousses, coups droits supersoniques, retours bloqués, 100 % de réussite au filet... Une véritable tornade. « Jo a trop bien joué pour moi et je n’ai jamais trouvé la solution, reconnut honnêtement “la Monf”, sonné par le combat et turlupiné par une douleur à l’épaule droite qui lui rappelait celle qui l’avait privé du dernier Wimbledon. Comme j’étais un peu en dedans, je n’ai rien pu faire. »
« Je n’ai encore rien gagné »
Cet impressionnant retour aux affaires de Tsonga n’était pas écrit au sortir de son premier tour thaï contre Lukas Dlouhy. Pénible vainqueur du Tchèque au tie-break du troisième set, il semblait alors en phase de reconstruction. Le débriefing musclé provoqué par son coach Éric Winogradsky agit alors comme un électrochoc : « Je lui ai dit qu’il devait changer d’attitude et se faire violence. De temps en temps, ça ne fait pas de mal de recadrer certaines choses... » Se faire violence ? L’expression tombe à pic, Tsonga adore. Chez lui, la pompe à adrénaline ne demande qu’à s’activer : « Dès que je retrouve un instinct de tueur, tout se remet naturellement en place. Je ne me pose pas de question et j’y vais. » Branché sur 10 000 volts lors de son quart de finale contre Melzer, le Français avait encore augmenté le volume contre Monfils. « J’ai vu Gaël juste avant le match et on s’est dit : “aujourd’hui, mec, c’est oeil pour oeil dent pour dent”, raconte-t-il. Mais je me sentais capable d’atteindre pareil niveau de jeu. Le quart contre Melzer m’avait montré la voie. » Les sensations ne demandaient qu’à remonter à la surface. « Franchement, niveau qualité de frappe, j’étais aujourd’hui (hier) à mon niveau de Melbourne et de la rencontre de Coupe Davis contre les Roumains, à Sibiu. J’étais chaud bouillant et j’avais envie de tout éclater. Ça fait plaisir de jouer comme ça. J’en ai tellement ch... que je me sens fort et que j’ai envie d’envoyer des parpaings dans tous les sens. » Il lui faudra réitérer pareille performance pour espérer brandir aujourd’hui le premier trophée de sa carrière. Se dresse en effet devant lui Novak Djokovic. Djokovic, remember ? Celui-là même qui le priva d’un triomphe total à l’Open d’Australie. Ce sera leur deuxième affrontement, à chaque fois en finale et le Serbe la jouait modeste, hier, en prévision de ce nouveau duel : « J’espère juste que je serai moins endormi que lors de mon premier set contre Berdych. Je me suis réveillé à temps dans le deuxième. Je croyais avoir totalement récupéré des effets du décalage horaire. Il faut croire que non. »
Roi de l’intox,« Djoko »resta pourtant suffisamment éveillé pour estourbir le terrible Tchèque en deux sets (7-5, 6-1). Mais Tsonga actionnera aujourd’hui deux leviers de motivation. « D’abord, je veux prendre ma revanche sur la finale de Melbourne, explique-t-il. Et puis, je veux absolument décrocher mon premier titre. Pour moi, c’est primordial. Ça n’a pas de prix. Ce sera la guerre. Tout le monde dit que je suis un bon joueur mais je n’ai encore rien gagné ! Ce trophée, je le veux plus que tout. » VINCENT COGNET

Truc
09-28-2008, 07:20 AM
I've just seen the second set. Poor Gaêl :sad:

Not even a chance for him.Oh, I hadn't seen your cute post. :lol:
Gaël was doing awesome in the 2nd set compared to the 1st one. ^^

Aurelien
09-28-2008, 10:11 AM
Congrats Joe for this victory.

I'm really impressed by this successful come back. I just hope no other injury will ruin his season.

soulage
09-28-2008, 10:18 AM
That's great. If only injuries can let him.

Now a MS title :angel:

*Raine
09-28-2008, 10:18 AM
:banana: :banana: Woohoo!!!!! nice one Jo.. :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

amdany
09-28-2008, 10:22 AM
congrats for your 1st title Jo:banana::banana::banana:

dootsiez
09-28-2008, 10:41 AM
Way to win your first title. Brilliant. Good luck for the rest of the year.

MacArthur
09-28-2008, 10:51 AM
Perfect way to win your first title, Jo :worship:


Perfect way to collect your haters too :devil:


The end of the season is ridiculously looking good now :cool:

Jelena_78
09-28-2008, 11:16 AM
Congratulations Jo!!! :D

:worship:

Pepi.
09-28-2008, 11:17 AM
amazing Jo!
first tittle of manys :hearts:

:rocker:

DanaKz
09-28-2008, 01:17 PM
Congratulations Jo! That was absolutely awesome!

lisaplenske
09-28-2008, 03:09 PM
Soooooo happy for Jo,he worked so hard and was so patient after so many injuries.He deserves to be rewarded finally.Finally!
Great job Jo:worship::clap2::yeah:

I like very much the way he goes for it in important matchs,he doesnt question himself too much.Just Go for it and try as hard as possible.Great fighting spirit really.Respect to him.

Good luck in tokyo Jo;)

Alex.
09-28-2008, 06:28 PM
Yes! :banana: Congratulations Jo. Completely deserved. :dance:

JBdV
09-28-2008, 08:51 PM
:woohoo: What a week for Jo, finally an ATP title and a little bit of revenge for Melbourne... So delighted for him :D

teleri
09-28-2008, 09:12 PM
He has had a great week.I was very very happy for him.
Next up, Japan. Go get the title, Jo.

2moretogo
09-28-2008, 09:55 PM
:woohoo:Go JOE!!!:woohoo:

Turquoise
09-29-2008, 03:58 AM
Congratulations Jo on winning first ATP title!!!! :hatoff: And in style too, by avenging AO loss to Djokovic :yeah: What can I say, absolutely fantastic!! I'm so deliriously happy even though I didn't get to see the final :banana: :banana: :bounce::bounce::yippee::woohoo:

SelvenluvJo
09-29-2008, 04:58 AM
I can't say anything but congratulations!!!!!!crying................

lisaplenske
09-29-2008, 01:19 PM
I can't say anything but congratulations!!!!!!crying................

oh...:hug: he did it,he did it!:D;)

DanaKz
10-01-2008, 06:03 AM
Oh my... :sad: Jo lost first set...

DanaKz
10-01-2008, 06:04 AM
Break! Come on Jo!

DanaKz
10-01-2008, 06:23 AM
:sad: :scared:

simplet
10-01-2008, 07:11 AM
something tells me we're gonna have a lot of stress watching Tsonga's first matches in tournaments. It seems that he has to "warm up" a little bit before he plays reall well each time.

Månu
10-01-2008, 07:20 AM
Well done Jo... a second title in a row would be great. Hopefully the next round will be easier!

DanaKz
10-01-2008, 07:28 AM
Great. I hope it will be like Bangkok - difficulties in first match and title eventually :)

lisaplenske
10-01-2008, 03:58 PM
yes it would be great.

Allez JO!:)

RGK
10-02-2008, 12:35 AM
:D
great to see him like this after that injury.

DanaKz
10-02-2008, 09:23 AM
What's going on? Livescore froze... Does anyone see it on TV?

Invisible
10-02-2008, 09:30 AM
What's going on? Livescore freezed... Does anyone see it on TV?

The livescore on the tournament website is working :)

DanaKz
10-02-2008, 09:32 AM
Oh, great :( Re-break from Troicki...

DanaKz
10-02-2008, 09:39 AM
The livescore on the tournament website is working :)

Thanks :)

DanaKz
10-02-2008, 09:52 AM
Yes! First set. 7-5. Come on!

MacArthur
10-02-2008, 09:54 AM
Great Jo :)

One more needed

soulage
10-02-2008, 10:31 AM
Again a retirement :sad: He's not able to play two tournaments in a row.

Maybe he was too tired ?

amdany
10-02-2008, 10:41 AM
Again a retirement :sad: He's not able to play two tournaments in a row.

Maybe he was too tired ?

let's hope it's just that and not another injury:sad:

SelvenluvJo
10-02-2008, 10:57 AM
Who can tell me What is the matter?I feel so sad. I don't wanna another injury!!!!!:-(

amdany
10-02-2008, 11:10 AM
from atptennis.com

The 26-year-old captured his 26th title and third crown overall this year in Beijing (d. Sela) last week and will next meet Viktor Troicki of Serbia, who progressed to his second ATP semifinal after No. 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired with an abdominal strain early in the second set. Troicki was trailing 5-7, 2-1 at the time of the Frenchman’s decision to retire after 69 minutes.

DanaKz
10-02-2008, 11:23 AM
from atptennis.com
retired with an abdominal strain
I don't know, how serious is it? I am realy scared...

Turquoise
10-02-2008, 12:31 PM
Hope the abdominal strain is not too serious. I had a real scare about his knee flaring up. Maybe his body is telling him not to overdo it too soon, having just won a tournament last week. Coming back from injury is a tentative process, but he's surprising us (pleasantly) with great results so soon.

Important thing is that he continues to strengthen and rehabilitate himself, and be completely healthy for Madrid and Paris - especially Paris, where he will delight his home crowd. Bon courage, Jo!

lisaplenske
10-02-2008, 01:50 PM
Oh no jo not another injury:sad:

hopefully its not too bad,he probably must go step by step, his body is still fragile after his surgery.
Take care JO,take some rest to prepare well madrid and paris.

Pepi.
10-02-2008, 02:50 PM
jo :sad:

Truc
10-02-2008, 04:14 PM
A guy says on jwt.com that he talked with Jo and it's nothing serious. He had pain in the shoulder and in the groin (no idea where the abdominal strain talk is coming from...) and preferred to retire, but he doesn't sound worried.

martine2
10-02-2008, 05:38 PM
Well, let's hope for the best...
Heard he retired from Moscow and I must say I don't care about that too much. Most important is that he gives his body time to get back in shape.

JBdV
10-02-2008, 07:30 PM
:sad: Really hope it is nothing serious and to see him fit and ready in Madrid.

*Raine
10-03-2008, 03:21 AM
:sad: Really hope it is nothing serious and to see him fit and ready in Madrid.

Me too :sad:

lisaplenske
10-03-2008, 10:51 AM
A guy says on jwt.com that he talked with Jo and it's nothing serious. He had pain in the shoulder and in the groin (no idea where the abdominal strain talk is coming from...) and preferred to retire, but he doesn't sound worried.

Merci pour l'info,c'est deja plus rassurant.

Truc
10-03-2008, 11:09 AM
There is an article today in L'Equipe, but they have a summary now on lequipe.fr:
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20081003_122214_tsonga-dans-l-attente_Dev.html
He's having an MRI in France today, they don't know yet how bad it is. It's a groin injury. He sounds pretty gutted, but at least he retired in time, so it shouldn't be that bad.
Wino had to tell him to stop during the match, the journalist writes Jo almost wanted to keep playing because he hates to retire. Wino: "Si tu te pètes en continuant le match à tout prix, tu es vraiment le roi des cons." (Sorry, I don't know how to translate that.)

martine2
10-03-2008, 05:22 PM
There is an article today in L'Equipe, but they have a summary now on lequipe.fr:
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20081003_122214_tsonga-dans-l-attente_Dev.html
He's having an MRI in France today, they don't know yet how bad it is. It's a groin injury. He sounds pretty gutted, but at least he retired in time, so it shouldn't be that bad.
Wino had to tell him to stop during the match, the journalist writes Jo almost wanted to keep playing because he hates to retire. Wino: "Si tu te pètes en continuant le match à tout prix, tu es vraiment le roi des cons." (Sorry, I don't know how to translate that.)

I'd say like: "If you insist on fucking up yourself by keeping on playing, you really are the king of the morons"

*Raine
10-04-2008, 01:19 AM
I hope it's not too bad :scared:

MacArthur
10-04-2008, 12:07 PM
We can breathe :D :

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20081004_134229_tsonga-rassure_Dev.html


In short : "it's nothing bad" said wino. But his participation to the madrid masters isn't absolutely sure.
He will begin again the training during the middle of next week.

lisaplenske
10-04-2008, 02:50 PM
jo please take your time

pff del potro getting points from tokyo and is likely to win it now,he'll get n°9 spot no?
jo is so impatient to play again but he should be wise and come back in Lyon IMO, even if that means he wont win some important points in madrid.

amdany
10-05-2008, 09:39 AM
phew, good news:D

JBdV
10-05-2008, 10:41 PM
Very relieved to hear it is not serious :yeah:

DanaKz
10-06-2008, 07:24 AM
Thanks for good news.:)

Truc
10-11-2008, 08:12 AM
He'll play Madrid according to L'Equipe today:

Tsonga à Madrid, c’est oui !
Fauché il y a huit jours à Tokyo par une douleur à l’aine, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, qui venait de remporter à Bangkok, quelques jours auparavant, son premier titre, jouera bien le Masters Series de Madrid la semaine prochaine. Le feu est passé au vert hier après une dernière visite de contrôle suffisamment rassurante pour que le Manceau, en délicatesse aussi avec son épaule droite, prenne place dans un avion pour Madrid ce matin. « On y va, se réjouissait son entraîneur, Éric Winogradsky. Nous allons demander que Jo joue son premier tour le plus tard possible, en espérant que d’ici là il ait pu retrouver le rythme. »

The doctors gave him the green light yesterday and he's leaving for Madrid today. He has some problems with his groin and his shoulder, but he can play. They'll ask for a late start so he has some time to get into gear again.

MacArthur
10-11-2008, 04:22 PM
It will be against Paulo or a qualifier, and then (if there is a then) Fed :cool:


Thanks for the confirmation, Truc :wavey:

lisaplenske
10-11-2008, 05:37 PM
last week I was thinking about jo performances this season and his wins over top players nadal,murray and djokovic I was wondering when he will play federer in a tournament.
My wish will perhaps be realized.OMG JO playing against Fed,that's just Tennis Festival!:hearts::yeah:

hopefully jo will be ready since the beginning:)

ALLEZ!

SelvenluvJo
10-12-2008, 08:43 AM
I'm afarid of the injury,and against Paulo will be difficult....

Pepi.
10-12-2008, 07:10 PM
good luck Jo!

do your best :D

lisaplenske
10-12-2008, 08:11 PM
I'm afarid of the injury,and against Paulo will be difficult....

he already beat him earlier, it was at IW if I remember well but he's a competitor, he likes to win and play the best so I dont count on him to give up against paulo or anyone else.
Hopefully he recovered from his injury and give all he has in him to face Roger:angel:

MacArthur
10-14-2008, 06:32 PM
He will play against Granollers tomorrow at 11H00 (local time) on the central court

Time to shine Jo :cool:

Turquoise
10-15-2008, 07:55 AM
Good luck Jo today against Granollers! I've asked for special leave from work to watch the match.. can't bear to miss it.

Alex.
10-15-2008, 08:14 AM
Allez, Jo. :D I've woken up early to watch him, hopefully he doesn't disappoint.

DanaKz
10-15-2008, 09:39 AM
Omg! Wtf?

DanaKz
10-15-2008, 10:43 AM
First set - 3-6, second 6-3... Come on Jo!

MacArthur
10-15-2008, 11:31 AM
Tough one, but it's done

Grannollers seriously overplayed at times (mostly on his dropshot and passing, great match from him though)


Fed next ?

SelvenluvJo
10-15-2008, 11:36 AM
this match almost killed me

amdany
10-15-2008, 12:40 PM
looks like it was a tough one...good luck to him in the next round:angel:

Månu
10-15-2008, 01:29 PM
It's gonna be tougher in the next round!

Pepi.
10-15-2008, 08:15 PM
do your best Jo!
allez!

Alex.
10-15-2008, 10:10 PM
Congrats Jo. :D This is probably the end of the tournament if he doesn't play much better than he did today though.

Turquoise
10-16-2008, 05:48 AM
The drop shots from Granollers almost killed me! They were actually superb, reminiscent of what Jo did consistently at the AO.

It was a close call for Jo, but once again, he proves that he has the heart of a fighter. At 3-5 in the 3rd set, practically staring down the barrel of a gun, he didn't give up. I'm proud of him for that.

Today's match against Federer is a much anticipated one. All I can ask of him is to go out there swinging, show no fear and anything can happen. Good luck!

Truc
10-16-2008, 06:30 AM
Today's article in L'Equipe is about Richard and Jo, here is the part about Jo - I have no time to translate, sorry:A la pêche au gros
Gasquet et Tsonga s’attaquent aujourd’hui à Nadal et à Federer, qui pèsent la bagatelle de dix-huit titres en Grand Chelem.

LES DEUX MEILLEURS Français s’offrant le scalp des numéros 1 et 2 mondiaux le même jour ? C’est du jamais vu, mais une possibilité aujourd’hui en huitièmes de finale. Dans un stade archicomble, Gasquet devra dompter Nadal, ce qu’il n’a jamais réussi en cinq tentatives, mais aussi faire taire un public chaud, pas tendre mardi avec Gulbis. Peut-être que le Biterrois en mettra plein les mirettes à Pedro Almodovar et à l’ancien Premier ministre José Maria Aznar, vus l’avant-veille pour l’entrée en lice du numéro 1 mondial. Tsonga a droit à l’autre monstre sacré du circuit, Roger Federer, qu’il n’a jamais affronté auparavant et qui n’a pas été impérial, hier, face à Radek Stepanek, se trouvant à deux points de perdre le deuxième set. Comme Gasquet, le finaliste de l’Open d’Australie a le talent pour provoquer ce séisme.
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA
CE QU’IL ESPÈRE
Touché à l’aine et à l’épaule droite il y a dix jours, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reprenait hier et il a frôlé le gadin contre le Barcelonais Marcel Granollers, qui trompe bien son monde avec son air de ne pas y toucher. Passé par deux fois à deux points de la porte dans le dernier set (30 A à 5-3 et à 5-4), Tsonga a prouvé une nouvelle fois qu’il avait, comme dirait Almodovar, des « cojones » (3-6, 6-3, 7-6). « J’ai toujours un peu peur avec mon épaule, mais je me sens au même niveau qu’à Bangkok (son premier titre, fin septembre). Federer ? Génial, enfin je vais l’affronter ! Je ne me suis même jamais échauffé avec lui ! Mais ce match, je l’ai déjà joué plusieurs fois dans ma tête. Comment ça, qui gagnait ? C’est quoi cette question ? Ben, c’était moi, évidemment ! Si je flippe ? Ça va pas ou quoi ? Federer est le champion des champions, mais il n’y a pas à tortiller : je peux le battre. Mais je ne le battrai que si je sors le même genre de match que contre Nadal à Melbourne ou Djokovic à Bangkok. Au-dessous, ça ne passera pas. »
L’AVIS DE SON COACH
« Avec Jojo, on n’est à l’abri d’aucun exploit. Rien qu’avec sa tronche, sa confiance en lui si peu commune, il peut du jour au lendemain élever son niveau de jeu de façon incroyable. Je ne peux donc pas dire que Federer, c’est trop tôt trop haut pour lui. Il a battu Nadal en Australie, Djokovic à Bangkok, il a failli remettre ça contre Nadal à Indian Wells alors qu’il revenait de blessure, donc : impossible n’est pas Tsonga. Moi, je suis vachement curieux de ce match. Federer a un service exceptionnel. Ce n’est pas celui qui sert le plus fort, mais il a tellement de lancers différents que ça en devient illisible. C’est aussi le roi de la variation et un défenseur hors pair. Comment Jo va réagir ? Qui reculera le premier ? J’ai hâte de voir ça. »
RICHARD GASQUET: SI J’ÉTAIS JO...
« Moi, quand j’avais battu Federer à Monte-Carlo (quarts en 2004), je l’avais dominé dans la diagonale des revers. C’est de ce côté que Jo doit attaquer. Mais avant, il doit être au top au service, qui est heureusement une de ses armes principales. Jo a les moyens de gagner des points en deux frappes. Et puis, avec Federer, on a quelquefois l’impression de gagner quelques jeux facilement, ce qui n’arrive jamais avec Nadal. L’indoor, c’est la meilleure surface pour Jo. Il n’aura aucune pression. Bien sûr, il ne faut pas surjouer, mais ça, il le sait. Et le Federer qu’on a vu en août, Jo est capable de le surprendre. Federer est à court de matches, lui aussi. Cela dit, si Federer est au top, ça sera très dur. On est toujours obligé, avec lui, d’espérer une petite baisse de régime. »
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: SI J’ÉTAIS RICHARD…
« Quand j’avais battu Nadal à Melbourne cette année, je ne l’avais pas laissé respirer. Je crois que Richard doit l’agresser sans cesse et attaquer sur tout ce qui est attaquable. Nadal est une machine, ça ne sert à rien de vouloir l’avoir à l’usure. C’est limite suicidaire. Si j’étais Richard, j’essaierais d’être toujours dans le terrain et de chercher des angles courts pour enquiquiner Nadal, qui aime se tenir loin au fond. Avec son revers, et même avec son coup droit, Richard peut toucher ces zones. Au service, un mot d’ordre : viser le plus souvent l’extérieur pour faire reculer Nadal et le sortir du terrain. Autre chose, nous sommes ici à Madrid, dans l’arène de Nadal. Les gens sont chauds et Richard doit leur montrer qu’il est là et aussi montrer à Nadal qu’il n’a pas peur. »He's still a bit apprehensive because of his shoulder, but he means he's playing at the same level as in Bangkok, sounds very eager to play and quite confident. :p

Turquoise
10-16-2008, 12:06 PM
As always, many thanks Truc for making available the above article.

I have made an attempt to translate it - warning: there will be words lost in translation, but I think the gist is there:


Going after the big fish


Gasquet et Tsonga will today face Nadal and Federer, who between them have 18 grand slam titles.

Is it possible that the two best French players will succeed in taking the scalps of the world’s numbers 1 and 2 on the same day? It’s never happened before, but now it’s a possibility in the 3rd round.

In a packed stadium, filled with a partisan crowd (who did not spare Gulbis last Tuesday), Gasquet will have to overcome Nadal, a feat that he’s never achieved in 5 attempts.

Tsonga, on the other hand, will have to face Roger Federer, the revered tennis giant, whom he’s never played against before, but who was not imperious yesterday against Radek Stepanek, and was within 2 points of losing the 2nd set.

Like Gasquet, the Australian Open finalist has the talent to provoke a shock upset.


JO-WILFRIED TSONGA
What he hopes for

Tsonga has been suffering from a groin and right shoulder injury for the past 10 days, he only resumed match play yesterday and he escaped defeat by a hair’s breath against the Barcelonian, Marcel Granollers. He was within 2 points of defeat in the last set (30-30 at 5-3 and at 5-4), and he proved once again that he had, in the words of Almodovar, “des cojones” (3-6, 6-3, 7-6)

Said Tsonga: “I was always a little apprehensive about my shoulder, but I feel at the same level as Bangkok” (his first title end of September).

Federer ? “Super, finally I get to play him! I’ve never even warmed up with him! But I have played this match many times in my head. What do you mean, who won? What kind of question is this? I did, obviously! Am I tripping? What’s wrong with that? Federer is the champion of champions, but there's no need to squirm: I think I can beat him. But I can only do that if I am in the same form as I was against Nadal in Melbourne or Djokovic in Bangkok. Anything less won’t do.”


HIS COACH’S OPINION

“With Jojo, any exploit is within reach. He can raise his game to incredible levels from one day to the next. I therefore cannot say that Federer is too soon, too high for him. He beat Nadal in Australia, Djokovic in Bangkok, and he only failed to beat Nadal again in Indian Wells because he’d just come back from injury, therefore: impossible is not Tsonga. As for me, I’m very curious about this match. Federer has an exceptional serve. He’s not the most powerful server, but his placements are so different that they are very hard to read. He’s also the king of variation and an incomparable defender. How will Jo react? Who will back down first? I can’t wait to see that.”


RICHARD GASQUET: IF I WAS JO…

When I beat Federer in Monte Carlo (quarter-final in 2004), I dominated him with cross court backhands. It’s on that side that Jo has to attack him. But first, he has produce his best service games, which fortunately is one of his biggest weapons. Jo has the means of winning points in two strikes. Also, with Federer, one sometimes has the impression of winning a few games easily, which never happens with Nadal. Indoors is the best surface for Jo. He won’t have any pressure. Of course, he must not overplay, but this, he knows already. Jo is able to overcome the Federer that we saw in August. Federer is short on match play also. Having said that, if Federer is on top of his game, it’s going to be very hard. With him, we are forced to hope that he is in sub-standard form.


JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: IF I WAS RICHARD…

When I beat Nadal in Melbourne this year, I did not allow him room to breathe. I think that Richard has to be relentlessly aggressive and attack everything that is attackable. Nadal is a machine, it’s useless trying to wear him down. It’s all or nothing. If I was Richard, I would try to always move up court and to search for short angles to irritate Nadal and draw him behind the baseline. Another thing, we are here in Madrid, in the arena of Nadal. The crowds are hotly involved and Richard has to show them that he is there and also show Nadal that he is not afraid.

MacArthur
10-16-2008, 05:35 PM
Many Thanks for your effort, Turquoise

Does someone has a livestream for that match ?


I am not at home unfortunately.

JBdV
10-16-2008, 05:57 PM
Here is a livestream: http://www.justin.tv/live24sports
The betting sites such as betfair and bet365 are streaming it too if you have an account there.
Good luck Jo, hoping for a great match.

MacArthur
10-16-2008, 06:27 PM
You saved my life, thanks

MacArthur
10-16-2008, 07:16 PM
Gutted !

Absolute no match from Jo

Just forget it and bring Lyon

JBdV
10-16-2008, 07:31 PM
Another match that failed to live up to expectations :(
But Jo was clearly not at his best this week, maybe came back too soon from the injury. Hope to see a better level of play from him in Lyon.

Alex.
10-17-2008, 03:53 AM
Expected. Roger is much too good to be challenged by a very sub-par Jo. Hopefully he gets into better form for Paris. Allez Jo. :hug:

Turquoise
10-17-2008, 04:31 AM
A lesson in humility, but a valuable learning experience for Jo. He started well, was doing great until 4-5, then lost confidence in his 2nd serve. Federer smelled blood, and practically pounced on that weakness from then on. Sometimes, a change in tactic, such as taking some pace off the first serve, could take some pressure off.

Anyway, there will be a chance for revenge, and we all expect the real Jo to turn up next time. Keep believing, Jo! :hug:

Truc
10-17-2008, 06:59 AM
Thank you so much, Turquoise, I'm sorry I can't translate anymore atm. Here is his interview after the match, his reaction is really good:
«Ça remet les idées en place »
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA mesure sans langue de bois tout ce qui le sépare aujourd’hui de Roger Federer.

« VOUS PENSIEZ GÊNER Federer et vous êtes loin du compte… Déçu ou effondré ?
– Déçu oui, effondré jamais de la vie. Ça servirait à quoi ? À rien. Je retiens juste qu’il n’y a pas eu de miracle. Quand tu manques de rythme, quand tu as des courbatures parce que tu as joué deux heures la veille, tu n’inquiètes pas Federer. Voilà, je suis quelque part content, oui content, parce que là je sais vraiment où j’en suis. Ça fait du bien d’en prendre une bonne de temps en temps ; ça remet les idées en place.
– À quoi pensez-vous ?
– J’ai encore trop de déchets dans mon jeu. J’ai bien observé Federer et je vais en tirer des enseignements parce que c’est vers son jeu que je dois tendre pour ménager mon corps. J’ai vu par exemple qu’il ne se frustrait jamais quand il allait à la faute. Toujours, il continuait de me mettre la pression, d’avancer, d’attaquer la moindre balle courte. Il a raison parce qu’il sait qu’au final ça va payer. Quand je fais les trois doubles fautes à 4-5 dans le premier set et qu’il me breake, c’est parce qu’il m’oblige à forcer. Lui, c’est le vrai tennis, il est le plus grand. Roger est plus fort que moi mais je persiste à penser que je peux le battre si je suis vraiment au point.
– Vos espoirs de vous qualifier pour le Masters paraissent s’être envolés ici…
– Je le crois aussi. J’étais venu à Madrid parce que le Masters me trottait dans la tête.Maintenant, c’est foutu. Mais il reste de belles choses à faire à Lyon et à Paris- Bercy. Déjà, je pars d’ici en bonne santé. C’est énorme ! (Rires.) Et j’ai déjà hâte de rejouer contre Federer… »

Turquoise
10-17-2008, 09:27 AM
Here goes...


This puts things in perspective

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA gave a candid assessment of all that separated him from Roger Federer today.

You hoped to upset Federer and you failed by a long shot… Disappointed or prostrate?

-Disappointed yes, prostrate never in my life. What would that serve? Nothing. I can only bear in mind that I did not pull off a miracle. When you lack rhythm, when your joints are stiff from playing two hours the day before, you won’t trouble Federer. So there, I am in part happy, yes happy, because now, I really know where I stand. It does one good to take a fall from time to time: it puts things in perspective.


What are you thinking of?

-I still have too many weaknesses in my game. I have well observed Federer and I will draw lessons from that because it’s through approaching his game style that I can better manage my body. I saw for example that he never got frustrated when he made an error. He constantly kept the pressure on me, advancing, attacking the slightest short ball. He’s right, for he knows that it will pay dividends in the final. When I double faulted three times at 4-5 in the first set he broke me, it’s because he compelled me to go for too much. He is all about authentic tennis, he’s the greatest. Roger is better than me but I persist in believing that I can beat him if I am focussed.

Your hopes to qualify for the Masters appear to have flown out the window here…

-I think so too. I came to Madrid because the Masters teased my mind. Now, it’s bust. But there are still very nice things to do in Lyon and at Paris-Bercy. As it is, I’m leaving here in good health. That’s huge! (laughter) And already, I can’t wait for another rematch against Federer.

Truc
10-17-2008, 09:37 AM
I was coming over here to do it because I've seen the Gasquetaires were asking for a translation, but thanks a lot for doing it again, Turquoise! And your English is much better than mine.

He really has the right attitude.
As for the Masters Cup, the other Frenchies keep saying it is not really a goal for them, and I think they're honest when they say that - but they've played the Olympics, and they would be a bit out of place in Shanghai, while Jo has missed so many events and he can beat the top players.
That's why I would really prefer it to be Jo if one of the "bande des 4" has to go to Shanghai. Can he still do it with a great run in Lyon and Bercy?

Turquoise
10-17-2008, 10:02 AM
You're welcome, Truc :hug:

I have a good feeling about Lyon. If anything, it will give him valuable match practice and momentum. A good run in Lyon will give him better preparation for Paris-Bercy, and with the home crowd behind him, he can reach for the skies, why not?

And, as you pointed out, it's truly impressive that although Jo has missed so many events, once he gets court time, he maximizes his opportunities. Once he's allowed to get his momentum going, he's dangerous and that's what makes him such an exciting player.

Alex.
10-19-2008, 01:17 AM
Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA [8] vs. Guillermo Cañas ARG
Juan Carlos Ferrero ESP vs. Sam Querrey USA
Fabrice Santoro FRA vs. Fabio Fognini ITA
Marc Gicquel FRA vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA [3]

Jo's quarter in Lyon. He should get through it if he is playing like he can. Needs to improve from Madrid, though.

Pepi.
10-20-2008, 06:30 PM
Good luck :)

Allez Jo!

Alex.
10-21-2008, 08:51 PM
He won 7-5 4-6 6-3. :scared: Tough match. Some not-so-great stats in there.

Pepi.
10-21-2008, 08:52 PM
Jo :scared: but a win is a win :bounce:

Dragon89
10-21-2008, 10:55 PM
He won 7-5 4-6 6-3. :scared: Tough match. Some not-so-great stats in there.

Marc was a two-time finalist (2006 and 2007), so he likes playing in Lyon... I think it's not a bad count really, especially because Jo often has a tough start at the tournaments (Adelaide, loss in Marseille, loss in Rome, Hamburg, Bangkok, Tokyo, Madrid).

Pepi.
10-23-2008, 07:34 PM
He won :banana:

6-2 5-7 6-3

again in 3 sets, but well done :)

the graduate
10-23-2008, 09:58 PM
good luck Jo in your next match!!!

DanaKz
10-24-2008, 05:39 AM
Ferrero. It should be interesting.

Turquoise
10-24-2008, 08:45 AM
Well done Jo to reach the quarter-finals. Good luck against Ferrero!

Pepi.
10-25-2008, 07:28 AM
He won 7-5 6-1

next is Benneteau!

good luck :D

amdany
10-25-2008, 04:53 PM
he lost 7-6 7-5. He had some opportunities, he didn't take them(especially in the 1st set)

Anyway, there's Bercy now!!!!Good luck to him

SelvenluvJo
10-26-2008, 06:32 AM
I think he is a little bit tired.Goooood luck to the last station!

lisaplenske
10-26-2008, 12:17 PM
disappointing match ,very far from his best there and losing to benneteau is just :o
well at least he wont be tired at bercy hopefully.

MacArthur
10-26-2008, 12:30 PM
Raaah

He is just so frustrated on the court at the moment. That's hard to watch.

Well, Paris and it's done.

Pepi.
10-26-2008, 01:43 PM
Paris:

[13] Jo Wilfred Tsonga vs Bye
Marc Giquel vs Radek Stepanek
Adrian Mannarino (WC) vs Dmitry Tursunov
Bye vs [3] Novak Djokovic

Pepi.
10-26-2008, 01:45 PM
Good luck :)

lisaplenske
10-29-2008, 06:40 PM
jo beat stepanek 3-6 6-4 6-4:clap2::yeah:

mg such an intense match with the home crowd cheering loud for JWT,that was like davis cup match!jo overcame a break down in the third, the last game was just brilliant,jo making genius shots.

since France will play Czek republic in first DC round,thats good:cool:

bravo jo, he didnt play ood but managed to win ugly,congrats champion.

Next--> Djokovic. Remember Bangkok:angel::devil:

Pepi.
10-29-2008, 08:45 PM
yeah!
well done :banana:

good luck against Nole :)

the graduate
10-29-2008, 11:21 PM
gO jo go!!

Turquoise
10-30-2008, 03:58 AM
Bravo, Jo! Very suspenseful match, was slow off the blocks, found his rhythm in the 2nd set, almost lost it in the third with that break of serve and that final return game when he broke for the match was truly sensational! He really gave the French crowd (and me) much to cheer about. BTW, didn't expect to see the racquet-breaking tantrum and the tiff with the Bernadez (who's actually a pussy-cat, love him) but at least he used his aggression to good use as the match progressed.

Next up Djokovic; he needs to impose his game from the start as it would be harder to come from behind. Good luck!

*Raine
10-30-2008, 01:20 PM
Good luck Jo (although this time I'll be rooting for Novak because he's my fave)

Pepi.
10-30-2008, 03:20 PM
He won :banana: :banana: :banana:

6-4 1-6 6-3

:)

:bounce: :bounce:

soulage
10-30-2008, 03:30 PM
Great and 34 winners

MacArthur
10-30-2008, 03:31 PM
Great win and great match for Jo


He has shaken all the frustration from Lyon and from the stepanek match.


Bring the Duck now !

lisaplenske
10-30-2008, 03:38 PM
stronga did it again cheer for him!:worship:

very good first set, then he dropped his level in second ,called for the trainer and like yesterday was on fire in the third.
Absolutely stunning performance from jo:cool:

go and beat mister aces roddick in your first quarter finale in a master serie GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Pepi.
10-30-2008, 03:39 PM
He can beat Andy, Allez Jo!

amdany
10-30-2008, 06:20 PM
:worship::worship:

the graduate
10-30-2008, 10:32 PM
Jo will beat Andy my friends and it will be fun you guys!

Turquoise
10-31-2008, 03:55 AM
Simply amazing, Jo! :worship: :yippee: :bounce: Now that he's avenged his AO defeat to Djokovic (twice, nothing more to prove), time to do the same against Roddick (AO2007) ;)

I must say, I've been impressed with Jo's backhands: down the line, passes, volleys - what an improvement! He seems more confident with his backhand now, not running around it so much to get to his forehand or using the slice too defensively. Obviously, he relishes the crowd's support and he's able to produce spectacular winners to electrify them.

All the best of luck against Roddick. It's not easy to overcome a serve monster like Roddick, but I have hope that Jo will find a way.

lisaplenske
10-31-2008, 12:41 PM
lol that what he said on atp site, he said that the more they hit on his backhand the better he get, he thanked for that too:lol:

he also said in his post match interview that he wants to take a revenge against andy,that he will try to do it today,he said that he is at home in this tournament, "its my home" that what he said exactly so get prepare for a festival of winners today hiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaa:banana::banana::banana:

Allez Jo!!

*Raine
10-31-2008, 06:04 PM
Allez Jo :banana:

lisaplenske
10-31-2008, 10:17 PM
And stronga did it again!!!!:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

he beat roddick 5-7 6-4 7-6(5)
not the best tsonga but guys how strong and valiant he was to get that victory today!crasy match with drama,loud crowd, many breaks.Superbe match:worship:
hope for jo not be too tired cause he fought for 2h4O today, blake didnt have to play today so go:zzz: and come back even more strong:rocker:

Allez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:singer:

anaquot
10-31-2008, 10:52 PM
Oh! that moment in the tie break when the crowd could have cost him the match with that line call! and that other moment when Andy didn't challenge when he could have had a deuce back! So much stress but he was wonderful to watch. I hope he beats Blake and gets to play Kolya in the final. Too think, before last week I had no idea what all of the fuss was about!

soulage
10-31-2008, 11:37 PM
It was an amazing match :eek: Jo has a big heart, he never gives up :yeah:

Pepi.
11-01-2008, 09:10 AM
oh my god :bounce:
what a win :banana:


amazing Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amdany
11-01-2008, 10:18 AM
It was an exciting match to watch, well done Jo:worship:

amdany
11-01-2008, 05:02 PM
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:finaaaaaaaaaal baby!!!!

lisaplenske
11-01-2008, 05:11 PM
jo reached his first finale in master serie defeating blake 6-4 6-3!:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

he was so solid today, nothing to compare with his previous matches where he had to fight so hard to win.
He acted like a boss today:worship:

at the end of te match,he changed his top and wore another with written "Merci Bercy" -->Thank you Bercy, that was so cute:)

last match tomorrow against a very in form nalbandian, I watch his match today against davydenko.The first set it was completely nalbandian domination,very offensive many winners.Then davydenko was more agressive, the argentinian doesnt like to defend so jo -wi has really have to attack and be agressive like he knows.Not stay passive.

Allez jo you can do it!:clap2:

JBdV
11-01-2008, 05:16 PM
Jo :worship:

martine2
11-01-2008, 05:35 PM
This was an impressing performance :eek: :eek:

Wel done Jo! :banana:

Now win tomorrow so you can go to TMC!

Alex.
11-01-2008, 06:01 PM
Our commentators also said if Jo wins the final he cracks into the top 10. :D Allez Jo!

lisaplenske
11-01-2008, 06:10 PM
alex nice avatar;)

here the pic(atp.com) http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2008/tsonga_paris7.jpg

soulage
11-01-2008, 07:59 PM
It's cut :)Good luck tomorrow

the graduate
11-01-2008, 08:01 PM
My goodness Jo is on a roll:worship:,hopefully tomorrow he will win and qualify for Shanghai!

MacArthur
11-01-2008, 08:17 PM
Awesome match, Jo !

Just one more to go !

Pepi.
11-01-2008, 08:47 PM
Jo :banana: :bounce:

good luck tomorrow!

top 10 will be so amazing :hearts:
and shangai!! :eek:

the graduate
11-02-2008, 12:08 AM
what ranking will he have next monday does anyone know win or lose

SelvenluvJo
11-02-2008, 11:23 AM
what ranking will he have next monday does anyone know win or lose

If WIN: No.7 :devil:
If Lose: No.9 :angel:

soulage
11-02-2008, 04:20 PM
Great great :bounce: First MS title :clap2:

I love watching this guy. His match against Federer in Madrid was so poor but this week he was totally amazing :eek: and the way he saved BP :worship:

lisaplenske
11-02-2008, 04:39 PM
OMG what a match!!!!jo won bercy 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap::bowd own::bowdown::bowdown::clap2::clap2::clap2::woohoo ::woohoo::woohoo:

that was another superb jo match against one of the most talented and best player today.
He said that is it his HOME BERCY and he proved it this week.
What a heart, what a warrior, what a champion congrats jo!:yeah:

what a pleasure to see a french player winning a master serie, the last was sebastien grosjean in 2001!

thank youjo for all the great matchs, you rock!

SelvenluvJo
11-02-2008, 04:42 PM
when he hold the 3rd bp in the 3rd set, I was crying out...........

Brownie
11-02-2008, 04:44 PM
Congrats Jo on your first Masters Series title and on qualifying for Shanghai!!!:banana::bigclap:

FedFan_2007
11-02-2008, 04:44 PM
Congrats to JWT! Looking forward to Shanghai.

amdany
11-02-2008, 04:58 PM
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
amazing match:worship:

Alex.
11-02-2008, 05:05 PM
Yay Jo! Amazing fight from him. He wanted it so badly and earned it. Congratulations and good luck in China now. :banana:

Pepi.
11-02-2008, 05:15 PM
so happy :bounce: :bounce:

amazing week, amazing final,Jo is amazing :D

MacArthur
11-02-2008, 05:16 PM
Fucking Awesome :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:


Nothing left to say :sport:

lisaplenske
11-02-2008, 05:36 PM
when he hold the 3rd bp in the 3rd set, I was crying out...........

omg yes that was breathtaking this ending match!:eek::D

I m very happy for jo cause he came back from very far with all his injuries, very tough injuries, he said one time that he didnt know if someday he could play tennis again or even walk again...

so he's so brave, he wanted that win today and nobody could take that away from him. That's so inspirationnal.

SelvenluvJo
11-02-2008, 05:56 PM
omg yes that was breathtaking this ending match!:eek::D

I m very happy for jo cause he came back from very far with all his injuries, very tough injuries, he said one time that he didnt know if someday he could play tennis again or even walk again...

so he's so brave, he wanted that win today and nobody could take that away from him. That's so inspirationnal.

I couldn't control my emotion at that moment,I don't know why. Maybe because I'm so pride of his brave:sad:

lisaplenske
11-02-2008, 06:11 PM
I couldn't control my emotion at that moment,I don't know why. Maybe because I'm so pride of his brave:sad:

:hug:

martine2
11-02-2008, 06:28 PM
Félicitations Jojo!!! :banana: :banana:

I wasn't home to watch the match but it seems I missed something. I'll just have to download it :D

Marine
11-02-2008, 07:08 PM
Great match, great final, great player !

JBdV
11-02-2008, 07:11 PM
I was there today, definitely a day I will never forget. What an atmosphere, what a match, what a performance and what a week. Thank you Jo, you are simply incredible :worship:
Hope all the rest of you guys enjoyed it as much :D Next stop: Shanghai :aparty:

MacArthur
11-02-2008, 07:57 PM
Great interview in french after the match :

«Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, que ressentez-vous après ce titre ?
C'est un bonheur infernal. Je n'ai même pas de mots pour décrire cette finale, c'est juste incroyable ce qui s'est passé cette semaine. Je suis arrivé dans le tournoi avec des douleurs un peu partout. J'avais mal à la cuisse, encore mal à l'épaule. Où est-ce que j'avais mal encore ? J'avais mal presque partout. J'avais mal à la tête parce que je souffrais de ne pas pouvoir me donner à fond sur mes matches et de ne pas pouvoir jouer comme j'en avais envie. J'ai tenu le coup, je suis resté très, très solide. Je me suis dit que j'avais la chance d'être sur le court et qu'il fallait se donner à fond. On ne sait jamais ce qui peut arriver : tu peux gagner un ou deux matches et puis la machine va se mettre e route, ton corps va se stabiliser et tu vas tout péter. C'est ce qui s'est passé, je suis vraiment heureux.

Comment avez-vous vécu le dernier jeu lorsque vous êtes mené 0-40 ?
Je regarde mon clan et je leur dis c'est le moment où il faut m'encourager, il faut être avec moi. Je m'active beaucoup, je me dis : "allez, c'est 0-40, ce n'est pas terminé, je peux encore le faire". A chaque balle, je me suis dit : "tu es costaud, tu vas le faire, tu dois décrocher ce titre pour tous les gens qui te soutiennent tous les jours, pour tous les gens qui transpirent et qui réfléchissent pour toi".

Pouvez-vous décrire votre émotion lors de la balle de match lorsque vous vous tournez vers votre clan ?
Je désignais tout simplement tous les gens qui m'ont suivi, supporté, ma famille... Tous les gens qui m'ont aidé à gagner aujourd'hui. Cette victoire n'est pas le fruit d'un travail sur les deux dernières semaines, c'est toute une vie. J'ai eu plusieurs entraîneurs, je les remercie tous, ils m'ont beaucoup apporté. Ma famille m'a également beaucoup apporté, c'est une éducation, une façon de pensée. Je remercie tous les gens qui m'entourent et qui m'aident à être heureux, à pouvoir jouer au tennis l'esprit libre. Je sais que j'ai ces gens-là. Ma vie est belle avec tous ces gens.

Trouvez-vous que votre niveau à Bercy est supérieur à celui de l'Open d'Australie ?
Je ne sais pas si j'ai mieux joué. Au début du tournoi, j'avais des douleurs un peu partout. J'avais mal, mais je ne le disais pas, je le gardais pour moi. J'avais la chance de pouvoir jouer et de défendre mes chances. Au fur et à mesure de mes matches, je me suis senti beaucoup mieux. Je n'ai peut-être pas fait des choses extraordinaires comme à l'Open d'Australie avec des volées qui sortaient de nulle part, mais j'ai joué vraiment juste. Je pense que c'est comme cela qu'on gagne, ce n'est pas en faisant des choses "chanceuses" entre guillemets. On gagne en faisant des choses réfléchies.

Que représente les larmes à la fin du match ?
Avant d'aller sur le court, j'ai fait une sieste. J'ai rêvé que je gagnais et que je remerciais ma famille. Au moment où j'ai gagné, je me suis dit : "c'est incroyable, je vais pouvoir remercier tout le monde de vive voix devant des milliers de gens". Dire à quel point j'aime ma famille et les gens qui m'entourent.

Que signifie ce titre ?
Beaucoup de choses. J'ai gravi des montagnes pendant toutes ces années. J'ai connu des moments difficiles où on m'a presque dit que cela allait être dur de rejouer au tennis. Des moments où je jouais bien et tout d'un coup, boum, je retombais dans des blessures. Cela vient concrétiser toutes ces années où j'ai été solide dans la tête. C'est juste la victoire de tout un collectif, tous les gens qui m'ont soutenu depuis que je suis tout petit : mes parents, toute ma famille, mes entraîneurs, tous mes amis. C'est génial.

Et juste avant la remise des prix, on vous voit pensif sur votre chaise. A quoi pensez-vous à ce moment-là ?
Je pense à beaucoup de choses. J'imagine que mes grands-parents m'ont regardé (il fond en larmes pendant une longue minute). Ma grand-mère... Je pense à tous les gens qui m'ont regardé, je pense à eux (sanglots). C'est grâce à eux, à ces gens qui me portent, même ceux qui ne sont plus là. Dans les moments difficiles, je pense à eux et cela m'aide à avancer.

Vous dégagez une sérénité incroyable. Puisez-vous votre force dans votre famille ?
C'est dans ma nature. Mes parents m'ont toujours aidé à ne pas me lamenter et à aller de l'avant. Je viens d'une famille qui n'avait pas grand-chose au début, je me suis toujours tenu à finir mes assiettes. Cela paraît ridicule, mais ce sont des petites choses qui font qu'au bout du compte, on est plus fort et on ne lâche rien.

Comment passez-vous de l'euphorie au calme ?
J'ai un peu l'excentricité de l'Afrique et le calme occidental. J'ai les deux qui coulent dans mon sang. C'est vraiment super que je puisse passer d'un état un peu euphorique à un état un peu plus serein. Ce métissage est parfois difficile dans une petite ville. Pour les moindres petites choses, on peut se sentir rejeter. On a l'impression que c'est à cause de notre couleur de peau alors que ce n'est pas du tout cela. Quand on est petit, c'est difficile. Quand on grandit, on apprend à relativiser et à dire aux gens que maman est blanche, papa est noir et que j'essaie d'être quelqu'un de bien.

Comment avez-vous vécu cette communion avec le public ?
C'est juste incroyable. Je l'avais annoncé avant le tournoi, je voulais que tout le monde soit avec moi, que tout le monde me pousse parce que je me sentais capable de faire de grandes choses. J'attendais un public comme cela et il a été sur-présent. Plusieurs fois dans mes matches, j'ai eu des frissons tellement il y avait de bruit, tellement les gens m'encourageaient. Ils m'ont vraiment poussé et aidé à arriver là.

Lundi, vous serez n°7 mondial.
J'intègre le Top 10, c'est juste un rêve. Toutes les semaines, je pense à être n°1. Je me dis si j'étais n°1, ce serait fabuleux. C'est vraiment cela qui m'aide à avancer tout le temps, je vais continuer à essayer de penser comme cela pour être le plus haut possible.

Maintenant, c'est la Masters Cup à Shanghaï, vous vivez un tourbillon incroyable ?
C'est un tourbillon incroyable tout ce qui s'est passé ces derniers moments. Il y a moins de deux ans, j'étais 250e mondial, je traînais mes baskets dans des petits clubs, des petits vestiaires et des petits tournois. J'avais déjà l'objectif d'arriver à ce niveau-là. Aujourd'hui, j'y suis et je suis vraiment heureux de pouvoir aller à Shanghaï et lutter contre les sept meilleurs joueurs du monde. Je vais aller là-bas pour représenter la France, toute ma famille, tous mes amis. Je vais donner le meilleur de moi-même.»


I can't make a full translation, so I will just translate 2 things that I found really good from him :

Did you find your level equivalent with your AO form today ?
(...)“I didn’t do extraordinary things. Like in Australia where I played volleys that were coming from nowhere, whereas today I played just right. I believe this is the way you win. It’s not when you do lucky shots that you win. It’s when you think about your shots.”

And on Shangai :

“I’m going to go there (Shanghai) really to represent France and all my family and my friends,” said Tsonga. “That’s it. I’m going to represent everyone and I’m going to give my best. I think the Masters will be a very important moment for me. Maybe another great victory could maybe replace this one.”

That's all we wish :)

the graduate
11-02-2008, 10:32 PM
Congrats to Jo and his fans,hopefully more to come
what a fantastic win!

Turquoise
11-03-2008, 02:45 AM
Congratulations Jo! I am totally in awe! :worship: :bowdown: Merci Bercy for the thunderous and rapturous support all week. Even on the TV screen, the atmosphere was electrifying! Jo showed what a big heart he has, so much courage and bravery, saving a million break-points, never giving up. I am so very proud to be his fan!!!

The Tsonga tsunami crested at the beginning of this year at AO. Now, he has truly swept us all away.

It is breathtaking what Jo has achieved this year. He missed 2 grand slams and multiple tournaments, he had knee surgery (which could have been career-threatening), yet he's maximized every little moment he's had on court. Result: he's deservedly and richly rewarded with his first AMS title at home (plus Bangkok ATP title) and catapulted to #7 in the world. There are not enough accolades to describe what he's done.

Turquoise
11-03-2008, 05:56 AM
Thanks MacArthur for the nice article. I intended to give a brief translation, but as usual, it ended up being convoluted (sorry!) Hope it helps for non-French speakers:


Asked how he felt to win this title:

He’s incredibly happy and has no words to describe the final. He came to the tournament with aches almost everywhere – his thigh, shoulder, even his head because he knew he couldn’t give the best of what he was capable of. Still he hung in there, stayed solid, delved deep within himself. He told himself that anything could happen, win one or two matches and then the machine will gain momentum, his body would stabilise and the results would explode. Which is what happened, and he’s really happy.

About the final game when he was 0-40 down:

He invited his home crowd to give him encouragement at that point. He needed that. He urged himself: “come on, it’s 0-40, it’s not over yet, I can still do it”. With each point, he told himself that he was strong, he had to do it for all the people were supported him, sweated for him and stood by him every day.


About his emotions at match point where he turned to his home crowd:

He simply acknowledged all the people who supported him, his family, everyone who helped him to win today. His victory was the not the fruit of the last two weeks, it was that of a lifetime. He thanked his coaches of the past who helped him get there. His family had given him even more: an education, a way of thinking. All the people around him who helped him to be happy, to play tennis with a free spirit. His life is beautiful with all those people.


Asked if his level at Bercy was superior to that of Australian Open?

He doesn’t know if he necessarily played better. At the start of the tournament, he had aches everywhere, he felt bad but he kept that to himself. The more he played, the better he felt. He didn’t do extraordinary things like the volleys at the Australian Open which came out of nowhere, but he played within himself. He thinks that the way to win is not by luck, but by thinking things through.


About the tears at the end of the match:

Before going on court, he had a nap. He dreamed that he had won and he was thanking his family. At the point of winning, he told himself how incredible it was to thank everyone in front of thousands of people. To tell them how much he loves his family and the people in his life.


What the title signififed:

It meant so many things. It was a monumental climb throughout all those years, he had difficult times, where he was practically told that it was too hard to go back and play tennis again. There were times when he was playing well only to be taken down by injury. This title solidified all those years, it was a collective victory for all the people who supported him since he was small: his parents, his family, his coaches, all his friends.


Just before the trophy presentation, he seemed pensive on his chair. What was he thinking of?

He thought of many things. He imagined his grandparents were looking over him (he dissolved into tears for a long moment). His grand-mother… all the people who watched him (sobbing). Thanks to them, all the people who lifted him, even those who were not there. In difficult times, the thought of those people helped him to go on.


Does he draw his incredible serenity from his family?

It’s in his nature. His parents taught him not to moan and to forge ahead. He comes from a family who had not much initially, he had to do his part. He said that it’s the little things that make you stronger and not let go.


Transition from euphoria to calm?

He has a bit of African eccentricity and western calm, both flow in his blood. It’s great that he’s able to move from euphoric to a more serene state.
About intermarriage in a small town, he said that it was difficult. He spoke about feeling rejected over the smallest things, thinking that it was because of the colour of his skin – now he knows better, but when he was small it was difficult to understand. As he grew up, he learned to put things in perspective and tell people that his mother was white, his father was black, but that he was just trying to be his own person, a good person.


About the "public blessing" that he got:

Incredible. Before the tournament, he said that he wanted everyone to be with him, to push him because he felt he was capable of achieving big things. This is what he hoped from the public, and this is what he got. Several times in the match, he felt goose bumps at the incredible noise, the vociferous support of the crowd. They really pushed him and helped him to get this point.


On Monday, he is #7 in the world:

To be integrated in the top 10 was a dream. He dreams of being #1, that would be fabulous. That’s where he’s aiming for and he will continue to believe that the highest echelon is possible.


Next, the Masters Cup in Shanghai, an incredible whirlwind:

Everything that had just happened was an incredible whirlwind. Less than 2 years ago, he was 250th in the world, he was slugging it out in small clubs, small locker-rooms and small tournaments. It was always his goal to reach where he is today. Now that he’s here, he’s really happy to be able to go to Shanghai and compete against the best 7 players of the world. He will go there to represent France, all his family, all his friends. He will give the best of himself.

the graduate
11-03-2008, 05:59 AM
Its good to see Jo happy after all those injuries and to qualify for Shanghai is even more special.
Good luck Jo in China!
I love you Jo.

DanaKz
11-03-2008, 07:19 AM
Jo! It was incredible! I was so nervous during all the match and when David had 3 bp I started bite my nails. OMG! Allez Jo!

SelvenluvJo
11-03-2008, 09:32 AM
He will go there to represent France, all his family, all his friends. He will give the best of himself.
-----------
allez Jo:angel::angel:
thanks Turquoise

DanaKz
11-03-2008, 09:50 AM
I have questions about his family. Young boy and girl behind Eveline and Didier - are they Jo's siblings?
Then, the Big Man next to Dad and elderly man in blue "Go Jo" T-shirt - who are they?
I mean yesterday final.

SelvenluvJo
11-03-2008, 10:53 AM
I have questions about his family. Young boy and girl behind Eveline and Didier - are they Jo's siblings?
Then, the Big Man next to Dad and elderly man in blue "Go Jo" T-shirt - who are they?
I mean yesterday final.

young boy is his little brother,and the girl is his elder sister.

DanaKz
11-03-2008, 11:17 AM
young boy is his little brother,and the girl is his elder sister.

Thanks. :)

MacArthur
11-03-2008, 03:08 PM
A round of applause for Turquoise :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

It's really nice of you to take that time :worship:

SelvenluvJo
11-03-2008, 04:13 PM
Nadal retired....Simon in....

lisaplenske
11-03-2008, 05:52 PM
good for simon, it was quite unfair that he couldnt play TMC.

Sorry for nadal but happy for simon.:)

Turquoise
11-04-2008, 02:35 AM
MacArthur, you're too kind. But it's really no bother for me, I need to practise my French. Cheers!

Good news for Simon. He's really earned it, such an impact he's made this year. Truc must be very happy :)

simplet
11-04-2008, 08:52 AM
I wonder if the chinese will like him. Asians seem to have a fondness for french players in general, and gasquet in particular, but gasquet is more quiet, more "artistic" also. I'd say Tsonga will either sweep them off their feet, or strike a wrong cord with them...

I hope they like him though, because he's going to need their support!

SelvenluvJo
11-04-2008, 09:16 AM
I wonder if the chinese will like him. Asians seem to have a fondness for french players in general, and gasquet in particular, but gasquet is more quiet, more "artistic" also. I'd say Tsonga will either sweep them off their feet, or strike a wrong cord with them...

I hope they like him though, because he's going to need their support!

I'm so sad because maybe I can't go to Shanghai to watch his match,but If they do bad things to Jo,:mad:I will not spare them.hahahahhahaha:angel:

lisaplenske
11-04-2008, 09:55 AM
jo cant let anybody indifferent lol and the chineese fans will be so amazed by tsonganator with his powerful strokes that they will be like woooooooooooowwwww!:eek:
perhaps if he do something good there(and he can) the chineese audience could give him another nick name:D
in australia it was "tsonga tsunami" but in china it could be another one.

the graduate
11-04-2008, 11:20 AM
Jo has an exciting kinda game and fans enjoy that,those Asians will be swept away by his charm

SelvenluvJo
11-05-2008, 08:58 AM
jo cant let anybody indifferent lol and the chineese fans will be so amazed by tsonganator with his powerful strokes that they will be like woooooooooooowwwww!:eek:
perhaps if he do something good there(and he can) the chineese audience could give him another nick name:D
in australia it was "tsonga tsunami" but in china it could be another one.

He already has had many chinese nick name:rolleyes:

I can't translate them cause my poor English,however they 're not bad:angel:

lisaplenske
11-05-2008, 09:08 AM
well if one day you would want tell us what nick name jo has there, it would be fun I think;):D

Jo is in the gold group with davydenko,del potro and djokovic, could have been worse like for gilles who is in red group with federer;roddick and murray .Tough groupes but that's TMC, nothing is easy,the best are there and compete to win the title.

Go Jo!

the graduate
11-05-2008, 12:44 PM
well if one day you would want tell us what nick name jo has there, it would be fun I think;):D

Jo is in the gold group with davydenko,del potro and djokovic, could have been worse like for gilles who is in red group with federer;roddick and murray .Tough groupes but that's TMC, nothing is easy,the best are there and compete to win the title.

Go Jo!
Jo has a good chance of reaching the semis:cool:

*Raine
11-06-2008, 06:25 AM
Jo has an exciting kinda game and fans enjoy that,those Asians will be swept away by his charm

I'm an Asian and I am already swept away by his charm :D

Congrats for winning Bercy Jo and good luck in Shanghai :worship:

julia_gu
11-06-2008, 12:14 PM
I will go to see him this weekend and also go to see his matches...

I think many people in shanghai like him

SelvenluvJo
11-06-2008, 02:34 PM
I will go to see him this weekend and also go to see his matches...

I think many people in shanghai like him

请多多给他加油囧
太谢谢你了:worship:

lisaplenske
11-06-2008, 06:18 PM
I will go to see him this weekend and also go to see his matches...

I think many people in shanghai like him

oh good for you julia_gu, you lucky girl;)

take some pics if you can please, the first tmc for jo-wilfried and gilles.
Good to know that ,chinese could give an important support for jo.:wavey:

lisaplenske
11-06-2008, 07:07 PM
Jo is sheduled to play on the second match, on sunday 9 November, he will face davydenko, perhaps the toughest opponent of the group.

Not easy but jo experienced more difficult, he ll be ready.

Allez.

MacArthur
11-06-2008, 07:26 PM
I really can't wait for sunday. I think he has a real chance to make a great result here.

It's also great for the chinese fan of Jo, we count on you !

Turquoise
11-07-2008, 06:16 AM
I think the Chinese will throw their support behind Tsonga. As a black person, my personal experience with Asian people have been very positive. I went to university in Canada for 4 years and during that time, my very best friend was a Singaporean male (of Chinese origin). I even drank my first bottle of beer at a party of Asian friends - Chinese, Malaysians, Singaporeans, Japanese (I was the odd one out but having a whole lot of fun!) - I don't know what it is, but I felt very welcome and embraced in that community.

So, I think Tsonga will feel at home in Shanghai. They will certainly appreciate his talent and exciting game.

julia_gu
11-07-2008, 11:05 AM
请多多给他加油囧
太谢谢你了:worship:
我会的 不过我还没想好和他说些什么。。。

julia_gu
11-07-2008, 11:11 AM
oh good for you julia_gu, you lucky girl;)

take some pics if you can please, the first tmc for jo-wilfried and gilles.
Good to know that ,chinese could give an important support for jo.:wavey:

of course I will

as far as I know, many people in China like him

JBdV
11-07-2008, 11:42 AM
Jo is sheduled to play on the second match, on sunday 9 November, he will face davydenko, perhaps the toughest opponent of the group.

Not easy but jo experienced more difficult, he ll be ready.

Allez.

I also get the feeling Davydenko could be his toughest opponent, especially if he keeps playing like he did in Paris, but Jo definitely can beat him. Can't wait for this to start, good luck Jo!

lisaplenske
11-07-2008, 06:14 PM
I think the Chinese will throw their support behind Tsonga. As a black person, my personal experience with Asian people have been very positive. I went to university in Canada for 4 years and during that time, my very best friend was a Singaporean male (of Chinese origin). I even drank my first bottle of beer at a party of Asian friends - Chinese, Malaysians, Singaporeans, Japanese (I was the odd one out but having a whole lot of fun!) - I don't know what it is, but I felt very welcome and embraced in that community.

So, I think Tsonga will feel at home in Shanghai. They will certainly appreciate his talent and exciting game.

yeah i think its all about having fun and spend a good time in a good atmosphere.
Fun is universal and sport doesnt put any limits, it reunite people too.;)

julia_gu
11-08-2008, 03:03 PM
Jo is standoff but Eric is kind I think...

Pepi.
11-09-2008, 10:21 AM
He lost 7-6 4-6 6-7 :sad:

SelvenluvJo
11-09-2008, 10:31 AM
He lost 7-6 4-6 6-7 :sad:

2-5 in the third set,he had been very very tired.:sad::sad:

MacArthur
11-09-2008, 10:38 AM
Not a bad defeat at all. The tank was just empty at the end, just like at the USO against Robredo. He won a set which is going to be usefull for the rest of the competition and he seems to have all the support he could hope for from the audience.

He just needs more match to raise his level, I am not worried at all.

lisaplenske
11-09-2008, 10:45 AM
omg I had a feeling that this match will be very tough for jo,lucky djokovic who had to play del potro first.
I knew jo could be tired with paris run and jetlag.
He fought well being down 2-5 in the third.
I hope his next match will be against del potro and that djokovic beat davydenko.His destiny will occur in the last match then.

SelvenluvJo
11-09-2008, 11:25 AM
Not a bad defeat at all. The tank was just empty at the end, just like at the USO against Robredo. He won a set which is going to be usefull for the rest of the competition and he seems to have all the support he could hope for from the audience.

He just needs more match to raise his level, I am not worried at all.


agree with you:angel:

JBdV
11-09-2008, 11:39 AM
Good fight from Jo, but he had nothing left at the end. Davydenko played very well, so no disgrace at all losing to him in a 3rd set TB. Pressure is on now in the next match, he must win it. Although there are no easy matches here, I also hope it will be against del Potro rather than Djokovic.

julia_gu
11-10-2008, 12:58 AM
I waited him after the match.He looked tired but this time he was kind to me.
I didn't know I could say what. My only reaction was silence.
I hope he can recoverv and show his fighting spirit.

Turquoise
11-10-2008, 02:46 AM
Well done Jo! Although he lost, I admired once again his incredible fighting spirit, taking the match to a 3rd set tie-breaker after practically being down and out at 3-5.

Davydenko was always going to be a tricky customer - he plays well against big servers and power players because he feeds off their pace, as opposed to generating his own power. He's also extremely solid at the baseline and in this match, he showed another dimension to his game by attacking frequently at the net. I was also surprised at the impressive accuracy of his serves - to think that last year at this time, he forgot how to serve!

All in all, Jo did a great job to hang in there, and crucially to take a set off him. He still has a chance of making it through to the semi-final, so good luck against both Del Potro and Djokovic.