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Tess Gray
11-30-2009, 10:02 PM
Ok so off season has officially started (:o). Time for us to look forward to a new year :dance: Here are the first couple of tournies Jo has confirmed:



13 jan: Kooyong - Melbourne, Australia (RU)

18 jan: Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia (SF)

Keijan
11-30-2009, 10:03 PM
:yeah:

Turquoise
12-01-2009, 08:51 AM
Jo, hope you find an Arabian genie in a lamp and rediscover your mojo for the AO. Or just believe in yourself, and good things will happen in 2010. All the best!

amdany
12-01-2009, 09:15 AM
Ok so off season has officially started (:o). Time for us to look forward to a new year :dance: Here are the first couple of tourny's Jo has confirmed:

31 dec: Abu Dhabi
4 jan: Doha, Qatar
18 jan: Australian Open

so close so far, I'm going to Dubai around this date, it'll be great if I can go to Abu Dhabi as well :awww:

Naina
12-01-2009, 12:42 PM
Allez and Bonne Chance for the new season. Maybe he can do one better than his best at the aussie open. Fingers crossed :D

Bashak
12-01-2009, 01:20 PM
Allez Jo! He better rest a bit after playing so much this year.

so close so far, I'm going to Dubai around this date, it'll be great if I can go to Abu Dhabi as well :awww:

it should be like a 2-hour drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Please please go and send match reports and pictures :p

DanaKz
12-02-2009, 10:08 AM
Jo will play Kooyong Jan 13-16
http://www.aamiclassic.com.au/players.php

Tess Gray
12-02-2009, 07:02 PM
Thanks! I edited my first post :)

Tess Gray
12-02-2009, 07:06 PM
so close so far, I'm going to Dubai around this date, it'll be great if I can go to Abu Dhabi as well :awww:

Would be cool indeed!:)

it should be like a 2-hour drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Please please go and send match reports and pictures :p

No pressure, no pressure:lol:

DanaKz
12-03-2009, 07:00 AM
Rotterdam: http://www.abnamrowtt.nl/main.cfm?lang=0&c_id=91&site_id=2&main_id=91&pers_id=149
February 8-14

DanaKz
12-03-2009, 07:02 AM
February 15-21, Marseille
http://www.open13.fr/infos-jour-2009-82.html

:)

DanaKz
12-03-2009, 07:06 AM
I do not see him on Johannesburg's site (only Gael and Ferrer are there now) - he will not protect his title?
I think it will be wise, flights to and from Johannesburg - I find it really unnecessary.
Second - he don't need play every week like he did 2009.

Keijan
12-03-2009, 09:54 AM
Rotterdam :aplot: Are you going, Tess ?
Isn't there anything the week of the 1st February ? That's when I have holidays :(

MacArthur
12-03-2009, 05:42 PM
Thanks for the info on his tourneys :)

So no South Africa for the moment ???

He seemed really sad by his results at the end of this season. I hope he can rebound fast and high. Going in London with the alternate position was a poor decision from that POV.

Allez Jo nonetheless !

amdany
12-03-2009, 05:57 PM
Would be cool indeed!:)



No pressure, no pressure:lol:

:lol: I didn't book my ticket yet but I plan to go there on the 1st of January so we'll see;)

Turquoise
12-04-2009, 06:36 AM
I did notice that the SA Tennis Open have for a while been promoting Monfils and Ferrer as the top seeds on TV adverts, so Jo won't be defending his title in South Africa. Pity, as I'm still procrastinating about visiting South Africa for the first time and he's the perfect reason to do so.

Tess Gray
12-06-2009, 11:31 AM
Rotterdam :aplot: Are you going, Tess ?
Isn't there anything the week of the 1st February ? That's when I have holidays :(

I hope so!:D If my work can give me time off:o

:lol: I didn't book my ticket yet but I plan to go there on the 1st of January so we'll see;)

Exciting!:dance:

lisebeth
12-13-2009, 05:36 PM
Jo was supposed to play in Toulouse, beginning next week, but his name is not on the player list anymore. anyone knows why?

DanaKz
12-13-2009, 05:49 PM
Jo was supposed to play in Toulouse, beginning next week, but his name is not on the player list anymore. anyone knows why?

Masters? I have read on russian tennis site that Joe withdrawed, don't know why.

lisebeth
12-14-2009, 07:00 AM
Masters? I have read on russian tennis site that Joe withdrawed, don't know why.

yes Masters France. i'm guessing it might be because of his wrist but i don't know..

greenhopper
12-14-2009, 08:25 PM
Is Toulose like a challenger tournament? Why would Jo play that?

lisebeth
12-15-2009, 03:24 PM
Is Toulose like a challenger tournament? Why would Jo play that?



no, it's not a challenger tournament! it's like the Masters in London, but with only the 8 best french players. real name is Masters France, it's only the 2nd year this is happening in France. it's great for us to be able to see our best tennis player, but it's during the off season (17/20 december), so i'm not sure it's that great for players...

lisebeth
12-15-2009, 03:29 PM
on second thought i have to correct myself : it's not really the 8 best french players, it's the ones who did the best in french tournament during the past year

Keijan
12-15-2009, 04:59 PM
on second thought i have to correct myself : it's not really the 8 best french players, it's the ones who did the best in french tournament during the past year

Exactly, and to be more precise, all the results in the ATP French tournaments (Metz, Lyon, Bercy, Marseille, I think I'm forgetting one ?) are comptabilised except Roland. Which is so :confused: but again everything is about this competition. It's one year old, last year Simon had won it but neither Jo nor Monfils nor Gasquet had participated.

This year, Jo being french number 1 should have played it but he retired, same as Simon and Monfils, and Gasquet wasn't qualified because he only played 1 french tourney. So it's played between Chardy, Llodra, Benneteau, Mathieu, Ascione, Guez, Gicquel and Clément.

greenhopper
12-16-2009, 07:07 AM
Very intersting! Thanks.

MacArthur
12-19-2009, 01:14 PM
This is his calendar according to his official website :

31/12/09 au 02/01/2010 Abu Dhabi


04/01/2010 Qatar ExxonMobil Open - Doha


11/01/2010 Medibank International - Sydney


18/01/2010 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Melbourne


08/02/2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament - Rotterdam

15/02/2010 Open 13 - Marseille


22/02/2010 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships - Dubaï


So no Kooyong and Sydney instead. He was saying at the end of last year that he had played too much, but he chooses to do the same number of tournament this year :?

Nevertheless, I just hope we won't see the back problem at the AO this year, to kick well enough this year :)

greenhopper
12-19-2009, 03:35 PM
Did you hear about this? This is huge!

Tsonga Signs With Babolat for 2010

December 19, 2009

It was announced today that Frenchman and current world No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has signed a new racket deal with French manufacturer Babolat.

Tsonga, who was previously signed to Wilson rackets, will debut his Babolat frame at next month’s Australian Open.

Tsonga’s career highlights have included reaching the finals in Australia (2008) and winning the Paris Masters 1000 event in 2008.

More soon…

http://tennisconnected.com/home/2009/12/19/tsonga-signs-with-babolat-for-2010/ (Tsonga signs with Baoblat for 2010)

I'd love it if one of you could look for more info in the French newspapers/websites.

Tess Gray
12-19-2009, 07:34 PM
Wow! Didn't expect that to happen!

MacArthur
12-19-2009, 09:08 PM
French article from welovetennis which confirms this info :

La célèbre marque Babolat a annoncé la signature d’un contrat de partenariat – raquette, cordage et accessoires – avec Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 10ème joueur mondial, à partir du 1er janvier 2010. Le numéro 1 Français était jusqu'alors équipé par Wilson.

Voici les déclarations des principaux intéressés de cette annonce.

Eric Babolat, Président-Directeur général de Babolat : "Parce que nous sommes une marque française qui compte parmi les leaders mondiaux en raquettes et cordages de tennis, nous sommes particulièrement fiers d’accueillir, au sein de notre Team de joueurs, un joueur français du Top 10 mondial. Nous avons en commun un même esprit de compétition et une même passion. Nos valeurs nous rapprochent."

Jean-Christophe Verborg, responsable de la compétition chez Babolat : "Nous sommes très heureux que Jo-Wilfried ait choisi Babolat. C’est un joueur très sympathique et extrêmement charismatique. Avec son arrivée dans le Team, il renforce de façon notoire la visibilité de Babolat aux premières places du classement ATP : Rafael Nadal (Esp) n°2, Andy Roddick (USA) n°7, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FR) n°10, Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) n°11."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : "Je suis très content de jouer à partir de la saison prochaine avec les raquettes et les cordages Babolat, et je suis également très fier de ce partenariat avec une marque française dont je partage les valeurs."

Really nothing to translate, apart from this : Jo will play with a Babolat next year :)

MacArthur
12-19-2009, 09:16 PM
OK from the commentary in welovetennis, it's an old thing. He tested the APD model at the beginning of 2009 and found it very good, so he changed for the Kobra of wilson which wasn't as good, but the nearest one. So he waited for the end of his contract with Wilson and here is Babolat. So it isn't (only) a money thing, more like a regularisation.

DanaKz
12-20-2009, 05:01 AM
This is his calendar according to his official website :

31/12/09 au 02/01/2010 Abu Dhabi


04/01/2010 Qatar ExxonMobil Open - Doha


11/01/2010 Medibank International - Sydney


18/01/2010 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Melbourne


08/02/2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament - Rotterdam

15/02/2010 Open 13 - Marseille


22/02/2010 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships - Dubaï


So no Kooyong and Sydney instead. He was saying at the end of last year that he had played too much, but he chooses to do the same number of tournament this year :?

Nevertheless, I just hope we won't see the back problem at the AO this year, to kick well enough this year :)

It sucks! :banghead: He do it again - playing every week on maximum: is his last name Ivanovic? :awww: He didn't learn...

DanaKz
12-20-2009, 05:10 AM
You know...
It's so strange. There are no news about Jo's participation on Sydney's site http://www.medibankinternational.com.au/ and Entry deadline is Nov. 30. Does it mean he will ask WC?

DanaKz
12-20-2009, 05:12 AM
No changes on Koyyong's site too. :confused:
http://www.aamiclassic.com.au/players.php

DanaKz
12-20-2009, 11:49 AM
I am a little bit nervous (lie - I am totally nervous) about racquet switch. Do you remember Novak's problems in beginning of 2009 because of racquet change?

MacArthur
12-20-2009, 05:57 PM
It's hard to say. This is the racquet he had in mind after his first change this year a little before RG. So we should have faith in him in that regard. I think he's good to go.

This is a very important year for Jo. He is nearly 25 years old, the best age in tennis. He has to perform strong this coming year. Be it with this racquet or another. He lacked very few things in 2009 to contend with the big guys, he can do it in 2010.

MacArthur
12-20-2009, 06:07 PM
In the bad news departement (again !), here is a snipet from Jean-Louis Haillet, the director of Toulouse tournament where Jo forfaited :

Jo (Tsonga) n'est pas bien non plus, il a une douleur au dos plus un souci au poignet qu'il traîne depuis Shanghai.

Jo isn't well too, he has a pain on his back and another on his wrist that is following him since Shanghai.

I am nervous too now.

DanaKz
12-20-2009, 06:22 PM
Oh my...
:(

greenhopper
12-20-2009, 06:47 PM
Oh noes! Is he still planning on playing the Abu Dhabi exo? May be he should rest up.

Tess Gray
12-20-2009, 09:58 PM
Noooo:( I hope he isn't injured too badly. If he is, he should definitely reconsider Abu Dhabi.

amdany
12-21-2009, 08:08 AM
:sad: I hope it's nothing too serious...

Bashak
12-21-2009, 01:35 PM
:o wrist AND back problems? they better go away soon. :hug:

Truc
12-23-2009, 07:55 AM
In L'Equipe today:
PETITE ALERTE POUR TSONGA. -
Souffrant légèrement du dos, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga avait dû interrompre jeudi dernier sa préparation physique à Genève et dans le Jura, à Prémanon. Le Français a brièvement repris l'entraînement lundi, avant qu'Éric Winogradsky ne préfère lui octroyer quelques jours de repos en famille au Mans pour Noël avant le départ en fin d'année pour une exhibition à Abu Dhabi. « On fait ça par précaution. On est à peu près dans les temps dans notre préparation », a rassuré le coach.
His back was hurting a little and he stopped his preparation on Thursday and resumed the training briefly on Monday. Wino prefers him to now spend a few days at home for Christmas and rest, but it's just as a precaution, Wino says they're still pretty much on schedule. He will then leave for Abu Dhabi for the exho.

MacArthur
12-23-2009, 12:55 PM
Thanks for the info !

Mmmmm seems just like a disguised forfait after all... Haillet probably needs to cover the big guys up...

MacArthur
12-25-2009, 11:08 AM
Jo will play the 31th december against Davydenko. If he wins, he will play Nadal in the "semi" :)

Good matches on the paper, but we have absolutely no idea of what their level will be. I just hope to see a good Jo with his new racquet.

SelvenluvJo
12-26-2009, 11:02 AM
I hope he could play one tournament before AO....ok just keep health the only wish I have

MacArthur
12-29-2009, 06:42 AM
Not really good news :sad: :

Tsonga prend son temps

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga devait rejoindre lundi Abu Dhabi et son exhibition prestigieuse qui mettra aux prises dès jeudi Federer, Nadal, Davydenko, Söderling... Le numéro un français va pourtant rester à Paris, zappant aussi le tournoi de Doha (4-10 janvier) pour rejoindre les Internationaux d'Australie au dernier moment, avec pour seule préparation aux antipodes le tournoi exhibition de Kooyong (13-16 janvier).

Il s'en explique ce mardi dans « L'Equipe », en compagnie de son coach, Eric Winogradsky, qui précise : « Jo n'était tout simplement pas suffisamment préparé pour arriver et être efficace ». Le n°10 mondial, lui, n'est pas frustré pour autant. Il assure même : « Une bonne coupure de circuit, ça fait du bien », et annonce ainsi ses objectifs 2010 : « Aller loin en Grand Chelem et en Coupe Davis ».

He won't be in Abu Dabi and Doha. He just wasn't prepared enough. He confirmed his presence at Kooyong though (and not Sydney like his official site is saying). ;)

DanaKz
12-29-2009, 07:14 AM
:sad::scared::hysteric:

DanaKz
12-29-2009, 07:23 AM
Not really good news :sad: :
He won't be in Abu Dabi and Doha. He just wasn't prepared enough. He confirmed his presence at Kooyong though (and not Sydney like his official site is saying). ;)

Oh yeah, this site's maintaining really sucks...

OH DAMNED! I am crying bitterly about his withdrawals...

Truc
12-29-2009, 09:30 AM
No, don't worry, he really doesn't sound worried, here's the full article:
Tsonga ne perd pas le nord
Pas prêt, le numéro 1 français diffère son départ vers l’hémisphère Sud de deux semaines ! Et ça lui va très bien comme ça.
FINALEMENT, aucun avion n’a emmené hier Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vers Abu Dhabi et son exhibition prestigieuse qui mettra aux prises dès jeudi Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nikolay Davydenko et Robin Söderling, entre autres. Le numéro 1 français va rester à Paris plus longtemps que prévu, beaucoup plus longtemps même. Il a décidé de zapper aussi le tournoi de Doha (4-10 janvier). Aïe ? Non, pas tant que ça. Pas de bobo, juste de la sagesse : « Jo n’était tout simplement pas suffisamment préparé pour arriver et être efficace, expliquait hier Éric Winogradsky, juste après le tournage d’une pub pour un sponsor chocolaté avec son joueur au Tennis Club de Paris. Le travail de base n’a pas pu être effectué. » À cela deux raisons : Londres et le dos. « Faire le remplaçant au Masters a tout décalé, les vacances comme la reprise, qui s’est faite le 9 décembre. En plus, Jo a ensuite été un peu perturbé par un blocage dorsal qui l’a contraint à quatre jours “off”, avec des soins. Notre planning était très minuté, alors c’est devenu difficile de tenir les délais. Il nous manque au moins une semaine dans la montée en régime. »
« Nouvelles ambitions, nouvelle raquette »
Hier, le numéro 10 mondial n’apparaissait pas le moins du monde frustré de ce retard à l’allumage. Il avait au contraire cette petite étincelle dans le regard qui annonce de bonnes choses : « Je prends ça bien parce que ça va me permettre d’attendre l’excitation extrême avant de repartir en tournoi. Une bonne coupure de circuit, ça fait du bien. Je vais pouvoir m’entraîner matin, midi et soir. Je crois à l’effet “nouvelle saison”, avec une nouvelle envie, de nouvelles ambitions et... une nouvelle raquette. J’ai maintenant un cadre différent (il vient de quitter Wilson pour Babolat) qui doit me faire gagner en contrôle et en puissance. » O.K. pour le nouvel outil, mais quid des « nouvelles ambitions » ? « Aller loin en Grand Chelem et en Coupe Davis ; l’année passée, je me disais qu’il fallait bien jouer dans les tournois ATP 250 mais je me suis rendu compte que ça ne servait pas à grand-chose. Pour 2010, je veux me focaliser sur ces cinq grands événements ! » Le hic, c’est que le premier épisode de ce club des cinq démarre dès le lundi 18 janvier à Melbourne et que Tsonga s’y présentera à court de repères. « Ça ne m’inquiète pas d’arriver à l’Open d’Australie sans match officiel derrière moi. En Grand Chelem, le plus important c’est la fraîcheur ; le niveau ne compte presque pas par rapport aux sensations ou à l’envie. Et puis sur le format des cinq sets, je sais que j’ai une marge qui peut me permettre de m’en sortir même si je ne joue pas bien au début. » Le duo Tsonga-Winogradsky ne s’envolera pas avant le 9 janvier pour l’Australie, où le numéro 1 français peaufinera sa préparation en disputant le tournoi-exhibition de Kooyong (13-16 janvier). Les deux hommes arriveront à Melbourne sans se poser la moindre question sur le fait d’avoir différé le début des hostilités. Partir à point, parfois, c’est partir plus tard que prévu : « En 2009, on a vécu une saison où Jo ne s’est pas blessé, mais il faut toujours rester vigilant, pointe le coach. La prochaine pause, une fois la saison 2010 lancée, n’interviendra qu’en juillet ! »
JULIEN REBOULLET
They had a very tight schedule for the off-season after having almost wasted one week again with London. Then he's fallen a bit behind with his preparation when he took 4 days off for his back, but he's fine, he sounds eager to practice properly and have a real break from the tour.

DanaKz
12-29-2009, 10:11 AM
Oh, that sounds much better!

Truc
01-02-2010, 06:53 AM
I see that a lot of English articles say he's injured, but here's what Wino says in Le Parisien today, it's pretty much the same as in L'Equipe the other day, he's not ready yet and he needs one more week of training:

Tsonga en retard
« Il n’est pas prêt. » Le verdict d’Eric Winogradsky, l’entraîneur du no 10 mondial, est très clair. En raison d’une fin de saison rallongée par sa présence au Masters de Londres (jusqu’au 28 novembre) en tant que remplaçant no 1, Tsonga a dû décaler sa rentrée de deux semaines. « On a fait ce qu’on a pu mais ça n’était pas suffisant, explique Winogradsky. Le minimum, en principe, c’est au moins trois bonnes semaines d’entraînement. Là, on les aura tout juste, mais il aura fallu faire une croix sur les deux premiers tournois de l’année, dont Doha la semaine prochaine. » Tsonga s’envolera pour l’hémisphère Sud le 9 janvier. Il arrivera à Melbourne avec une nouvelle raquette mais avec les seuls matchs du tournoi-exhibition de Kooyong, en Australie (13 au 16 janvier) comme repères.

Turquoise
01-13-2010, 06:09 AM
First win of 2010: Jo defeats Soderling 7-6, 6-1 at Kooyong. Good job!

DanaKz
01-13-2010, 06:55 AM
I was in double trouble today - whoever lost, I was ready to start crying, and right now I am running in panic like frightened chicken because of Robin's very weak game but, but in another second I am breathing with some kind of relief when I think about Jo.

Then I start panic about Robin again, that's my morning: from hot to cold...

MacArthur
01-13-2010, 10:51 AM
Good way to launch the season !

Bashak
01-13-2010, 11:24 AM
good job!

Tess Gray
01-13-2010, 05:54 PM
Good luck with that Dana ;)

Good job Jo-Willy :dance:

simplet
01-14-2010, 10:25 AM
Does anyone understands anything about this Kooyong exho? Does he play tonight? Who does he play if so?

Apparently Del Portro withdrawn, but l'Equipe says he plays the final against Verdasco on Friday, and the Kooyong site says he plays against Haas? That makes no sense since Haas lost both his matches and Jo won. Maybe he wanted to play 3 matches so they made him play Haas today (friday in OZ), and then play Verdasco the next day? :confused:

Keijan
01-14-2010, 11:45 AM
:lol: this exhib begins to seriously look like the Masters France, with more forfeits and tanks than actually disputed matchs.
but it seems he just plays Verdasco on friday :shrug: they also have a Cash/Leconte exhib after that.

Où as-tu vu le truc avec Haas ? Sur le site officiel, ils n'ont même pas enregistré les forfaits de Soderling, Delpo et la défaite de Djokovic.

simplet
01-14-2010, 12:25 PM
:lol: this exhib begins to seriously look like the Masters France, with more forfeits and tanks than actually disputed matchs.
but it seems he just plays Verdasco on friday :shrug: they also have a Cash/Leconte exhib after that.

Où as-tu vu le truc avec Haas ? Sur le site officiel, ils n'ont même pas enregistré les forfaits de Soderling, Delpo et la défaite de Djokovic.

Bah sur la page d'accueil, tu as le gros rectangle en plein milieu avec les photos des joueurs, et juste à droite tu as un programme au dessus de l'horloge qui dit : Friday 15th from 11am Gonzalez/Llubicic followed by Tsonga/Haas followed by Stakhovsky/Querrey (Stakhovsky??).

Bashak
01-14-2010, 12:28 PM
kooyang's website is completely useless shit. they still have roger all over the site but no oop, no nothing. i understand it's an exho nthat nobody cares aboyt but this is complete slacking off on webmaster's part. there isn't a single 2010 picture. also that "draw" on the website is not very clear at all. querrey an stakhovsky are playing now? I'm not even gonna comment on the ridiculous draw tree/ball. http://www.aamiclassic.com.au/draw.php

Keijan
01-14-2010, 12:46 PM
Hahaha, that is so ridiculous. Yeah, that site is pretty bad, but I think they mixed up the names and put Tommy instead of Verdasco :shrug:

MacArthur
01-14-2010, 01:12 PM
Before delpo's forfait, Jo was supposed to play his semi against him on friday. So I suppose that they just replaced delpo by Haas for the semi tomorrow. Don't take what l'équipe site say too seriously.

simplet
01-14-2010, 01:31 PM
Before delpo's forfait, Jo was supposed to play his semi against him on friday. So I suppose that they just replaced delpo by Haas for the semi tomorrow. Don't take what l'équipe site say too seriously.

Yeah but Haas lost both his matches, surely even if he wins against Jo he won't go to the final? That would be absurd. I know this is an exho but there is probably a lot of money at stake with all the top players that were supposed to play there and still are.

MacArthur
01-14-2010, 03:01 PM
I found the details in the exho forum :

Friday - 11 am start

Fernando Gonzalez vs Ivan Ljubicic (5th/6th place match)
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Tommy Haas (bonus match)
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Sergiy Stakhovsky vs Sam Querrey (bonus match)

And :

Del Potro plays it safe and withdraws from AAMI Classic

US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro has withdrawn from tomorrow's AAMI Classic semi-final, the second injury casualty.

Del Potro cited an elbow injury as the reason for not wanting to play Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Promoter Colin Stubs is trying to arrange a replacement opponent for Tsonga, who will now go through to Saturday's final against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

DanaKz
01-15-2010, 05:01 AM
Jo won today. 6-4 6-4.

But lat's talk about AO!

His quarter
DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [3]
GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP
MATOSEVIC, Marinko AUS (W)
CHIUDINELLI, Marco SUI
VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
BERRER, Michael GER
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB
CHARDY, Jeremy FRA [32]
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS [20]
GASQUET, Richard FRA
HAJEK, Jan CZE
GINEPRI, Robby USA
KUBOT, Lukasz POL
ZVEREV, Mischa GER
GIRALDO, Santiago COL
ROBREDO, Tommy ESP [16]
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA [10]
STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy UKR
FOGNINI, Fabio ITA
DENT, Taylor USA
HARRISON, Ryan USA (W)
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB
GREUL, Simon GER
HAAS, Tommy GER [18]
ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP [26]
QUALIFIER (Q)
BECKER, Benjamin GER
QUALIFIER (Q)
FALLA, Alejandro COL
DANIEL, Marcos BRA
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP
SODERLING, Robin SWE [8]

Stakhovsky, Dent, Tipsarevic...
Yhat's bad, very dangerous....

Oh shit, Robin in 4th... To early... :sad:

But I am afraid of this Tipsarevic.

MacArthur
01-15-2010, 06:52 AM
Haas, Soderling and Djokovic :)

Sorry, but I like that draw very much. I don't see Tipsarevic past Haas, so no problem for me. Dent can be tricky, but all in all, that's two first rouds that seems to be doable for Jo.

Turquoise
01-15-2010, 08:36 AM
Stakhovsky can be a tricky first-round opponent, produces some sublime volleys. No room for complacency.
Dent potential second round - Jo has to be careful against those huge servers, he's been bitten in the past
Tipsarevic third round - Jo can overpower and outsmart him. Haas? Hope today's result is representative of his form
Soderling - more of the same, I hope
Djokovic - save for Jo's first AO final when he was inexperienced, Jo has got an impressive record against Djokovic. Hope these two battle it out in the quarters, with Jo the winner :)
Don't want to think further, for Federer lurks in the semis. Maybe Davydenko can do us a favour?

Honestly, barring any lingering discomfort from his recent injury, I think Jo's draw is very do-able. I have faith, I have tons of hope. Let's do it Jo!

Bashak
01-15-2010, 08:42 AM
I am satisfied with this draw. It could be a lot more difficult. But I do hope that he doesn't see Stakhovsky as an easy 1st round draw. The Ukranian will have nothing to lose or prove against Jo and he will give it all.

simplet
01-16-2010, 05:07 AM
He's playing well in Kooyong but his break point conversion really worries me... Here against Verdasco he has had 6 breakpoints (I think?) so far in 3 different games and has not converted one. He had 3 in a row at 4-4 0-40 to serve for the set, all second serves from Verdasco, and he hit an ugly UE every time...

simplet
01-16-2010, 05:16 AM
And of course he throws in a disgusting service game at 5-6 and loses the set on the second break point against him...

greenhopper
01-16-2010, 05:30 AM
He's just picking up from where he left off. Missing opportunities, breaking down under pressure, running around backhands, over-hitting, talking to himself, etc.

I'll be happy if he gets past Tipsarevic.

PS: Happy new year, everyone!

simplet
01-16-2010, 05:33 AM
Will he get bageled in the second? Stay tuned for more disappointment!!

simplet
01-16-2010, 05:55 AM
He lost 7-5 6-3.

Happy new year greenhopper!

Bashak
01-16-2010, 09:17 AM
eeww please do not tell me he's doing the unforced error show. aussi time zone is not working in my favor me to catch his matches.

Turquoise
01-19-2010, 04:54 AM
Good luck Jo against Stakhovsky!

oranges
01-19-2010, 09:24 AM
Great to see Jo off to a good start. :yeah: Stak can be a tricky opponent.

shadows
01-19-2010, 09:33 AM
I was a bit worried about that match, thought there was some upset potential there, but 3-0 is a nice to result to wake up too.

Shall have to try catch some highlights of it or something

Turquoise
01-19-2010, 09:50 AM
Great start! Big-serving Dent next. Just hold serve no matter what, and seek a breakthrough. Good luck!

greenhopper
01-19-2010, 09:51 AM
Very up and down match. Felt like he was struggling to find his range in the first couple of sets. But, 3rd set was pretty good. There was a great down the line backhand passer, a fun net point that got many replays, a couple of awesome volley winners and the highlight, a terrific backhand slice winner. He served much better too by then.

Match stats.
http://i.imgur.com/QH19R.jpg

I'm worried about Taylor Dent though. He serves big. They have very similar games. And never having played a 5 set match can come to bite him. But Jo's a lot healthier and fitter than Taylor. Hoping he remains calm and works his way through.

Bashak
01-19-2010, 01:55 PM
good win jo! scared about the Dent encounter but I have a feeling he'll manage. I like Dent a lot, too. his serve is amazing. could be a fine volley-fest. I hope it's at a reasonable hour for me this match.
good luck!

Bashak
01-19-2010, 02:16 PM
oh my, on a second thought, what if it goes to 5 sets? :eek: Dent could last forever on court but Jo? that's right, we don't know! it better not go to 5 sets. He must figure out a way to beat him in 3 or 4.

oranges
01-19-2010, 03:55 PM
oh my, on a second thought, what if it goes to 5 sets? :eek: Dent could last forever on court but Jo? that's right, we don't know! it better not go to 5 sets. He must figure out a way to beat him in 3 or 4.

:lol: Preferably in 3.

I don't want to jinx him like against Karlo so I'm not making any predictions, but I have to say Jo loves AO and Aussies love Jo, which is in itself a boon

Tess Gray
01-19-2010, 06:08 PM
I couldn't even see him play today:o So I hope to be able to catch his match against Dent. Honestly, I wouldn't have a clue what kind of game Dent has. I have never really seen him play. Just hope he'll win ;):bounce:

Keijan
01-19-2010, 06:15 PM
Dent's game is pretty cool, often serve & volley, big hitter, not completely different from Jo's (but with a lot less class, of course ;)) It should be interesting, if Jo doesn't get frustrated on big serves.

Tess Gray
01-19-2010, 06:20 PM
I hope we're not getting a match like the one against Karlovic at Wimbledon :o Jo doesn't do too well against big servers.

MacArthur
01-19-2010, 07:22 PM
No, just no, guys.
Dent is a very good and complete player, but not a tall server like Isner, Karlo or the gooch (he is 1m87). I don't see why Jo should have any particuliar problem with his serve. At least not more than against Djokovic, la monf, Haas or stepanek, all of them have excellent serves too and Jo has beaten them by the past.
The key point will be the passing shots of course, which wasn't that great during his first match.
He said he was heating up for the second week. I don't expect a great match, but I think he will win, whatever the number of sets needed.

Good luck Jo !

greenhopper
01-19-2010, 08:08 PM
Jo talks about his 1st round win and about Dent here (http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2010/20100119_083144_tsonga-solide.html). Google translator is very confusing. Can someone please translate this article? Thanks a lot! :)

shadows
01-20-2010, 09:08 AM
No, just no, guys.
Dent is a very good and complete player, but not a tall server like Isner, Karlo or the gooch (he is 1m87). I don't see why Jo should have any particuliar problem with his serve. At least not more than against Djokovic, la monf, Haas or stepanek, all of them have excellent serves too and Jo has beaten them by the past.

I hope this holds true; I'm a little nervy about the match because of the Dent serve, and because of the fact he's not the type of player you get to face every day. Jo should win it of course, but there's just that little bit of worry lurking heh.

Turquoise
01-20-2010, 10:28 AM
Jo talks about his 1st round win and about Dent here (http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2010/20100119_083144_tsonga-solide.html). Google translator is very confusing. Can someone please translate this article? Thanks a lot! :)


Hi, give me some time, and I'll come back with a translation.

Bashak
01-20-2010, 10:41 AM
No, just no, guys.
Dent is a very good and complete player, but not a tall server like Isner, Karlo or the gooch (he is 1m87). I don't see why Jo should have any particuliar problem with his serve. At least not more than against Djokovic, la monf, Haas or stepanek, all of them have excellent serves too and Jo has beaten them by the past.
The key point will be the passing shots of course, which wasn't that great during his first match.
He said he was heating up for the second week. I don't expect a great match, but I think he will win, whatever the number of sets needed.

Good luck Jo !

Hey, I like the way you think :D. It's true, Jo particularly had trouble with giants' serve. It's just that Dent serves really fast. But he comes to the net all the time. so he is passable. this blake-del potro match is killing me by te way.

Turquoise
01-20-2010, 12:41 PM
Again, not perfect translation but here goes (corrections are welcome):


Balancing the books of Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga passed the first round without a hitch at Melbourne on Tuesday, against the Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky (6-3, 6-4, 6-4). Taylor Dent awaits him in his next match.
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“You have to win 21 sets in order to reach the end of a Grand Slam.” Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can subtract three of those after his victory (6-3, 6-4, 6-4) against Sergiy Stakhovsky. “It was a good match, I was solid,” the French number 1 noted after his first official match of 2010. “It wasn’t great tennis, but it wasn’t bad either. The important thing is to win in this kind of competition.”

In good accounting, the Australian Open 2008 finalist can put in the credit column: his physical condition with good coverage of the court, an effective serve with 15 aces and 65% first serve percentage and a three-set victory to keep fresh. In the debit column, he notes that he strayed a bit by conceding two breaks in the first two sets and made some foolish errors by letting down his guard at the beginning of the second set (0-3).

“There were times where I was a bit careless with my footwork, the intensity and purpose. I allowed myself to be broken stupidly in the second set by messing about. Today, I didn’t pay the consequences, but against a better player, it will become more complicated. I hope that next time, I will be better.”

With experience, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has learned the long-term aspect of his trade. A Grand Slam is long and tiring. One must know how to conserve energy and take care of each detail. Against Gulbis in official match conditions, he didn’t lose sight of his goals. (Appreciate correct translation of: Il a beau prendre « des doudounes à l'entraînement » et repartir presque à vélo contre Gulbis) Before an Australian crowd conquered by the Frenchman since his run in 2008, he endeavoured to keep the flame alive. His essence, his enthusiasm and desire.

By skipping tournaments at the beginning of the season, he arrived raring to go. “I feel well, fresh, I really want to play. When you play a few weeks before, you’ve played so much that you’re sick of it. When you arrive at a Grand Slam with the aim of going all the way, you must win 21 sets. I don’t know if the world realises that, but it’s a lot (laughter).” To calculate the points, he can count on his next opponent, Taylor Dent. Against this serve-volleyer, the Frenchman faces a good test and he knows it: “He is dangerous for he moves forward all the time. I have to be mentally solid. It’s true that I prefer to dictate play, but whether it’s Taylor Dent or another opponent, I must win.”

In a statement of account, one always looks at the last line.

greenhopper
01-20-2010, 03:48 PM
Thank you so much, Turquoise! :)

That was a perfect assessment of the Stakhovsky match from him. Dent is a constant net rusher like Stakhovsky, though he's been talking about staying back lately. Hope that was practice enough for Jo.

MacArthur
01-20-2010, 05:11 PM
Thanks Turquoise (I must say I am too lazy for that and l'équipe article's on the net are rarely that interesting, but kudos for your devotion :) ) !

His official site is updated with a little video made today. He is playing it cool, our teddy bear.

Turquoise
01-21-2010, 10:03 AM
Decisive win over Dent 6-4 6-3 6-3 :banana: Jo seems to have improved his tactics against the big servers. Well done!

greenhopper
01-21-2010, 10:04 AM
Nice patient play today. Dent didn't do too much to trouble him; kept serving to Jo's forehand and even threw in a few doubles. Jo went for aggressive returns, served well & hit plenty of passing shots. Played a little tentative to get broken from 3-1 in the 3rd set, hadn't even gone to deuce on serve till that game but steadied himself to break right back. Pain free win, over all.

http://i.imgur.com/f7vwa.jpg

Haas is a different, more dangerous style, but he played a very inconsistent match against Tipsarevic today. Hope Jo takes advantage.

SelvenluvJo
01-21-2010, 10:07 AM
well done Jo. the number of UEs is too good

DanaKz
01-21-2010, 10:13 AM
Good.
Haas. Tough.

shadows
01-21-2010, 10:17 AM
Too good from Jo today. I think he'll beat Tommy, and the winner of their match should really expect to reach the 1/4s

Bashak
01-21-2010, 10:25 AM
so happy :D! good match.
haas is coming from a 5 setter - still tough.

DanaKZ, :hug: for robin :(

MacArthur
01-21-2010, 10:31 AM
42 winners

10 UEs

Enough said.

oranges
01-21-2010, 10:37 AM
Mighty :D

Tess Gray
01-21-2010, 10:41 AM
Nice:yeah:

Keijan
01-21-2010, 11:47 AM
Once again, I couldn't wake up to watch it :( damn the Aussie schedule. But it's a good result, and I bet Dent was happy about it too, as he can now go back to his wife and expect their child together ;)

I'm not too worried about Haas. He's having a good comeback, but he's nowhere close to Jo's explosiveness and form. It should be tough, but he's favorite.

CR3WLFC
01-21-2010, 12:12 PM
Very solid. Well done JO

Keijan
01-22-2010, 10:40 AM
Okay, now that Jo is the only Frenchie left, he needs to go the furthest possible ! His match against Haas is tomorrow at 7pm, so around 9am for us Europeans. I'll be there ;)

simplet
01-22-2010, 12:44 PM
We only need Jo to lose to Haas for this AO to be a complete disaster. This can mean only one thing : 3 sets victory for Tommy.

Tess Gray
01-22-2010, 03:31 PM
Okay, now that Jo is the only Frenchie left, he needs to go the furthest possible ! His match against Haas is tomorrow at 7pm, so around 9am for us Europeans. I'll be there ;)

I have to work :sobbing: But I will support him mentally:lol:

Allez Jo:bounce: I can't believe you're the only one left!:o pathetic

Bashak
01-22-2010, 05:36 PM
dammit I couldn't watch any of his matches live I am sooooo watching this Haas match, finally saturday :yeah: so he better come through.

there is also some kind of video competition on Jo's website. The prize is his raquet.

shadows
01-23-2010, 09:28 AM
So who's around and watching? I'm a little nervous now with Jo having dropped the second ><

Keijan
01-23-2010, 09:59 AM
I'm here :D And he got the third in all superb fashion :woohoo:

Keijan
01-23-2010, 10:21 AM
Stop fooling around and take that break back Jojo :fiery:

amdany
01-23-2010, 10:25 AM
looks like we'll have a 5 sets match for the first time...:scared:

Keijan
01-23-2010, 10:26 AM
Haas serving for the set :fiery: 0-15 :D

amdany
01-23-2010, 10:30 AM
game tsonga :dance:

Keijan
01-23-2010, 10:31 AM
And he breaks back without even having to save a set point :D so aggressive Jojo :inlove:

Keijan
01-23-2010, 10:33 AM
Haas looks completely defeated. Now is the time !

amdany
01-23-2010, 10:35 AM
5-5!!!!

Keijan
01-23-2010, 10:39 AM
6-5 :D:D:D
The crowd really is into Jo... I had missed that !

amdany
01-23-2010, 10:41 AM
looks like we'll have a 5 sets match for the first time...:scared:

I guess I was wrong :banana: :banana: :woohoo:

shadows
01-23-2010, 10:43 AM
yeeeesss

great match, and great comeback in the fourth set

Bashak
01-23-2010, 10:48 AM
yes! such a good performance!. loved it :hearts:
so much support too: forget, benneteau and who else? roger rasheed was also in the crowd with a mic.
I am sort of relieved this didn't go the distance and he finished the job in 4 sets.
allez jo!

Keijan
01-23-2010, 10:50 AM
Great comeback, that's the Jo we want.
Though I didn't like the beginning of the interview with Courier, just before my stream stopped. :/

Keijan
01-23-2010, 10:50 AM
Rasheed was in the crowd ?? I didn't see him, was he commenting for the Aus tv ? :lol:

MacArthur
01-23-2010, 10:54 AM
Tough match and great win :)

Bashak
01-23-2010, 10:56 AM
Rasheed was in the crowd ?? I didn't see him, was he commenting for the Aus tv ? :lol:

he must have been commenting for something but eurosport just showed him briefly holding the mic, don't know what he was saying.

btw, tommy haas is a beautiful man but there is such thing as too much beauty. he needs either do away with the white shorts or wear white shorts made of some less revealing fabric. :angel:

Keijan
01-23-2010, 10:59 AM
:lol:
I found it surprising because Gaël left for Adelaide this morning, I thought Rasheed was with him :shrug: but if you saw him, no mistake.

Almagro next, that's definitely doable :cool:

DanaKz
01-23-2010, 11:10 AM
Jo: "Cool guys never play 5-setters!" :D

This Almagro will be very dangerous.

simplet
01-23-2010, 11:29 AM
joy

greenhopper
01-23-2010, 11:30 AM
What a good match! Just what he needed at this point in the tournament. Very pleased with the come back in the 4th set and the win.

A poster in another forum said she heard him say his shoulder was troubling him in the last game, and he's getting an MRI tomorrow. Did anyone else hear this? Hopefully it's nothing serious. :confused:

He should be able to take care of Almagro, who I hear is nursing a left wrist injury. Should be a good match. 4th straight 1hbh guy for Jo. :)

tufani
01-23-2010, 11:39 AM
Rasheed was in the crowd ?? I didn't see him, was he commenting for the Aus tv ? :lol:

Yeah, for Channel 7 according to Eurosport commentators ;)

Great that the match didn't go into a deciding set, could have been very tricky, so it's a big sigh of relief.

Tess Gray
01-23-2010, 01:16 PM
JoJo:bounce:

Lovely to hear that he had a lot of people supporting him:) I'm really desperate to see his next match, since I haven't seen one! :p

lisaplenske
01-23-2010, 01:36 PM
great match fom jo, a big fighter as always:cool:

seems like his new racket gives him the confidence he needed.

Go against almagro!

Keijan
01-23-2010, 03:02 PM
By the way, it seems his interview with Courier was a funny one. Anyone was able to record it/see it and could tell me what happened, please ? :)

Ivanatis
01-24-2010, 02:32 AM
allez Jo:)

oranges
01-24-2010, 02:47 AM
By the way, it seems his interview with Courier was a funny one. Anyone was able to record it/see it and could tell me what happened, please ? :)

Among other things, Courier asked him to show his victory celebration and do it in slow-motion so that he can copy it accurately, so we got first the slo-mo from Jo than Courier doing it in a suit :)

Keijan
01-24-2010, 10:56 AM
Thanks :) I'll try to download the match in hope they kept it in the end. Can you recall any other thing, like what he was asked or stuff ? :shrug:

oranges
01-24-2010, 11:26 AM
I remember that he asked him about the support he gets from the crowd. He first said it's not enough and laughed at the boos, then went on about how that's the part he enjoys most about tennis and the love is reciprocal. As usual, his French-English and teddy bear look was adorable in itself :D

Keijan
01-24-2010, 11:48 AM
his teddy bear look was adorable in itself
:hearts: I have to second that :lol:

Yes, the only part I watched was about how it wasn't enough the love they were giving and then the boos, and then my stream froze :sobbing: I was like, nooo Jo, what did you say, don't act all cocky ! So I was worried about that, but well, if it was just a joke and he made them laugh afterwards, then it's okay :) thanks ;)

Turquoise
01-25-2010, 04:45 AM
I love how Jo came back after being almost down and out in the 4th set against Haas. I'm also glad he didn't have to fight it out in the 5th set - just yet ;)

Good luck against Almagro. Let's stage another showdown with Djokovic, and hopefully avenge that 2008 final defeat.

Allez Jo!

Bashak
01-25-2010, 07:29 AM
jo dropped the 3rd set against almagro :( and I have no stream or tv to watch it.

Keijan
01-25-2010, 07:50 AM
Here is a stream : http://www.atdhe.net/11402/watch-australian-open-tsonga-vs-almagro
It was pathetic the end of this third set, he just shot himself in the foot and lost his serve and the set on his own, Almagro just had to sit back and relax. I have no idea what the hell was going through his head...

I began to watch at 4-4 in the third and told myself, oh, if that could go to a tie break so I could enjoy a bit more tennis, but I didn't mean lose this set on purpose :lol:.

He's stepping it up thankfully. 4-4 once again.

Bashak
01-25-2010, 08:10 AM
the stream doesn't work for me :(
holy f... is it tie break :bigcry:

Bashak
01-25-2010, 08:15 AM
are you kidding?????????????
:cry:

Keijan
01-25-2010, 08:17 AM
Try with firefox or internet explorer ? whichever you're not using usually...

What the hell are you doing Jo. This match was supposed to be killed at 6-4 in the third. Now we engage in a 5th ?!

Bashak
01-25-2010, 08:18 AM
:sobbing: what's happening?

oranges
01-25-2010, 08:21 AM
OMG, I thought this would be a training session. I overslept most of the match as lack of sleep finally caught up with me and couldn't wake up. Allez Jo :rocker2:

Keijan
01-25-2010, 08:22 AM
It is not lost, because it's always about 3/4 points that he plays badly, like in that TB, his DF which was soo close... if he had been able to challenge his second serve, I'm sure it would have been in but he didn't have any challenge left :(

Bashak
01-25-2010, 08:29 AM
ALLEZ JO! Win your first 5-setter! against Almagro of all people. Almagro better choke this a la Nadal last year.
btw I can't watch any streams since I installed the latest security update for ie. and it seems to have affected firefox too. I'll try google's browser now. and the livescore on the official website is creepy. it went to 5-5 from 5-6!

oranges
01-25-2010, 08:29 AM
How did he manage to get to that ball :eek:

Keijan
01-25-2010, 08:32 AM
Impressive stuff. Almagro is annoying me, he just hits it as hard as he can, can't see any shots selection in his game. Don't lose to that guy, please...

oranges
01-25-2010, 08:36 AM
Nice serve to save BP :scared: The crowd should really back our boy up here

oranges
01-25-2010, 08:39 AM
This would be a great time to break :angel: 0:15

They've stopped following the match and I have to search for another stream, WTF Eurosport :mad:

oranges
01-25-2010, 08:41 AM
http://www.livescorehunter.com/index.php?option=com_lsh&view=lsh&event_id=13156&tid=2008&channel=0&tmpl=component&layout=popup&Itemid=207 if anyone needs a stream

Keijan
01-25-2010, 08:41 AM
I'm searching too... :(

Bashak
01-25-2010, 08:45 AM
I found tv. I hope fed-hewitt doesn't start till jo wins this.
come on jo break NOW please.

oranges
01-25-2010, 09:03 AM
Jojo living dangerously, have mercy on my nerves. Break please

shadows
01-25-2010, 09:10 AM
Woo this is tense.

He's still playing well, and showing he has no issues of being under fifth set pressure. Even if he does lose I think he's acquitted himself well.

One break Jo, it's all you need!

oranges
01-25-2010, 09:15 AM
Yes :D and it ends with one of those :drool: volleys. Best of luck in the quarters Jojo :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

shadows
01-25-2010, 09:17 AM
Yaaaaayyyy

What a match! So happy to see Jo win his first 5 setter, now people can stop suggesting that if a match might go to a fifth he'd be in trouble.

Bashak
01-25-2010, 09:21 AM
yes, finally. congrats jo! please recover quickly. I can't describe how sad I would be if he had lost this one.

greenhopper
01-25-2010, 09:22 AM
So glad he pulled that out.
I don't have any nerves left.

Match stats:
6-3 6-4 4-6 6-7(6) 9-7
http://i.imgur.com/IKz2V.jpg

Keijan
01-25-2010, 09:24 AM
Phew. That was close. The manner wasn't there but he managed to keep cool and to get through, the most important thing.
Djokovic is the best he could hope for in quarters, judging by their H2H. It should be a nerve-wracking match but he can do it :D

DanaKz
01-25-2010, 09:31 AM
Thank you Jo for my infarction, cerebral stroke and broken fingernails.
I prepared to start hitting my head against the wall.

Bashak
01-25-2010, 09:32 AM
he better bagel novak to make up for all the heart trouble he caused me today!

SelvenluvJo
01-25-2010, 11:44 AM
not a 5 sets virgin anymore ,hahahaha .well done JO.

Turquoise
01-25-2010, 11:55 AM
not a 5 sets virgin anymore ,hahahaha .well done JO.

And he came out on top :lol:

Almagro gave us quite a scare. Really upped his game from the 3rd set. I'm happy that Jo never gave up and found a way to prevail.

The quarter-final match against Djokovic will be a big test for Jo. It's all about self-belief and motivation. Rest up and all the best of luck.

SelvenluvJo
01-25-2010, 12:07 PM
And he came out on top :lol:

Almagro gave us quite a scare. Really upped his game from the 3rd set. I'm happy that Jo never gave up and found a way to prevail.

The quarter-final match against Djokovic will be a big test for Jo. It's all about self-belief and motivation. Rest up and all the best of luck.

the 5th set time is so hard :lol::lol::lol::lol:

Keijan
01-25-2010, 12:20 PM
not a 5 sets virgin anymore ,hahahaha

And he came out on top :lol:

:rolls: let's hope he tops everyone from now on !

shadows
01-25-2010, 12:32 PM
Am I right in thinking that Verdasco's loss/Jo's win means they'll swap places regardless of the outcome vs Djokovic?

Bashak
01-25-2010, 12:37 PM
hahaha guys too funny! :haha: :lol:

He didn't put out for the pretty Haas but could not resist Almagro's stubborn teasing.:devil:

oranges
01-25-2010, 12:40 PM
Am I right in thinking that Verdasco's loss/Jo's win means they'll swap places regardless of the outcome vs Djokovic?

Yes, he's in top 10 where he belongs :) 9 at the moment, according to Judio's rankings

Keijan
01-25-2010, 12:41 PM
:rolls: this thread has fallen into the depths of double meanings. I don't complain :angel:

Shadows, I have no idea, I'm hopeless regards to the points and rankings. What about Soderling's first round loss, does it mean Jo might grab the 8th spot even if he loses against Djoko ?

Bashak
01-25-2010, 12:45 PM
:rolls: this thread has fallen into the depths of double meanings. I don't complain :angel:

Shadows, I have no idea, I'm hopeless regards to the points and rankings. What about Soderling's first round loss, does it mean Jo might grab the 8th spot even if he loses against Djoko ?

it would be great if he could get to number 8 before Roland Garros. Keijan, you have beaten me to that avatar! I have to make another one now and I suck at this graphics business!

Keijan
01-25-2010, 12:52 PM
:lol: I'm sorry ! I just love this pic so much :angel: we can have the same if you want, I don't mind :)

Keijan
01-25-2010, 01:02 PM
In his press conf video : http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/open-d-australie/2010/tsonga-c%27etait-un-reve_vid124864/video.shtml

He says Almagro didnt have anything on his wrist, because "I don't know anyone who with a wrist injury can hit shots like he did. I saw him making his cinema at the beginning of the match, but as it went on and he was hitting harder and harder, he wasn't looking at his wrist. I didn't even know he was supposed to be injured. It was bullshit." He's not wrong :shrug:

Bashak
01-25-2010, 01:16 PM
:lol: I'm sorry ! I just love this pic so much :angel: we can have the same if you want, I don't mind :)
:D thanks, no worries, I'll make a new one but can't right away. so many great pics to choose from.

shadows
01-25-2010, 01:42 PM
Shadows, I have no idea, I'm hopeless regards to the points and rankings. What about Soderling's first round loss, does it mean Jo might grab the 8th spot even if he loses against Djoko ?

Unfortunately not :(

Sadly Soderling had a crap start to last year too so has quite a bit of leeway till his big FO triumph. I'd really like to see Jo get back into the top 8 since it could make all the difference in the HC masters at the start of the year. Bar getting to the final though I don't think it is doable :(

Bashak
01-25-2010, 01:52 PM
Unfortunately not :(

Sadly Soderling had a crap start to last year too so has quite a bit of leeway till his big FO triumph. I'd really like to see Jo get back into the top 8 since it could make all the difference in the HC masters at the start of the year. Bar getting to the final though I don't think it is doable :(

hmm guys, I'm afraid Gonzalez might even pass Jo if Jo doesn't make the semis or better :eek: I hope I am completeley wrong about this.

oranges
01-25-2010, 02:45 PM
No, no Gonzo is five points behind him and he's out. Judio does awesome work updating the rankings with each new round throughout the year here http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=155513

shadows
01-25-2010, 03:02 PM
There is the possibility of Cilic jumping him though

Bashak
01-25-2010, 05:41 PM
that's good to hear, :yeah: good thread that rankings thread.

shadows
01-26-2010, 10:28 AM
Jo vs Novak gets the night slot tomorrow ^^

Keijan
01-26-2010, 10:49 AM
:woohoo: I'll be able to watch the end if it lasts more than 2 hours :)

shadows
01-27-2010, 08:03 AM
^ We'll get a late start now I guess, so hopefully you can watch more than the end ^^

Alright, I've got my coffee and my toast and I'm all ready to cheer for Jo =D

Bashak
01-27-2010, 08:16 AM
wow the girls took their time...

oranges
01-27-2010, 09:40 AM
Allez Jojo!

oranges
01-27-2010, 10:47 AM
First is in the bag :cool:

Started patchy, but he's getting there, choosing right moments to come in and to rip it towards the end

Keijan
01-27-2010, 10:50 AM
:woohoo:
I only saw the end of the tie break as I just arrived, but woohoo those were some classy volleys.

oranges
01-27-2010, 10:58 AM
:woohoo:
I only saw the end of the tie break as I just arrived, but woohoo those were some classy volleys.

Indeed. :hearts:

You missed the drama, Djoker was 5:2 up in that set.

shadows
01-27-2010, 11:07 AM
Silly game again there Jo :(

oranges
01-27-2010, 11:07 AM
Oh no :( Focus Jo.

Keijan
01-27-2010, 11:08 AM
You missed the drama, Djoker was 5:2 up in that set.

:eek: Really ? What happened, Djoko playing too good ? Great comeback then !

Break back :(

oranges
01-27-2010, 11:14 AM
:eek: Really ? What happened, Djoko playing too good ? Great comeback then ! (

Not particularly good, but he started off better and was actually domaintaing the rallies in the beginning and Jo made a few too many mistakes to get broken. Two DF gave an oppruntity ot do somehting on return and rebroke

Come on Jojo, hold and do it again

oranges
01-27-2010, 11:18 AM
There they are, 3 BPs, take one

shadows
01-27-2010, 11:19 AM
Nole doing what he's done every time he's had a break, throwing it straight back *shrug*

oh well, take advantage Jo!

Keijan
01-27-2010, 11:21 AM
Shocking serve game, Nole, 2 DF ! Worth of WTA ! But thanks, we'll take it.
Wtf is Jo doing btw ?

oranges
01-27-2010, 11:22 AM
Winogradsky is very agitated today, I like it

oranges
01-27-2010, 11:34 AM
Ouch, what a bad miss

oranges
01-27-2010, 11:38 AM
Hell yes, crushing that FH to take the mini-break back :bounce: The crowd seems to have woken up too :D

Keijan
01-27-2010, 11:38 AM
Phew, well fought. Jo, please cut down the stupid unforced errors !

Keijan
01-27-2010, 11:39 AM
This tie break is terrible, from both parts...

shadows
01-27-2010, 11:43 AM
Gah, stupid shot choice Jo >___<

Keijan
01-27-2010, 11:43 AM
Second set Djoko... I don't think I will still be alive at the end of this match :lol:

oranges
01-27-2010, 11:44 AM
Meh, way to give away after that. Come on Jo, you can do better than this :bounce:

Bashak
01-27-2010, 11:47 AM
I should have been on valium for this...
novak double faulted twice in the first set in the game where Jo broke back.
Jo's volleying is not matching the level of the first set.

oranges
01-27-2010, 11:51 AM
Just keep the passes low, he can't handle a low volley

Keijan
01-27-2010, 11:52 AM
Stop with the damn dropshoooots

Keijan
01-27-2010, 11:56 AM
It's so worrying, how he struggles on his serve games. They should go easily.

oranges
01-27-2010, 11:58 AM
Finally, he holds, pfew. Please don't do this to me, I barely survived Marin's match

Keijan
01-27-2010, 12:04 PM
I can't watch anymore, this is too hard :sobbing:

oranges
01-27-2010, 12:04 PM
:(:(:(

oranges
01-27-2010, 12:11 PM
Jo really needs to start turning things around now, even if he's not to win this set. Djokovic is getting to comfortable there

Keijan
01-27-2010, 12:17 PM
50 unforced errors ! are you serious.

oranges
01-27-2010, 12:20 PM
3rd set is gone, but he seems to have picked up his game somewhat after quite a while

shadows
01-27-2010, 12:23 PM
Sigh, why must you do this Jo :(

Going to take another 5 setter if he wants to get out with a win now :/

oranges
01-27-2010, 12:27 PM
Wow, an easy service game, I forgot what it was like :lol: Allez

oranges
01-27-2010, 12:33 PM
Jo's back in the game :yeah: Djoker struggling with something, hope it won't be a retirment

Keijan
01-27-2010, 12:47 PM
What is the problem with Nole ? He went to throw up it seems, but he seemed all right in the first 3 sets. I hope he's not going to retire :(

shadows
01-27-2010, 12:48 PM
What a baffling match, I don't know what to think :/

Obviously happy Jo is seemingly right back in it, but I wouldn't have chosen for it to happen this way

oranges
01-27-2010, 12:49 PM
I'm not sure, he looked perfectly fine one moment and then out of breath and white the next. Very strange, if it's exhaustion or something, you'd expect it would show over time, not just appear out of nowhere

oranges
01-27-2010, 12:51 PM
:o It seems to have thrown Jo off as well. Come on close out this set

Keijan
01-27-2010, 12:52 PM
Jo, stop being stupid and kill that set now. Nole can run and play just fine.

oranges
01-27-2010, 12:58 PM
Fifth set it is :cool: Good that he has some practice from Almagro match :p

oranges
01-27-2010, 01:00 PM
Nice volley :drool: Haven't seen them in a while

oranges
01-27-2010, 01:04 PM
Early break is the best possible start. Just keep it together now and we're onto the semi :bounce:

Keijan
01-27-2010, 01:17 PM
Too bad he missed those BP, but he still has a break. Let's do it :D

oranges
01-27-2010, 01:25 PM
Double now, this should really be a done deal now with no nerve wrecking

oranges
01-27-2010, 01:27 PM
I love it when he goes this crazy and the crowd even crazier :lol: :hearts: What a get

oranges
01-27-2010, 01:31 PM
... and a screaming FH pass for MP No1

oranges
01-27-2010, 01:34 PM
Well done in this strange, strange match. GL in semis.

There's actually a chance for me to see two of my favorite guys face in the finals. Haven't seen that since 2001. Make it true :hearts:

Keijan
01-27-2010, 01:41 PM
:worship:

I loved the Courier interview :lol: so cute, he begins babbling in english and then he goes, crap what is that word in english ?
Also he misunderstood one of Courier's question, who was asking him if he didn't have a lot of sympathy for Nole. In french, sympathie means liking someone and not "feeling sorry for him". It was funny how he tried to justify himself :lol:

DanaKz
01-27-2010, 01:43 PM
F...ing incredible.

Bashak
01-27-2010, 01:48 PM
glad he's in the semis but what a strange match that was. did novak all of a sudden get sick?

Keijan
01-27-2010, 01:56 PM
It probably was a stomach virus or something, Gaël had that kind of things once too, in a match against Rafa in Rotterdam I think.

I'm so angry that people are calling Jo's dance a disrespect for Novak, and saying he has no class. He recognised Nole was feeling unwell when he came back, and he even asked the crowd for a round of applause for him, for having fought through the sickness. I don't know what more they need.

SelvenluvJo
01-27-2010, 02:00 PM
Djokovic got sick(or something like that),but that isn't Jo's fault. Congrts Jo,you kept fighting ,you deserved the win.

tufani
01-27-2010, 02:05 PM
Two five-setters in a row :worship: So glad that he managed to comeback after the loss of the second set and that awful third set. Hopefully he has a lot of gas left in the tank for the semis (maybe for another five-setter? :lol::bounce:). Allez Jo!

shadows
01-27-2010, 02:19 PM
Allez :)

A match full of ups and downs, but Jo hung in when he needed to and came out with a 2nd 5 set victory =D

Tess Gray
01-27-2010, 03:54 PM
:woohoo: OMG I'm so exciteeeeed! :D

That interview with Jim was so funny :rolls:

amdany
01-27-2010, 04:30 PM
congrats Jo , I'm so happy for him :banana: :banana: but ofc I didn't see anything... :

DanaKz
01-27-2010, 04:59 PM
:woohoo:Come on guys! Let's dance! We have rights for it!:banana::music:
Love you Jo!!!!

Did you see how Gael cheered for Jo in his twitter?
Yeahhhhhh my boyyyy is winninggggg... What a good friend!!!!

Keijan
01-27-2010, 05:03 PM
Yes, I saw it ! How adorable :D He was like "come on joooooo keep this break !" so cute.
His last one was "so happy, only 2 more to go..." I couldn't agree more :inlove:

Pepi.
01-27-2010, 08:19 PM
OMG Gael is adorable indeed. gotta love him!
Im so happy cause Jo won :D

Turquoise
01-28-2010, 07:25 AM
Well, we were optimistic that the draw was "do-able", but Jo actually made it happen.

I always knew he was strong, but his physical conditioning has further impressed me, the way he won those back-to-back five-setters. :hatoff:

To be in the semi-final against Federer is a great achievement. I hope that he can continue his dream run.

Well done Jo!

Keijan
01-28-2010, 06:11 PM
Guys, I feel so nervous about tomorrow it's ridiculous. Anyone in that case too ? :scared:

Turquoise
01-29-2010, 08:02 AM
Today's the big day. Jo, this is your moment, let's surpass expectations and go to the final!

Good luck! :kiss:

Bashak
01-29-2010, 08:23 AM
allez jo! good luck! I think we're all nervous :bites nail:

Keijan
01-29-2010, 08:51 AM
It has begun... He just saved a BP :scared:

Keijan
01-29-2010, 09:50 AM
This is terrible, the worst match he played since his juniors days. I think I'm about to cry.

MacArthur
01-29-2010, 09:53 AM
Absolute no-match. It's going to be tough to recover. Really sad.

shadows
01-29-2010, 10:11 AM
This is terrible, the worst match he played since his juniors days. I think I'm about to cry.

Fed played great, did what he does to lots of players and made Jo look ordinary. I wouldn't overreact and say Jo's play was that bad (though he was obviously somewhat drained).

It's still a great tourny, and as long as Jo takes the positives out of it he should have a fantastic year :)