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Roland Garros QF : Djokovic def. Tsonga 6-1 5-7 5-7 7-6(6) 6-1 saving 4 match points

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Action Jackson
06-05-2012, 06:08 PM
Fine effort from Tsonga but Djokovic played the match points very well and once he got the 4th set then he broke Tsonga's mentally and last set was comfortable.

Plenty of drama and some entertainment as well.

sicko
06-05-2012, 06:08 PM
fucking A. :worship:

8th straight GS semi for the djoker.

17/22 in 5-setters.

MIMIC
06-05-2012, 06:08 PM
I think he saved maybe 4 or 5 match points in the 4th? Very clutch play.

But he was up breaks in the 2nd and the 3rd before choking them away. Thank God he enjoys defending against match points so much.

Raiden
06-05-2012, 06:08 PM
http://i.minus.com/igdk5lwoMk6B3.png

GSMnadal
06-05-2012, 06:08 PM
Good job Tsonga, really well done :yeah:

HeretiC
06-05-2012, 06:09 PM
As strange as it sounds it was Tsonga's defense that won him 2 sets. He was losing waste majority of the points when he played over aggressive, but won a lot when he was defending and almost moonbaling Djokovic who really struggled to create pace and maintain control. And when you can't penetrate Tsonga's defense on clay - it is not a good sign. Djokovic was clutch on those MPs, some might accuse Tsonga on being too passive on those, but hey, he was just sticking to the strategy that got him there. Fifth set collapse was kinda inevitable.

Chirag
06-05-2012, 06:09 PM
awesome match with set 4 being the best of the lot .Bring on friday but that is a virtual bye after this .So bring on sunday :rocker2:

SheepleBuster
06-05-2012, 06:09 PM
lol at Tosnga. Now go crawl into your cave. What a clown

rinnegan
06-05-2012, 06:09 PM
Oooppsss.

http://i49.tinypic.com/1znlill.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/jiytsl.jpg


Four match points? No problem.

http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/40/fullj.a23556356da66a7ec19893a21718d715/a23556356da66a7ec19893a21718d715-getty-511453006.jpg

This BAMF will secure the Nole Slam. It's written in the stars.

mystic ice cube
06-05-2012, 06:09 PM
Nole has the best mental strenght I've ever seen. Gutted for Tsonga, but wow, incredible from the Serb.

tennishero
06-05-2012, 06:09 PM
LOL clownga and del mugtro would make a fine choking doubles team

Wolbo
06-05-2012, 06:09 PM
Lucky escape for the angry Serb. The better man lost.

LaFuria
06-05-2012, 06:09 PM
Tsonga :( :(

Nole is the mental GOAT though.

superslam77
06-05-2012, 06:09 PM
Good job Tsonga, really well done :yeah:

for tiring him for my master :o ?

STUHL
06-05-2012, 06:10 PM
Respect Djokovic. Unbelivable how he alwas plays when he is Match Point down! Now its Rogers time to get the Job done.

Amazing effort Jo, you had him but when it matterd, he turned into super serbian again!....

Consigliere
06-05-2012, 06:10 PM
wow djokovic must have balls the size of grapefruits.

zlaja777
06-05-2012, 06:10 PM
Mental giant. What a match...Tsonga was playing amazing tennis in 2nd, 3rd and 4th set. Nole is a fantastic fighter.

rafa_maniac
06-05-2012, 06:10 PM
NID in that 5th set. Nole clutch as all hell in the 4th. I think he's winning the title, he's just impossible to put away in Slams.

LocoPorElTenis
06-05-2012, 06:10 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

no words, just a sad turn of events

Congrats to Nole :hatoff:

Corey Feldman
06-05-2012, 06:11 PM
absolute filthy junk pushing luck wins the match again :o tennis is fucking dead as a dodo thesedays

Johnbert
06-05-2012, 06:11 PM
djokers mental strength is just insane... a #1 worthy. :hatoff:

feel sorry for tsonga, cant say he choked this massive, djoker played very clutch at those matchpoints...

Dr.Slice
06-05-2012, 06:12 PM
Jelena is a very lucky girl, considering how big Novak's balls are.

Tsonga crying, good fight by him, but was too tired mentally and physically by the end. If he keeps this level up then Wimbledon and olympics will can give him great results.

Filo V.
06-05-2012, 06:12 PM
Sorry, but I am very unhappy about this result. Would have been a lot better had Tsonga won, especially since he was the one making the plays the middle three sets and Nole was totally reactive. All Djokovic was doing was defending and running, and his serve almost totally bailed him out, and, yes, he fought great, but yeah, he wasn't the one in control. Tsonga missed that forehand on the I think third MP he had in the fourth set, and that is going to be a miss he rues for a while. Very disappointing, would have been amazing for the tournament to have their home guy take out the #1.

zlaja777
06-05-2012, 06:12 PM
Lucky escape for the angry Serb. The better man lost.

not true, Djokovic had a lot better stats. He should have clinched 2nd set, Tsonga fought amazingly well.

evilmindbulgaria
06-05-2012, 06:12 PM
Tsonga played out of his mind after the first set, very inspired tennis. He should have taken one of the match points, but Djoko was too solid! Much better quality match than Federer-Delpo.

Corey Feldman
06-05-2012, 06:13 PM
NID in that 5th set. Nole clutch as all hell in the 4th. I think he's winning the title, he's just impossible to put away in Slams.Nadal will destroy him in the final

Djoko is playing garbage, all he has in his favour is massive amounts of luck but you need more than that v Nadal

viruzzz
06-05-2012, 06:13 PM
http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg689/scaled.php?server=689&filename=okwiththis.png&res=landing

QF and scaring the world number one in his worst surface... I'm okay with that.

Great effort Tsonga :hug:

alter ego
06-05-2012, 06:13 PM
Unbelievable the amount of morons tennis can attract. Tsonga plays 200% above his usual clay standard loses a close match against the world's number 1. And idiots call Jo a clown? UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE!!!

rhinooooo
06-05-2012, 06:13 PM
Gutted for Jo. Excellent effort overall with some good fight and great periods of play from him. Too mentally exhausted for the 5th set.

Novak wasn't at his best but was really outstanding when those match points and big moments came.

Entertaining and dramatic match.

StevoTG
06-05-2012, 06:13 PM
What a match! Unfortunate for Jo that the conditions got heavier as the match went on with the temperature dropping and the rain setting in. Still though, huge from Novak to save four match points, his mental strength is outstanding!

shadows
06-05-2012, 06:13 PM
Heartbreaker.

Got so close but just couldn't break Djokovic's relentless defence in the fourth and had nothing left to give in the fifth.

Great match, excuse me while I go cry in a corner.

Slade
06-05-2012, 06:13 PM
I was impressed with Tsonga's great holds in set 4 and it's a shame it had to end that ugly. Great job Djokovic, he should beat Fed.

sicko
06-05-2012, 06:13 PM
h2h is now corrected, 6-5 for the djoker. :hatoff:

Smoke944
06-05-2012, 06:14 PM
absolute filthy junk pushing luck wins the match again :o tennis is fucking dead as a dodo thesedays

:spit: You crack me up :lol:

KoOlMaNsEaN
06-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Nerves can kill :help:
This loss will haunt Jo for weeks!

Mark Lenders
06-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Jo :hug: Hope he's not too down on himself, he made himself and his fans proud with his effort today vs the #1 in his worst surface.

Novak, what can I saw? What a mental giant this guy is, showed it once again with amazing play down match points. What a worthy #1 this guy is. Go for the Novak Slam you champ :D

TigerTim
06-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Nole will lose all of that slam spirit when getting destroyed by Nadal - oh well. On to Wimbledon!

tealeaves
06-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Legend :worship:

sexybeast
06-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Djokovic both got gigantic balls and incredible luck, no one can deny these 2 truths.

Ben.
06-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Good effort Jo but he will be playing that FH over and over again.

Djokovic escapes again. First Fed in NY, then Muzz and Rafa in Melbourne now today in Paris. Shows balls of steel for sure. He hit a smash to the line on one of them and finished another one with a smash and we know how shaky his smashes are. Still he needed Tsonga to miss a FH to the open court.

Burrow
06-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Djokovic is an incredible grinder but boring and so very obnoxious.

Tsonga made the match interesting but after he lost that tie break, it looked all over.

I'll be putting my hands together for Federer. One more time.

Marc23
06-05-2012, 06:15 PM
Oooppsss.

http://i49.tinypic.com/1znlill.jpg





Oh God :eek:

Certinfy
06-05-2012, 06:15 PM
Saddening result. :( :awww: :bigcry:

Tsonga gave everything he had from sets 2 to 4, didn't even do anything wrong on the match points. :sad:

Oh well I'm glad it was Djokovic on the other side of the net though, really hope Tsonga can bounce back for Wimbledon. :)

duarte_a
06-05-2012, 06:15 PM
Feel for tsonga. Poor him. He tried very hard and was one point away several times but that lucky djokovic got away with it.

Don't worry tsonga Roger will take out the trash.

zlaja777
06-05-2012, 06:15 PM
Sorry, but I am very unhappy about this result. Would have been a lot better had Tsonga won, especially since he was the one making the plays the middle three sets and Nole was totally reactive. All Djokovic was doing was defending and running and, yes, doing it great, but yeah, he wasn't the one in control. Tsonga missed that forehand on the I think third MP he had in the fourth set, and that is going to be a miss he rues for a while. Very disappointing, would have been amazing for the tournament to have their home guy take out the #1.

It's tough to be in control when Tsonga rips off most of the shots. Novak still had more winners in this match.

retister
06-05-2012, 06:15 PM
Jo :hug:
Nole, u f%$~& mug, u owe me 10 years of life :fiery:

tennizen
06-05-2012, 06:15 PM
"There’s only one thing we say to death – Not today”. Appropriate for Djokovic today. Tremendously enjoyable match. Tsonga in tears afterwards. :awww:

Mark Lenders
06-05-2012, 06:15 PM
Heartbreaker.

Got so close but just couldn't break Djokovic's relentless defence in the fourth and had nothing left to give in the fifth.

Great match, excuse me while I go cry in a corner.

:hug:

Don't cry, Jo was awesome. Hope he can keep this up at Wimbledon, he actually has a shot at titles on grass :D

ZaZoo)
06-05-2012, 06:15 PM
Nole :worship:

tektonac
06-05-2012, 06:15 PM
nole :awww:

Har-Tru
06-05-2012, 06:16 PM
Tsonga losing like the Frenchman he is.

Allez
06-05-2012, 06:16 PM
NID the Nole juggernaut rolls on. The most clutch player of all time :worship:

samanosuke
06-05-2012, 06:16 PM
:lol: Nole speaking french and licking french's crowd asses, it would be enough against anyone except fed to have crowd behind him

Action Jackson
06-05-2012, 06:16 PM
Djokovic showed the Wilanders there. Tsonga was so shattered in the interview with Pioline afterwards, only on 1 match point where he hit the top of the tape. It's when a player isn't at their best and they can come through in the tough moments that show a lot more about them as a player.

Voo de Mar
06-05-2012, 06:16 PM
Poor Tsonga, tough to blame him, could play a harder passing-shot on first match point but it was his weaker backhand side...

Djokovic proves again he is one of the toughest mentally players in the tennis history.

Jelena Ristic looked a bit intimidated at the end like she expected too hard penetrating tonight considering D'Joke's pulsating level of libido :devil:

rocketassist
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
Djokovic is becoming the next Pete Sampras in terms of clutch play.

Shinoj
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
:lol: Nole speaking french and licking french's crowd asses, it would be enough against anyone except fed to have crowd behind him

Speaking French is licking the crowds Ass. :rolleyes:

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
Oooppsss.

http://i49.tinypic.com/1znlill.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/jiytsl.jpg


Four match points? No problem.

http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/40/fullj.a23556356da66a7ec19893a21718d715/a23556356da66a7ec19893a21718d715-getty-511453006.jpg

This BAMF will secure the Nole Slam. It's written in the stars.

What the fuck? :spit:

lalaland
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
Thank you Nole.

SheepleBuster
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
French seem to love losing long wars. muahahhaha

Xristos
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
Good match.

tangerine_dream
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
Loved Novak's victory pose, sticking his crotch out at the crowd basically telling them http://undergroundfreakz.com/s/otn/mfinger/thefinger_red.gif

Feel bad for Tsonga losing a tough one but the obnoxious crowds at RG makes me want to root against the French players.

Jverweij
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
Unbelievable mental effort from Nole, who was outplayed in set 2 &3, and most of set 4. Surviving 4 MP's by being aggressive and fearless, very impressive stuff.

Also I have to say that I really liked the post-match interview. He admitted that he was lucky to get through and that Jo was the better player for most of the match.

thumbs up for the nr.1

leng jai
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
Nole's play on MP is simply GOAT.

Doubt Tsonga has ever hit his backhand better in his life.

nole_no1
06-05-2012, 06:17 PM
Unbelievable match.
The way he saved those match points especially at 4-5 showed once again how strength he is mentally :yeah:

Jo played one of his best matches ever so he mustn't be too rough with himself

arm
06-05-2012, 06:18 PM
Mental Giant? He lost two sets 7-5!

zlaja777
06-05-2012, 06:18 PM
All those shots on match points :worship:. Totally killed the crowd. :lol:

Shinoj
06-05-2012, 06:18 PM
:rocker2::rocker2::rocker::rocker::rocker2::rocker 2:No Wonder Novak is the World N## 1.

cool bird1
06-05-2012, 06:18 PM
If Tsonga team can make him see the bright side of this. He could be real threat for Wimbledon or the US open, clay he is worse surface and he had Novak.

zlaja777
06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
Mental Giant? He lost two sets 7-5!

Yes he did.

rutinos harcos
06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
absolute filthy junk pushing luck wins the match again :o tennis is fucking dead as a dodo thesedays
Sukit hata.Jerk Fed is next.

samanosuke
06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
Doubt Tsonga has ever hit his backhand better in his life.

today he cheated obviously with that shot, but those one handers against fed at wimby were pure robbery

Smoke944
06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
Nole's play on MP is simply GOAT.

Doubt Tsonga has ever hit his backhand better in his life.

Yup. Tsonga was playing so damn well.

RNW
06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
That was not a choke. We saw so many chokes this year and the years before, I think we should know all what a choke is. AND THAT WASN'T A CHOKE.

Djokovic played aggressive and fine tennis on all 4 matchpoints.
All four matchpoints were at Djokovic serving.

In the tiebreak, Tsonga was up 4-2, then Djokovic played a few stunning point.

The only easy mistake from Tsonga on important points was at 6-6 in the Tiebreak.


Great mental strength from Djokovic.

Great display from Tsonga, even the defense was good.
Huge surprise, his level of play on clay was way better than expected.

Djokovic was there mentally, a giant and Number One.
Gamewise he was just another Top 10 player.

I want to write: Stan would have made one (match point.) but that is so illusional and wrong, so i won't write it.

tyruk14
06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
Tsonga was just too good for much of the match. Shame he crumbled in the fifth -- but having lost four match points, who wouldn't have? One of which he should have taken, mind. And lest we forget, this was clay: Tsonga's worst surface.

kinski76
06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
- "What will be your program for tonight and tomorrow?"
- "My program will be TV-program. No tennis."

Sunset of Age
06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
Nice try, Tsonga. :hug:
See you soon in Wimbledon!

Clutch performance by Djoko, but I don't think this will be enough for him to get the title. We'll see, we'll see...

ssin
06-05-2012, 06:20 PM
Oooppsss.

http://i49.tinypic.com/1znlill.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/jiytsl.jpg


Four match points? No problem.

http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/40/fullj.a23556356da66a7ec19893a21718d715/a23556356da66a7ec19893a21718d715-getty-511453006.jpg

This BAMF will secure the Nole Slam. It's written in the stars.


Amazing! Props to Jo, he deserved to win as well


BUT Novak did it again. :worship:Making his fans happy:worship:

Breaking the hearts and messing up the minds of haters :hearts:

Li Ching Yuen
06-05-2012, 06:20 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg857/scaled.php?tn=0&server=857&filename=7y6cd.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

sicko
06-05-2012, 06:20 PM
http://i.minus.com/igdk5lwoMk6B3.png

when you see this face of djoker's, you know you're fucked. fed can tell a story of that.

homogenius
06-05-2012, 06:20 PM
Great match.A bit sad for JO cause he played really well and gave 100% out there but Novak was just incredible mentally to save all these MP and to win the tie-break.
Novak is really establishing himself as one of the toughest player ever with these matches.Crazy how well he can play under pressure.

Mark Lenders
06-05-2012, 06:21 PM
Unbelievable match.
The way he saved those match points especially at 4-5 showed once again how strength he is mentally :yeah:

Jo played one of his best matches ever so he mustn't be too rough with himself

His best ever match on clay for sure, although he has played far better on other surfaces.

Brilliant from Nole to save all those MPs, what a worthy #1 this guy is:worship:

Filo V.
06-05-2012, 06:21 PM
It's tough to be in control when Tsonga rips off most of the shots. Novak still had more winners in this match.True, but the reality is Djokovic got outplayed from 3-1 in the second set until the tiebreak in the fourth set. He was outplayed the majority of the match and combine that with Tsonga being the Frenchman, it would have been, IMO, more special and more of a moment, had Tsonga won. But Nole deserves credit for digging deep and earning the win.

Matt01
06-05-2012, 06:21 PM
Again playing like crap and again fighing so well, some things just don't change. :lol:

Nole praising Tsonga *a tad* too much in his post match interview. :p I like him more as a villain.

Corey Feldman
06-05-2012, 06:21 PM
mental giant? he was slapping the ball on the lines hoping they would stay in and they did, Tsonga was passive and doing nothing

get a clue :o

rocketassist
06-05-2012, 06:22 PM
I still think Jo should have been a bit meaner on the first mp and smacked the ball right at him. It might have bruised his rib or whatnot, but he'd be through. Sometimes you have to be nasty/ruthless and if he'd done that he'd be through. Instead he tried to guide the pass and Novak volleyed like Rafter in response.

mikkemus23
06-05-2012, 06:22 PM
Huge effort by Jo today, he deserves respect. His defense was excellent. Nole should be a little worried because his shots lacked penetration IMHO.

Sillyrabbit
06-05-2012, 06:22 PM
http://i.minus.com/igdk5lwoMk6B3.png

Makes it hard to like him with that face, I've never seen anything more punchable.

tennizen
06-05-2012, 06:22 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg857/scaled.php?tn=0&server=857&filename=7y6cd.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

Lee
06-05-2012, 06:23 PM
Mental Giant? He lost two sets 7-5!

exactly.

homogenius
06-05-2012, 06:23 PM
mental giant? he was slapping the ball on the lines hoping they would stay in and they did, Tsonga was passive and doing nothing

get a clue :o

bs :)

MaratandMilos
06-05-2012, 06:23 PM
Djokovic is incredible. He just refuses to lose. Amazing to see such clutchness. Tsonga likely would have beaten anybody else in this sport today in that 4th set, but not Novak.

We need to see Djokovic and Nadal in the final. It has the potential to be just as dramatic as the AO match.

duarte_a
06-05-2012, 06:23 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg857/scaled.php?tn=0&server=857&filename=7y6cd.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

I'm going to puke!!!

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 06:23 PM
when you see this face of djoker's, you know you're fucked. fed can tell a story of that.

:lol:
You make Nole angry and that's the last thing you do.

extremaduratenis
06-05-2012, 06:24 PM
Oh my God, all french are chockers!!!

Kiedis
06-05-2012, 06:24 PM
Rafa or even Federer are going to send this Nole to school badly.

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 06:24 PM
mental giant? he was slapping the ball on the lines hoping they would stay in and they did, Tsonga was passive and doing nothing

get a clue :o

Corey lose like a man. ;)

Matt01
06-05-2012, 06:25 PM
Mental Giant? He lost two sets 7-5!


Yeah, but when it REALLY mattered (when he was in danger of losing the match) he somehow was able to step it up and win the points. :dance:

MIMIC
06-05-2012, 06:25 PM
This BAMF will secure the Nole Slam. It's written in the stars.

:lol:

:yeah:

doublebackhand
06-05-2012, 06:25 PM
That's what separates the men from the boys.

RIboy
06-05-2012, 06:26 PM
Oooppsss.

http://i49.tinypic.com/1znlill.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/jiytsl.jpg


"dewey beats truman"-like :lol:

Tripster
06-05-2012, 06:26 PM
Both were playing great, Djoker incredible on match points and Tsonga just hadn't the gods on his side. Nothing to be embarrased or angry about.

Corey Feldman
06-05-2012, 06:26 PM
http://i.minus.com/igdk5lwoMk6B3.pngface of a man knowing he's playing a choker

lets see that face v Nadal in the Final

Jverweij
06-05-2012, 06:28 PM
Djokovic is incredible. He just refuses to lose. Amazing to see such clutchness. Tsonga likely would have beaten anybody else in this sport today in that 4th set, but not Novak.

We need to see Djokovic and Nadal in the final. It has the potential to be just as dramatic as the AO match.

Dramatic is exactly how I would describe that match...but not in a good way. 6 hours of torment for me... I got so bored in that match. I'd rather not have that again tbh

doomsday
06-05-2012, 06:28 PM
Nice fight from Nole really impressive. I can't see him winning the title though but reaching another big final would be clearly impressive.

arm
06-05-2012, 06:29 PM
Yeah, but when it REALLY mattered (when he was in danger of losing the match) he somehow was able to step it up and win the points. :dance:

Problem is: he might beat Tsonga having to save 4PMs, he might even beat Roger after being 2PMs down in a semi-final, but hell he is not going to get that lucky in a final in RG against Nadal. Nope.

ssin
06-05-2012, 06:29 PM
Tsonga at times looked like in that wonderful AO 2008 match against Nadal. When he is on fire, its something to behold.

But Novak, really makes you wonder how it is even possible. Such desire and fighting spirit.

janko05
06-05-2012, 06:30 PM
the dream is still alive...keep dreaming champ :yeah:

Smoke944
06-05-2012, 06:30 PM
Problem is: he might beat Tsonga having to save 4PMs, he might even beat Roger after being 2PMs down in a semi-final, but hell he is not going to get that lucky in a final in RG against Nadal. Nope.

Yeah, but what you're talking about isn't really whether or not he was a mental giant today, but rather that his form just isn't good enough at the moment to beat Nadal.

Certinfy
06-05-2012, 06:30 PM
At least Tsonga has a while to practice for the grass, definitely one of the biggest contenders for Wimbledon and the Olympics.

As for Djokovic, well he stands a much better chance against Federer and Nadal so it's not all that bad, would love him to take the title and hold all 4 Grand Slams. :)

sanshisan
06-05-2012, 06:31 PM
Not only did Novak have to beat an inform Tsonga, he also had to overcome the furious support of the French crowd for Tsonga. That takes titanium balls.

*Jean*
06-05-2012, 06:31 PM
Yeaaaaaah, Kinder Bueno is out :hearts:

janko05
06-05-2012, 06:32 PM
Unbelievable the amount of morons tennis can attract. Tsonga plays 200% above his usual clay standard loses a close match against the world's number 1. And idiots call Jo a clown? UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE!!!

This

ssin
06-05-2012, 06:32 PM
Tsonga really has good chances in Wimby. But you'll never know with him, he is a man of inspiration.

Sillyrabbit
06-05-2012, 06:34 PM
Unbelievable the amount of morons tennis can attract. Tsonga plays 200% above his usual clay standard loses a close match against the world's number 1. And idiots call Jo a clown? UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE!!!

:lol: You're one to talk considering what you say about other players. The irony:rolleyes:

JoWillyTso
06-05-2012, 06:35 PM
Only the retards on here could say Novak was clutch and Jo was a clown. You can't have both.

arm
06-05-2012, 06:35 PM
Yeah, but what you're talking about isn't really whether or not he was a mental giant today, but rather that his form just isn't good enough at the moment to beat Nadal.

exactly the 2 things that worry me the most. ;)

rutinos harcos
06-05-2012, 06:36 PM
wow djokovic must have balls the size of grapefruits.
Watermellones,bro.

janko05
06-05-2012, 06:37 PM
Yeah, but what you're talking about isn't really whether or not he was a mental giant today, but rather that his form just isn't good enough at the moment to beat Nadal.

His form may not be good enough for Nadal, but his belief is greater than ever. Will it prevail...maybe,who knows

Dr.Slice
06-05-2012, 06:37 PM
Only the retards on here could say Novak was clutch and Jo was a clown. You can't have both.
Novak was clutch and Tsonga was just too tired at the end. Simple as that. To call him a clown is stupid and shows that some people are just here for the bashing and stupidity, instead of actually being tennis fans.
Tsonga gave his all, Novak was just the better man with better fitness.

Matt01
06-05-2012, 06:37 PM
Yeah, but what you're talking about isn't really whether or not he was a mental giant today, but rather that his form just isn't good enough at the moment to beat Nadal.


Yeah, I think we can all agree on that :o

rob_z
06-05-2012, 06:38 PM
In the 4th and 5th set we saw Novak the Barbarian. He conquered himself through that 4th set.
He did play better than against Seppi. And he also moved better now.
But I am doubtful whether this form is enough to beat Federer in the semies. And even more doubtful whether it is enough to beat Nadal in the final.
For beating Federer I don't know. For beating Nadal it probably isn't enough.
He needs further improvement the next 3 days to have a chance on a 4th consecutive slam.

reery
06-05-2012, 06:38 PM
LOL @ people who thought Clownga would win.


Tsonga really has good chances in Wimby. But you'll never know with him, he is a man of inspiration.

No. He is not slam winning material.

As a matter of fact, there are just like 4 players right now who are. Clownga is not one of them.

homogenius
06-05-2012, 06:39 PM
what is really worrying though is how Novak plays like shit on BP/GP in his recent matches.Today he could have win in 3 sets but he is clearly not as confident as last year.If he keeps wasting his chances like he did against Rafa in Rome and in some matches here and/or gift 1 set or 2 against either Roger or Rafa in SF/F, all the fight in the world won't be enough to get the win.

Shinoj
06-05-2012, 06:40 PM
To Those who are saying Novaks form isnt good Enough for Nadal.

Bollocks.. Novak just wears down the players slowly and steadily. There is no escaping from him.

Moozza
06-05-2012, 06:40 PM
Djokovic is a great champion. A complete mental beast.

Mountaindewslave
06-05-2012, 06:42 PM
feel bad for Tsonga, he should have won this match out of all the chances he had in the fourth...... Djokovic did play very well on match points tohugh. Jo's face at the end of the match, his head buried in the towel says it all.... very sad moment :sad::sad:

AntiTennis
06-05-2012, 06:42 PM
Wow, when is down match points or in problems he plays his best, :worship: very strong mentally this Djoker, poor Tsonga was very sad at the end :sad:

jonas
06-05-2012, 06:42 PM
Poor Jo. But he will get more chances at the big stage. I honestly didn't think he could play this well on clay. :worship:
Novak. What can you say? His way of saving the matchpoints (at least three of four) was something for the books. A true champion. :clap2:
Great match. Great atmosphere. What more can you ask for?

Il Primo Uomo
06-05-2012, 06:43 PM
Tsonga is so simple. :lol:

janko05
06-05-2012, 06:44 PM
LOL @ people who thought Clownga would win.




No. He is not slam winning material.

As a matter of fact, there are just like 4 players right now who are. Clownga is not one of them.

Oh,rly...what did you think when Tsonga had those first two match points?

abraxas21
06-05-2012, 06:45 PM
clownga :facepalm:

reery
06-05-2012, 06:45 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg857/scaled.php?tn=0&server=857&filename=7y6cd.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

:spit:

Mercury
06-05-2012, 06:48 PM
Djoko is just an Unbelievable beast on MPs.... He gave Tsonga a slight chance in only one and even there he wasn't going anywhere giving 0 mistakes. Amazing play by him.

Really sad for Tsonga :sadface: he gave his all and missed by half an inch. Hang in there Jo.

Houstonko
06-05-2012, 06:48 PM
I knew Tsonga will choke in those MPs. He is a choker, not like Djoker played well. In fact both players are poor today. Top 4 don't need to do anything exceptional against Tsonga, return normal and he lose.

abraxas21
06-05-2012, 06:49 PM
clwonga living up the french stereotype

all chokers these frenchies

Looner
06-05-2012, 06:50 PM
:spit:

How can I not become a fan after that :confused:.

Smoke944
06-05-2012, 06:50 PM
I knew Tsonga will choke in those MPs. He is a choker, not like Djoker played well. In fact both players are poor today. Top 4 don't need to do anything exceptional against Tsonga, return normal and he lose.

:spit:

Hingisova
06-05-2012, 06:51 PM
Tsonga treated us to 3 wonderful sets today,:worship: absolutely thrilling tennis, high quality stuff with lots of drama..yeah, he lost a heartbreaker:sad: but it was wonderful tennis while it lasted.:clap2: Oh, to have seen that smirk on Nole's face rubbed into the clay.:smash:..not to be:eek: have to congratulate him on his amazing "escape" but for 3 sets it was riveting!


HIngisova:wavey:

Corey Feldman
06-05-2012, 06:52 PM
clwonga living up the french stereotype

all chokers these frenchiesthis

passive clowning lost to lucky slapping
neither them deserved to win really

EliSter
06-05-2012, 06:53 PM
this

passive clowning lost to lucky slapping

Scared much Failman clown? :sad: Go in corner and cry a bit.

Corey Feldman
06-05-2012, 06:54 PM
Delpo would have absolutely wiped the floor clean with Nole today in 3 sets

Goffin would have beat him in 4th R

MaratandMilos
06-05-2012, 06:55 PM
To Those who are saying Novaks form isnt good Enough for Nadal.

Bollocks.. Novak just wears down the players slowly and steadily. There is no escaping from him.
Tennis is a mental game as much as anything and Novak's mental advantage on Nadal (and everyone else in the sport) is significant right now. He stands a very real chance against him if he gets through Federer because of that. His fight and desire is second to no one.

Spierbal
06-05-2012, 06:58 PM
What a great match from the second set onward, sheer quality and drama!!! RG organisers really brainfarted, what were they thinking of having both quarter finals at the same time.

Djokovic was up a break and in the second and third yet Tsonga took both. Disgrace how half the French crowd deserted towards the beginning of the 5th set after Nole won the tie breaker in the fourth, saving four matchpoint in total in that set. MTF likes to big up Dodig’s balls, what about the cojones of the number #1. Nole just goes to overdrive when facing match points. How many matchpoint does one need to finish Djokovic off in a grandslams...

I remember someone say Djokovic is even more dangerous when he is down, back against the wall. He becomes this reckless, nerveless ballbashing android. The dream of the Nole Slam is still on, what do we know, it might be his destiny after all.

Clay Death
06-05-2012, 06:58 PM
Scared much Failman clown? :sad: Go in corner and cry a bit.


silence Elister. you are the one failing here.


we dont go into corners. we sit on our thrones and make legless ejacuzees cry.

hell we even supply the tissues.

Time Violation
06-05-2012, 07:00 PM
Delpo would have absolutely wiped the floor clean with Nole today in 3 sets

Goffin would have beat him in 4th R

we dont go into corners. we sit on our thrones and make legless ejacuzees cry.

hell we even supply the tissues.

Spot on this time :D

NID
06-05-2012, 07:00 PM
tsonga did not show up for the entire first set, basically gifted it to djoker. he was broken two times at zero, ffs. djoker played his average game, nothing to risky, letting tsonga self destruct. however, once tsonga broke back in the second, djokovic was thoroughly outhit from all positions. he became tentative, and tsonga's backhand became a true weapon - haven't seen him hit it like that ever. jo is a man of inspiration, and he was on fire for quite some time. a point here or there and this would have been over in four.

poor jo. he really deserved this one, but i guess djokovic just wants this rg too much. not sure that he is able to take it. both he and fed look tentative and fragile.

EliSter
06-05-2012, 07:01 PM
silence Elister. you are the one failing here.


we dont go into corners. we sit on our thrones and make legless ejacuzees cry.

hell we even supply the tissues.

Dont be so touchy CD :sad: , dont worry your clay God will still win RG.

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 07:01 PM
What a great match from the second set onward, sheer quality and drama!!! RG organisers really brainfarted, what were they thinking of having both quarter finals at the same time.

Djokovic was up a break and in the second and third yet Tsonga took both. Disgrace how half the French crowd deserted towards the beginning of the 5th set after Nole won the tie breaker in the fourth, saving four matchpoint in total in that set. MTF likes to big up Dodig’s balls, what about the cojones of the number #1. Nole just goes to overdrive when facing match points. How many matchpoint does one need to finish Djokovic off in a grandslams...

I remember someone say Djokovic is even more dangerous when he is down, back against the wall. He becomes this reckless, nerveless ballbashing android. The dream of the Nole Slam is still on, what do we know, it might be his destiny after all.

Perfect description. Nole enjoys the pressure and drama. He's a survivor.

Clay Death
06-05-2012, 07:02 PM
Spot on this time :D






:drink::drink:

Clay Death
06-05-2012, 07:03 PM
Dont be so touchy CD :aww: , dont worry your clay God will still winn RG.

relax Elister. you know i am goofing off.

you should know me by now.

zlaja777
06-05-2012, 07:03 PM
Problem is: he might beat Tsonga having to save 4PMs, he might even beat Roger after being 2PMs down in a semi-final, but hell he is not going to get that lucky in a final in RG against Nadal. Nope.

I'm afraid that you're expecting a bit too much from Novak. The reality is - he's not playing his best tennis at the moment, he can't play his best here but he's fighting so hard. That's why I won't criticize him. Let's wait until his match against Roger and then we'll see, if he wins, who knows what can happen in the final.

Mateya
06-05-2012, 07:05 PM
:speakles:
Unbeliveable effort from Godovic. Simply amazing the way he saved those 4 MP.

You know what he screamed in the beginning of the 4th set?
I think it was "Jebo ti crtu šestdeset puta!" which means something like "Fuck this line sixty times!" :mad: :lol:
Really, Tsonga has hit the sideline or baseline so many times, at times almost every rally had Tsonga's shot landing on the line.

Once again, :worship: to both of them for another epic tennis afternoon.
Poor Tsonga, he looked destroyed after the match. :awww:
And Godovic...playing like this might get him past Roger but then could get executed by Clay monster.

Beat
06-05-2012, 07:06 PM
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :bigcry:

paseo
06-05-2012, 07:08 PM
Gotta feel for Tsonga :sad:

chenx15
06-05-2012, 07:10 PM
Will federer spoil the party again. this championship reminds me of wimbledon 2008. Federer the reigning champion not dropping a set and is already relaxing with his friends while rafa is still grinding it out with other players and rain delay. this time rafa is the relaxed one while Fed and Novak will have to grind each other out. Roland garros is awesome!!!

ssin
06-05-2012, 07:10 PM
Delpo would have absolutely wiped the floor clean with Nole today in 3 sets

Goffin would have beat him in 4th R

In the next episode watch Novak get medieval on Fed's ass, like a true barbarian ;)
Don't miss it, you'll love it :yeah:

How can I not become a fan after that :confused:.

maybe you are too nice for that

nsidhan
06-05-2012, 07:12 PM
When having MP against Nole, serve an ace (like Fed RG'11) or change up the rallies hitting slices or bring him up to the net etc...

AntiTennis
06-05-2012, 07:13 PM
Perfect description. Nole enjoys the pressure and drama. He's a survivor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAt0O-RkRwk :D

zlaja777
06-05-2012, 07:13 PM
mental giant? he was slapping the ball on the lines hoping they would stay in and they did, Tsonga was passive and doing nothing

get a clue :o

http://www.pressonline.rs/upload/boxImageData/2011/11/25/165623/cucla.jpg

Yeah, again that juniors-like philosophy of life and the game from Novak. :lol:

Orange Wombat
06-05-2012, 07:16 PM
:bigcry::sobbing::crying2::hysteric::hysteric:

Nice try Jo:hug:

Why does Nole have to be so f*cking mentally strong?:mad:

tennizen
06-05-2012, 07:17 PM
Djokovic one step ahead of Rafa in his quest for his name slam. Didn't lose 6-4,6-2,6-3 in the QF.

Jimnik
06-05-2012, 07:22 PM
Djoker incapable of peaking for the one clay tournament that matters. Huge credit though for holding nerve against 4MPs and 15,000 crazy frogs. :worship:

Willy Wonga could win Wimbledon with this form.

safin-rules-no.1
06-05-2012, 07:26 PM
Fed will rip this Faker new one on Thursday :drool:

Farenhajt
06-05-2012, 07:27 PM
After Seppi and Tsonga, it seems Nole is done with practicing shots and movement. He's now practicing the fine tennis discipline of coming back from the brink of disaster - the only training which matters against Deaderer and Rafa, really.

MIMIC
06-05-2012, 07:28 PM
Me in the 3rd set:

http://i.imgur.com/IkHzP.jpg

:spit:

Smoke944
06-05-2012, 07:28 PM
Djoker incapable of peaking for the one clay tournament that matters. Huge credit though for holding nerve against 4MPs and 15,000 crazy frogs. :worship:

Willy Wonga could win Wimbledon with this form.

That's what I was thinking. I mean if he is hitting his backhand like that on a fast court good luck beating him.

tektonac
06-05-2012, 07:30 PM
That's what I was thinking. I mean if he is hitting his backhand like that on a fast court good luck beating him.

if he recovers from this loss. looks like it hit him really hard.

rocketassist
06-05-2012, 07:31 PM
That's what I was thinking. I mean if he is hitting his backhand like that on a fast court good luck beating him.

yeah but the surfaces are pretty similar nowadays. He took Nole a million miles closer here than he ever got at SW19 last year.

I hope he can win it, would be wonderful for the sport, but the impenetrable brick walls of Nole or Rafa just don't lose anywhere.

choppaa
06-05-2012, 07:35 PM
Novak the bogeyman, he emptied half the stadium after set 4 :) I like it, it's always nice to see obnoxious french crowd get their medicine. Pioline and Leconte were already celebrating around the court even before the start of the tie-break expecting the end of match and underestimating the world number one player and just for that they deserved this kind of outcome. I like it, bwahahahaha.

I actually like Tsonga, he is much more mature player and person than before and very entertaining to watch when he goes on a roll, tough luck today but that's sport.

hiperborejac
06-05-2012, 07:36 PM
:speakles:
Unbeliveable effort from Godovic. Simply amazing the way he saved those 4 MP.

You know what he screamed in the beginning of the 4th set?
I think it was "Jebo ti crtu šestdeset puta!" which means something like "Fuck this line sixty times!" :mad: :lol:
Really, Tsonga has hit the sideline or baseline so many times, at times almost every rally had Tsonga's shot landing on the line.

Once again, :worship: to both of them for another epic tennis afternoon.
Poor Tsonga, he looked destroyed after the match. :awww:
And Godovic...playing like this might get him past Roger but then could get executed by Clay monster.

Yup, that was it! Tsonga hit so many close lines - same amount Novak missed, and yet people talk Novak got lucky... :o No, it is hart of a champion!!! Obviously his A game wasn't on, sometimes grinding and pushing, cause of close calls , he played safe. Also Tsonga defended like never in his life,givin it all, and left mentally and physically out of gas.

Raferminator
06-05-2012, 07:40 PM
Nole, Raferminator loves you. You and Rafa alone show what a Mug Clown Muger "Weak Sauce" Frauderer is. :bowdown:

I've read a bit of this thread and have yet to see anyone list the dominating statistics for Nole 2.0 in this match. The Phantom Lord wasn't lucky to escape, Stronga was lucky to even get MPs in this match. The Match Statistics clearly show a domination by Nole:

Total Points Won:

Nole 176 (+27)
Stronga 149

Winners/UFEs

Nole 44/34 (+10)
Stronga 40/61 (-21)

Nole's problem nowadays is allowing opponents (including Mugs; Stronga is not a Mug however) that have no business being in the match stay alive. He doesn't seem to have the ability to put away someone he is dominating. And this is getting so severe as his matches are reaching a point where the Mug actually gets in a position to win IN SPITE OF being outclassed and being down double digits in points for the match. This is truly bizarre!

I WANT the Rafole Final! Nole, stop playing around and FOCUS! :mad:

zlaja777
06-05-2012, 07:42 PM
Fed will rip this Faker new one on Thursday :drool:

On Thursday he can do whatever he wants. On Friday he'll lose.

zlaja777
06-05-2012, 07:45 PM
That's what I was thinking. I mean if he is hitting his backhand like that on a fast court good luck beating him.

His BH CC was so great today. Flat and with lot of pace, just the thing you need for the grass. Lucky for Novak he has a great BH so he was able to get a lot of it back.

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 07:47 PM
Corey is becoming a Failman shame I like that guy.....Lucky slapping LOL.............Rafa will still win RG unless he get's hurt along the way

He's just putting an act. I told him he was losing his touch becoming too soft. I think he took it at heart. :lol:

Jimnik
06-05-2012, 07:47 PM
That's what I was thinking. I mean if he is hitting his backhand like that on a fast court good luck beating him.
Hope it happens.

Jimnik
06-05-2012, 07:49 PM
That's what I was thinking. I mean if he is hitting his backhand like that on a fast court good luck beating him.
Fed learned that the hard way last year.

His problem is he'll be seeded #5 and most likely have to beat three of the top 4 in succession. There's not a single draw that can help him.

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 07:53 PM
Nole, Raferminator loves you. You and Rafa alone show what a Mug Clown Muger "Weak Sauce" Frauderer is. :bowdown:

I've read a bit of this thread and have yet to see anyone list the dominating statistics for Nole 2.0 in this match. The Phantom Lord wasn't lucky to escape, Stronga was lucky to even get MPs in this match. The Match Statistics clearly show a domination by Nole:

Total Points Won:

Nole 176 (+27)
Stronga 149

Winners/UFEs

Nole 44/34 (+10)
Stronga 40/61 (-21)

Nole's problem nowadays is allowing opponents (including Mugs; Stronga is not a Mug however) that have no business being in the match stay alive. He doesn't seem to have the ability to put away someone he is dominating. And this is getting so severe as his matches are reaching a point where the Mug actually gets in a position to win IN SPITE OF being outclassed and being down double digits in points for the match. This is truly bizarre!

I WANT the Rafole Final! Nole, stop playing around and FOCUS! :mad:

That is very true. He didn't last year, that might be the biggest difference this year imo.

chenx15
06-05-2012, 07:54 PM
a champion doing what champions do best. winning it

Hypnotize
06-05-2012, 07:55 PM
Great match from both players and the way Novak played those MPs was out of this world. He proved once again what a great champion he is and if there is any justice, he will win the title on Sunday. Tsonga deserves a huge amount of respect for the way he played and I hope he bounces back for Wimbledon.

teacherling
06-05-2012, 07:55 PM
tsonga did not show up for the entire first set, basically gifted it to djoker. he was broken two times at zero, ffs. djoker played his average game, nothing to risky, letting tsonga self destruct. however, once tsonga broke back in the second, djokovic was thoroughly outhit from all positions. he became tentative, and tsonga's backhand became a true weapon - haven't seen him hit it like that ever. jo is a man of inspiration, and he was on fire for quite some time. a point here or there and this would have been over in four.

poor jo. he really deserved this one, but i guess djokovic just wants this rg too much. not sure that he is able to take it. both he and fed look tentative and fragile.

Excellent comments. I'm with you here. Novak has been making too many wrong errors of judgement lately re his opponents (wiping the floor with Monacos, Tsongas and their ilk in the initial sets, bageling them easily and then underestimating their power of recovery). Novak is not in good form, that'a fact. He's as strong mentally as ever but his tennis is not on a par with the best players nowadays (Nadala and Murray). Nevertheless, balls of steel :). He still has a very remote shot at RG though. (My guesstimate is Nadal stands at 85%, Nole at 5%, Fed at 5% and Murray at 5%).

tnosugar
06-05-2012, 07:57 PM
That is very true. He didn't last year, that might be the biggest difference this year imo.

won't matter shit if he plays like he did most of the match today.
the BH CC will have to click like a swiss watch vs the Fed, or we'll be looking at the same score line like last year.

If he makes it through, he will need to repeat Set 1 + 50% for an close match vs Rafa, who, barring something incredible is punishing his way into the final.

nsidhan
06-05-2012, 07:58 PM
Fed will rip this Faker new one on Thursday :drool:

I hope he repeats that on Friday when it really counts ;).

MADOXXX
06-05-2012, 07:59 PM
Jo :hug:

Jimnik
06-05-2012, 07:59 PM
Fed will rip this Faker new one on Thursday :drool:

I hope he repeats that on Friday when it really counts ;).
I love this forum.

EnriqueIG8
06-05-2012, 08:06 PM
Congrats to Nolevic, his big balls and his fanbase. Of course there has to be a little luck in the game when you are saving matchpoints but damn I am impressed with his attitude in Grand Slams these days.


As a Fed fan (not tard) I don't think Fed is gonna have a great chance on Friday, but I hope for a special showdown.



Also hats down to Tsonga who clearly is a worse player on clay, yet he grinded out 2 sets and came close to winning.

Filo V.
06-05-2012, 08:06 PM
Some Nole fans are too obsessive of Djokovic. It's pretty creepy.

Spierbal
06-05-2012, 08:08 PM
Perfect description. Nole enjoys the pressure and drama. He's a survivor.

In my eyes, Nole 3.0 would surface, if he can just pretend he is down a match poin in each point!

Commander Data
06-05-2012, 08:13 PM
Nole at MP just closing his eyes and going for broke :lol:

Worked two times already...

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 08:17 PM
Jo. :lol:

‎'what can I say...I work my ass off, and then Djokovic comes along"

xelena
06-05-2012, 08:19 PM
I find that most comments here are so superficial. As if nobody really watched the match.

Nolé is not himself. He does not seem to be enjoying playing, doesn't seem he's into it and all of that makes his game so weak.
From what I can see , he's playing more mechanically than passionately , guess because he's still grieving .. and perhaps, the conditions make everything be even worse. (so many so many UE)

Now that he's only a step away from the Final , maybe he'll come on the court wishing to destroy Fed... but maybe, he'll come like today, with good intentions and will to make a good match but when the body is not following the mind................ so who knowss..:))

Spierbal, for the love of tennis I hope God will hear you and will send us the 3.0.0 Nole on friday !
:))

Andi-M
06-05-2012, 08:21 PM
Unbelievably clutch from Nole yet again, this guy is one of the greatest competitors ever he never throws in the towel (since Davis cup 2010 onwards) he is just the ultimate competitor.

JWT was great today im sad for him he could'nt win he's a wonderfully exciting chrasimatic French player and would have been great to have him in the Sfs of RG. He didnt choke but his attitude in the 5th could have been better i mean losing match points isnt always the final blow. Players often have muliple MP chances in different sets before finally winning it didnt have to be the end. Novaks tennis has been nowhere near his best theres no reason why JWT couldnt have made a decent fist of it in the 5th.

rob_z
06-05-2012, 08:24 PM
On Thursday he can do whatever he wants. On Friday he'll lose.

:haha::haha:

xelena
06-05-2012, 08:25 PM
Oh and yes..

how everyone is blind..

Tsonga played great and during the tie-break he already had cramps,pain in the legs, which in the 5th he couldnt control much.. so that should be taken into consideration .
I think same thing happened to Delpo during the match with Fed..

So it's more of a Mug Mug win today and this two mugs we will have to watch on Friday, ...(to speak in the mtf's language) ;)))

rutinos harcos
06-05-2012, 08:31 PM
Those titanium balls of steel,you cant't win against them.

Nr 1 Fan
06-05-2012, 08:31 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAt0O-RkRwk :D

Haha :D Awesome, Thank You for not letting us forget about this.

NID
06-05-2012, 08:33 PM
Nolé is not himself. He does not seem to be enjoying playing, doesn't seem he's into it and all of that makes his game so weak.
From what I can see , he's playing more mechanically than passionately , guess because he's still grieving .. and perhaps, the conditions make everything be even worse.

true. does not look like grieving, though. his game just looks off.
let's see if he can pull another 2011 wimby, but i highly doubt it. back then, he was never down matchpoints.

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 08:35 PM
French Open: Djokovic d. Tsonga 06/05/2012 - 3:26 PM (http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reaction/2012/06/french-open-djokovic-d-tsonga.html)


The most telling thing about the uncompetitive fifth set of today's quarterfinal between Novak Djokovic and Jo Wilfried Tsonga is that it hardly needed to be played, and both players knew it. That accurately—and cruelly—underscored the fact that despite being a five-setter, this match was truly decided in just one big set, the fourth.

Tsonga had four match points in that fourth set, and failed to convert any of them. Granted, all of those match points were against then-struggling Djokovic's service games at 4-5 and 5-6, but still; at the time, both men were playing tennis of extremely high quality, the best the match would produce. And when Tsonga failed to close the deal and subsequently let a tiebreaker slip through his hands, the match was clearly over. The final score read 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

In fact, you could throw out the bookend sets. Djokovic dominated them, and it looked for a while like he would make short work of a tight, sluggish opponent who seemed paralyzed by the occasion. Djokovic led 6-1, 3-1 at one point, but Tsonga miraculously popped to life. He pulled level at 4-all and eradicated a break point to eke out a tight game for a 6-5 lead.

Serving to get into a tiebreaker, Djokovic fell behind 15-40, but he wiped away the first break point with a winning smash. Tsonga made a service return error, but made up for it by attacking a Djokovic second serve and ultimately forcing a passing shot error. That gave Tsonga another break point, and this time he smacked a cross-court forehand that was just too hot for Djokovic to handle. 7-5, Tsonga. Suddenly, it was a match.

Both men played some terrific tennis in the next two sets. Tsonga was broken early in the third, giving Djokovic a 2-1 lead. But any notion that the Frenchman was spent was erroneous. Although Dj0kovic bolted ahead 40-love in the next game, Tsonga roared back, reeling off five straight points for a break. In retrospect, this was Djokovic's low point. Under pressure in his quest to become the only living man other than Rod Laver to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once, he appeared to buckle exactly when he needed to keep his foot on Tsonga's neck and press down.

The men went at it hammer and tong for the next seven games. Tsonga produced a big hold at 5-5 thanks to a pair of groundstroke errors by Djokovic on critical break points. He forced a high-backhand smash error and hit a service winner to escape with the game, and made a big push that enabled him to break Djokovic for a 7-5 win for the second set in a row.

By then, Djokovic was gasping and, bouyed by the partisan crowd, Tsonga looked strong, fresh, and ready to notch one of the greatest wins a French player has produced on court Philippe Chatrier in decades. When Tsonga held the first game of the fourth set thanks to a Djokovic error, the top seed just shook his head and laughed. It seemed suspiciously like gallows humor.

Tsonga got into trouble in the fifth game, mainly because of his inability to stick more first serves. He found himself down 15-40, but got the first ball in twice to earn service winners. He went on to hold, and dismissed another break point when he served at 4-all and saved the game.

Down 4-5 (match game for Tsonga), Djokovic fell behind 15-40. That created match point No. 1 for Tsonga. It proved his best chance; in a quality rally, Djokovic cleaned the line twice before he put away a cross-court forehand volley to stay alive. He boldly hit a forehand winner on the next match point to get to deuce, after which he hit two service winners to hold.

Tsonga played a terrific next game, holding with authority. He reached match point again in the next game with a sharp cross-court forehand passing shot for 30-40, but during the next point he got caught out of position and drove a forehand into the net. A huge forehand blast produced Tsonga's fourth match point, but Djokovic dismissed it with a smash winner. After a Tsonga error, Djokovic maneuvered Tsonga out of position and reached the haven of the tiebreaker with an inside-out forehand winner.

Djokovic scored a mini-break to start the tiebreaker, but Tsonga would not go away. He fought back, and a Djokovic inside-out forehand error off Tsonga's service return gave the Frenchman a 4-2 lead. But Djokovic ran off the next four points to go up 6-4. He couldn't quite close it out, but another mini-break that gave Djokovic a 7-6 lead with serve to come was too much for Tsonga to overcome. Tsonga made a backhand error after a brief rally to send the match into that fifth, anti-climactic set. The less said about that one the better.

The big takeaways from this match are that Tsonga was able to match Djokovic's firepower in the most significant and decisive portions of the match. As well, Djokovic will certainly pay for taking his proverbial eye off the ball when he led by a set and a break. His heroics in the critical moments of the match were praiseworthy; his occassional lapses—particularly that one that allowed Tsonga to break back early in the third set—ominous.

Djokovic showed signs of tightness, probably due to the historic nature of what his win at Roland Garros would mean, in his last two matches. Warrior that he is, he can ill afford the loss of nerve or focus, because the most demanding test is yet to come.

—Pete Bodo

Nr 1 Fan
06-05-2012, 08:36 PM
Djokovic is awesome, the guy more clutch than the word clutch itself.
The haters make this even more fun :D

AliceMariaRenka
06-05-2012, 08:37 PM
This match was awesome, and why I absolutely love Novak. Congratulations to him for his bravery, spirit and character.

xelena
06-05-2012, 08:41 PM
NID, I think he is grieving that's obvious. He's "off" and there is no passion..he wants to win, go further, but there is no synergy inside of him, his mind,energy,body, especially his mind is so "offfff". :) (unfortunately,otherwise we would have seen some great tennis)

fast_clay
06-05-2012, 08:47 PM
is djokovic an android...?

Commander Data
06-05-2012, 08:51 PM
is djokovic an android...?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OjMiCmvmfKw/TDSZU_NXhLI/AAAAAAAAAzc/5qQG26f7Yp4/s1600/ponuda.jpg

NID
06-05-2012, 08:53 PM
@fastclay:
let's run a turing on him...

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 08:56 PM
Which player holds the record for winning the biggest number of matches in his career after saving match points? It would be interesting to know where Nole ranks. He surely must be in the top 5. :eek:

Spierbal
06-05-2012, 09:02 PM
I find that most comments here are so superficial. As if nobody really watched the match.

Nolé is not himself. He does not seem to be enjoying playing, doesn't seem he's into it and all of that makes his game so weak.
From what I can see , he's playing more mechanically than passionately , guess because he's still grieving .. and perhaps, the conditions make everything be even worse. (so many so many UE)

Now that he's only a step away from the Final , maybe he'll come on the court wishing to destroy Fed... but maybe, he'll come like today, with good intentions and will to make a good match but when the body is not following the mind................ so who knowss..:))

Spierbal, for the love of tennis I hope God will hear you and will send us the 3.0.0 Nole on friday !
:))

Xelena, yeah, the passivity in his game was killing him at some points in the match. He reverted to the Djokovic of 2009/10. Almost playing reactive tennis instead of commanding the points and having no fear. Crucially, the loss of fear was a key igredient in his amazing run after his davis cup 2010.

Without doubt, his tennis needs to improve and most of all, he needs to start converting his breakpoints opportunities. Today, he was unable to consilidate his breaks in the second and third but whenever it mattered in the end, he stood up.

I am not a nole fan, but have faith with your man. I remember just a few years ago in RG Roger was trying to make his own piece of history and it certainly was not smooth sailing, in fact he had to grease out two matches against Haas and Delpo :)

l_mac
06-05-2012, 09:04 PM
:lol: :lol:

NID
06-05-2012, 09:08 PM
:lol: :lol:

bitter much?

Looner
06-05-2012, 09:10 PM
bitter much?

If Novak were to beat Federer, I'd be a huge Novaktard for the rest of the tournament, just like I was at Wimbledon last year. I just want to see some of these cocky Rafatards eat some crow :p.

Vida
06-05-2012, 09:14 PM
congrats nole on the win. had to shut down tv 3 times during the match. good fight jo, unlucky.

xelena
06-05-2012, 09:20 PM
Spierbal thx:), ..it surprised me also how passive Nole is.. and that's why so many times he was surprised when the opponent won the point (by taking the initiative!) Nole believes that he can put the ball in play as many times he wants and no one will decide to make a winner or smthg.

He is depressed that's really striking, and unless all this adrenaline - serotonin he received in his last two matches bring out some new passion-energy in his play I'm afraid we'll be watching again on Friday, dead man walking..

can believe that all of those pimply fanboys are still around.. soderling on the pic, rafa on the bottom,murray in the sig.. some things never change here! on the mtf you can stay forever young ! :d :d

Huey84
06-05-2012, 09:25 PM
In the back of his mind Luckerer must not even want to win this SF for what awaits him is bagels and breadsticks from the Pig in the final

Nole Rules
06-05-2012, 09:25 PM
is djokovic an android...?

:lol:

heya
06-05-2012, 09:27 PM
novak le cogió a fed en el culo

fed - "I mean, please. Some players grow up and play like that – being down matchpoints, and they all just start slapping shots. I never played that way. I believe hard work's going to pay off, because early on maybe I didn't always work at my hardest. For me, this is very hard to understand. How can you play a shot like that on match point? Maybe he's been doing it for 20 years, so for him it was very normal. You've got to ask him."

your hero fed was happy to have a guaranteed injured loser here.
after all, he pretentiously SAID "TRY PLAYING EVEN IF YOU HAVE HEALTH ISSUES". fed bullshitted "novak escaped. jo could have won."

piksi
06-05-2012, 09:32 PM
maybe it is meant to be

Even Novak acknowledged that Jo was better and that he deserved to win. Novak should have been out of RG today. It wasn't his destiny.

French crowd is so pathetic, always has been. They support their player only when he is winning it. Half of them left after the 4th set.

l_mac
06-05-2012, 09:41 PM
Which player holds the record for winning the biggest number of matches in his career after saving match points? It would be interesting to know where Nole ranks. He surely must be in the top 5. :eek:

I think the record is 16, how many matches has Nole won after saving MPs?

AndyUK
06-05-2012, 09:46 PM
Great match. Such a shame that Tsonga didn't have anything left after losing those match points and then the fourth set. He's always got a chance to cause an upset when he's on form. Djokovic will need to improve a lot if he wants to win this title.

david_is_not_fat
06-05-2012, 09:56 PM
OH GOD WHY

:p

Le Tsong :hug:

theblejach
06-05-2012, 09:58 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg857/scaled.php?tn=0&server=857&filename=7y6cd.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640


:cheerleader::cheerleader::cheerleader:

Tsonga was very good...:rolleyes:

:cheerleader:
:cheerleader:
:cheerleader:

sicko
06-05-2012, 10:00 PM
nole: "suck my dick french crowd."

Sombrerero loco
06-05-2012, 10:03 PM
wow, that was epic

e476
06-05-2012, 10:03 PM
Tsonga's such an unpredictable clown - up and down, losing four match points. No wonder I've never cared for him. So glad Djokovic made it through. Still think Nadal is going to win the tourney though.

Super Djoker
06-05-2012, 10:10 PM
First Quarter Final Novak has won here for 4 Years and all I am getting is talk of him being a mug ! The guy who,s won 26 matches straight at Slam level ! Nadal Hasent actually done that ever !

EddceLLent
06-05-2012, 10:12 PM
Wow!

Yesterday I sent out an email at work trying to swap my day off today for Wednesday so I could watch Murray. No-one replied, but after the match i've witnessed today I have to say that i'm almost glad that's the case.

I'd witnessed two extraordinary matches so far this year - Murray vs Djokovic and Nadal vs Djokovic, both in Melbourne. Today was another one that matched it not only in terms of the outcome (Djokovic in five) but in terms of it being an awesome spectacle that makes me feel privileged to be a tennis fan. All three have been matches that were so epic that even the losers looked like heroes (although i'm sure none of them were content with that!).

Anyone who has a negative word to say about either player or today's match seriously needs to rethink their outlook on life :).

After the match I stood up and realised I was genuinely EXHAUSTED, what a treat! We've got so much more big tennis coming up in the next few months too and if it's anything like what i've seen in the slams so far this year then i'll be ecstatic (but exhausted).

Hope everyone enjoyed watching - tennis won :)

rob_z
06-05-2012, 10:16 PM
true. does not look like grieving, though. his game just looks off.
let's see if he can pull another 2011 wimby, but i highly doubt it. back then, he was never down matchpoints.

His defence looks not as good as usual. One of his greatest weapons is his ability to change defense into offense or at least put the ball deep back into the court. But today (and also against Seppi) his defensive shots weren't penetrating as normal and bounced must of the time half court. That gave Tsonga the upperhand in several rallies.
It looks like he defenses better on hard court than on Phillippe Chartrier court. That might also the reason why he makes too much unforced errors and doesn't look like to be completely enjoying it.
But he looked today to be moving already somewhat better than in his match against Seppi.

thrust
06-05-2012, 10:22 PM
absolute filthy junk pushing luck wins the match again :o tennis is fucking dead as a dodo thesedays

I hope you are not as blind or dumb as you sound. Fantastic ball striking for most of the match, IMO. Some great net play from Tsonga too.

KarlyM
06-05-2012, 10:24 PM
Great match! :worship: Just when you think Novak is down and out, he comes right back... insane. :)


Jo :hug:

Fireballer
06-05-2012, 10:25 PM
Djoker breaks Pete's and Nadal's GS wins streak at 25 to go to 26 wins in a row 1 shy of Roger Federer's record

Mr. Oracle
06-05-2012, 10:29 PM
I got through the first 3 pages of the thread and was amazed that there was almost no trolling/hate being posted against champ. Mind you there was some very skillful trolling after that, usually in the form of clever warnings for djoker to step up his game for the next rounds or else. No congrats for the clutch play and for a workshop in ballsmanship. All I have to say is suck it haters but thanks for the laughs.

LOL I had to go back to work after the 4th set, how perverse is that? I saw the picture of him moments after winning the match and him posing in what seemed to be some kind of an attempt to literally fuck the french open crowd. LMAO it's no longer enough for novak to beat his opponent, he will now try to fuck any opposition in the crowd as well, especially the french crowd. He showed class and didn't let it get too out of hand though but it would have been great to see (like when he talked smack to the USO crowd).

And this is why he's so great. Let me explain what makes a true competitor and why Novak fits the bill. On the battlefield (the court), he's a true warrior, engaged in the anguish and joy of the fight, an indomitable fire intent on consuming everything present: his competition, his surroundings, the spectators, even himself. The evidence is plain to see: the primal screams, the roars, the frowns, the insane looks, the smack talk, the racquet smashing, the chest thumping. Its a journey and a metaphor for life's battles with its ups and downs. He's an athletic poet.

BUT, afterwards, is when the class kicks in: the warm and friendly handshakes when he loses, and the lack of excuses and belittling of opponents. The battle is only on the court. There is no character assassination after the match, this is a merciful and compassionate KING. Nole the kindhearted. He is a true role model for what it means to be the best tennis player in the world.

Next is the tune up for the final against Murray (I jest).

Whoah yeah baby!

heya
06-05-2012, 10:41 PM
es muy guapo

Geo
06-05-2012, 10:44 PM
Tsonga had some amazing shots in this match and he really moved/defended well. :worship: Of course he's still a fucking french choker :lol: :o All of us knew when he lost the fourth set he would go down in flames in the fifth.

It's pathetic the other top 10 men are so mentally weak against Nadal, Djokovic and Federer :o

Kat_YYZ
06-05-2012, 10:47 PM
Congrats Novak, :hatoff: this is very encouraging. I don't like to see him the way he was in that Rome final -- dazed and confused. I'm not able to cheer against Roger but may the best player win in the semifinal -- I'll be relaxed about the outcome in either case. :)

Poor Jo :awww: :hug:

cocrcici
06-05-2012, 10:48 PM
https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSPni7wGg__tV6JeNThoNcKgU6O6dKML i0hijNOlM-oO68_Xqyp

Marc23
06-05-2012, 11:01 PM
Problem is: he might beat Tsonga having to save 4PMs, he might even beat Roger after being 2PMs down in a semi-final, but hell he is not going to get that lucky in a final in RG against Nadal. Nope.

Doesn't really matter...they all know that Nadal is another league on clay!

fast_clay
06-05-2012, 11:04 PM
novak le cogió a fed en el culo

fed - "I mean, please. Some players grow up and play like that – being down matchpoints, and they all just start slapping shots. I never played that way. I believe hard work's going to pay off, because early on maybe I didn't always work at my hardest. For me, this is very hard to understand. How can you play a shot like that on match point? Maybe he's been doing it for 20 years, so for him it was very normal. You've got to ask him."

your hero fed was happy to have a guaranteed injured loser here.
after all, he pretentiously SAID "TRY PLAYING EVEN IF YOU HAVE HEALTH ISSUES". fed bullshitted "novak escaped. jo could have won."

extremely valid post... one of your best

Gagsquet
06-05-2012, 11:12 PM
How does it feel, Jo ?

FlameOn
06-05-2012, 11:15 PM
Djoker :yeah:.

Jo :sobbing::bigcry:. I thought after set 1 he never had a chance. Poor thing :hug:.

Henry Chinaski
06-05-2012, 11:19 PM
that bh on the first mp...

he should have tried to take djokovic's fucking head off but instead pushed it up the line which djok anticipated.

wasn't an easy shot though especially for a backhand that is generally quite uggish. djok's first volley stayed just low enough.

rocketassist
06-05-2012, 11:28 PM
that bh on the first mp...

he should have tried to take djokovic's fucking head off but instead pushed it up the line which djok anticipated.

wasn't an easy shot though especially for a backhand that is generally quite uggish. djok's first volley stayed just low enough.

I said the same. Sod this niceness and do whatever it takes, if it meant belting the backhand into his ribs so be it. Almugro had no qualms in doing so.

Looner
06-05-2012, 11:30 PM
Do you have a video of the first MP? I saw Novak putting in a great serve and ripping off a FH on the 2nd.

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 11:33 PM
Djoker breaks Pete's and Nadal's GS wins streak at 25 to go to 26 wins in a row 1 shy of Roger Federer's record

More reasons to beat Federer on Friday. :devil:

Corey Feldman
06-05-2012, 11:33 PM
Yep, Jo choked

Nole mental strength = myth

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 11:35 PM
es muy guapo

Yes, indeed he is. You fancy him heya? :aplot:

Nole fan
06-05-2012, 11:37 PM
Yep, Jo choked

Nole mental strength = myth

Oi, drop the act already, you're not credible. Go hate Nadal or something. :p

zlaja777
06-06-2012, 12:07 AM
Djokovic now has 17-5 fifth set career record. Impressive.

BroTree123
06-06-2012, 12:09 AM
Biggest clown in the history of the game :stupid:

He deserved to lose. Novak played clutch though.

Topspindoctor
06-06-2012, 12:25 AM
Clownga living up to his name.

heya
06-06-2012, 12:49 AM
In my eyes, Nole 3.0 would surface, if he can just pretend he is down a match poin in each point!

that is nadal on clay. smoke out the ears

Lee
06-06-2012, 12:52 AM
Oi, drop the act already, you're not credible. Go hate Nadal or something. :p

Mikey is losing his touch :(

Fireballer
06-06-2012, 12:58 AM
Yep, Jo choked

Nole mental strength = myth

cry some more Mickey.Shame Fed doesnt have his mental strength............and yes I know 16>5