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Grass Season Thread 2009

MacArthur
03-18-2009, 10:18 AM
The official schedule :

Juin :

> Gerry Weber Open (Halle) – Du 8 au 14 Juin

> Wimbledon (Londres) – 22 Juin au 6 Juillet

So he chose Halle as his only grass tournament before wimbledon. Sorry for his english fans next to the queens (:sad:).

Federer is doing Halle too every year, isn't it ?

Whatever, we have many hopes for this grass season :D

Turquoise
03-18-2009, 10:52 AM
Many thanks MacArthur for posting his grass/clay schedules. The clay season is quite packed, and I pray that he will stay healthy until the grass season.

I know I keep on harping about Jo's potential on grass. That's because this is a surface that few of the active players can dominate. Federer was king for a long time, and ironically Nadal has achieved supremacy there.

Jo has the perfect kind of game for grass: the powerful serve, sublime volley techniques, huge forehands and speed of movement. He had an impressive run to 4th round in 2007, at a time when his game was still quite erratic and inconsistent. Now that his game has improved ten-fold from his 2007 form, it's fascinating to see how far he can achieve on that surface.

JBdV
03-18-2009, 01:48 PM
I am really looking forward to this part of the season, just pray he is fit this time.

I Love Tsonga
05-30-2009, 11:23 AM
Good Choese Jo

oranges
05-30-2009, 12:15 PM
Can't wait for the grass season

SelvenluvJo
05-30-2009, 06:42 PM
Can't wait for the grass season,let's see what will be happened

MacArthur
06-01-2009, 06:08 PM
Onto the grass season !

It's time to go with the cow !

DanaKz
06-02-2009, 06:02 AM
Come on Jo! We are waiting for you!

JBdV
06-02-2009, 10:15 PM
Allez! :cool:

oranges
06-06-2009, 03:01 PM
Halle draw:

FEDERER, Roger (SUI/1) vs Q
ROCHUS, Christophe (BEL) vs BECK, Andreas (GER)
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (GER)vs PHAU, Björn (GER)
KUNITSYN, Igor (RUS) vs TURSUNOV, Dmitry (RUS/6)

TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA/4) vs SANTORO, Fabrice (FRA)
HAAS, Tommy (GER/WC) vs KOUBEK, Stefan (AUT)
Q vs ZVEREV, Mischa (GER/WC)
HERNYCH, Jan (CZE) vs BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE/5)

SCHÜTTLER, Rainer (GER/8) vs GICQUEL, Marc (FRA)
HANESCU, Victor (ROU) vs BECKER, Benjamin (GER/WC)
Q vs Q
PETZSCHNER, Philipp (GER) vs VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP/3)

MELZER, Jürgen (AUT/7) vs CLEMENT, Arnoud (FRA)
TROICKI, Victor (SRB) vs KIEFER, Nicolas (GER)
SERRA, Florent (FRA) vs SELA, Dudi (ISR)
BOLELLI, Simone (ITA) vs DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB/2)

Tess Gray
06-06-2009, 04:09 PM
Quarter maybe against Tomas and semis against Roger:scared: I think it's time for somebody else than Roger to win Halle. :angel: My vote goes to Jo:p

amdany
06-06-2009, 06:40 PM
my vote as well :angel:

MsTree
06-06-2009, 07:16 PM
My vote too :devil:
Allez Jo!!!

Keijan
06-06-2009, 07:20 PM
Leslee, you're becoming a die hard Jotard :p

It's obvious who gets my vote too :angel:

MsTree
06-06-2009, 07:25 PM
:p :lol:

I can honestly say Jo is my fave out of the whole draw and of course I want him to beat Federer and make him cry :lol:

Tess Gray
06-07-2009, 05:25 PM
Jo is also playing doubles with Cicquel against the first seeds:lol:

[1] DLOUHY, Lukas/PAES, Leander vs. GICQUEL, Marc/TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried
[WC] BECK, Andreas/CHUIDINELLI, Marc vs. [4]KUNITSYN, Igor RUS/TURSUNOV, Dmitry
[3] DAMM, Martin/LINDSTEDT, Robert vs. KIEFER, Nicolas/ZVEREV, Mischa
DJOKOVIC, Novak/TROICKI, Viktor vs. MELZER, Jurgen/KNOWLE, Julian

SCHUETTLER, Rainer/CLEMENT, Arnaud vs. SANTORO, Fabrice/SERRA, Florent
KAS, Christopher/KOHLSHREIBER, Philip vs. [4] PEYA, Alexander/PETZSCHNER, Philipp
CERRATANI, James/HANESCU, Victor vs. [WC] HAAS, Tommy/KOHLMANN Michael
BERDYCH, Tomas/VEMIC, Dusan vs. [2] CERMARK, Frantisek/MERTINAK, Michal

JBdV
06-07-2009, 08:21 PM
Wow, that's a very tough quarter he got :eek: If he comes through it to the semi, that would be a good performance.

Turquoise
06-08-2009, 05:04 AM
Tough draw for Jo, but good preparation for Wimbledon. Hope he makes it as far as semis and has a good test against Federer. Good luck!

Bashak
06-08-2009, 12:24 PM
:D I actually picked Jo to win Halle in FITD this week! Though I wildly predicted Kohlschreiber would beat Federer. :haha:
Allez Jo!

MacArthur
06-08-2009, 08:47 PM
Jo plays tomorrow at noon against Santoro on centre court.

Allez !

DanaKz
06-09-2009, 12:07 PM
Jo got first set 7-5

DanaKz
06-09-2009, 12:13 PM
Let it break Jo.

DanaKz
06-09-2009, 12:14 PM
So...

DanaKz
06-09-2009, 12:15 PM
Nise job, Jo.

DanaKz
06-09-2009, 12:20 PM
Mp.

DanaKz
06-09-2009, 12:21 PM
Second MP.
G.S.M.
7-5 6-2.

Tommy Haas is next.

SelvenluvJo
06-09-2009, 01:30 PM
come on next round JO!!

I Love Tsonga
06-09-2009, 01:42 PM
Good Jo

Very Nice

Good Luck to Match Haas

You Winner

Tess Gray
06-09-2009, 03:31 PM
Good job Jo :bounce: Haas'll be tough :scared:

amdany
06-09-2009, 05:29 PM
:dance: nice job Jo, good luck against Haas :unsure:

JBdV
06-09-2009, 11:42 PM
I am worried about the Haas match as well, Haas seemed in good form on clay so how will it be on a surface on which he is much more comfortable :unsure: When playing well he is capable of not letting Jo dictate, so Jo will have to play a very good match tomorrow but he can do it. Good luck Jo :yeah:

MacArthur
06-10-2009, 05:59 PM
Our match is coming right now (bet365 if you want a livestream).

Bashak
06-10-2009, 06:36 PM
Jo is down 3-5 in the first set vs Haas. Haas is serving now. :sad:

simplet
06-10-2009, 06:41 PM
Wtf Haas has served 81% first serve in that set.

simplet
06-10-2009, 07:12 PM
Ah ah what's happening? Looks like they both decided they wouldn't hit second serves any more.

Bashak
06-10-2009, 07:12 PM
jo was 0-40 down on his serve and if I'm not mistaken he served 5 aces in a row to win the game. :worship:

simplet
06-10-2009, 07:15 PM
jo was 0-40 down on his serve and if I'm not mistaken he served 5 aces in a row to win the game. :worship:

Among those five he served 2 aces and one unreturnable on second serve. All were upward of 200km/h I believe :drink: :silly:

amdany
06-10-2009, 07:32 PM
he lost :sad:

simplet
06-10-2009, 07:33 PM
I'm calling it now, Haas is the favourite for Wimbledon. Absolutely unbreakable.

SelvenluvJo
06-10-2009, 07:35 PM
go home and practice your reserve plz

JBdV
06-10-2009, 07:38 PM
Jo wasn't great but Haas was very good, continuing his form from the first 2 sets against Fed at RG, and this was on grass this time, a surface on which he more comfortable. So I'm disappointed with the result but not exactly surprised. What is Jo going to do next week now? Is he playing that exhibition, or will he try for a WC at Eastbourne?

Bashak
06-10-2009, 07:42 PM
Among those five he served 2 aces and one unreturnable on second serve. All were upward of 200km/h I believe :drink: :silly:

I wasn't sure what happened there, my livestream was buffering and I saw no play throughout the set. All I saw was Jo serving and serving again. :lol:

Too bad he lost. Haas played some nice points during the tiebreak.

DanaKz
06-11-2009, 05:19 AM
:sad:

Tess Gray
06-11-2009, 01:10 PM
I'm calling it now, Haas is the favourite for Wimbledon. Absolutely unbreakable.
I wouldnt bet a lot of money on it:lol:


Jo:sad: I didn't see the match but I hope he'll do a bit better for the rest of the season.

reggie1
06-11-2009, 10:10 PM
I missed the match too. Haas can be a tricky customer, every now and again he displays some of the form which got him to number 2 in the world. Shame for Jo :bigcry:

Tess Gray
06-12-2009, 03:25 PM
Jo will be playing in a exhibition tournament called The Boodles.

http://www.theboodles.com/view_news.php?id=00086
The Boodles 2009 has confirmed its player acceptance list for 2009:

Gilles Simon

Jo Wilfried Tsonga

Nikolay Davydenko

Fernando Gonzalez

Phillip Kohlschreiber

Nicolas Kiefer

Feliciano Lopez

Grigor Dimitrov

The Bryan Brothers

The tournament, which is created and hosted by boutique international sports management and marketing company, ACE Group, will be in its eighth year and sponsors at this year's event include title sponsor Boodles, Fortnum & Mason, Patek Philippe, The Financial Times, Chubb Insurance, and Bentley Motors.Tickets are available by calling 02073844877or visit www.theboodles.com.

FedererBulgaria
06-15-2009, 11:51 AM
Jo will be playing in a exhibition tournament called The Boodles.

http://www.theboodles.com/view_news.php?id=00086

Tomorrow:

Grigor Dimitrov vs Tsonga ;)

Tess Gray
06-15-2009, 07:45 PM
Tomorrow:

Grigor Dimitrov vs Tsonga ;)

I wish I could see the match:awww::drool:

amdany
06-15-2009, 09:32 PM
drool fest :drool:

Tess Gray
06-16-2009, 08:00 PM
Jo defeated Grisha in 2 sets :yeah:

Mint Chip
06-16-2009, 08:11 PM
Where did you get the results from?

FedererBulgaria
06-16-2009, 08:38 PM
Where did you get the results from?

From Grigor`s Thread :lol:

SelvenluvJo
06-17-2009, 11:17 AM
so what is the score?

Tess Gray
06-17-2009, 02:30 PM
Jo won 6-1 6-4 and yes I did get it from Grisha's thread ;):lol:

tufani
06-18-2009, 08:49 PM
Who knows the result of today's match against Davydenko? If there is one, of course. The official website of the event is a bit uninformative imo. :scratch:

DanaKz
06-19-2009, 12:13 PM
Jo is in Roger's quarter, with this My-Name-Is-Mister-Ace-Karlovic.
Damn, it's really tough.

Turquoise
06-19-2009, 12:59 PM
I agree, really tough quarter. To get past the likes of Karlovic, Verdasco, Federer requires super-human effort. :help: Good luck Jo! Just remember, you can play on grass, let's show them!

oranges
06-19-2009, 01:42 PM
I kinda like the draw, aside from the fact that I'd prefer any other of the top 3 seeds in the quarters. Karlovic, Verdasco and co. are small fry for Jo ;)

Bashak
06-19-2009, 02:42 PM
Fernando Verdasco ESP (7) v James Ward GBR
Nicolas Mahut FRA v Kristof Vliegen BEL
Diego Junqueira ARG v Guillermo Canas ARG
Grega Zemlja SLO v Albert Montanes ESP (32)

Ivo Karlovic CRO (22) v Lukas Lacko SVK
Steve Darcis BEL v Frank Dancevic CAN
Simone Bolelli ITA v Daniel Koellerer AUT
Andrey Golubev KAZ v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (9)

GOOD LUCK JO!

SelvenluvJo
06-19-2009, 03:31 PM
good luck Jojo...

simplet
06-20-2009, 12:44 AM
That's a pretty bad draw... I'm not worried about Verdasco, but Karlovic is a pain in the a**, and he got the worst quarterfinal opponent. I honestly think he can beat anyone in the draw, even Nadal, except for Federer :mad:.Plus he gains nothing from Nadal retirement with that draw. If Rafa had to withdraw, it could at least have opened the draw a little for my favs...

oranges
06-20-2009, 01:07 AM
I have to ask what is with the Karlovic hype? Anyone remembers when he beat any top 50 player the last time in a best of five match? Is there any other than the famous Hewitt win years ago? It will be a small miracle if makes it that far. Lots of more challenging opponents he could have drawn :shrug:

simplet
06-20-2009, 01:12 AM
I have to ask what is with the Karlovic hype? Anyone remembers when he beat any top 50 player the last time in a best of five match? Is there any other than the famous Hewitt win years ago? It will be a small miracle if makes it that far. Lots of more challenging opponents he could have drawn :shrug:

It's not really "hype", it's just that the guy is so annoying. He can lose to anybody, but if he has a good serving day it might be impossible to win for anyone, especially on grass. Of course the best of five format puts him at a disadvantage in slams, but that doesn't change the fact that if he gets to the third round, we'll have a boring, nerve-wracking, tie-break filled crap of a match.

Also I don't think the return of serve is Jo's strong suit...

oranges
06-20-2009, 01:24 AM
It's not really "hype", it's just that the guy is so annoying. He can lose to anybody, but if he has a good serving day it might be impossible to win for anyone, especially on grass. Of course the best of five format puts him at a disadvantage in slams, but that doesn't change the fact that if he gets to the third round, we'll have a boring, nerve-wracking, tie-break filled crap of a match.

Also I don't think the return of serve is Jo's strong suit...

That really applies only to the best of three matches. There's a reason he sucks in GS (or DC for that matter), you can't sustain that level of serving throughout five sets (and his second serve is probably nowhere near top 20 on tour), among other things. The years of falling in first rounds to the likes of Stadtler in Wimbledon have added the psychological burden. He's no real threat. Besides, Jo's much better than him in TBs :D

Dragon89
06-20-2009, 01:39 PM
That really applies only to the best of three matches. There's a reason he sucks in GS (or DC for that matter), you can't sustain that level of serving throughout five sets (and his second serve is probably nowhere near top 20 on tour), among other things. The years of falling in first rounds to the likes of Stadtler in Wimbledon have added the psychological burden. He's no real threat. Besides, Jo's much better than him in TBs :D

And Jo had already bet him in Surbiton final-2007 in 2 sets :)

greenhopper
06-20-2009, 04:35 PM
Who knows the result of today's match against Davydenko? If there is one, of course. The official website of the event is a bit uninformative imo. :scratch:


Wimbledon’s ninth seed was knocked out of the Boodles Challenge tennis tournament yesterday by Russian Nicolay Davydenko, who will now play in tomorrow's final.

Spectators were treated to two sets of fantastic tennis with both players testing each other to the extreme on the grass. With the match tied at one set all, the players fought it out in a championship tie-breaker eventually ending in 11-9.

Nikolay Davdydenko said: "I am surprised. It was a very hard match; especially the tie-break but I played some good shots. It makes me more confident for next week by playing here at Boodles and I’m really enjoying myself."

http://tinyurl.com/ndz8jp

I don't post here a lot (or ever ;) ), but really appreciate the updates from everyone. :hatoff:

minahsushi
06-21-2009, 06:47 AM
good luck jo. i really hope he does well.

SelvenluvJo
06-21-2009, 04:37 PM
good luck my jojo

Naina
06-21-2009, 09:24 PM
Good luck JO :D
He is second on Court 2 tomorrow.

reggie1
06-21-2009, 09:34 PM
Good luck Jo, can't wait to watch you!

Keijan
06-21-2009, 10:27 PM
Court 2... the graveyard of the seeds right ? :tape:

But if anyone can break the curse it's Jo :rocker2:

MsTree
06-21-2009, 10:34 PM
Ah but it's a new Court 2, the old Court 2 is the new Court 3 :D

Allez Jo! My favourite player in the bottom half of the draw :)

Turquoise
06-22-2009, 11:22 AM
Good luck Jo! Just play freely, enjoy the atmosphere and take each match as it comes.

reggie1
06-22-2009, 02:44 PM
Jo looks to be playing very solidly, his shots seem very fluid imo. He has a new beard too!

Naina
06-22-2009, 03:51 PM
Jo lost the second 57 :( please focus in this set.

minahsushi
06-22-2009, 04:18 PM
omg i hope jo doesn't screw up the 3rd set

amdany
06-22-2009, 05:45 PM
phewwww, this Golubev is good, I'm glad Jo finally won :banana:

MacArthur
06-22-2009, 05:58 PM
Terrible match from Jo.

I must be the only one around here, but I don't expect anything from Jo on grass. Apart from his serve, he's got nothing to use on this shitty grass that can be found everywhere now, and his movement is as terrible as it was on clay. We'll see where it goes, but I am not holding my breath for this tourney.

Keijan
06-22-2009, 06:20 PM
I'm glad he went through it :help: I'm joining you here, MacArthur, he's much more at ease on hard. He should win against Bolelli, but I don't see him getting past Karlovic. I hope he will, of course, but when I hear Wilander saying that Jo is the only one who is a threat to Federer in this tournament, more than Murray or Djoko... :o :smash:

nab_94
06-22-2009, 06:50 PM
Bravo Jo :rocker2:
Great first match, he starts strong

Bashak
06-22-2009, 06:56 PM
I am also glad he went through. I only watched the 3rd set, he played well during the tiebreak, as usual. I dosed off right after the set was over because of fatigue :o The match was over when I woke up :haha:
Jo did seem to have trouble getting around the court. Also, Golubev made some shots look so easy! By the way, I don't think Karlovic is a huge threat, I have this impresion of him as the guy who can lose to pretty much anyone. But then again, top 50players ranked outside of top 20 all fall into this category. :D I hope Jo can beat Bolelli without too much trouble. He needs to improve his returning skills eventually.

Bashak
06-22-2009, 06:58 PM
By the way, I don't know how I feel about the beard yet. It'll take some getting used to.:)

Keijan
06-22-2009, 07:15 PM
I don't like the beard :lol: you're manly enough without it Jo, don't worry :p

By the way, I don't think Karlovic is a huge threat, I have this impresion of him as the guy who can lose to pretty much anyone.

I agree, but if he's in a good serve day he's also capable of beating everyone, if the opponent isn't that good of a returner and is having a day off :help: but you're right, focus on Bolelli first. When do you think they'll be playing, wednesday or thursday ? :scratch:

Tess Gray
06-22-2009, 07:22 PM
I love the beard...:drool: It looks great on him:D

Jo, please play better next match:help: Although i like that he pulled this one out on 2 TB's :eek::yeah: I read on GM that he's already won 20 TB's this year. Impressive.

Keijan
06-22-2009, 07:34 PM
Tetta, for the beard comment, :armed:

And my commentators were saying that Golubev won 1 tie break out of 75 in his career :haha: But I think either it was a joke or I didn't understand the number hahaha. Otherwise it's veeery embarrassing :p

Pepi.
06-22-2009, 07:51 PM
nice start :)
keep it up, Jo :D

reggie1
06-22-2009, 08:50 PM
Blimey, I gave Jo the kiss of death didn't I? I said he was playing well and then it all went horribly wrong. Mind you I thought Golubev was quite good, he really fought his corner and that forehand was a ripper! He was like a wasp at a barbecue, he just wouldn't go away. And Marion, sorry my love, but I quite like the beard, loving the hair a bit longer too. Sorry Benoit, we're fangirling :lol: We'll talk about his tennis next match, just for now we are all about his appearance :lol:

SelvenluvJo
06-23-2009, 05:50 AM
I love the beard....

Keijan
06-23-2009, 06:33 AM
Vicky, I'd be happy to give him any kind of kiss :angel::lol:



the beard... It looks great on him


I quite like the beard



I love the beard....


Have you got no shame, to lig up against me :sobbing::fiery::armed::armed::armed:


But the wasp at a barbecue was brilliant :haha:


Sorry Benoit, we're fangirling We'll talk about his tennis next match, just for now we are all about his appearance

There wasn't much to say about his tennis anyway :p

DanaKz
06-23-2009, 07:15 AM
Jo doesn't like to make it easy, yeah. I was near to heart attack. :D
Golubev was definetely good, hope Bollely will be not so hard - or I really get infarction :)

Turquoise
06-23-2009, 09:17 AM
I prefer Jo clean-shaven and with very short hair - seems we all have different tastes ;)

I had never seen Golubev play before and was impressed at how he pushed Jo all the way. Jo's returns of serve - particularly second serves :smash: - leave much room for improvement. His game on grass is effective as long as he consistently produces those huge first serves. He does have some great defensive skills - his lateral movement is quite good - but he will tend to be exposed by serve&volleyors because he stays too far back behind the baseline. But to be fair to him, he does need some adjustment period to the surface; let's hope he wins the next match, which will allow him to improve his tactics, his movement and especially those returns of serves.

Naina
06-23-2009, 03:29 PM
I like Jo with a buzz cut and no fuzz on his face. The beard is strange anyway. Glad he has his bling back though. I missed it in RG :hearts:

minahsushi
06-23-2009, 03:57 PM
yea i like him with e buzz cut as well.

Tess Gray
06-23-2009, 08:36 PM
Jo is on third tomorrow on court nr 3:yeah:

PinkFeatherBoa
06-23-2009, 08:52 PM
Court 3! That means I might be able to watch him. I will try and report back if I can go.

Forgot to mention that I finally met Jo on Monday. I was wandering the streets around Wimbledon and I bumped into him jogging! I was caught by surprise and ended up screaming 'JoWIiiii' at him since he had already passed me. He was super lovely though, even if I was a strange person asking weird questions in bad French (I blame my 3 hour sleep and 4am wakeup! :lol:).

Tess Gray
06-23-2009, 10:00 PM
Jen that's so cute!:D Did you actually have a convo with him or did you just yell out JOWII:lol: Did you take a pic?

Have fun if you're going tomorrow:D

Naina
06-24-2009, 05:48 AM
Court 3! That means I might be able to watch him. I will try and report back if I can go.

Forgot to mention that I finally met Jo on Monday. I was wandering the streets around Wimbledon and I bumped into him jogging! I was caught by surprise and ended up screaming 'JoWIiiii' at him since he had already passed me. He was super lovely though, even if I was a strange person asking weird questions in bad French (I blame my 3 hour sleep and 4am wakeup! :lol:).

Oh wow!!!! That sounds so cool:cool:. Have fun inwimby and if you can please take loads of pics :D

Keijan
06-24-2009, 07:19 AM
That's a great story ! But he was alone ? maybe his team couldn't follow his pace :lol: tell us more :D


Hahaha that happened to me once, I bumped into Cañas jogging around the Bercy grounds back in October lol. And I had already bumped into him in Barcelona :o Twice the same player and it's the one who is freaking me out the most with Stepanek :lol:

soulage
06-24-2009, 12:18 PM
With the WO he won't be tired for the next one lol. Three days off :umbrella: to prepare third round. If it's Darcis he has to win and if it's Acemachine we never know.

SelvenluvJo
06-24-2009, 12:55 PM
bolelli withdraw???

soulage
06-24-2009, 12:58 PM
Yes Bolleli gave a WO to Jo It's written in the OOP http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/index.html?promo=st_promo and it's already report in the draw. It seems to be the back for Simone.

Jo can work for his next match and have a lot of rest after a quite tough first round.

Naina
06-24-2009, 04:21 PM
Argh. I was so looking forward to him playing:(

Oh well hopefully he is firing on all cylinders on friday :D

amdany
06-24-2009, 04:51 PM
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/video/video.php?v=119447529446&ref=nf
Video of Jo practicing

Keijan
06-24-2009, 05:06 PM
Woah... Okay, I'm sorry for that but, as our spanish friends would say, que culo ! :hearts:

amdany
06-24-2009, 06:49 PM
Woah... Okay, I'm sorry for that but, as our spanish friends would say, que culo ! :hearts:

:lol: someone said the same thing on one of the comments below the vid:p

Keijan
06-24-2009, 06:54 PM
Tasteful people then :angel:
thanks a lot :lol:

simplet
06-24-2009, 07:14 PM
I'm watching karlovic right now... He frightens me... :bigcry:

DanaKz
06-25-2009, 05:16 AM
Hmmm... Without practice... No good.

SelvenluvJo
06-25-2009, 05:34 AM
I'm watching karlovic right now... He frightens me... :bigcry:

:scared::scared::scared::scared:

Månu
06-25-2009, 07:38 AM
I'm watching karlovic right now... He frightens me... :bigcry:

Jo won once against him, and Darcis isn't the most amazing player to play Ivo... I think Jo has a good shot!

Tess Gray
06-25-2009, 01:28 PM
I hope so :sobbing: Karlovic on grass can be very dangerous. I just hope Jo is returning ok, that could be a key in this match.

MacArthur
06-25-2009, 06:29 PM
His match is scheduled tomorrow on court 1 just after a wta match (with dementieva, so take your time).

Ladies' Singles - 3rd Round
Regina Kulikova(RUS) v. Elena Dementieva(RUS)[4]



Gentlemen's Singles - 3rd Round
Ivo Karlovic(CRO)[22] v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(FRA)[9]

Tess Gray
06-25-2009, 06:33 PM
His match is scheduled tomorrow on court 1 just after a wta match (with dementieva, so take your time).[9]

Don't be mean:lol::p


Maybe they'll finally show him on tv now!:bounce: Bonne chance Jo!

amdany
06-25-2009, 07:26 PM
Good luck Jo!!
he was practicing with Nole today
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=219075170595&ref=mf

krn81
06-25-2009, 08:47 PM
i suspect this match to enter in the record memory with the number of aces.
From the atp website there is an interesting stats.
Number of aces in 2009 (wimbledon is not included):
1/ Karlovic: 485 for 27 matches
3/ Tsonga: 359 for 41 matches

1st serve won:
1/ Karlovic: 84%
3/ Tsonga: 78%

Service games won:
2/ Karlovic: 91%
3/ Tsonga: 88%

(i dont add the last one bp saved, there is more difference and not in good side :p)but some stats from both are just :eek::eek:
Tomorrow wil be a match of 2 aces machines :p
The one who will return more will win. They were talking about it in carrement tennis this morning and they said that Jo should not keep frustated to face lot of aces because on few points that Karlovic will have worst first serve it will be at this moment he could win the match, but it will not be easy.

MacArthur
06-26-2009, 02:00 PM
Elena so wanted to make me wrong and decided to step it up this time :lol:

So our match is under way :)

minahsushi
06-26-2009, 03:10 PM
jo lost 1st set and i don't think he can come back and win the match. he rarely does after dropping the 1st set.

amdany
06-26-2009, 03:53 PM
jo lost 1st set and i don't think he can come back and win the match. he rarely does after dropping the 1st set.

let's hope you're wrong then:p;)

Bashak
06-26-2009, 03:53 PM
1 tiebreak each :D

Bashak
06-26-2009, 03:57 PM
my god, karlovic is huge. he doesn't even bother to jump to smash, just lifts his arm a bit...

simplet
06-26-2009, 03:57 PM
This match is awful, awful. I knew it. Thank god for that second tie-break, hopefully Jo can return better now.

oranges
06-26-2009, 04:02 PM
jo lost 1st set and i don't think he can come back and win the match. he rarely does after dropping the 1st set.

Best-of-five match, first set is warmup and with Karlovic it's a toss up which way it goes. As time goes on, he'll read the serve better and Ivo's level on serve will drop. Taking the second is dandy in this respect, no added pressure in the third.

oranges
06-26-2009, 04:31 PM
Jo :mad: what kind of a second serve was that and for God's sake serve to his BH in situations like this

amdany
06-26-2009, 04:39 PM
this ace machine is annoying :o

edit: I'm not referring to Jo there ofc, because he fired a lot of aces so far...

tufani
06-26-2009, 04:39 PM
Hopefully, Jo will play his first five-setter today. Chances on Ivo's serve are yet to come though.

amdany
06-26-2009, 05:10 PM
:mad: I hate Karlovic :o

oranges
06-26-2009, 05:12 PM
:bigcry: I jinxed him.

krn81
06-26-2009, 05:17 PM
If Karlovic does not have this ace machine in his hands, the guy will not be even in the top 100 :o
The match was boring (and it was not due to jo).
Jo still did not play a match 5 sets :eek:

Bashak
06-26-2009, 05:35 PM
I am completely shocked by this loss. :o It turns out that I should have been worried about this match. Jo should seek advice from with Santoro next time he plays gigantic servers. I also think Karlovic served better than his usual level.

Keijan
06-26-2009, 06:13 PM
I said he was going to lose on him :/ I've never been more disappointed to be right.
This Wimbledon has now lost all kind of attractiveness for me :sad: (save for Simon, but I don't see him getting past his next round either, so...)

juv26
06-26-2009, 06:14 PM
:mad: I hate Karlovic :o

:wavey: :wavey:

JBdV
06-26-2009, 06:31 PM
Disappointing.

MacArthur
06-26-2009, 06:38 PM
Poor loss, mainly due from the lack of experience in playing these kind of players in these kind of matches.

It's hard to acknowledge for us atm, but Jo is critically limited in his performance by his lack of experience : he is 24 and has played two wimbledon and one RG in his entire life. He hasn't even played one fifth set. Compare it with the experience of the other top players like Murray or Djokovic and it's telling.
Next year period of Rg and Wimbledon should be very interesting though, particularly RG : he has gone further on clay, than on grass after all.

Fortunately, he is a much experience player on hard, so this US open should be good. I just hope that this time, he is going to play a lot of tournaments before. He should know by now that he needs some practice to be good.

oranges
06-26-2009, 10:24 PM
Poor loss, mainly due from the lack of experience in playing these kind of players in these kind of matches.

It's hard to acknowledge for us atm, but Jo is critically limited in his performance by his lack of experience : he is 24 and has played two wimbledon and one RG in his entire life. He hasn't even played one fifth set. Compare it with the experience of the other top players like Murray or Djokovic and it's telling.
Next year period of Rg and Wimbledon should be very interesting though, particularly RG : he has gone further on clay, than on grass after all.

Fortunately, he is a much experience player on hard, so this US open should be good. I just hope that this time, he is going to play a lot of tournaments before. He should know by now that he needs some practice to be good.

I'm aware of it rationally, he's played fewer tournaments than any 20-year old I know, but at the same time he puts together such amazing displays and results, it takes over. Karlovic is a special breed and a lot boils down to patience, waiting for your opportunity and not getting frustrated, as well as not going for too much when you do because outside the serve he's not your typical top class opponent. At times, I felt he was actually more frustrated by lack of anything to get pumped about, than the nonreturnable serves. Perhaps that pumped up state is when he's "conditioned" to play clutch (I really thought the break in the 3rd was totally uncharacteristic for him, he practically gave it away on his own). As it is, there were very few points he got excited about in the sense I'm getting into the grove, because there was very little play on either serve. :shrug:

reggie1
06-27-2009, 02:29 PM
poor Jo, the commentators were saying on BBC2 what a thoroughly boring match (this was aimed at Karlovic!) and in the PC in English they asked Jo "Did you play well?" and he kept repeating "I did not play, I did not play" as in I didn't get the chance to play because he aced me off the court! :( I have never seen Jo look so dejected after a loss, normally he seems to be able to take some positives from each and every match regardless of the result, but not this time it would seem. I think he thoght he would get further and seemed to just feel a sense of injustice at Karlovic's serve because at the end of the day, that serve is just not real tennis is it?! It's just serving and not much else. Sorry to any of his fans :o

reggie1
07-01-2009, 10:01 AM
I went to Wimbledon on Monday and saw Karlovic practising. How Jo even got a racket to any of his serves is beyond me. The man is HUGE! I expected him to be really skinny but he's not, he's really well built and he looked even taller than 6 foot 10 inches. Jo didn't really stand a chance. :sad: and he was just unlucky to have drawn him so early on.

Keijan
07-01-2009, 02:48 PM
I hope you had a good time, Vicky :D Karlovic is terrible. And it's only one man, can you imagine the whole next generation full of Karlovic babies ? :bolt: We will just start by the fifth set tie break :lol:
And he's so annoying, either he loses to a nobody for 5 straight first rounds, or he outs top ten players just to offer on a silver plate his semi final to Federer :o

For myself, I didn't expect something incredibly big from Jo for this Wimbledon as soon as I saw the draw; however I have an excellent feeling about the USO coming up ;)

Turquoise
07-02-2009, 05:02 AM
Karlovic is a frustrating opponent for anyone. I really sympathised with Jo, who just wasn't allowed to play and engage into competitive rallies. In fact, both Jo and Verdasco suffered the same fate where Karlovic chose their matches to serve out of his mind - and of course, against Federer, he tightens up.

I'm now looking forward to the hard court season - don't forget that he missed the tournaments leading up to the US Open last year and every match he wins from now on constitutes a bonus.