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03-26-2017 02:01 AM
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Tsonga's baby was born last Friday it seems. Congrats to Jo and Noura!
12-04-2015 02:48 PM
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I'm doing a review of each of the Top 10 players. Here's my look at Jo: Passing shots :: 2015 Year in review: ATP No. 10: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
08-11-2014 03:47 PM
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Q. Novak said he kind of felt early on that he knew he didn't have it. Were you able to get that sense early on, that maybe this wasn't the same guy you played in the past?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Sorry, I didn't understand. It was too fast for me.

Q. Novak said early on he could tell that he didn't have his A game today. Could you tell that, as well, that maybe he wasn't at 100% just with his ability?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I don't know. It was a tennis match like always. We never have the same feeling.
But anyway, you know, for me today it was great. I played a good match. Soon in the match I was in good condition. I served pretty well. I was pretty aggressive, so for me it was a good match.
Then I can't talk about his game or how he felt, but me, I felt good.

08-10-2014 11:21 PM
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August 9, 2014

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga


J. TSONGA/G. Dimitrov
6‑4, 6‑3

THE MODERATOR: Jo‑Wilfried Tsonga will be appearing tomorrow on his third ATP Masters 1000 final, having won Paris‑Bercy in 2008 and getting to the final in 2011. Tomorrow he will be attempting to become the first Frenchman in the Open era to win the Rogers Cup title.
First question, please?

Q. How does it feel to make your first Masters final outside of France? When was the last time you felt you were playing this well on tour?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Anyway, I'm feeling good (smiling). I'm feeling good. You know, I'm waiting for this moment since a couple of years now.
You know, it's good because I always believe it myself during all these years, and all this week where I lost against those guys and finally I get a little rewards for the moment of this, and, you know, it's good for me. It will for sure make me stronger, keep my motivation at the highest level and it's great.

Q. Do you have a preference of who you face tomorrow?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I would like to face Roger just because it's always an honor for me to play against him in such a good area. Yeah, it can be one of the biggest victories for me if I am able to beat him.

Q. We heard you talking on the TV interview about the boxing celebration and boxing being part of your training regime.
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: It's not part of my training. I mean, I'm not a boxer, to be honest, but it's just a little thing to say hello to my physical trainer who is not here this week. That's it. So nothing really important.
But, you know, when I win like this, you know, I show emotion because, you know, it's not only on the court, you know, we work. It's also outside. There is people around us to help us, and it's always good to share with them.

Q. Do you think you have ever played better over the course of a week than you have this week just now?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I don't know, to be honest. For sure I had some good match in the past, because I had some good victory.
But this week I'm more consistent, and it's good because it make me, you know, beat three guys in the top 10. I didn't do that since couple of years now, and, I mean, it give me hope for the rest of the year.

Q. You're 4 and 11 versus Federer over your career. What are your memories of those victories you did have over him, particularly back in 2011 when you had a couple against him?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: You know, always when you play against Roger, it's always special. First, because you play in a big area, in a big stadium, anyway, and every time, you know, the crowd is for him. So, you know, it's quite a good sensation, you know. It's quite a good feeling when you win against 10,000 people (smiling).

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
08-10-2014 11:20 PM
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August 8, 2014

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga


J. TSONGA/A. Murray
7‑6, 4‑6, 6‑4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. In the third set you were down a break, down 3‑1. You seemed to sort of regroup and refocus. How were you able to get control of the match again after that point?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: You know, I had the hand on the match at the beginning, and then he came back. Then I was a little bit down. I just stayed focused, tried to be a little bit more aggressive because I was a little bit flat after losing the second set.
He gave me one or two points he didn't give me since the start of the second set, and, you know, then I went back and I won it.

Q. It's been a different season for you. To knock off first Novak and then Andy, is this probably some of the best tennis you're playing so far this year?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, for sure, for sure. But it's going better and better every day. You know, these last couple of months I practiced a lot because I didn't win many matches, and I did also the choice to practice than play tournaments because I was not really ready after the knee problem I had last year.
So I had good session of practice. And now, you know, I feel like I'm ready, you know, to play. I'm sure I'm playing better than before.
As you can see, you know, during the match I was able to serve maybe 220 all match, and for me it's something great when I'm serving like this. You know, I'm able to play good tennis.

Q. Is there anything outside of just more practice that's allowed you to get to that level?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Can you repeat?

Q. Is there anything more or different you have done when you've mentioned the serving to consistently stay up there, that you've done differently to get there?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No, I'm just stronger. During practice I worked a lot on my legs, and for sure I'm stronger on my legs. I think it helped me a lot for my serve because I can push a little bit more, so it give me more angle. That's why I'm more consistent.

Q. You're in great form. Can you talk a little bit about your confidence and playing this tournament?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: You know, I don't have a lot of confidence, you know, behind me. But the only thing I know, you know, I'm giving my best every day during‑‑ you know, since the beginning of my career I'm giving the best. I try to be consistent in my work, and I'm sure it will give me some rewards.
This week is kind of rewards for me, you know, to play like this, to beat two guys in the top 10. It's good, and I hope it will continue.

Q. During the last couple of months, did you make any changes technically or did you focus mostly on the fitness?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No, not really. Not really. But I think, you know, my technique is not that bad. But I think I had to improve a lot physically just to be better technically, because sometimes it's, for the serve, for example, it's important to push really hard, you know, and to be able to take the ball higher just to get the angle.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
08-10-2014 11:17 PM
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August 7, 2014

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga


J. TSONGA/N. Djokovic
6‑2, 6‑2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Novak said he kind of felt early on that he knew he didn't have it. Were you able to get that sense early on, that maybe this wasn't the same guy you played in the past?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Sorry, I didn't understand. It was too fast for me.

Q. Novak said early on he could tell that he didn't have his A game today. Could you tell that, as well, that maybe he wasn't at 100% just with his ability?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I don't know. It was a tennis match like always. We never have the same feeling.
But anyway, you know, for me today it was great. I played a good match. Soon in the match I was in good condition. I served pretty well. I was pretty aggressive, so for me it was a good match.
Then I can't talk about his game or how he felt, but me, I felt good.

Q. We got told that's your third win over a world No. 1 in your career. What's that do for your confidence going forward towards the US Open?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: It's good more me. It's good for me because I'm looking for it since couple of months now, and now I get it. It make me feel good on the way I practice and how I manage, you know, my game.
So, yeah, it's something positive for me.

Q. Have you spoken to Gasquet since you came off court?

Q. How is he doing? Is he okay?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: He's not going well, so I think he's gonna do some exam, you know, this afternoon and you will see at this moment, I think.

Q. What is the feeling like when you play guys like Djokovic? Because you have had obviously a really good history against Federer. Doesn't seem like you get intimidated when you play those world No. 1s or top players.
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: You know, we grow up together on the tour. We had many good years. When you play against him you know it's going to be difficult, anyway. Even if the score today seemed easy, it's never easy against him.
So, I mean, it's always a good moment for me, because that's why I expect is to play against those guys. It's always great to play against him anyway.

Q. You gave us quite a good celebration after the match. Can you describe the feelings that you have when you achieve such result like that?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: You know, I'm working hard every day. You know, it's not every day you get the rewards of what you're doing every day during the year, you know. You leave your family, practice every day hard, suffer a lot on the court. And when you win a match like this, you know, you just feel good.
Me, I will always show my emotion because I'm like this.

Q. Roger said at the start of the week that he thought these courts are playing faster than they have in the past. Do you agree with that? And if so, do you feel it suits your attacking kind of game? Can we see you doing some more volley work?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I don't know, because I didn't play many times here in the past. The last time I played I played only one round, and it was pretty fast also.
So I don't know what to say about it, but anyway, it's good for me.

Q. I was going to say, do you feel it's fast enough to suit your style of attacking game?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Yeah, I think it fit good with my game.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
08-08-2014 12:28 PM
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Translation of Jo's quotes in L'Equipe today after beating Djokovic in Toronto - from @markalannixon on twitlonger

"It's still only a win in the round of 16" - Tsonga quoted in l'Équipe: "That one, it feels good. I've been looking for that for a while. I felt really good, really aggressive. It reassures me about the way I've been training. You work hard and and you're not rewarded that often. I've had some tough times in the last months. But it's still only a win in the round of 16. There's still much to do. I'm not getting excited about it. It doesn't lead to much. The goal is to go far and I still have a tough one against Murray, whom I've only beaten once.

In fact, I've been feeling good for several weeks, I feel my game is coming back. I'm working hard and believe in my chances. I still had residual problems with my knee right up to Wimbledon. Before, I was always a bit apprehensive. I'd lost power in my legs. For the last few weeks, I've been able to work on strengthening them again.

Tennis is only logic. There are no miracles. I was out for three months at the end of last year and I was told you need at least twice as long to become competitive again. I couldn't work on my physical training during those three months, my knee didn't allow it. There you go, it took time. But it wasn't useless, it allowed me to ask myself quite a few questions about the way I was working and about everyday life. Which ones? I'm not going to say! I rediscovered my grit and motivation.

(We insist - you beat the world number one! That means something!) It's not the first time I don't think about those kinds of things any more. What matters is playing big matches.

(Murray) He's a player who defends well, who has a well-developed tactical sense and who's very consistent. He's an opponent who looks for your weak points.

(and with Amélie Mauresmo) Yes, that will be weird. I'd prefer she weren't there, even if it's Andy who'll be on the court. That said, I'd prefer it were Amélie!"
06-21-2014 02:53 PM
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Great Article sound like he wanna get back too the top I hoping he put in all the hard work. even through I still kinda think an new coach is needed
06-21-2014 09:45 AM
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Interesting translation of Jo's interview in L'Equipe today - from @markalannixon on twitlonger -

"As long as you're giving it your all every day, there's no shame." Tsonga interviewed in today's l'Équipe: (You said at Queen's that something was blocking you, and it wasn't physical or tactical) I still don't know what it is. If it is something, it's not very big. I've always had periods like that.

(You said you've never had one that lasted this long) That's true. If I listen to what people say, It's serious (smiles). But I've suffered more serious things in my life (hernia, knees)... They say I'm through. I lap it up. It nourishes me. It does me good. It motivates me (smiles). So, I don't have it any more? I'll show you! It affects me a bit, that's normal. But if I felt sorry for myself, it would be worse. I've never considered stopping with my coaches (Ascione and Escudé). If I don't get results, it's my fault, not theirs. They arrived at a time when I couldn't do anything physically. It's not their fault.

(Putting aside last year, you have two semis at Wimbledon. Does that help your morale?) No, I don't think about that too much. I work long term. The top priority for my team was fixing my knee. I really haven't felt any pain for a few weeks now. I see myself improving physically, I see I can include things in my training I haven't been able to do for a few years. I'm moving forward in fact.

(You said the same thing a few months ago) I started from bottom. I'm not getting results. So? A year ago here, I was at rock bottom. I had to fix my physical problems at any cost. And that takes time. For people, the objective is maybe to see me get back to the level I was at before. But that's people. Me, I want to get higher than that. Yeah, if not, where's the interest? What's the point?

(So your aim is still to win a Slam?).Yes, but I've changed how to do it. First of all, I had to get back to the physical level I had in 2008. Then I had to form a team around me and be consistent in small tournaments, play them as if they were Slams.

(You're further away from the top players than you were before) That follows logically from what I said before. Injury, team change, one or two bad choices (the racquet undoubtedly) and there you go. I think I'll get back very close to them. If I don't, I'll quit tennis! Right away! Against Djokovic at Roland, I wasn't up to the event level. But as long as you're giving it your all every day, there's no shame. Rafa said it well: you have a mental picture of what you can do on court. I haven't lost the taste for the battle. But going to war with a gun and going to war with a pocket knife ... I was courageous, I went with my pocket knife. At Wimbledon, I don't know if I'll have a gun or a crossbow. I'm not sure. I need wins.

(Mauresmo coaching Andy - you don't have regrets?) If Andy had chosen Kournikova, that would have seemed bizarre to me. Amélie, no. She'll bring him things. Of course I have regrets. But I hope I'm not the only one. The fact that she'll be helping Murray beat Frenchmen, we've screwed something up. Why didn't I call her before? I didn't know she wanted to coach besides the Fed Cup. It's like Luigi Borfiga (who trained Tsonga, Monfils, Simon ...) who's with the Canadians. It's very sad.
05-09-2014 05:57 PM
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What Tsonga Coach had say about Match, From Twitter

Thierry Ascione, Tsonga's coach, after his loss to Giraldo, as reported by @chriscottthomas: He starts the match well but lost the thread too quickly and never really finds it again. Yet we had fifteen huge days of training before coming here. He worked really well, he was ready, and this ... I sincerely don't understand it. It's bizarre.
05-09-2014 05:54 PM
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From Twitter

Tsonga in l'Equipe after his loss to Giraldo as reported by @chriscottthomas : It wasn't easy against him. He played perfectly.

Yes, I tried to do my thing hoping it would turn around. But it didn't.

Am I upset losing? Since he was better, there's nothing to say ... but it's still not a Roland-Garros loss. Sure, that's all that matters. Me, I want to do well at Roland. If I'd wanted to play well her, I would have prepared better for this kind of surface. Did I take Madrid lightly? Yes and no ... I would have preferred winning but I'm not going to dramatise it. And, yes, if I lose in Rome, I'll say the same thing. The goal is to win at Roland. And for me that doesn't necessarily mean wins before. They're not connected.
05-08-2014 12:47 AM
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Tsonga: "Better than me"
Clearly beaten in the second round by the Colombian Santiago Giraldo (6-4, 6-3) on Wednesday in Madrid, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga slow to produce his best tennis when Roland Garros approaching (May 25-June 8) . But he did not care, saying that conditions are far from Madrid game in Paris ...

Jo -Wilfried Tsonga, how do you explain your failure?
A hot it is not obvious to analyze this defeat. I have a small window of opportunity early in the first set ( break point ) , which I rate a setback a little easier. After he breake me a game where I do not play very, very well , you must be honest . And from there , he played really well , there is not much to say, it was better than me.

It has surprised you?
He was able to take his chance when needed , making a perfect copy , quotes. He returns very well , plays forward and surprises arriving to hit hard from afar, when you do not expect .

However, you do not have always seemed fully engaged in the fight ...
( smile las) When I complain too much, blame myself . If I do not rattle , I am told that I am not quite in the fight ... I tried to stay in my game , do my thing and hope it runs, but it was good until the end , here .

What could you have done better or ?
A bit of everything , of course. I would especially like achieve this break point at the beginning ...

This tournament you worried about the rest of the season on clay?
Here is a little different (in terms of playing conditions ) , it is particularly , it goes fast, because underneath it's hard ; this is not real clay. If I wanted to play well here, I would have prepared on this kind of surface. The coming weeks , it will be something else, at least I hope . In any case, this is not a defeat at Roland Garros ... "
04-19-2014 02:23 PM
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Monte Carlo: Federer d. Tsonga

Some matches are defined by one key shot or rally. Roger Federer’s 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Monte Carlo on Friday was defined by one key stat: Federer’s break-point conversion rate. He was two of 19.

Over the course of the first two sets, Tsonga always seemed to be serving; and every time you turned around, he was facing another break point. At one stage late in the second set, Jo had served 68 points, while Federer had served exactly half that many at 34. The pattern was the same throughout: Federer would come up with something brilliant—a topspin lob winner, a flick backhand pass, a strong forehand down the line—to reach break point, and then Tsonga would wipe it away.

Federer’s break points turned into a chess match, as Jo came up with different ways to survive them. He used his wide kick serve to draw short returns from Federer, and when that became predictable, he sent a surprise bomb down the T. Between them, the two players found a seemingly infinite variety of ways to keep Federer from breaking. Federer flipped a short backhand into the net. He shanked a backhand pass wide. He chose the wrong direction with an easy forehand pass. Jo knocked off a down-the-line forehand. He rifled a service winner. He wedged an inside-in forehand approach into the corner on one point, then wedged one inside-out on the next. Early in the second set, after Federer knifed a slow second-serve return into the bottom of the net, he shook his head and smiled sarcastically. Two games later, he bashed a ball out of the stadium and received a rare warning from the chair umpire.

The odd thing was that while Tsonga spent the match perpetually teetering on the brink, he very nearly won it in straight sets. Up 6-2, 3-2, Jo reached break point on Federer’s serve. But he backed up on a backhand and put it in the net. Twenty minutes later, after saving three more break points, Tsonga went up 0-30 on Federer’s serve at 5-6—two more points and it was over. At 0-30, Jo took a big cut at a forehand and landed it near the baseline, but Federer was there to reflex it back on the short hop; Tsonga’s next forehand went astray. At 15-30, Federer shanked a forehand that dropped inside the baseline, and clipped the net cord with another forehand, before winning the point, and eventually the game.

Finally, in the second-set tiebreaker, Tsonga saved three set points from 3-6 down, only to pull the trigger too early at 6-6 and fire a forehand into the net. When Federer won the next point, and the set, with a forehand volley, the crowd stood. Jo, understandably, slumped.

From there, it felt like it was only a matter of time before Federer broke through and Tsonga broke down. It happened quickly, in Jo’s second service game. He managed to save break points number 14 and 15, but not number 16—a forcing inside-out forehand approach from Federer made sure of that. Tsonga threw up a backhand lob that landed long. He might as well have been throwing up a white flag.

Aggressive but erratic, Federer hit 40 winners, made 45 errors, and was 21 of 28 at the net. His excellence in tiebreakers saved him from his dismal break-point percentage. He got angry, but he never went away. Persistence, rather than prettiness, pulled Federer through today.
04-19-2014 02:18 PM
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From Twitter

@markalannixon Tsonga after the Federer match quoted in l'Equipe by @carole_bouchard: I have the impression of not getting very far. Of missing a big opportunity, no, but it was an opportunity.

The game conditions changed during the match, it got colder and colder, the balls were less lively and bounced less so I bothered him less and I had trouble putting weight on the shots. He got shots thigh high and that's where he's strongest. It got harder and harder to hit the shots out of his reach and I found myself forcing things and getting into difficulty.

I got broken at the start of the third set, and he after that, he was Roger: he accelerated while I was decelerating. It was complicated.

I have to get back to work. The target is Roland-Garros, and there are a few tournaments and a few weeks of training to lift my level. The objective is to work and be consistent during practice sessions to achieve that. I need to turn myself around and move on. I can play better than that.
04-19-2014 05:03 AM
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April 17, 2014

J. TSONGA/F. Fognini
5‑7, 6‑3, 6‑0

THE MODERATOR: Questions in French, please.

Q. Could you explain to us what happened on the point which seemed to be a decisive point. It was a breakpoint for you. You were 30‑40, 4‑3. He served. The ball was called out, but it was good. He was so angry he wanted to change the linesman. You broke him.
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: This is part of the game. I returned that serve, and it was not easy to play my return. But, of course, he heard the call. But the point had to be played anyway.
We like Fabio when he gives you the match like this (smiling).

Q. Obviously you are pleased with this victory. But what happened in the first set?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: He was playing very well. I was not very good with my serve. The percentage of first serves was not high enough. He was playing well, coming into the net, being aggressive.
But little by little the match became more even. In the middle of the second set, I started serving better. At the end I was able to dominate physically, and it was more difficult for him to win the long rallies that he was winning more easily in the first set.
For me how you feel physically and mentally is very closely linked. If you go on the court knowing you are not going to suffer physically, it makes a difference.
Today I felt a lot better than the first day, where my legs felt very heavy. Today I knew I could stay on the court for a long time.
In the beginning he was better than I was physically, but I made him play each point and I made no unforced errors. This was useful because at a certain stage then I was above him. At the end, of course, he was complaining about his thigh, but he always has something. Sometimes it's the umpire, sometimes it's the thigh, sometimes it's the wind (smiling).

Q. Is that easy to manage?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No, it's not easy to manage, but I have a very precise directive before I step onto the court. I knew it could turn around at any time. My task was to make it as difficult for him as possible.

Q. In the fifth game you saved two breakpoints. In the seventh game you saved four. At that stage were you afraid you could lose the match?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I knew I could lose it. Sometimes tennis is a matter of a few points. But also you know that as long as you're not shaking the hand of your opponent everything is possible and you have to hang in there.

Q. At first you didn't make many aces. In the fifth and seventh game you started making many aces. Is it because you can only be focused on important points?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I don't know. It's just that when you play on clay, you have a sort of system you're playing with. You know, even if your opponent knows where you're going to put the ball, if you do it well, you know he's not going to be able to return.
But on those breakpoints, I do change the spots where I serve.

Q. Happy birthday.

Q. You say very often that time goes by so quickly.
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: I don't say that anymore (laughter).
I believe a good part of my career is behind me and I still have a piece of my career left ahead of me. I have more maturity and I hope I can use it to my advantage.

Q. You seemed to be bothered by the sun. You put your cap on in the second set. Also your shoes seemed to bother you.
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: Well, yes, I had a little problem with my shoes. As for the sun, when it comes into my eyes, I can see stars. I lost a few points because of that. But there's nothing I can do about it.

Q. Fabio was talking to his father a lot. Were you listening to what they were saying?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No. But in the end they were talking so loud I couldn't help hearing.
I think they were saying in Italian, It's your fault, it's your fault. But Fabio is always like this. This is why we love him. He's a friend. But also I know that, if you let him, he's going to take 10 minutes before he plays the next point. I can't let him do that.

Q. Is it the first time that your opponent started complaining with the first point of the whole match?

Q. If you were to play Federer, what are your thoughts? It would be a good opportunity of repeating the match of last year.
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: It would be great. It will help me maybe go a step further. Like L'Équipe said, I'm not going to fight on the court if it is not to win in the end.

Q. You said you were feeling stronger physically. Your win against Fognini, is it a signal you're sending to the other players?
JO‑WILFRIED TSONGA: No. This is not enough. I want to win more matches. I want to do better than before.
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