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Joćo and Pedro Sousa

VIPer7
04-30-2012, 09:45 AM
Hello Portuguese tennis fans, I have a question:

Is Joćo Sousa (Portuguese Davis Cup player who won his second Challenger title in Mersin two weeks ago) the brother of Pedro Sousa (Portuguese ex Davis Cup player who won his second Futures title in March)?

Pedro is 10 months older, so if their parents were busy it's biologically possible :cool:

I couldn't find any info about this on the web and was surprised that there's no thread here about either of them... :rolleyes:

Gil&becker
04-30-2012, 01:57 PM
They are not related, but it gets better: Pedro Sousa is actually called Joćo Pedro Sousa. But appart from the name, they have nothing in common, one is comitted to the game and the career (Joćo), the other is a natural talented, Top-100 material, but totally crazy, and seems to not give a s**** if he loses or not. Looks line a big kid, but now might be growing to become an adult, judging from his last results.

fsilva
05-05-2012, 11:28 AM
It's Joćo Sousa that is actually Joćo Pedro Sousa :D

Let's hope Pedro Sousa will start getting his head together... I've been watching his live streams (as well as the game against Machado) and he has an unbelievable potential! His match against Gilles Muller was a sound beating...

Reminds me of an interclubs match when I was capitaining my team in a doubles match against Pedro Sousa and Gastćo Elias (Pedro was 17 y.o. at the time and Gastćo 15 or so). My players started well, opening a 5-2 lead. But then, Pedro Sousa opened his bag of tricks and it was amazing to see his raw talent!

Ramsay
08-03-2012, 01:52 AM
Pedro Sousa lost today in La Spezia QF against Kirche. He's returning after an injury.

Joćo Sousa won Tampere Ch (his 3rd in his career) and goes into his high-ranking. This week is the number 127 of the world and will be seeded in US Open qualy. Great news. Doing an awesome season. Is the single portuguese on top-100 of ATP Race.

Gil&becker
09-10-2012, 10:36 AM
Joćo Sousa is on fire! Another two great weeks (F and SF) at the CH level, will see him nearing Top-105 when ranks are published. Hope he maintains this form, and gets to 2012 Challenger finals, and gets to Top 100 before the end of the year, which would be great, and would give him Aussie Open Direct Acceptance, always important for a good start of the season.

Pedro Sousa is, as always, drowned in his mind-games, too much talent for him to handle...

This week, Portugal will play DC, Joćo Sousa is our only real hope...

Ramsay
10-18-2012, 03:51 PM
Top-100 ATP for Joćo Sousa this week. Congratz. :)

Gil&becker
01-06-2013, 08:33 AM
Decent start to the season by Joćo Sousa. After first Round loss in Chenai to semi-finalist Bedene, he now got through qualies in Sidney. This is the beggining of at least half a season at ATP level. Hope it works well!

loopback
07-08-2013, 07:11 PM
They meet again

Gil&becker
09-01-2013, 10:32 AM
Joćo Sousa in great form. It was a pity that he lost the Clay-season because of a stupid injury on his toe. Now, with this two wins at US Open, he is back to Top90, and only defending about 70 points till the end of the season. Really mature now, great results, since he came back from injury. He seems capable to secure a decent run at the ATP level now! Playing well in clay and hard-courts. Don“t know if he will play AlpdenRijn CH next week, or will skip it (for now, still in the list). Also curious to see how he ends his season, if he chooses to go to South America series of CH, or if he risks to play ATP in Europe...
Go Joćo, our solid number one, now, with Gastćo Elias' injury (by the way, this should come to an end, and he will hopefully play a lot in South America till the end of the year).

Gil&becker
09-11-2013, 08:17 AM
Bold move by Joćo Sousa. He will use his 100K UsOpen scholarship to go to Asia, and play the ATP Asian swing, probably playing Qualies at three events, including Shanghai Masters. First time a Portuguese feels confident to do so, instead of choosing to play CH in Europe or South America until the end of the year.
Go Joćo! At least it is worth a try!

Gil&becker
09-19-2013, 11:36 AM
Joćo really in form now.
Played well today (appart form his first serve) against Stakhovsky, hang-on until that decisive break in 2nd set, and then baggeled him in the third. He is clearly peaking in terms of form, and now has already secured his Top-100 spot for the end of the season and Aussie Open MD direct acceptance. So, he can leave CH behind, and play the ATP Asian-swing qualies with no pressure, and then do the same in Valencia and Paris. Maybe he has one or two really good tournaments until the end of the season in him. The Asian tournaments normally have decent draws, so good number of points to grab.
By the way, a (difficult) win tomorrow against Tursunov would get him a SE at one of first ATP250 tournaments in Asia next week. Plus, the draw opens up a bit after Tursunov here in St. Petersburg... So, who knows? Can this be second Portuguese final at ATP Singles event ever?
Go Joćo!

Gil&becker
09-20-2013, 04:45 PM
Great win by Joćo today, really solid against Tursunov, in two straight sets.
Best result of his career, and I think he has a decent chance to reach the final. Anyhow, he can use the SE spot in one next week tournaments (although I think he should rest, to prepare well for the two Chinese 500 and 1000 tournaments).
Well done, Joćo.

Sauletekis
09-20-2013, 05:11 PM
Agreed. He needs rest after 2 straigh very tiring weeks. But I can also see him taking that SE to collect 1st round money.

Gil&becker
09-20-2013, 07:54 PM
Agreed. He needs rest after 2 straigh very tiring weeks. But I can also see him taking that SE to collect 1st round money.

He would probably spend what he earns from first round in all the adittional flights for him and his coach, and all related expenses... He“ll have to play tomorrow the SF, even if he looses, he has to consider that in a week from tomorrow he has to start playing Qualies in Beijing...

But this is just me wondering. Obviously, I don“t know how he feels. I just wish he does the right choices, and builds on this recent form until the end of the season. It will be good to have somebody to replace Gil at the ATP level, not just playing 30K Challengers all year long.

What Joćo did at the USOpen and now in Russia is so significant, if we put it in perspective to what Portuguese players have achieved in the past. It is difficult to write the history of the present, but this last month will surely be quoted in the books about the History of Portuguese Tennis.

Go Joćo!

Gil&becker
09-21-2013, 01:08 PM
Joćo just didn“t have enough against GGL today. He was probaby tired, and I really thnk he should avoid over-playing. Now, off to Malaysia, but I think he shouldn“t try too much there. Meaby try to really win one match (winnable against Harrison), and then just rest and go to Beijing, since he has qualies on the weekend. But in Malaysia, even first round loosers will secure decente dollars. I was not aware that the prize-money was so good (it doubles St. Petersburg pryze money!!).

Gil&becker
09-23-2013, 07:54 AM
Joćo is only defending a little more than 100 points until Roland Garros.
So, if he secures this ammount of points until mid-February, he“ll be a full ATP player at least until the end of next year's clay season. This is more than enough to evaluate how much of a permanent ATP player he can be.
Lots of room for some losses, and time to secure the necessary points to face the period from Roland Garros to US Open, where he defends almost everything.
I clearly see him reaching Top-50 before Roland Garros, if he maintains the sort of form he has revealed in recent month.
Go Joćo!

Ramsay
09-23-2013, 11:06 AM
Rised up to 77 ATP this week. Just amazing.

Gil&becker
09-25-2013, 09:26 AM
Good win by Joćo today against Harrison. Kind of expected, but it is really good to start expecting the goods from Joćo.
Now, if he wins tomorrow against Cuevas, which is surely not impossible, he'll be Top-70 next week!
If he does so, I really hope that he rests afterwards, and do not bust all his breath against Ferrer in QF here. He needs to get to Beijing with some physical capacity left. The good points and money are just starting, and will last for several months, no need to risk exhaustion or some injury, immediately at the beggining of his appearance at the ATP level.
Go Joćo!

Gil&becker
09-25-2013, 10:22 AM
Been doing some exact math, since I really see it coming, and this will be Portuguese Tennis history unfolding before us.
Joćo Sousa has it all to become Portuguese best player ever in terms of rank, in a short period of time, and maybe even a Top50. And doing it at the ATP level, which is the real thing.
He defends 40 points until the end of the season, but already secured half of it with today's win against Harrison. Then, he defends 57 in January, and 55 in March. Then, nothing really until Roland Garros.
So, to become Portuguese best ever in the ranks he needs this points, plus 160, to get to 58th or higher. To become first Portuguese Top50 ever, he needs those points plus 240.
Impossible? No. Difficult? Yes, particularly Top50. But he is playing so well and has risen in such a steadily manner, that I really see it coming, maybe somewhere between Aussie Open and RG.

:worship::worship::worship:

Sauletekis
09-25-2013, 02:25 PM
In my books he's already ahead of Machado, achievment wise, who got to his best ranking only by vulturing the challenger tour like there is no tomorrow. Still a long way from Fred. Fred has a ATP final, a Masters 1000 QF, back to back SF in ATP level, once. They both (Sousa and Gil) have AO 3rd round. The only big thing Sousa has ahead of Gil is results on Indoor HC. But I think in the next year or 2 he will surprass Gil as the undisputed portuguese GOAT. Just a matter of time :)

Gil&becker
09-27-2013, 12:24 PM
Joćo Sousa did it, won today against Ferrer, and playing so well. Greatest win of his career by far, actually most certainly greatest win for Portuguese Men“s Tennis ever, really confirming that he is now a solid ATP player , this is at least Top50 material. Great heart and mind when facing all those break-points and the set-points in the end. Go Joćo!

Gil&becker
09-27-2013, 12:50 PM
This week is turning-out just perfectly for Joćo. He has played for so many hours the last three weeks, but now he bags a lot of points and money, and he will be "forced" to a week rest, since he can no longer play Beijing Qualies. Shorter flight to Shangai, good week of training, and then Master Series and probably Moscow in the following week, where great points are up for grabs.

Gil&becker
09-28-2013, 08:41 AM
Best week ever of Portuguese Tennis now, second Final at ATP level, with wins against Ferrer and Melzer on the way!
This has to be the month of a lifetime for Joćo Sousa, 3rd round in US Open, led Portugal to Group1 in Davis Cup, SF in St. Petersburg, and now F in Malaysya... Just incredible, this will take him near Top60, 100 points away from Top50! I now consider that he has a chance to do it already this year.
Go Joćo!!!

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-28-2013, 09:12 PM
some news and photos, he is doing well lately :wavey:


26 Sept. 2013 - Kuala Lumpur Round 2 def. Pablo Cuevas 4-6, 7-5, 6-0


http://imageshack.us/a/img11/4526/ftce.jpg



:cool:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-28-2013, 09:13 PM
27 Sept. 2013 - Kuala Lumpur QF def. David Ferrer 6-2, 7-6(6)


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:cool:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-28-2013, 09:15 PM
27 Sept. 2013 - Kuala Lumpur QF def. David Ferrer 6-2, 7-6(6)


http://imageshack.us/a/img20/5410/7f4y.jpg



MALAYSIAN OPEN 2013

Sousa Shocks Ferrer

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


by ATP Staff | 27.09.2013

World No. 77 Joao Sousa recorded the biggest win of his career on Friday as he stunned No. 4-ranked David Ferrer 6-2, 7-6(6) in the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur.

The Portuguese player was denied a match point opportunity when he served for victory at 5-4 in the second set, before rallying from a 4-6 deficit in the tie-break to prevail in one hour and 38 minutes.

"David is a good player," said Sousa. "He probably didn't play his best today, but tennis is like this. Sometimes you have great days, sometimes you don't. I think I played a great match and I'm really happy to be in the semi-finals here."

The 24-year-old Sousa is enjoying a breakthrough pair of weeks. The right-hander jumped to a career-high No. 77 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week after reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final in St. Petersburg last week (l. to Garcia-Lopez). He will play Jurgen Melzer for a place in his first ATP World Tour final.

"Jurgen is a great player," said Sousa. "I played him on clay this year in Acapulco and I won it, but tomorrow is going to be a tough match for me. I'm going to try and recover and be good for tomorrow."



:cool:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-28-2013, 09:16 PM
28 Sept. 2013 - Kuala Lumpur SF (def. Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4)



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:cool:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-28-2013, 09:16 PM
28 Sept. 2013 - Kuala Lumpur SF (def. Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4)



http://imageshack.us/a/img843/8417/wlnv.jpg



:cool:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-28-2013, 09:18 PM
28 Sept. 2013 - Kuala Lumpur SF (def. Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4)


http://imageshack.us/a/img163/7861/ht0p.jpg



MALAYSIAN OPEN 2013

Sousa, Benneteau Set Final Showdown

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


by ATP Staff | 28.09.2013

World No. 77 Joao Sousa and fifth seed Julien Benneteau will each vie for their maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Malaysian Open, in Kuala Lumpur.

Sousa became the first player from Portugal to reach an ATP World Tour final since 2010, by overcoming fourth seed Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in two hours and three minutes. The last player from the nation to reach a final was Frederico Gil in Oeiras, Portugal in May 2010.

"It's my first final... I just feel great," said Sousa, who said he's pleased with his performance since the US Open. "It's a great week for me this week."
The 24-year-old Sousa, who produced the best win of his career by defeating top seed David Ferrer in the quarter-finals, is enjoying a breakthrough tournament. The right-hander jumped to a career-high No. 77 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week after reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final in St. Petersburg last week (l. to Garcia-Lopez).





:wavey:

Gil&becker
09-29-2013, 11:02 AM
Can you believe it? First ATP Final, first ATP title, Top50 (actually 51 :)), no more words!!! Go Joćo!

Greco
09-29-2013, 07:31 PM
Awesome result ... congrats Joao :worship:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-29-2013, 11:15 PM
29 Sept. 2013 - Kuala Lumpur Final def. Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4



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:cool:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-29-2013, 11:16 PM
29 Sept. 2013 - Kuala Lumpur Final def. Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4



http://imageshack.us/a/img543/6591/8pdb.jpg



:cool:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-29-2013, 11:17 PM
29 Sept. 2013 - Kuala Lumpur Final def. Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4



http://imageshack.us/a/img15/7922/2nvw.jpg



:cool:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-29-2013, 11:19 PM
MALAYSIAN OPEN 2013

Sousa Beats Benneteau To Claim Maiden Title :worship:


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


by ATP Staff | 29.09.2013

Sousa is the first Portuguese player to win an ATP World Tour title :cool:

World No. 77 Joao Sousa claimed his maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Malaysian Open, defeating fifth seed Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in Kuala Lumpur.

The 24-year-old saved six of eight break points during the match which lasted two hours and 18 minutes. One of those was on match point, with Sousa serving at 30-40, trailing 2-6, 4-5.

"I just gave my best, it was a tough shot there, I just went for it and it went it... Tennis is like this, if you don't go for it, you'll never make it, so I just went for it," said Sousa. "We both played a great match... He had a lot of chances to win."

Sousa became the first player from Portugal to win an ATP World Tour final, going one step better than Frederico Gil who lost to Albert Montanes in Oeiras, Portugal in May 2010. He also became the seventh first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season, with his win over France's Benneteau in the pair's first meeting.

"I'm so tired mentally and physically but I just feel amazing, it's just a dream come true, winning my first title here in Malaysia," said Sousa. "I'm really happy to win this title... I hope this helps [my] confidence and to try and do better things."

The Portuguese No. 1 said he has learned to fight, and to find solutions, having moved to Barcelona to pursue tennis without his parents when he was a kid. "I just learned to... go for my dreams," he said. "I'm very happy with this week."

Sousa produced the best win of his career by toppling top seed David Ferrer in the quarter-finals, before defeating fourth seed Jurgen Melzer in the semi-finals. The right-hander leapt to a career-high No. 77 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week after reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final in St. Petersburg last week (l. to Garcia-Lopez).

It was the first final of the year between two players battling to win their first ATP World Tour title. Sousa became the 12th unseeded winner this season, with the last being Ivo Karlovic, who won in Bogota in July.

The 31-year-old Benneteau's loss takes his record in ATP World Tour finals to 0-9.

"I tried everything today... I played very well, particularly I was very aggressive and I didn't let him play for two sets almost," said the Frenchman. "At 5-4, I had match point and I played the point perfectly... He made the passing shot down the line, with his forehand."

"I took my chance, it didn't pay off and it's hard, it's hard, it's very hard. But it's sport," said the disappointed Benneteau. "It's tough because I was leading the match, but this is tennis. You have to win some key points."





:wavey:

Gil&becker
09-30-2013, 11:31 AM
Other great news for Joćo Sousa that I've read today. He is supposed to sign a contract with a sports agent, Jorge Mendes, who is the greatest football agent in the world, taking care of the career of Cristiano Ronaldo, among others. If this is confirmed, Joćo will finally see some real money flowing in sponsorship, and can focus on the big tournaments, and his training, instead of always worrying about the cost of travelling, etc. Also good news for the sport in Portugal, because this means that Jorge Mendes is interested in tennis players, this means a lot more of visibility for the sport in advertisements, etc, so more youngsters to play it, hopefully more tournaments (Joćo Lagos is saying that he will implemente a CH circuit next year, before the Oeiras ATP Open, which is also good news).
Great news for Portuguse Tennis, great news for Joćo Sousa!

Gil&becker
09-30-2013, 01:10 PM
Been doing some exact math, since I really see it coming, and this will be Portuguese Tennis history unfolding before us.
Joćo Sousa has it all to become Portuguese best player ever in terms of rank, in a short period of time, and maybe even a Top50. And doing it at the ATP level, which is the real thing.
He defends 40 points until the end of the season, but already secured half of it with today's win against Harrison. Then, he defends 57 in January, and 55 in March. Then, nothing really until Roland Garros.
So, to become Portuguese best ever in the ranks he needs this points, plus 160, to get to 58th or higher. To become first Portuguese Top50 ever, he needs those points plus 240.
Impossible? No. Difficult? Yes, particularly Top50. But he is playing so well and has risen in such a steadily manner, that I really see it coming, maybe somewhere between Aussie Open and RG.

:worship::worship::worship:

This is all well behind us now, Joćo is now ranked 51 in te world, after the incredible victory in Kuala Lumpur. Next goal, solid Top45, so that he can get direct acceptance in the Clay Masters next year. He is an ATP player until Wimbledon, but it would be good to get to the end of March in Top45, to get directly into Madrid and Rome Masters. From where he stands now, he needs at least 200 points until the end of March, and that is more than achievable.
Am I dreaming too high if I dare to think that he can be seeded in Australia or Roland Garros? I think that he really can, if he keeps his confidence as high as it is right now.

For now, he decided to take two weeks rest, before returning to the circuit in Moscow or Vienna. Then, to finish-up the season, difficult draws but lots of points in Basel or Valencia500 and Paris Masters (playing qualies in these last two, if no WC awarded, which would be only fair).

Go Joćo!

Gil&becker
10-22-2013, 03:07 PM
Won today against GGL in Valencia, already 65 points this week, and counting. Truly an important victory, since he los a few weeks against him, just scoring two games... Really solid top50 player now.

sfar
10-23-2013, 12:55 PM
He's provisionally 46th. Up up and away!!!

Gil&becker
10-25-2013, 09:50 AM
Just to update the math.

Joćo is now an ATP player at least until the end of Wimbledon, even if he would loose all matches.

On the upper-side, he has two goals now:

200 points until the end of March get him direct acceptance to the clay 1000 Masters Series of Rome and Madrid.

That, plus 250 points (so, in total, 450 points from next week in Paris till the end of those two clay Masters Series), would get him to be seeded in Roland Garros.

Go Joćo!

Ramsay
10-25-2013, 09:06 PM
He'll face Hanescu in Paris QR1. Not easy at all, but winnable right now. Vamos!

Ramsay
10-28-2013, 11:01 AM
New career high for Joćo. 47 ATP this week.

Gil&becker
10-28-2013, 11:23 AM
It“s the end of the season for Joćo Sousa.
What an incredible second part of the year. After he got back from that stupid injury at the beggining of the Clay season, it was always up and rising!
I'm not sure that we can say that he is already the best Portuguese player ever, but these were surely the best five consecutive months of tennis from a Portuguese player ever. And from the USOpen onwards, it was Top30 material!!
Go Joćo! See you back in January (and he's just defending 12% of his points in the first half of the season, until the end of May, so great prospect for his rankings)!

Gil&becker
11-27-2013, 10:32 AM
Joćo will start the season at a different dimension. Doha (lots of dollars to grab), Sidney and Aussie Open, just for a start. Let“s see how he comes from the off-season. Already training hard. Go Joćo!

Gil&becker
12-28-2013, 09:17 AM
Joćo already signed a big sponsorship deal, result from his partnership with Jorge Mendes. So, he doesn't have to worry about money this year.

And he decided to go from Australia to Europe, to play European Indoor season in February, instead of going to South American Clay Swing. So, lots of confidence in his Hardcourt game... Let's hope he decided correctly!

Ramsay
01-09-2014, 03:47 PM
http://mdt.pt/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/asdasd7.png

Joćo Sousa (with Rosol) just defeated the Bryan' brothers on the QF's of ATP 250 Sidney. Huge win for this new double team, saving 2 MP's and winning by 14-12 on the match tie-breaker.

As you can see on the picture, Sousa is now sponsored by Lotto. :)

AO is coming and Joćo Sousa is really dangerous on 5 setter matches. Hope he can get a good draw.

sfar
01-09-2014, 04:15 PM
http://mdt.pt/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/asdasd7.png

Joćo Sousa (with Rosol) just defeated the Bryan' brothers on the QF's of ATP 250 Sidney. Huge win for this new double team, saving 2 MP's and winning by 14-12 on the match tie-breaker.
I was stunned when I saw the score. Maybe the Bryan brothers didn't push too hard knowing the AO is underway. :shrug: If not, this could be a good partnership for doubles.

As you can see on the picture, Sousa is now sponsored by Lotto. :)
That's why he's partnering Rosol? Because they have the same sponsor? In the picture Rosol is wearing the same outfit.

AO is coming and Joćo Sousa is really dangerous on 5 setter matches. Hope he can get a good draw.
Indeed, he showed that in the US Open. Let's see how the draw goes, because he'll have little chances against a Top 10.

Sauletekis
01-09-2014, 04:30 PM
Hopefully this new sponsorship with Lotto means he don't have to think on money the next years, so he can be fully concentrated on tennis. That's the hardest part for a tennis player, unless you have Fed/Rafa/Nole kind of talent.

Ramsay
01-09-2014, 04:45 PM
I was stunned when I saw the score. Maybe the Bryan brothers didn't push too hard knowing the AO is underway. :shrug: If not, this could be a good partnership for doubles.


That's why he's partnering Rosol? Because they have the same sponsor? In the picture Rosol is wearing the same outfit.


Indeed, he showed that in the US Open. Let's see how the draw goes, because he'll have little chances against a Top 10.
Bryan brothers usually go really well in Sidney, they won in 2012 and 2013. Are no...

No, I don't think so. He's just playing doubles to play a few more matches, like last week with Giraldo and next week in AO again with Santi

Gil&becker
02-18-2014, 08:49 PM
First good win This season by Joćo Sousa. Defeated that hass-hole Granollers, who was An Idiot in RG2013, both To Joćo And To the audience. Now, winnable match against Albert Ramos, And then, if he wins, a match against Nadal. Best rank ever after This week, whatever happens against Ramos.

sfar
02-19-2014, 04:18 PM
First good win This season by Joćo Sousa. Defeated that hass-hole Granollers, who was An Idiot in RG2013, both To Joćo And To the audience. Now, winnable match against Albert Ramos, And then, if he wins, a match against Nadal. Best rank ever after This week, whatever happens against Ramos.

Mmm, I don't think it's so 'winnable', Ramos is having a very good clay season so far.

Let's see if he can regain confidence and return to the Malaysia form.

Ramsay
02-19-2014, 04:53 PM
Ramos will be harder than Granollers, imo. But Sousa should be confident now.

Gil&becker
02-26-2014, 09:35 AM
With this victory yesterday against Mannarino, Joćo defended the points he had from January and February last year. Furthermore, he managed to get some more, to start compensating for last year's second part of the season. Bythe end of February, he got 63 more points than last year. Not too much, he hoped for something more, I'm sure, but still these last two tournaments were very important for his confidence. Great match against Murray. Now, he really needs to produce the goods in IW and Miami, and then through the European clay-season. Afterwards, he starts to defend a huge amount of points. Fortunately, given his current rank, I'm almost sure he already secured direct-acceptance into ATP1000 Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome, which is great! I'm sure he will also play in Barcelona ATP500, being currently his hometown, particularly if Portugal Open is cancelled.

Gil&becker
03-06-2014, 09:10 AM
It looks that Portugal Open 2014 will be held. Great news!!

Evenso, Joćo Sousa already said that he would play Munich if there wasn“t Portugal Open. So, I“m guessing that he could skip Barcelona... Otherwise, he would play six weeks in a row, which is too much, I think...

Or at least he will collect the money from first round at six consecutive tournaments :). I really don't see him pushing it to the limit in Casablanca, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Oeiras, Madrid and Rome in consecutive weeks. Maybe he thinks that, since he will lose in early rounds at some of this tournaments, he can have a rest before the next one. I don“t know... Any thoughts or any other info on this?

Gil&becker
03-07-2014, 09:21 PM
Well done Joćo. Another milestone, 1000 points for the first time (of course the first Portuguese to reach four digits). A good chance that he will be Top40 after this tournament. And he did it in style, with a massive performance against Nedovyesov (6-4, 6-1, no break points against, only lost six points on serve, two of them on first serve). Joćo showed the difference between a CH player and a solid ATP player, and that is really important.

Gil&becker
03-09-2014, 11:17 AM
:eek::eek::eek:

I was stunned to read (Record newspaper) that Joćo Sousa is still waiting for some answers before he decides if he plays this year's Portugal Open!

Is he expecting appearance fee?? Risky move. No doubt he deserves one, since a lot of tickets will be sold through his name. Portuguese fans are eager to see him play, and hopefully go deep in the draw. That will mean a lot of tickets sold. Plus last year Joćo Lagos refused him a WC, since he was coming from injury, and only three weeks later, he was winning a match in RG and a CH in the following week.

But it“s a risky decision, since he needs sponsorship, that's where the big money will come from, and sponsors pursue the players with more fans. His legion of fans (his market) will be in Portugal, no doubt. So, he can get bad press if he decides not to play, and the fans will be heart-broken. Who knows what that might do to his cheering fans at FB and elsewhere?? Who knows what that might do to his sponsors contracts?

Gil&becker
03-10-2014, 03:56 PM
Gulbis's serve too much for Joćo Sousa yesterday. He has struggled more than once against this big-servers. The same happened against Hanescu also. He probably needs to get some practice sessions against this type of servers. But yesterday Gulbis was just impossible to play against. If he maintains this kind of serve, he will only have a decent challenge in the SF against Djokovic. Joćo will now be ranked 41st next week, most likely. New personal best, and first time over 1000 points!

Gil&becker
03-11-2014, 05:00 PM
Joćo Sousa is now confirmed to play his home-tournament in Barcelona. So, if he plays Portugal Open (which he must, for the sake of his sponsorship deals...), he will be listed to play six tournaments in six weeks, Casablanca250, Monte Carlo1000, Barcelona500, Portugal250, Madrid1000 and Rome1000. I“m absolutely sure that he won“t skip any of the Masters, so I“m guessing he will tank :eek: some of the Masters, as long as he succeeds to go deep in the Draw of some of the previous tournaments.

This is the same kind of dilemma that a soccer coach faces, when he has a lot of good players from which to choose his squad. That“s what we call a good headache. :)

Go Joćo!

Gil&becker
03-16-2014, 04:37 PM
And Joćo Sousa is now confirmed to play at Portugal Open! He really had to, its his home-country, where he has all his fans. Anyhow, the news point out some sort of agreement between his team and Joćo Lagos. I“m guessing he has some sort of arrangement with additional prize-money per objectives, like Joćo Lagos offered the big stars in recent years, so that they would be motivated to do something more than tank first round just to collect the appearance big money.

Gil&becker
03-23-2014, 11:25 AM
Another great victory by Joćo Sousa, three sets against Simon in Miami, after decent two-sets victory against Carreno-Busta.
3rd round in Miami now. But too much from now-on. Berdych and Isner next. But he will stop immediately at Berdych. Berdych in great form, and a huge server. Joćo hates to play against the big, tall servers, he needs to find a way to practice the return-game against this type of players, since there are a few in the circuit...
But Top40 now for sure, first time ever a Portuguese does that, and he will get direct-acceptance into all the Masters until Roland Garros. Seeding in RG is less than 150 points away, so very much possible, since he will be seeded in Casablanca and Portugal Open, with weak acceptance-lists, that make you think he can reach at least SF in both of this tournaments. Plus Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome. Not difficult to see him getting those 150 points, that“s for sure. He“s playing and training with so much confidence, that I really see Top30 coming soon! Go Joćo!

Sauletekis
03-23-2014, 02:44 PM
Really think he can go for that seeding in RG. No points to defend and could be one of the facourites to win Casablanca and Estoril, depending on the draw, of course.

As for tomorrow, of cousre I don't expect him to win, but I would like for him not to get destroyed, like he was against Nadal, for instance. VAMOS!

Gil&becker
03-23-2014, 04:54 PM
I was taking a good look at ATP Top50. I can identify 15 players to whom Joćo Sousa (even with all he has produced from Rio500 onwards) is still a clear underdog, will lose 8 out of 10 matches(some of them 9 or 10 out of 10).
Apart from that, at this point, it is at the worse a 50/50 chance, or he has some leverage. So, if I'm correct, this means that, if Joćo maintains this kind of form constantly, he is at least Top30 material, maybe even so Top20 at his best moment.

Gil&becker
03-23-2014, 05:11 PM
I was taking a good look at ATP Top50. I can identify 15 players to whom Joćo Sousa (even with all he has produced from Rio500 onwards) is still a clear underdog, will lose 8 out of 10 matches(some of them 9 or 10 out of 10).
Apart from that, at this point, it is at the worse a 50/50 chance, or he has some leverage. So, if I'm correct, this means that, if Joćo maintains this kind of form constantly, he is at least Top30 material, maybe even so Top20 at his best moment.

My list of 15 players that Joćo Sousa will lose at least 8 out of 10 matches, even at his current level of form:
Nadal, Nole, Wawrinka, Ferrer (6 out of 10), Federer, Murray, Berdych, Isner, Tsonga, Raonic, Dimitrov, Anderson, Gulbis, Cilic, Dolgopolov (6 out of 10).

Any thoughts on this?

And what does he have to do start returning more of those big servers he hates?
I think return of serve is clearly where he can gain the most in the future. Backhand lack of aggressiveness is kind of a chronic-illness, that won't go away, on my opinion.

Gil&becker
04-05-2014, 01:49 PM
Joćo unlucky at Casablanca draw... :( Decent first round, but then one of two Qualifiers (50% chance to be Simon), and then Monfils in QF... With such a low-ranked field, it is quite unlucky!

Gil&becker
04-07-2014, 02:14 PM
Joćo Sousa just routined Sijsling, on Casablanca first round. Played really heavy, giving nothing to the Dutch. Well adapted to clay already. So, I see him producing the goods in clay season, surely getting that RG Seeding. He needs about 150 points to get there. I“m sure he“ll make it, between Casablanca, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Oeiras, Madrid and Rome!
I really think he“ll be Top30 before RG!
Go Joćo!

Ramsay
04-08-2014, 09:36 PM
What a rise, unreal. Vamos Joćo.

Gil&becker
04-09-2014, 09:26 PM
Casablanca“s draw is wide open now. After Monfils not even showed-up, and Anderson losing in his first match, this could be anyone“s tournament. I really think Joćo has his best chance for a second title. Will he rise up to the responsability of being the biggest favorite now?

Sauletekis
04-10-2014, 01:57 AM
Casablanca“s draw is wide open now. After Monfils not even showed-up, and Anderson losing in his first match, this could be anyone“s tournament. I really think Joćo has his best chance for a second title. Will he rise up to the responsability of being the biggest favorite now?

I think he will. Paire will almost for sure lose to Montanes. Albert is a tough calycourter, but Joao's form is too good at the moment to lose to him. Vesely shouldn't be a big problem too, as he is a pusher, but without a great movement. I think he is almost a lock in the final.

Think the finalists (I think) will be either Hanescu or Delbonis which both are players that Sousa have troubles to deal with. But he is so strong mentally and his game is clicking too. Let's be confident! He's gonna do it!

Gil&becker
04-10-2014, 04:08 PM
What a disappointment. This defeat today can be really worrying today. Either he was just in a bad day, or he let the pressure of being a clear favorite on this tournament get to him. He lost his first serve from the beginning, and the amount of UE meant that he stopped going for the winners, and became a moon-baller like the Futures level Spaniard...
Let“s see if he learns from this defeat, and builds up for the rest of the clay-season.
But I really disliked his style of play today, totally the opposite of what he did against Sisjling...

Ramsay
04-11-2014, 11:23 AM
What a disappointment. This defeat today can be really worrying today. Either he was just in a bad day, or he let the pressure of being a clear favorite on this tournament get to him. He lost his first serve from the beginning, and the amount of UE meant that he stopped going for the winners, and became a moon-baller like the Futures level Spaniard...
Let“s see if he learns from this defeat, and builds up for the rest of the clay-season.
But I really disliked his style of play today, totally the opposite of what he did against Sisjling...

Sousa was already injured on his ankle before the match. Got worst with another injury during the match, in the back. Is in doubt for Monte Carlo.

Ramsay
04-12-2014, 10:30 AM
Sousa gets Fognini in MC R1...

Ramsay
04-17-2014, 09:15 AM
Bad news for Pedro Sousa. After an interesting end of season in 2013, he'll be operated on the left wrist. Really bad news...

Sauletekis
04-17-2014, 07:46 PM
Yeah. Expected to be back at the end of July. Should have been operated long time ago. Wasted 2 months for nothing. At least he'll be able to use his protect ranking by then.

Gil&becker
05-12-2014, 04:19 PM
I was taking a good look at ATP Top50. I can identify 15 players to whom Joćo Sousa (even with all he has produced from Rio500 onwards) is still a clear underdog, will lose 8 out of 10 matches(some of them 9 or 10 out of 10).
Apart from that, at this point, it is at the worse a 50/50 chance, or he has some leverage. So, if I'm correct, this means that, if Joćo maintains this kind of form constantly, he is at least Top30 material, maybe even so Top20 at his best moment.

How far behind is this now, and I wrote this just about a month ago!!! Joćo started to lose to everybody, from Casablanca onwards, all in clay, which used to be his favorite surface. Those matches against Carballes in Casablanca (dreadful, with MP he didn“t take) and Fognini in Monte Carlo (played really well, two points away from victory, but The Fog woke up...), made him lost all his confidence, and then it was complete disaster! Now he seems to be an underdog against anybody in Top100... When will he turn things around? He will start to lose big points from RG onwards...

Sauletekis
05-18-2014, 01:03 AM
Meanwhile, even if he is playing huge crap, at least great interview to ATP and great compliments from Dolgopolov but specially from Ferrer! :worship: This is a much watch!

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Media/Video-Landing/*/Tennis/Media/Videos/Uploaded/2014/5/6/ATP-World-Tour-Uncovered-Joao-Sousa.aspx

Gil&becker
05-26-2014, 03:43 PM
Clay-season over for Joćo Sousa, unless he asks for a WC at some CH for 2nd week of RG... He defends about 75% of his rank from now-on, until the end of the season. He is playing better now, but let's see if he steps-up in the grass season.

Ramsay
06-16-2014, 07:38 PM
Looks like Sousa is back on business. Huge chance to get some points this week in Den Bosch.

Mae
06-19-2014, 12:20 PM
Looks like Sousa is back on business. Huge chance to get some points this week in Den Bosch.
He really played well today :) It is good to see him in ATP Tournaments as I remember him in the CHs from TT.

Ramsay
06-19-2014, 01:00 PM
He really played well today :) It is good to see him in ATP Tournaments as I remember him in the CHs from TT.

Actually, Sousa doesn't play any Challenger since July from last year. It's an ATP player nowadays. :)

Gil&becker
06-20-2014, 03:12 PM
Another great week for Joćo Sousa came to an end. He took full advantage of a great draw after Ferrer and Tursunov retired, and reached the SF in grass at Hertogenbosch. More than 100 points secure him something like top40 again, and direct accepptance at both American Hard-court Masters 1000, just before USOpen.

He should have taken those BP today against Becker, both to avoid losing the first set, and to win the second, but evenso, great week!

Now, off to Wimbledon, maybe he has a chance of a decent run, if Wawa isn“t feeling well, as he wasn“t this week...

But, anyhow, what matters the most is that he got his confidence back!

These days, he loks more and more like a low-bounce courts player, and much less a clay-courter. But after Wimby, he chose to play four ATP Clay events, before the USOpen Series. Not sure if this was the best choice.

Go Joćo!

Gil&becker
07-09-2014, 05:44 PM
Joćo needs to step-it up now, after a very decent grass season. I don“t understand why he chose Clay over HC on his prep for USOpen. He will play a maximum of four clay ATP tournaments, immediately before two ATP1000 and the USOpen. On my opinion, his game is nowadays much more suited for HC.
He has to defend 128 points in July, and then 430!!! points from USOpen to Malaysia.
He is doing well this week in Bastad, has a decent chance to get to the SF, and he really should, if he wants to take advantage of this next two months before the USOpen to start getting those extra-points that will keep him in Top50 until the end of the season. It“s hard, but doable.

rybak
07-11-2014, 10:58 PM
Next semifinal for Joćo in this season, after not good match against Lajovic, tomorrow's match against defending champion Berlocq will very hard, but I has hope that Joćo will winner :)