Battle of the Moonballers: Joachim Johansson vs. Fernando Gonzalez

10-19-2006, 03:11 AM
Both great players, but I just wish one of them would step up and rip a forehand once in a while. :rolleyes:

Who will win?

10-19-2006, 03:19 AM

bad gambler
10-19-2006, 03:48 AM
Dust off those helmets for anyone sitting in the crowd

*Viva Chile*
10-19-2006, 03:50 AM
I believe the phrase "tongue and cheek" is quite applicable in this case

as english is not my mother language, I found difficult to know what second meaning has that phrase.

bad gambler
10-19-2006, 04:08 AM
as english is not my mother language, I found difficult to know what second meaning has that phrase.

I know, that's why I wanted to clarify it for you :)

10-19-2006, 04:49 AM
as english is not my mother language, I found difficult to know what second meaning has that phrase.
He was saying it would be nice if they stepped in and destroyed a forehand, making it ironic, because it's what both of them are known for.

It'd be like "God! I wish Federer would hit ONE good shot once in a while!" or something.

Action Jackson
10-19-2006, 04:50 AM
Nice thread title and hope Feña can keep his concentration against the serving machine.

10-19-2006, 06:24 AM
I'm cheering for Joachim:worship:

10-19-2006, 07:15 AM
I would really like JJ to come really far :D

10-19-2006, 07:43 AM
Better than that would be Pim Pim vs the biggest moonballer of all Karlovic, can you imagine this match? :lol:

10-19-2006, 09:33 AM
what is a moonballer? They hit the ball softy? More lobs? Something about spin? I know I should know this...but I don't.

thanks in advance!

10-19-2006, 09:39 AM
Title :lol:

A moonballer hits fairly slow and high bouncing balls, usually with topspin. Usually they are feared in tennis clubs by players who are good at returning fast flat balls but have problems with generating their own power.

Personally I wouldn't call anyone on the ATP tour a moonballer, I think their shots are far too heavy (fast+spinning) for that.

Chris Seahorse
10-19-2006, 11:22 AM
Never a nice thing when a player career is badly affected by injury but that said I can't say I have missed Joachim Johansson's boring game. Yes they both hammer their forehands but there is so much more variety and style and imagination at play with Gonzo's game. Quite simply Gonzo is one of the games true showmen and artists and Johansson is one of the games true dullards. I don't know who will win but I sure know who I'm rooting for.
10-19-2006, 11:55 AM
I don't get it, how is this a battle of the moonballers? :confused:

Neither player hits the ball that high...

That tennis kid
10-19-2006, 12:02 PM
Gonzalez will wish he had a Sanguinetti forehand to take care of the Volandri-esque serves of PimPim.

10-19-2006, 12:27 PM
Now that Andy is out, I hope the winner of this match reaches the final.

10-19-2006, 12:39 PM
Gonzo wins in a walkover. Johansson had to retire from the tournament.
Too bad.

*Viva Chile*
10-19-2006, 03:09 PM
For some reason, some people here thinks that if a player was grown up playing on clay is a moonballer as I red some time ago where Feña included was qualified as a moonballer :rolleyes:

Sorry if I misunderstood the joke. :hug:

Poor PimPim :sad: , but at least Gonzo will have one day to rest ;)