The statistical tribute to Thomas Johansson (1993-2009)

Voo de Mar
06-17-2009, 09:57 PM
Last week finished career after 15 years on the tour, Thomas Johansson, maybe the biggest server among players with 5'11 height.
My personal "adventure" with him... He catch my eye for the first time in 1993 when as an unranked 18 year-old WC, beat in Bolzano experienced Karel Novacek who was No. 17 at that time, and advanced to QF where lost to Olhovsiky after tense three-setter. Such a result in debut (ToJo didn't play earlier even a Challenger or Satellite!) was absolutely amazing, and I thought it would be an extraordinary player... Saw him for the first time in Vienna 1995 when he was playing against Stich, and a couple months later against Becker (Melbourne) and Ivanisevic (Munich) - didn't impress me at all. When he devastated (6-1 6-1 6-4) Henri Leconte in the farewell match of the Frenchman, on Centre Court in Paris '96, I was surprised that young, modest and a little bit scared Swede, won the match so easily. If somone told me then, it would be a Grand Slam champion, probably I wouldn't believed... I used to like him, actually the same thing with all Swedish players, always appreciated his 1st serve and groundstrokes down the line, I like the fact he won Aussie Open 7 years ago as one of the most surprising GS champions in history :yeah:

Johansson serving at the Australian Open 2002 - his best tournament in career

Career Singles (Tour Level Only): 360 - 296 (.548)
Career Doubles (Tour Level Only): 75 - 100 (.428)

Career Singles (Incl. Futures, Challengers and Satellites): 439 - 328 (.572)
Career Doubles (Incl. Futures, Challengers and Satellites): 112 - 115 (.493)

Number of tournaments he has played:
- Main Tour (Grand Slams and ATP Tour): 287
- Challengers: 24
- Satellites: 4
- Futures: 0

CAREER TITLES in singles: (9 ATP + 3 Challengers)
95 - Jerusalem, Naples (Challengers)
97 - Copenhagen (35), St. Petersburg (36)
99 - Montreal (101)
00 - Stockholm (137)
01 - Halle (151), Nottingham (152)
04 - Stockholm (205)
05 - St. Petersburg (229)
07 - Binghamton

Finalist: 5 ATP + 1 Challenger

The best GS result in singles:
Australian Open (winner 2002)
Wimbledon (semifinalist 2005)
US Open (quarterfinalist 1998; 2000)
The best MS results in singles:
Miami (quarterfinalist 2005)
Monte Carlo (quarterfinalist 2002)
Hamburg (quarterfinalist 2001)
Montreal/Toronto (winner 1999; semifinalist 2004)
Cincinnati (quarterfinalist 1998)
Paris (quarterfinalist 2001)
* Played once in Masters Cup as an alternate (2002)

CAREER TITLES in doubles: (1 ATP + 2 Challengers)
95 - Lillehammer (LA.Wahlgren), Tampere (M.Renstrom)
06 - Bastad (J.Bjorkman)

Finalist: 1 ATP + 1 Challenger

* Helped his country (as a singles player) to win ATP World Team Cup (2008)
* Silver medalist at the Olympics in Beijing (2008) in doubles (partner - Simon Aspelin)

Career High ATP Singles: 7 (10 Jun 2002)
Career High ATP Doubles: 51 (17 Jul 2006)

Singles ranking history at the end of the year (1993-2008):
422 - 486 - 117 - 60 - 39 - 17 - 43 - 39 - 18 - 14 - out of ranking - 30 - 13 - 71 - 62 - 136.
* No. 188 in the day of retirement.

Prize Money: $7,168,029

* Detailed singles statistic (including Challengers, Futures & Satellites):
5-setters: 18-11 (.620)
Tie-breaks: 189-183 (.508)
TB's in the deciding set: 16-24 (.400)
The longest winning match: 3 hours 58 minutes; H.Levy 6-7 6-4 7-5 4-6 8-6 (Davis Cup 2009)
The longest losing match: 4 hours 21 minutes; F.Saretta 7-6 4-6 6-7 6-3 10-12 (Wimbledon 2002)
The longest winning tie-break: C.Woodruff 7-6(12) 6-1 (Montreal 2001)
The longest losing tie-break: 10-12 three times (M.Woodforde, M.Philippoussis, A.Roddick)
The most served aces: 33 - defeated D.Nalbandian in 4 sets (Davis Cup 2007)

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Jonas Bjorkman (
Gustavo Kuerten (
Felix Mantilla (
Davide Sanguinetti (
Joachim Johansson (
Kenneth Carlsen (
Tim Henman (
Wayne Arthurs (
Sjeng Schalken (
Greg Rusedski (

ToJo :wavey:

Voo de Mar
06-17-2009, 09:57 PM

* Won back-to-back titles twice! - indoor in 1997 (Copenhagen - St. Petersburg), and on grass 2001 (Halle - Nottingham). He didn't win a tournament on clay but helped Sweden to win World Team Cup on clay in 2008 (won 2 matches in singles).
* ToJo didn't play a single match in 2003 due to left knee injury; in 2004 out of nowhere back to Top 30; that year as a first "lucky loser" reached Masters Series semifinal in Toronto
* At the Australian Open 2005, won first three matches in five-sets, it has happened only 4 times in this decade (the other cases: Mantilla - AO '03; Hrbaty - AO '06, Monfils - RG '06).
* ToJo is the only player who won 5 consecutive tie-break sets! It happened at the Hopman Cup 2006: Djokovic 7-6(4) 7-6(3); Schukin 7-6(7) 7-6(4); Dent 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3

The most interesting matches in Johansson's career in my subjective view:

:o Australian Open 1996, 2R: B.Becker 6-4 6-3 2-6 1-6 4-6
- ToJo playing in just second Grand Slam event was close to upset Becker who later won that tournament. The Swede after winning first two sets had a couple break points at the beginning of the third (5 bp's at 2:2 if I remember correctly), but Becker saved them, and the match turned around in his favor. It was the most difficult match for the German in that tournament.

:o US Open 1998, QF: M.Philippoussis 6-4 3-6 7-6(3) 3-6 6-7(10)
- ToJo led *4:2 in the fifth set; Scud saved three match points in the final set tie-break (5:6*, 6:7, 8:9) - the second longest final tie-break set in US Open history so far. The match lasted 3 hours 26 minutes, players served 50 aces (Scud 29). ToJo said about the tie-break: "It the worst thing which could happen. I'd prefer to lose this match 2-6 2-6 2-6". Earlier that year in Monte Carlo, Thomas wasted also 3 match points in the tie-break against Mark Woodforde... 7-5 6-7(10) 3-6.

:) Davis Cup 1998 (SF, Stockholm): C.Moya 7-5 7-6(4) 7-6(6)
- It was ToJo's first match after bitter defeat at the US Open, and his debut in Davis Cup. Moya led 3:0 in the tie-break of the third set. Sweden led 2-0 after this rubber, overcame Spain 4-1 two days later, and advanced to the winning final against Italy.

:) Stockholm 2000, QF: J.Bjorkman 6-7(6) 7-6(7) 7-5
- The most amazing win in ToJo's career; Bjorkman was serving for the match at 5:4 in the 2nd set, then had 5 consecutive match points (6:1 in the TB), had also 4:1* (40-15) in the 3rd set!!! Johansson won the tournament beating in the final Kafelnikov in straight sets.

:) Australian Open 2002, F: M.Safin 3-6 6-4 6-4 7-6(4)
- It was 25th Grand Slam tournament for ToJo, more tournaments to win first major needed only Muster, Gomez (27), Korda (34) and Ivanisevic (48). ToJo joined to three great compatriots (Borg, Wilander & Edberg) as 4th Grand Slam champion from Sweden. The final lasted 2 hours 53 minutes, Safin had saved 3 match points in the tie-break before made a lob-error on 4th mp.

:) World Team Cup 2002 (rr, Dusseldorf): P.Sampras 6-2 6-7(3) 7-6(5)
- Sampras playing his final season, had match point on serve in two games - at 5:4 and 6:5 in the third!

:o Wimbledon 2002, 1R: F.Saretta 7-6(2) 4-6 6-7(4) 6-3 10-12
- ToJo was serving to win the match at 7:6 in the fifth, had triple mini-match point at 10:10... won one point more than his opponent (205-204).

:) Stockholm 2004, F: A.Agassi 3-6 6-3 7-6(4)
- Twice was one game away from defeat, but served in both cases. Defeated Agassi first time in 7 meetings; was close to win their first encounter 6 years earlier - led 4:0 in the third set in Ostrava but lost 7-6 4-6 4-6... 1-6 against Agassi is ToJo's second worst H2H, the worst one against Federer - 0-7 but had mp in Miami 2001 - their second encounter.

:) Stockholm 2007, SF: J.Blake 3-6 6-1 7-6(3)
- For the second time in career saved 5 match points in Stockholm. In the third set was *4:5 when saved first mp, at 5:6 saved triple match point, and another, broke Blake's streak of 13 consecutive wins in Stockholm.

:) The Olympics (Beijing) 2008, SF: T.Johansson/S.Aspelin def. A.Clement/M.Llodra 7-6(6) 4-6 19-17
- Poorly experienced in doubles ToJo, reached Olympic final after epic match against the Frenchmen. The match lasted 4 hours 46 minutes (third set 2:55) what's the Olympic record in terms of time and games (59)! Swedish pair saved triple setpoint in the tie-break; in the third set lost service game at 3:3 but broke back immediately - the same story at 15:15.

:) Davis Cup 2009 (1R, Malmo): H.Levy 6-7(3) 6-4 7-5 4-6 8-6
- Johansson's last win in career, and simultaneously the longest one - 3 hours 58 minutes. ToJo was *5:6 (15-30) down in the fifth set. Sweden lost two days later to Israel 2-3 (ToJo lost 4th rubber in five sets to Dudi Sela).

06-17-2009, 10:13 PM
Wow! Some career.

06-17-2009, 10:16 PM
Great career he had, guys that get the most out of what they have are really admirable. ToJo will always be a Grand Slam champion :worship: :cool:
Good luck to him in whatever he does now :)

06-17-2009, 10:19 PM
Created a lot of trouble for other players this TOjo

06-17-2009, 10:24 PM
thanks for your great efforts as always, Voo

06-17-2009, 10:32 PM
Great stuff as always, Voo!

As for the 2002 victory, the only match where Johansson must have been a clear underdog was the final against Marat. In the previous rounds, he beat Diaz-Ruiz, Hipfl, El Aynaoui, Voinea, Björkman and Novak.

Who were the main contenders for the title? Haas, Marat, Hewitt, Kafelnikov?

Hewitt and Kafelnikov crashed out early. This was for sure Haas major missed chance for a GS title.

06-17-2009, 10:33 PM
tojo's serve was massive

06-17-2009, 11:45 PM
can remember how he outsmarted andreev in the first set last year at WTC
its a shame he lost that eventually

06-17-2009, 11:51 PM
Great stuff, Voo. Thanks for the effort.

Voo de Mar
06-18-2009, 12:12 AM
shotgun asked me why Coria didn't get a tribute :) Good quesion, maybe because he is 10 years younger than Santro who is still active :shrug: Coria has time to back on court, if Sluiter has done it, why wouldn't Coria? ;)

Voo de Mar
06-18-2009, 12:14 AM
BTW, Sanguinetti, Pim-Pim and Pavel have tribute threads here but they are still active in some bizarre way ;)

06-18-2009, 12:16 AM
Very nice, thanks. :)

06-18-2009, 12:16 AM
Great stuff as always, Voo! Sorry to nitpick, but who is the first GS-champ in singles from Sweden? It's not Björn Borg.;)

06-18-2009, 12:22 AM
shotgun asked me why Coria didn't get a tribute :) Good quesion, maybe because he is 10 years younger than Santro who is still active :shrug: Coria has time to back on court, if Sluiter has done it, why wouldn't Coria? ;)

Also Coria is a cheater. ;)

Voo de Mar
06-18-2009, 12:32 AM
Great stuff as always, Voo! Sorry to nitpick, but who is the first GS-champ in singles from Sweden? It's not Björn Borg.;)

Sven Davidson in Paris (1957) but I restrict myself in stats summaries "only" to the Open Era :p

06-18-2009, 01:09 AM
a more than worthy tribute...

some might say that it is a crime that Johansson features on the GS winners list when many others deserved it before him...

but... the truth is that he did the time on court that tournament, and took advantage of a fellow finalist who will be forever renown for turning off the form tap as quickly as he could turn it on...

... and so, raises himself to the plateau above Enqvist, Nystrom, Jarryd, Norman etc etc...


Bernard Black
06-18-2009, 10:16 AM
Yup, great player on his day. Surprised his career win/loss record is so poor, but can retire a grand slam champion which is what counts.

06-18-2009, 05:52 PM
Soo sad to see him go :( He was always so fun to watch, loved his serve and two-handed backhand :D
One of my favorite matches with him was the DC match against Nalbandian in 2007, excellent serving and agressive play from him that day :) Never thouht he would pull of that upset! :)

06-18-2009, 06:17 PM
shotgun asked me why Coria didn't get a tribute :) Good quesion, maybe because he is 10 years younger than Santro who is still active :shrug: Coria has time to back on court, if Sluiter has done it, why wouldn't Coria? ;)

I see... well he hit the tour at a young age so his career would surely make a good statistical thread. But I understand your reasons of course. ;)

06-18-2009, 06:18 PM
Thanks for a great tribute. It's nice to see Tokers career in pure stats. He will be missed

06-18-2009, 06:21 PM
:hearts: :sobbing: :sad: :wavey: my golden boy Tojo :hug: always so nice and humble