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The Joachim "Pim Pim" Johansson Appreciation Thread

Goonergal
10-23-2002, 11:32 PM
Here's a thread to celebrate a future addition to the Hewitt Family :D Jaslyn Hewitt's boyfriend up & coming Swedish Tennis Player Joachim Johansson :bounce: Who won his first match in the main draw of an ATP Tour Event in Stockholm :D

Joachim Johansson wins first ATP match

For the first time in his career, Joachim Johansson has won a main draw match in an ATP level tournament. He defeated Albert Portas 6-3, 6-3. "Pim-Pim" has lost in the first round of all four ATP tournaments he has played before. In Stockholm, he has received a Wild card both in 2000 (lost to Ulihrach) and in 2001 (lost to Vinciguerra).

This year, he entered the tournament as a qualifier after wins against Axel Pretzsch, Kim Tiilikainen and Edwin Kempes. Today's opponent, Albert Portas, came directly from the Challenger clay court season and couldn't adjust to the surface of the Royal Tennis Hall.
In the next round, Joachim will face Fabrice Santoro.


http://www.collegeandjuniortennis.com/photos/jjhnsn.jpg

http://www1.sphere.ne.jp/sportclm/okuwaki/Resources/johanssonjoachim-1.jpg

Anymore pics of Joachim will be truly appreciated :angel:

Go Joachim :D

Goonergal
10-23-2002, 11:34 PM
:drool:

Murkofan
10-23-2002, 11:42 PM
Way to go Pim Pim! :D Win the whole shebang now! :D :bounce:

Murkofan
10-24-2002, 12:18 AM
:drool: :lick:

Scotso
10-24-2002, 12:27 AM
Go Pim Pim! :D

Scotso
10-24-2002, 12:42 AM
http://www1.sphere.ne.jp/sportclm/okuwaki/Resources/johanssonjoachim-2.jpg

Scotso
10-24-2002, 12:46 AM
http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:U5w1c3FKdnoC:www.svensk-tennis.net/bilder/galleri/pimpimliten.jpg

The original image is gone, but the thumbnails are here :p

http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:r6M0TGMHPTgC:www.svensk-tennis.net/bilder/galleri/pimpim2liten.jpg

Scotso
10-24-2002, 12:48 AM
http://www1.sphere.ne.jp/sportclm/okuwaki/Resources/johanssonjoachim-3.jpg

Goonergal
10-24-2002, 12:56 AM
It's a family afaiiiiiiiirrrrr, It's a family affaiiiiiiiiiirrrr :D :p

C'mon Elke you can't be the only singleton in the family :p

Murkofan
10-24-2002, 01:03 AM
:drool:

Murkofan
10-24-2002, 01:04 AM
:lick:

Murkofan
10-24-2002, 01:05 AM
:drool: :lick:

Angele
10-24-2002, 02:02 AM
Thanks everybody :D

Joachim is great :hearts: :drool:

Scotso
10-24-2002, 02:03 AM
What a cutie :hearts:

Goonergal
10-24-2002, 09:04 AM
DOUBLES French Open Jnrs 2000
Final-Marc Lopez/Tommy Robredo (1) defeated Joachim Johansson/Andy Roddick, 7-6(2),6-0

:o Well we all make mistakes & Joach's was teaming with Pandy :p

Hania
10-24-2002, 12:17 PM
LMAO! Still like him now he's a friend of Pandy?!
Who, btw, is looking pretty hot with his new haircut ;)

Goonergal
10-24-2002, 08:41 PM
Who says he's still friends with that loser anyway, maybe he's seen the light :D

Johansson loses epic three set battle

Joachim "Pim-Pim" Johansson was one point away from defeating Fabrice Santoro. However, the "magician of tennis" never gave up and won 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(5). It was a very entertaining match between two contradicting styles of play. In the first set, both players held serve easily. "Pim-Pim" rose to the occasion and used his great serve and booming forehand to win the first set tiebreak by 8-6.




In the second set, Santoro found a way to return Johansson's serve and was able to convert one of three break points. Johansson continued to play well and in the third set, he was finally able to break Santoro's serve at 2-1. He then held serve to go 4-1 up. Santoro then held serve two times and broke Johansson's serve to level the score at 4-4. At this important stage of the match, "Pim-Pim" kept his nerves and held serve to 5-4. In the next game, Santoro was a little bit shaky and gave Johansson one match point at 30-40. With some great angles, Santoro got out of this jam and took the match into a third set tiebreak, which he eventually won by 7-5.

Great Fight Pim Pim :kiss: Well Done :D

Hopefully the 1st of many battles to come :D

:drool:

Stefke
10-25-2002, 01:45 PM
Mmmmmmm Joachim is such a cutie!!! :lick: :o

Goonergal
10-25-2002, 02:35 PM
Originally posted by Stefke
Mmmmmmm Joachim is such a cutie!!! :lick: :o

:D :lick: :drool: Win some more matches Pim pim & we can see some more pics of you :drool: :bounce:

Goonergal
10-25-2002, 11:34 PM
My 2 Desktops :D :angel: I'm alternating ;)

Goonergal
10-25-2002, 11:37 PM
:D

Goonergal
10-30-2002, 08:34 AM
Pim Pim is playing in Britain this week :D

LTA Challenger (Futures), Nottingham :D

1st Rnd-Joachim Johansson def Axel Pretzsch 6-3,3-6,7-6(5) :bounce:

Go Pim Pim! :bounce:

Angele
10-30-2002, 08:20 PM
Well done Joachim :D :kiss:

Ma. Estefania
10-30-2002, 10:17 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Lleyton's_Chick
[B]Who says he's still friends with that loser anyway, maybe he's seen the light :D

Andy is not a loser at all.:mad: Anyway, I guess Joachim is a very nice guy and can be friend of whoever he wants.:p

Angele
10-30-2002, 10:46 PM
Ma. Estefania :wavey: Hi! Glad to see somebody else that likes ( or at least doesn't hate :o ) Andy :D

Goonergal
10-31-2002, 11:32 AM
Well it's each to their own! ;) :p

Ma. Estefania
10-31-2002, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by angele87
Ma. Estefania :wavey: Hi! Glad to see somebody else that likes ( or at least doesn't hate :o ) Andy :D


Hi for you too angele87:wavey: :wavey: :wavey:
I don't hate Andy, I like him, that's all. Je je.:p

Jackie
11-01-2002, 11:09 AM
Why do so many people hate Andy? I've never even seen him play

Goonergal
11-01-2002, 01:35 PM
LTA Challenger (Futures), Nottingham

2nd round result: J. Johansson def C. Caratti 6-7(3),6-4, 6-4 :D :bounce: :D

Go Pim Pim & Take the title :D

Scotso
11-01-2002, 05:46 PM
Joachim Johansson (Swe) bt Robin Soderling (Swe) 6-3 6-2

Ma. Estefania
11-02-2002, 02:12 AM
Originally posted by untitled2284
Why do so many people hate Andy?

I don't understand that either.:confused:
He's nice!:angel:

Goonergal
11-02-2002, 08:54 PM
Giles Elseneer (BEL) def Joachim Johansson (SWE) 6-3, 6-1

:(

Ma. Estefania
11-03-2002, 12:11 AM
Well....bad, but I guess he had a good week.

Goonergal
11-03-2002, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by Ma. Estefania
Well....bad, but I guess he had a good week.

Yes :) True :bounce: Keep up the good form Joach :kiss:

Come to England more often ;)

KaseyL
11-04-2002, 09:11 PM
this is from Tennis On The Line: (Mr Ed's Around the World column, Nov. 3, 2002)

Several other romantic liaisons were also made known in recent weeks. According to the Swedish Newspaper Expressen, one of the main reasons that Lleyton Hewitt accepted a wild card to the Swedish Open was that he wanted to check out Joachim Johansson.

Johansson is a 20-year-old Swedish prospect who met Lleytonís little sister Jaslyn at the 2000 Australian Open, and the two are now dating.

Hopefully the Joachim-Jaslyn relationship works out better than Johanssonís doubles partnership with Jaslynís big brother: Lleyton teamed with his sisterís romantic interest in Stockholm, and lost in the first round.

Angele
11-04-2002, 09:14 PM
Thanks Ingrid :D :kiss:

Murkofan
01-11-2003, 05:44 PM
WOOHOO!

Pim Pim qualified for his first senior Australian Open! :D I'm not sure, but I think this might be his first ever senior Grand Slam. He plays Mardy Fish in the first round.

GOOD LUCK PIM PIM!!:bounce: :kiss: :bounce:

Goonergal
01-12-2003, 12:00 AM
Well Done Pim Pim :kiss: Now send Fish packing :) :D

:kiss: Good Luck Pim Pim :kiss:

Goonergal
01-13-2003, 02:50 PM
Pim Pim lost in Straights to Mardy Fish :( Never mind Pimmy @ least you got some GS experience allbeit briefly :p

Pim Pim :kiss:

Murkofan
01-13-2003, 05:48 PM
:sad: Pim Pim :sad:

But we still love you :hearts: :kiss:

I hope Mardy Fish beats MM again. :p

ikke
01-14-2003, 07:58 PM
I finally saw him for the first time on tv!! They showed him today on the news watching Kim! :D

Goonergal
01-14-2003, 10:58 PM
Originally posted by ikke
I finally saw him for the first time on tv!! They showed him today on the news watching Kim! :D

& what a sight it was :drool: :lick: :hearts: He's so massively tall :eek: When Lleyt won they showed a shot of the clan standing & Jas's head was in the shot next to her you could only see Pim Pim's shoulders-his head was nowhere to be seen :eek:! :p

Murkofan
01-15-2003, 06:51 PM
The Mafia watching Kim's first round match! :D

Kate05
01-16-2003, 04:08 AM
That's a nice pic, I think it's adorable how they all support Kim like another daughter.

Came by to show my Joachim love lol. The man is fine and Jas is one lucky chick.:D

Goonergal
01-16-2003, 10:27 AM
Originally posted by London Aster
Came by to show my Joachim love lol. The man is fine and Jas is one lucky chick.:D

:D :D :D Welcome to the fan club :wavey:

:p

btw BBB, I can't see the pic :o

Goonergal
02-26-2003, 11:27 PM
LTA Challenger, Wrexham

1st Rnd Res

J. Johansson (Swe) def A. Parmar (GB) (:o :p)
6-4, 7-6(3)

Well Done Pimmy :D Good Luck in Rnd 2 :D

Murkofan
02-26-2003, 11:40 PM
Originally posted by Lleyton's_Chick


btw BBB, I can't see the pic :o

I can't find it :p

Goonergal
02-27-2003, 12:07 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Marly
I can't find it :p

:rolleyes: :p but as you're my fellow BBB you're excused ;) :p

Goonergal
02-27-2003, 01:06 PM
$25K+H Wrexham, Great Britain

2nd rnd result
Joachim Johansson (Swe) bt Jeff Salzenstein (USA) 7-6 (11-9) 6-4

:D Keep up the good work Pim Pim :D

Goonergal
01-22-2004, 04:02 PM
Pim Pim progresses to the 3rd round of the AO :bounce:
2ND ROUND: Joachim Johansson, Sweden, def. Alberto Martin, Spain, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-5.

3RD ROUND: Joachim Johansson SWE vs Juan Carlos Ferrero ESP (3)

You have nothing to lose Pim Pim :D Go Joach! :bounce:

Scotso
01-22-2004, 11:41 PM
I'm so glad you got to the third round PimPim, but beyond here you're on your own :p

Goonergal
01-23-2004, 12:11 AM
I'm so glad you got to the third round PimPim, but beyond here you're on your own :p

Rotfl :p No guessing where your alliegance lies :p

liana
01-23-2004, 05:08 PM
Congrats Pim Pim!!! :worship: Good luck in your next match.

There was this little interview with him in my newspaper. This is what it said:

Congrats. Third round at a Grand Slam, that's a first.
Definetely. And without losing a set. My next match is against Ferrero. He's in a different league, but I give myself a little chance.

If you win another 3 times, you're in for a semi against your "brother in law".
That would be great.

When is he, Lleyton, getting married ?
I don't know. I didn't even know Kim and Lleyton were going to get engaged. He hadn't told me anything about proposing to Kim. And that while I'd been practicing with the guy everyday for 3 weeks in Adelaide, right before he proposed. Jaslyn and I were staying at the Hewitt's house. So did Lleyton and Kim until last year when they got their own house. We all celebrated Christmas together.

Is the Kim Clijsters that you know, the same Kim that we know?
I've known Kim for a long time. I've known her a lot longer than I've known Jaslyn and Lleyton. Back when we were 14 or 15, we used to play the same junior events. And in all that time she hasn't changed a bit. Kim is Kim, what you see is what you get. She's really good at making people feel at ease. She's never moody or cranky. Where Kim is, there are smiling faces.

Is it going to be a double wedding ?
Nice try. Jaslyn and I aren't planning to get married now, even though we've been going out longer than Kim and Lleyton have. 4 years already!

Is Kim considering becoming australian?
Ask her yourself.

Are you?
No, I love Sweden too much. Once in a while, I want to go back to Sodertalje, a little town in Stockholm.

Sodertalje? Where Bjorn Borg was born?
Yeah. My dad, Leif Johansson, once played Davis Cup with him in 1974. Dad is one of the few players to hold a winning record against Borg. He was 4 years older, that's why.

When Borg won his last Slam in 1981, you weren't even born.
I did play against him once though. I must've been about 14 and he completely destroyed me, made me run all over the court. He's 47 now and trains on a regular basis. He's feeling good, I think. His life is in balance. And he's got a new baby.

With, yet again, another new wife.
Exactly!


(P.S. Sorry about my english. It's not my first language.)
Oh, and if you're wondering why journalists are asking him questions about Kim: it was an interview in a belgian newspaper.

Angele
01-23-2004, 05:12 PM
Thanks a lot Liana :kiss:

Danni
01-24-2004, 05:00 AM
Thanks Liana :)

Goonergal
01-24-2004, 08:35 AM
Thanks Liana :kiss:

Juan Carlos wins 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4

Great effort Pim Pim :D :D

Angele
01-24-2004, 12:05 PM
Great tournament for Pim Pim :D :worship:

Scotso
01-24-2004, 12:09 PM
yep, great event for him :D

Danni
01-24-2004, 11:12 PM
In the newspaper it says "If we claim Belgium's Kim Clijsters as our own, based on her relationship with Lleyton Hewitt, does that mean Joachim Johansson, the boyfriend of Hewitt's sister, Jaslyn, becomes "Aussie Jo" :p

Angele
01-24-2004, 11:27 PM
In the newspaper it says "If we claim Belgium's Kim Clijsters as our own, based on her relationship with Lleyton Hewitt, does that mean Joachim Johansson, the boyfriend of Hewitt's sister, Jaslyn, becomes "Aussie Jo" :p
:lol:

kit
01-25-2004, 07:58 PM
Thank you for the interview!!!
Yeah, was a great tournament for Pim Pim, well done!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

star
02-13-2004, 01:52 PM
In the newspaper it says "If we claim Belgium's Kim Clijsters as our own, based on her relationship with Lleyton Hewitt, does that mean Joachim Johansson, the boyfriend of Hewitt's sister, Jaslyn, becomes "Aussie Jo" :p

Shouldn't that be "Aussie Pim" ???? :D

and did you all know this???

Roddick next plays longtime friend and former junior doubles partner Joachim Johansson. The two reached the French Open Junior doubles final in 2000.

Goonergal
02-13-2004, 06:20 PM
Yeah, I knew that fact unfortunately ;) I think they lost to Robredo and his partner (whom I can't remember!

Pim Pim beat Blake today :D

Unsure of the score, so if someone can post it? :kiss:

Pim Pim :bounce:

Murkofan
02-13-2004, 06:36 PM
Pim Pim beat Blake 6-4 6-2 :D

Ashie_87
02-14-2004, 02:02 AM
:bounce: Pim-Pim:D

star
02-14-2004, 02:04 AM
4 all 2nd set

star
02-14-2004, 02:12 AM
It's 3-6, 6-5

star
02-14-2004, 02:26 AM
Joachim lost the tiebreak 7-9 But he saved match points at 4-6 and drew even. :)

Scotso
02-14-2004, 05:58 PM
great tournament for PimPim :D

star
02-16-2004, 09:37 PM
Pim is starting out well in Memphis.

6-4, 6-7, 6-2 over H.T. Lee. :)

star
02-16-2004, 09:37 PM
I am SO looking forward to watching him at IW.

Scotso
02-17-2004, 06:04 AM
PimPim is on the main atptennis.com site :eek:

Swede Charges Into R2
Fast-rising Swede Joachim Johansson advanced to the second round of the Kroger St. Jude in Memphis with a 6-4, 6-7(5) 6-2 win over Korean Hyung-Taik Lee in Memphis on Monday. Johansson, who helped Sweden upset defending champion Australia in the first round of the Davis Cup two weeks ago, is closing on his second consecutive quarterfinal.

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/180X250/johansson1.jpg

Goonergal
02-17-2004, 10:59 AM
You're luck to be going to such a great event Christina :D

Thanks for that Scott :D Pim Pim is certainly on the rise :bounce: :bounce: Nice win Joachim :D Keep up the good work!

crazzzy_grrl
02-18-2004, 03:15 AM
anyone got any pics of pimpim with jaslyn? coz ive had a look round but havent been able to find any

Scotso
02-19-2004, 10:53 PM
PimPim def. Blake 6-3 6-3 :bounce:

star
02-20-2004, 12:16 AM
:bounce: :bounce:

star
02-20-2004, 12:19 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/memphis/images/150x200/04johansson.jpg

azza
02-20-2004, 04:15 AM
he sorta looks like Peter Luczak

Angele
02-20-2004, 09:41 PM
Pim Pim into the semis :yippee: 6-4 7-5 over Malisse!

Scotso
02-21-2004, 02:09 AM
PimPim is on a roll this year.

star
02-21-2004, 02:16 AM
Semis!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

star
02-21-2004, 02:20 AM
Meanwhile, Johansson is making his rapid rise up the INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking after bursting onto the scene in Stockholm last year, when he advanced to his first ATP quarterfinal. Since then, having teamed up with Bjorkman to win the doubles rubber in their Davis Cup tie in Australia, the 21-year-old has appeared in back-to-back quarterfinals in San Jose and now Memphis.

With a booming serve reaching the 140mph mark against James Blake in his second round match on Thursday - including making 100 percent of his first serves in the opening set - the young Swede is enjoying his breakthrough year.

"It's only the last few months that I've started to play pretty well," said Johansson. "I was ranked around 200 about four months ago, so I'm just enjoying life and have fun when I'm playing. That's my attitude and if I win some matches, it's great."

Impression

Johansson's rise has certainly made an impression on Enqvist, whose old coach Mikael Stripple has taken the reins as Johansson's mentor.

"He's very confident at the moment," said Enqvist. "By playing well in Davis Cup it helped his confidence. With a serve like his he's always going to put himself in a good position against anyone. He has a great coach now, my old one, so he's going to help him understand the game better. With that kind of serve, it's very easy to play the game and Mikael [Stripple] really told him how to use that serve in the best way possible."

It was during the Davis Cup that Johansson's serve gave notice that he could threaten Andy Roddick's 150mph record, and it's something Enqvist believes could happen soon.

"At the Davis Cup he looked at the radar gun after every single serve he hit," said Enqvist. "When you're 30 you don't really do that anymore. Me and Bjorkman, we just try to win the point, we don't really care how fast we hit it. And he plays with a really small racquet - a very thin, tightly strung Head Prestige. Imagine if he played with Roddick's racquet - a wide one - you'd have to give him a special license."

star
02-21-2004, 02:40 PM
Here is the explanation for PimPim's nic. It was hiding there in the ATP profile all along. :)

No relation to 2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson...Father Leif was a former Davis Cup player for Sweden in 1974 and also had a successful professional career...Got his son started in tennis at age five...Mother, Margareta, works in a bank...Born in Lund he spent all his childhood in Sodertalje, same hometown as former No. 1 and 11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg...At age 14-15 remembers hitting with Borg at a tennis clinic when he was an up-and-comer... Goes by nickname "Pim-Pim"...Older brother Niclas couldn't say Joachim as a young boy and used to call his brother "Joa-pim"...The name stuck and became Pim-Pim, which is also a well-known hard candy in Sweden...Finished as No. 3 junior in world in 2000 and No. 8 in 1999...Enjoys playing indoors and on fast surfaces...Considers his serve best shot.

Even before that I was wondering if it didn't come from the last syllable of his name.

But this is kind of sweet! Angele should like it. :)

Goonergal
02-21-2004, 05:11 PM
Blake must be starting to dislike Pim Pim ;)

Pim Pim :worship: :worship:

Good Luck in the semis :D :D

Thanks for the little tidbit re Joachim's nickname :D

Sorry crazzzy_grrl, I haven't seen any pic of Pim & Jas together...

Angele
02-21-2004, 05:34 PM
Pim Pim into the final :D :bounce: 6-2 6-4 over Mardy Fish :yeah:

Scotso
02-21-2004, 05:37 PM
His turnaround this year is just amazing :D

:bounce:

Win the title, PimPim!

star
02-21-2004, 09:13 PM
Isn't this his first ATP final? I think so.

Angele
02-21-2004, 09:15 PM
Isn't this his first ATP final? I think so.
Yup, think so! I read that somewhere today!

Murkofan
02-22-2004, 12:17 AM
Johansson ousts Fish, reaches first ATP final

2/21/04 8:27 PM



MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Second-seeded Mardy Fish was beaten by Joachim Johansson 6-2, 6-4 Saturday in the semifinals of the Kroger St. Jude tournament.

Johansson reached his first ATP final after eliminating Fish in 53 minutes.

He faces the winner of the Thomas Enqvist-Nicolas Kiefer match played later Saturday. Enqvist beat Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals 7-6 (8), 6-3 Friday night.

Johansson, who has not dropped a service game this week, controlled the first set with his serve. In the fourth game, he had four consecutive aces, the first three clocked at 133 mph.

He lost only one service point in the first set. The only points he lost on his first two service games of the second set were on double faults.

Fish was impressed with the improvement Johansson has made since Fish defeated him last year in the U.S. Open and Australian Open.

``If I had his serve, that's the way I would play,'' Fish said. ``On the return games, go for your shots and hold serve at love every time. It's pretty easy to be carefree on the return games when he knows he has that serve in his back pocket.''

For the match, Johansson won 90 percent of the points off his first serves and had 15 aces.

``I'm very pleased with that,'' Johansson said. ``I think I hit the spots I wanted to hit, and didn't make it easy for him out there.''

Murkofan
02-22-2004, 02:34 AM
Johansson beats Fish to net first ATP final berth

February 21, 2004

MEMPHIS, United States (AFP) - Sweden's Joachim Johansson, playing in his first career ATP semi-final, ousted second-seeded American Mardy Fish 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final of the 880,000-dollar St. Jude hardcourt tennis tournament.

Johansson had fallen in three previous ATP quarter-finals but needed just 52 minutes to down Fish. Now the big-serving Swede - who fired 15 aces past Fish - awaits the winner of Saturday afternoon's second semi-final between veteran compatriot Thomas Enqvist and eighth-seeded German Nicolas Kiefer.

Enqvist toppled top seed Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals on Friday.

On Saturday night, women's top seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia was to take on second seed and two-time defending champion Lisa Raymond of the United States in the women's final.

Johansson admitted he felt a few nerves as the prospect of his first final approached.

"I'm not used to being this far in an ATP tournament, so of course I got a little bit tight towards the end of the match," Johansson said. "But a match is a match still, so even if I have a chance to win the tournament tomorrow, I have to take it just as another match and see how it goes."

Certainly he has plenty of reason to be confident, having held serve 43 consecutive games in the tournament. He hasn't faced a break point since the eighth game of his first-round match against South Korean Hyung-Taik Lee.

"I've been serving very well this week and playing well from the baseline so I'm happy with my game so far," said Johansson. "I think I raised my game today from yesterday. It feels great to be in my first final, especially with the way I've been playing this week and to be in my first final in the States feels nice for me."

The 21-year-old dropped just one point on his serve in the opening set - that coming as he had three set points at 5-2, 40-0 - as Fish struggled to come to terms with the Swede's power.

Johansson kept up the pressure in the second set, breaking Fish to lead 2-1 with some breathtaking forehands from the baseline.

At 5-4, Johansson served for a place in his first final with two aces, finishing with his 15th of the match at 105mph out wide.

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Johansson ousts Fish, reaches first ATP final


February 21, 2004

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Second-seeded Mardy Fish was beaten by Joachim Johansson 6-2, 6-4 Saturday in the semifinals of the Kroger St. Jude tournament.

Johansson reached his first ATP final after eliminating Fish in 53 minutes.

He will face Nicolas Kiefer, who beat Thomas Enqvist 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal. Enqvist beat Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals 7-6 (8), 6-3 Friday night.

Johansson, who has not dropped a service game this week, controlled the first set with his serve. In the fourth game, he had four consecutive aces, the first three clocked at 133 mph.

He lost only one service point in the first set. The only points he lost on his first two service games of the second set were on double faults.

Fish was impressed with the improvement Johansson has made since Fish defeated him last year in the U.S. Open and Australian Open.

``If I had his serve, that's the way I would play,'' Fish said. ``On the return games, go for your shots and hold serve at love every time. It's pretty easy to be carefree on the return games when he knows he has that serve in his back pocket.''

For the match, Johansson won 90 percent of the points off his first serves and had 15 aces.

``I'm very pleased with that,'' Johansson said. ``I think I hit the spots I wanted to hit, and didn't make it easy for him out there.''

Kiefer, who is playing for his seventh career title, used a strong net game and quick feet to beat Enqvist.

Kiefer wasn't overpowering, but seemed to be a step faster and was able to reach difficult shots. There were times he seemed to be out of points, only to track the ball down and hit a winner.

``He was very fast, and he played very aggressive,'' Enqvist said. ``He was going hard for the second serves. When I tried to step it up and go for shots, I mistimed it a little bit. That's the way it goes.''

On the women's side, top-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia faces No. 2 seed Lisa Raymond, who has won the tournament the past two years.

star
02-22-2004, 04:12 PM
Well, now Pim Pim is known to the world. It's kind of sad not to have him our own little secret anymore, but I'm so glad for him that he is developing. I'd like to give Lleyton some credit for that. ;)

Johansson Storms into his First ATP Final

Swedish star Joachim Johansson cruised through to his first ATP final with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Mardy Fish in the semifinals of the Kroger St. Jude in Memphis.

Johansson fired 15 aces and made 70 percent of his first serves as blew his American opponent aside in just 52 minutes.

"I've been serving very well this week and playing well from the baseline so I'm happy with my game so far," said Johansson. "I think I raised my game today from yesterday. It feels great to be in my first final, especially with the way I've been playing this week and to be in my first final in the States feels nice for me."

The 21-year-old dropped just one point on his serve in the opening set - that coming as he had three set points at 5-2, 40-0 - as Fish struggled to come to terms with the Swede's power just as Hyung-Taik Lee, James Blake and Xavier Malisse had before him.

Confidence

Fish, who was hoping to reach his second consecutive ATP final having lost to Andy Roddick in San Jose last week, had lost the first set in his first two matches this week against Olivier Mutis and Frederic Niemeyer. And the 22-year-old American made the worst possible start as Johansson broke Fish in the opening game of the match.

After sending down four consecutive aces to lead 3-1, Johansson was clearly brimming with confidence and was showing no sign of nerves in his first ATP semifinal. The Swede closed out the first set with his seventh ace of the match and made 15 of 17 first serves (88 percent) in the opener.

Johansson kept up the pressure in the second set, breaking the Fish serve to lead 2-1 with more breathtaking forehands from the baseline. As the crowd tried to lift the American's spirits, Fish responded with some tremendous defense to hang in, and twice had Johansson at 15-30 on his serve.

But Fish failed to capitalize as Johansson consistently drew upon his arsenal to get himself out of any trouble. At 5-4, he served for a place in his first final with two aces, finishing with his 15th of the match at 105mph out wide. He has now held serve 43 consecutive games in the tournament, and has only faced four break points.

And the Swede is not planning on changing anything ahead of Sunday's final. "I'm not used to being this far in an ATP tournament, so of course I got a little bit tight towards the end of the match," said Johansson. "But a match is a match still, so even if I have a chance to win the tournament tomorrow, I have to take it just as another match and see how it goes."

Dangerous

Fish, who had reached back-to-back semifinals for the first time in his career, had won both of their previous matches at last year's Australian and US Opens but it was a different story this time. "He's very dangerous," said Fish. "Today he showed he can serve big, hit big groundstrokes and goes for his shots. If I had his serve, that's the way that I would play if I were him - on the return games, go for your shots and then hold serve at love every time.

" It's pretty easy to be care-free on the return games when he knows he's got his serve in his back pocket. In the end, I would have liked to have played four out of seven sets - I was getting better and better at the end of the second set but he was just too good.

"I definitely didn't expect an easy match going out. At the US Open, we played on Arthur Ashe, it was my first match there but I was more used to a match like that. He's getting more and more experienced in situations like this and his game has developed a ton. Obviously physically he's bigger than everyone else, but mentally was his weakest point. This year and last year, he's really come on strong."

Angele
02-22-2004, 08:47 PM
Pim Pim won :woohoo: :woohoo:

7-6(5) 6-3 over Kiefer... Congrats Joachim, well done :kiss:

Murkofan
02-22-2004, 08:48 PM
Pim Pim :D :worship:

star
02-22-2004, 08:59 PM
First ATP title for Jaslyn's boyfriend. :)

It was a very good day for the family.

star
02-22-2004, 09:00 PM
Only 20 more titles to go for Pim Pim. ;)

kit
02-22-2004, 09:42 PM
Well done Pim Pim!!!
I just watched the match, he played so well and his serve :eek:

Chesty Larue
02-22-2004, 09:42 PM
Only 20 more titles to go for Pim Pim. ;)

lol Piece of cake ;) :p

Goonergal
02-22-2004, 09:44 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Congrats Pim Pim! :D :worship:

star
02-22-2004, 10:18 PM
Well done Pim Pim!!!
I just watched the match, he played so well and his serve :eek:

Oh! Details please please. :)

Angele
02-22-2004, 10:25 PM
From the final:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040222/capt.tnmh10502222207.memphis_tnmh105.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040222/capt.tnmh10602222211.memphis_tnmh106.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040222/capt.tnmh10402222201.memphis_tnmh104.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040222/capt.tnmh10302222156.memphis_tnmh103.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040222/capt.tnmh10102222148.memphis_tnmh101.jpg

KewlCat83
02-23-2004, 12:14 AM
Is Pim Pim and Jaslyn married? I ask this because I see a gold ring on his left ring finger.

Scotso
02-23-2004, 12:53 AM
He looks VERY nice in those pictures!

Congrats PimPim :bounce:

Great week, keep it up!

star
02-23-2004, 03:11 AM
Johansson Claims First Career Title


Joachim Johansson claimed his first ATP title with a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over Germany's Nicolas Kiefer to win the Kroger St. Jude in Memphis.

The Swede fired seven aces - and a total of 78 for the week - during the 1-hour, 34-minute win. Johansson becomes the fourth different Swedish winner in Memphis, joining Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg and Magnus Larsson. He also became the first Swede to win an ATP title since Jonas Bjorkman won Nottingham in June 2002.

"It feels great," said Johansson. "There have been three other Swedish players to win this title and now I'm the fourth. It's been some time since a Swedish player has a won a tournament.

"I haven't seen that much of Memphis but it's always going to be very close to my heart for the rest of my life. I always wanted to win an ATP tournament, so to do it here. It was a great crowd out there so it's going to be very special for me."

Holding Serve

The 6'6" Johansson was not broken throughout the week, holding serve 55 consecutive games, and faced just five break points during the tournament. He has not lost his serve since the fourth game of the first set of his quarterfinal loss to Andy Roddick in San Jose, having held serve a total of 63 consecutive games.

En route to his first career final, he defeated Hyung-Taik Lee, No. 6 seed James Blake, Xavier Malisse and No. 2 seed Mardy Fish.

"It was one of my goals to win a tournament this year," said Johansson. "I'd won a few challengers and I was playing well at the end of last year so I was hoping I could keep that form up and keep playing like that this year and that's what happened. But I didn't expect to win my first title so soon."

Kiefer, who was appearing in his 13th career ATP final and his first in the United States, was looking to win his first title since Hong Kong in 2000. The 26-year-old German, who was making his first appearance in Memphis, ended a six-match losing streak prior to the tournament with victories over Eric Taino, Jurgen Melzer, Jan-Michael Gambill and Thomas Enqvist to reach the final.

Repeat

The final between Johansson and Kiefer was a repeat of their first round match in San Jose, which Johansson won in three sets. Both players started the final well with the first set going comfortably with serve until Johansson handed Kiefer a set point at 4-5 with a double fault. But the Swede responded with a 126 mph ace out wide to stop the danger.

In the tie-break, Kiefer began with a double fault of his own and Johansson stormed into a 4-2 lead before pushing a volley long to allow Kiefer to get back on terms. But Johansson produced another stunning forehand winner to open up two set points, and, after missing a 130mph second serve on the first, Kiefer hit a forehand wide to hand the Swede the first set.

Confidence

Brimming with confidence, Johansson started the second set firing on all cylinders. With the Swede up 4-3, Kiefer double faulted for the sixth time in the match to hand Johansson the crucial break, and he converted his third match point to seal a famous victory.

"I think today he had much more confidence than last week [in San Jose]," said Kiefer. "He's won a few matches here. I played much better than last week but I didn't get so many chances on his serve. He has a big serve. I had a few 15-30 chances but he came up with the big serves and it just didn't go my way today. He deserved to win."
Despite the loss, Kiefer said he was pleased with the way his week went.

"If someone had told me when I came here last Saturday that I would be in the final, I would have taken it straight away," said the German. "You work the whole year to win tournaments, and when you get to the final you want to win. But there is only one winner.

" Anyway, it's a great success for me to be in the final and to have won four great matches, also to show to myself that I can still do it. All the great work is paying off. I didn't play my best tennis for many months. I just tried to stay in during the first round, the second round again I played a bad match, but I just tried to stay in. Match by match it came back and now I feel very good for the next few tournaments in the States and looking forward to winning some matches."

star
02-23-2004, 03:59 AM
From Expressen

"Pim-Pim"took his the first ATP-victory

He held his serve 54 times in consequetively in the tournament. For that reason Joachim ''Pim-Pim''Johansson became the 26th Swede to win a ATP-title in tennis. Johansson won the tournament in Memphis after beating German Nicolas Kiefer in straight sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

The 198 centimetre tall Swede has a phenomenal serve that the new coach Mikael Stripple is teaching him to utilise to the max.

It showed not least in sunday afternoon's final against Nicolas Kiefer. Johansson struck only seven aces against Kiefers ten. But Johansson hit more than two thirds of his first serves -and when first serves also hit inside the lines, the Swede won almost 90 percent of the points. Kiefer only had a breakboll the entire match -and Johansson was able to hold his serve through the match through.

In the first set, the games played forward to a tiebreak. There Johansson showed a sample of a nice returer, he won tiebreak with 7-5 and the set with 7-6. 21-years old, and turning 22 on 1 july this year, continued his serve convincingly in the second set. Johansson held his service easily and went forth to lead with 4-3. Then came the chance the swede waited on. Kiefers serve misfired and Johansson got himself two break points. Svensken looked to have missed the chance when he lobbed out with some centimeters margin, but Johansson returned too and got himself then a third break point. On that one he needed no return because Kiefer struck a double fault. Johansson needed then ''only'' to hold his serve for the 54th time to gain his first ATP-title and swedens 258th. But it was easier said than done.

Johansson served another ace to get to 40-15 and two match points. But then the umpire did not see that the Swede's first serve on the the first match point was clearly out and Kiefer began to protest so powerfully that in the end he got a warning. The compromise was that Johansson got to hit a new first serve, but now the Swede was not entirely in balance and missed both match points. But Johansson got himself a third match point -and that one missed he not. After a good serve, he went to the net and ended the point smartly with a stoppvolley -and then Pim-Pim could lift his hands against the american the sky (actually roof) in a victory sigh. It was enough many that jublade in front of tv-apparaterna then the watch began approach himself 22-the time on sŲndagskvšllen. A was certainly the father Leif, self swedish Davis Cup-player, that got sonen that begin with tennis at five years old. A another was presumably big brother Niclas that been giving his little brother his candy sounding nickname, because he in young years could not pronounce his little brothers name. Then was it within the family that Joachim became Pim-Pim. Now have he become it with the entire swedish folk.

kit
02-23-2004, 08:51 PM
Oh! Details please please. :)
Oh, there wasn't many details.
It was a tough match especially the first.
Pim Pim played fantastic tennis. :worship:
He hit the ball very strong and let Kiefer ran.
He made a lot of winners, too. :)
Kiefer didn't have many chances to break him.
He can be very dangerous to Lleyton soon, I think. :mad:
I wondered, they didn't show Jaslyn during the match.
Wasn't she in Memphis? She has birthday today, doesn't she?
Sorry, my English isn't very good...

:hug:Congratulation Jaslyn!!! :bdaycake: :aparty:

Goonergal
02-25-2004, 05:15 PM
Jas was in Australia! There's an article somewhere. Pim Pim said he's sure she won't mind him missing her b/day under the circumstances, and he'll have to buy her a nice present to make up for it ;)

Goonergal
02-25-2004, 05:18 PM
It's a Family Affair for Lleyton, Kim, Joachim and Jaslyn

Tue Feb 24,12:12 PM ET
By Robert Woodward

LONDON (Reuters) - Lleyton Hewitt's 23rd birthday celebration Tuesday should have been quite a bash.

The Australian won the Rotterdam indoor title at the weekend while just down the road in Antwerp his fiancee Kim Clijsters claimed the Diamond Games crown. Total prize money of about $400,000 and a diamond-studded tennis trophy on top.

Hours later the boyfriend of Hewitt's younger sister Jaslyn, Joachim Johansson, won his first ATP title in Memphis.

To make the party complete, it was Jaslyn's 21st birthday in Australia by the time her Swedish beau had beaten Nicolas Kiefer in the Kroger St Jude final.

"I think she can forgive me that I'm not there," said Johansson. "I'll have to buy something really nice for the next time I see her."

The Swede's mobile phone received 55 missed calls after the final. "He (Lleyton) may be one of the missed calls. I know he called my girlfriend and congratulated her."

PRIZE MONEY

Hewitt and Clijsters have won 21 titles each and more than $20 million in prize money.

For both, however, money and titles are no longer the issue -- they want to regain their places at the summit of tennis and are prepared to miss the Olympics to achieve this.

This seems a strange decision by Hewitt. He has worn his patriotism on his sleeve since he was a teen-ager and gave away the last few months of 2003 to concentrate on preparing for the Davis Cup final, which Australia won by beating Spain.

He held the number one spot for 75 weeks to April 2003, yet finished 16th at the end of last year after playing just 46 matches. 2004 has been a different matter, however.

He has already won two titles and, with Australia out of the Davis Cup thanks to Johansson and his Swedish team mates, there seems nothing to prevent Hewitt accelerating through the world top 10 toward Roger Federer at the top.

MENTAL STRENGTH

Mental strength has been the key to Hewitt's success and, after his fallow 2003, he seems to have it back in spades.

His fiancee, however, has a major mental block which will have to be removed before she has any chance of regaining the number one spot and winning her first grand slam title.

That block is called Justine Henin-Hardenne, who has beaten her compatriot Clijsters in the French, U.S. and Australian Open (news - web sites) finals and taken over from her as number one.

Henin-Hardenne is tough, very tough. Clijsters needs to learn to fight until the final point and not relax for a second on the way -- a trait Hewitt seems to have imbibed with his mother's milk.

Neither Hewitt nor Clijsters believes tennis at the Olympics is special enough to make a detour to Athens worth their while before the U.S. Open (news - web sites).

There is therefore a short break in their calendar when the attention of the world's media will be centered on Greece.

They joined up in Clijsters' home town of Bree to celebrate their weekend victories and Bree is also the venue for their so-called love match on April 17 when the couple will play a best-of-three singles.

Perhaps in August, it will be time for another trip to Bree where Jaslyn, Joachim and the rest of their families can join them.

Danni
02-26-2004, 06:52 AM
thanx for the article Cilla! :kiss:

jezzy
02-26-2004, 06:54 AM
Hello...new here because of this thread. I was searching on Joachim stuff and found you guys.
btw lusty, i love your avatar.
i just saw joachim win the kroger st jude tourney here in memphis, and has turned me into a ravenous tennis fan.

star
02-26-2004, 12:29 PM
Jezzy!! Welcome! :wavey:

There is also another thread for Pim Pim in the Sweden part of the Player's Forums. :)

You actually saw Pim Pim in Memphis! That is so great. Please tell us all the details and why you became a fan. :)

jezzy
02-27-2004, 08:00 AM
I first saw him playing Mardy Fish, and my dad was telling me "Fish is the favored winner here. He's the bigger tennis star." At first, I bought into it, but I kept looking at Pim Pim and thinking, "but he's such a strong player...his sense of balance for being so tall is amazing, and he's really driving the game."
so when he beat mardy, i wasn't surprised. i started to wonder "how could you live with yourself losing to a fish?" lol
I got a closer look at Joachim and realized that not only was he a great player, but quite a looker.
Ahem.
So we went to the men's finals and saw Pim Pim v. Kiefer. Now, I'd been rooting for Germans almost the whole time (I favored Haas/Weiner over the Bryans), because I'm a German at heart.
But when I saw that Joachim had made it to the finals, I had to keep my newfound loyalty to the mysterious tall blonde swede.
The Thursday before that was my first live tennis match ever, so it was all so exciting and new to see so much raw power just a few feet away. By the end of the game, I was jumping up and down screaming in my head "he won! he won!"
His humility and good attitude won me over also. I was also glad to find out that I witnessed his first title ever. It was an amazing experience.
I just had to go out and find the other crazed fans :D Glad I'm not the only one that has recognized this wonderful player.

star
02-27-2004, 12:06 PM
That was a wonderful report!!

Losing to a fish... :D

But, I like Mardy too, just not as much as Joachim. I hope you've read back in this thread and in the Swedish forum too to catch up on all the Pim Pim news.

I think his next tournament will be Indian Wells. If all goes as planned, I should get to see him there for the first time. I'm looking forward to it.

If you go on the Swedish thread someone has posted a picture of herself standing next to Pim Pim.

star
02-27-2004, 12:08 PM
btw, did you all know that if you do a google search for Pim Pim Johansson, THIS thread comes up as the number one result??? the numbe two result as well. :)

ace4lleykim
03-10-2004, 01:45 AM
wow, Pim is rlli hot!!!! man he s freakin hot dun ya think? :hearts:

Angele
05-10-2004, 09:30 PM
Nice win today for Pim Pim over Mark P. :yeah: I only watched the first set and it was pretty equal. The difference was a horrible DF from Flip on set point :o Pim Pim was up 2-1 ( after a LONG serve game) in the second so either he played great from then on or Mark just collapsed :o Either win though, well done Joachim :yeah: Glynn and Chezza were there supporting him btw, nice to see that they go out to watch his matches as well!

Sunshine1
05-10-2004, 09:48 PM
On Lleytonland someone said that Lleyton was there also.

Goonergal
05-10-2004, 10:11 PM
Well done Joach :worship: I couldn't watch the match, but I expected him to win concidering the form Flip is in now :o

crazzzy_grrl
05-11-2004, 08:42 AM
Thats great that lleyton and his parents were there watching. Was Jaslyn there???
I was glad he won... good to see him playing well

kim4eva
05-11-2004, 10:20 AM
Congrats Pim pim :worship:

star
05-11-2004, 01:52 PM
:yippee:

Nice that Lleyton was supporting. He's a loyal guy. :)

Aleksa's Laydee
08-30-2004, 12:56 PM
Hey guys... come join my joachim johansson yahoo group....i am a huge fan of his too :wavey: :)

http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/JoachimJohanssonsGroup/

KayTang999
09-08-2004, 02:28 AM
One more match for both Lleyton and Joachim and we will get the showdown between! Let's hope it will happen.

Aleksa's Laydee
09-11-2004, 12:50 PM
and it has ;) bring it on :yeah:

Beth
01-30-2005, 02:21 AM
hi everyone - i just wanted to say go joachim at the aussie open! :D
he did so well against agassi, can't wait to see what 2005 brings him!
beth

star
01-30-2005, 04:59 AM
:wavey: Beth!

If you are a Pim Pim fan, we've got a whole forum for him now. :)

Beth
02-06-2005, 11:28 PM
really? how do i get there? i am sort of new here. i saw your thread almost a year ago, and bookmarked it! ;) been checking in once in awhile ever since and then i decided to register.
beth

Jess
02-06-2005, 11:38 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=&f=249 That's the link Beth :)