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Old 05-22-2008, 02:21 PM   #61
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Here’s what he says in L’Equipe today:
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LA BALADE DE TSONGA. – Opposé au modeste Algérien Lamine Ouahab (330e ATP), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga n’a pas fait dans la dentelle (victoire, 6-3, 6-2). Le déficit de puissance était trop flagrant pour son adversaire. Pierre après pierre, le Français continue à édifier son mur de confiance sur terre battue. « Avec Lamine, on se connaît depuis tout jeunes et j’avais toujours pris des roustes contre lui !, rappelait le finaliste de l’Open d’Australie. Là, je suis vraiment content de mon match. Je me sens de mieux en mieux sur cette surface. Je trouve que j’ai super bien servi. Quelque chose comme 100 % de premières balles, non ? (en réalité, 77 %). En plus, depuis un an, je compte sur les doigts de la main les matches que j’ai bouclés en moins d’une heure et demie. C’est bien. » Tsonga ne lésine pas sur les doses d’entraînement. « Comme avant chaque gros événement, je met la gomme et je reste le plus concentré possible. » C’est peu dire qu’il partira largement favori de son quart de finale face à l’Espagnol Santiago Ventura (94e).
He was just too powerful of Ouahab.
“I know Lamine since we were kids and he had always given me a beatdown so far! I’m very happy about my match. I’m feeling better and better on this surface. I mean I served very well. My 1st serve stat was close to 100%, wasn’t it? [77%, actually.] And I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of matches I’ve won in less than one hour in the past 12 months. It’s great.”
He’s training very hard. “As usual before a big event, I’m working flat out and I try to stay as focused as possible.”
He’ll be heavy favourite in his quarter against Ventura again (#94).
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:21 PM   #62
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Thanks for that, Truc


The retransmission of his match just started on the link of the page before.

Already one break for Jo

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Old 05-22-2008, 04:52 PM   #63
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First set Jo : 6/3


His serve is great. Ventura couldn't make more than one point on each of his serve game.

But his return game weren't as good. Sure, he took twice the serve of Ventura, but it's harder globaly and he make many UEs.

Hopefuly, he will progress with the match.
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:34 PM   #64
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Win 6/3, 6/3 for Jojo Le Manceau

The second set was better than the first : less UEs, more winners, from the forehand in particuliar.

Only one little bit of choke when he missed two matchpoints on the ventura serve at 5/2 and was led 15/40 on his serve at 5/3. But he found a way to save the day and here he is, in the semi-final of Casablanca.

I would be delighted if he wins Casablanca, just to know that his first title on the main tour is on clay for all the whiners who live in GM.

Next match tomorrow against Gillou (again ) or Marco.
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:06 PM   #65
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Allez Jo. Some wins on clay are nice to finally get.
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well done Jo and good luck tomorrow!!
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Good win for Jo against Ventura today.

His claycourt game seems to be rapidly improving.
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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!
And it's just a guess, but maybe he also likes it's so quiet in Casablanca. The media would go apeshit over him in Paris again imo, he would have to give tons of interviews, etc.
Even Benneteau said today in L'Equipe it's nice to be in Casablanca the week before RG because nobody cares about the event and they can practice in peace. So if even Julien Benneteau feels that way... And it's true the French players training in RG seem much more under scrutiny, there are reports and pics and videos everywhere.
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I would be delighted if he wins Casablanca, just to know that his first title on the main tour is on clay for all the whiners who live in GM.
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I hadn't realized he will be at worst #11 in the rankings next week!
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Indeed, that's

Can he make the top ten if he wins Casablanca or just by making the final ?


Just asking
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I like what I'm seeing. Cassablanca was indeed a wise choice. Sure, the quality of the field is not that outstanding, but the important thing is that he's getting match practice, building his confidence on clay.

To answer MacArthur's question, if he wins the tournament, he will make it to the top 10: he earns 1595 ranking points and overtakes Wawrinka (1575 points). He is already guaranteed 11th place as semi-finalist thru' to losing finalist.
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« Ventura a dû faire un complexe et il m’a laissé jouer mon jeu, reconnaît Tsonga. Mais j’ai vraiment très bien servi. Et, surtout, j’ai énormément progressé dans les enchaînements vers l’avant. Avant, sur une balle courte, je ratais ; ça m’arrive de moins en moins. Je prends l’initiative quand il le faut. La terre, ce n’est pas uniquement du physique, mais aussi pas mal de tactique. »
Ventura must have felt a ‘hang-up’/a complex and he let me play my game. But I really served very well. And most of all, I’ve made huge improvements in my movement forwards. I used to miss a lot on short balls; it doesn’t happen often anymore. I’m taking the initiative when I need to. Clay isn’t only a question of stamina, but also of tactics.

And they both say with Gilles the next match will have nothing to do with the Rome one since they have improved a lot since then:
« Franchement, à Rome, c’était déjà pas mal, souligne Tsonga. C’est un bon souvenir parce que c’était un match de reprise et qu’il avait réellement lancé ma saison sur terre battue. Mais je suis aujourd’hui un autre joueur. Déjà, parce que je joue différemment. Làbas, comme j’évoluais loin derrière ma ligne, il y avait eu beaucoup d’échanges. Ici, j’arrive à écourter. Je sens que je joue beaucoup plus juste. »
Frankly, Rome wasn’t that bad. It’s a good memory because it was my first match and it really launched my season on clay. But today, I’m a different player. Because I’m playing in a different way. In Rome, I was staying far from my baseline, there were a lot of rallies. Now I'm able to shorten the points. I feel much more ‘well-tuned’. (I don’t know how to translate that, sorry, and I have to work now, Benoît certainly can give us the exact translation of “jouer juste”. )

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Old 05-23-2008, 12:28 PM   #74
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Truc, thanks gor your translation .
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Jo retreats the match . I guess he will fly to France immediately .
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