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Old 05-15-2008, 11:05 AM   #46
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Whatever surface he plays on, Jojo is the kind of guy who hits as hard as he can. But the same applies to his opponent yesterday. And when Söderling's shots don't go out, you just have to be patient and wait for your chance. That's what Jo did until 6-2, 4-2, 40-15. He came back at 40-40, finally got a BP, took it, tied 5-5, but Söderling's pressure was too big in the end.
Jo means he really felt dominated during a good part of the match, also because he was giving Söderling easy balls to play. When he started playing his game, it became more even. And he even felt physically stronger at the end of the match. Söderling is like a train which runs over his opponent, but Jo would have loved to play a 3rd set to try to derail the train.

He leaves Hamburg in good spirits though. No pain in the knee and he's satisfied with his very poor level of play: "When I see what I manage to do without having any sensations on the court and without being able to adjust my footwork at all, I think there really is room for more. Right now, it feels like I can't put one single ball where I want it to be, even when I'm just trying to play it back within the limits of the court! But the more I will play on clay, the more efficient I will be."
He'll go to Casablanca on Sunday to get more matches under his belt. A few wins will do him good. "One thing is sure, I'm totally enjoying being on the court atm. I'm enjoying it so much that I really feel I can do something nice in Roland-Garros."
Grand Slams feel like a different sport to him. There are less surprises, it's much more demanding, you can't win with just a bit of luck, the stamina also is more important. He thinks that all this favours him and that with this state of mind just before Roland-Garros, he will be able to transcend himself. Maybe just for one set, maybe for more matches... But it will be something special for sure.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:05 PM   #47
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Casablanca Hum~~~
I'm thinking if Gas doesn't attend into this match , Jo maybe the No.1 seed.
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:21 PM   #48
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The first round:

TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)
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MONTANES, Albert (ESP)

What a bad draw !
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:48 AM   #49
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Good match jo,do your best
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His match against Montanes will soon begin now.

I am going to follow it live here, for those who are interested :

http://www.tvchannelsfree.com/watch/...a---Maroc.html

It's his first match against a real clay court specialist. So we will see. Nothing to lose after all.
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First set Jo, 6/4

He's good. Not awesome, but good.

The serve is here, his gameplan are correct and he takes his chance when he can with a good proportion of winners. It seems to me that he lacks some feeling with the ball on some volleys or short balls.

Uuupss start of the second set.
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Victory

6/4 7/6

Good to take. Montanes was better in the second and Jo made more UEs. But the level of play was better and he followed without any trouble. A couple of victories at Casablanca would be perfect before RG.
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Victory

6/4 7/6

Good to take. Montanes was better in the second and Jo made more UEs. But the level of play was better and he followed without any trouble. A couple of victories at Casablanca would be perfect before RG.
yeah , so much UEs , I'm going crazy .
However, he wins .Good luck to next round .

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well not the best jo,far from that with many ues but he is improving a bit I think.
Lets see how he ll do with better players in this tournament.
He seemed really happy at the end of the match.Hopefully he will win more.
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Congrats Jo! I didn't watch, so I can't comment on the match, but any clay wins are ok with me at this point.
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Well done Tsonga on winning this match in straight sets. Montanes is a decent claycourter, who has been in surprisingly good form lately, so this makes the win all the sweeter. Really wise decision to enter in this tournament as a build-up to RG.

The unforced errors are to be expected whilst he gradually adapts his movement and footwork on clay, and (more importantly) tests his knee without further aggravation to the injury. I just hope he will be warmed-up but not too tired before his first round match at RG.

Tsonga, electrify me please!
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He is playing right now against Ouahab. The first set is in his pocket 6/3, break 1/0 for him in the second.

It's useless to say that so far Ouahab deserve his rank of " 300 et quelques "
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Another win, 6/3, 6/2


The serve was really good, but it's hard to evaluate the rest of his game cause I only caught up with the end of the second set and because his opponent wasn't a premier class one.
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Is there a reason why he's playing on a bum knee before the FO? Is it because he's using matches more like training/preparation since they can't do much?

Just wondering, thanks!! Good to see he is winning also!
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He means his knee is fine. He would have trained anyway, I don't think it's a problem he plays Casablanca, he needs the wins to get some confidence on clay.

TV5 is reshowing his match against Ouahab since El Aynaoui pulled out.
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