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Old 10-09-2009, 12:04 PM   #61
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In theory, yes, three places. But I don't see Roddick not qualified.
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Here is the part about Jo in the article in L'Equipe today, which I found quite good again: "Tsonga and Monfils are two tired samurais this week. They both have a trick to not lose."
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Rivaux en demi-finales, Tsonga et Monfils sont en ce moment deux samouraïs fatigués. Alors, pour ne pas perdre, ils ont chacun leur truc.

CETTE SEMAINE, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ressemble moins que d’habitude à Cassius Clay. Il navigue plutôt entre Petit Scarabée, moine shaolin et gros Bouddha. Zen, soyons zen. Est-ce que c’est l’Asie qui lui fait ça ? Non, c’est plutôt la fatigue, avec un grand F. Le colosse a laissé beaucoup de plumes depuis l’été américain. Et, en arrivant à Tokyo, il a d’abord fait l’Hibernatus. « J’ai passé les trois premiers jours au lit. Je dormais, je regardais vite fait un épisode de Prison Break et je me rendormais. Le décalage horaire (celui vers l’Asie est le pire à gérer), l’adrénaline, la pression… » Tsonga tire la langue, mais Tsonga n’a toujours pas perdu. Tsonga a aussi réduit au minimum toute sa routine d’étirements et d’exercices préventifs contre la blessure. Chez lui, grand cassé du passé, ce n’est pas rien. Il a remplacé ça par quelque chose de plus spirituel. « Contre Gasquet (jeudi), il y avait le typhon (hier, le typhon Mélor s’était calmé). Contre Gulbis (victoire 4-6, 6-4, 6-3), c’était des premières balles à 210 km/h qui m’arrivaient dessus. Les deux fois, j’ai perdu le premier set. Souvent, mon défaut, c’est que je ne trouve pas normal d’être mené et je m’excite. Je me bats contre deux mecs : l’autre et moi-même. À la fin, généralement, je perds. Là, pas un mot, j’ai tenu mes nerfs. Zen. » Chacun sait pourtant que son jeu se nourrit d’énergie pour grandir et grandir. Il a toujours construit ses plus belles réussites debout sur un volcan. Faut que ça sprinte, faut que ça crie, faut que ça saute. Mais ce n’est pas obligatoire. « Avant cette saison, Jo fonctionnait sur un schéma particulier : il était blessé puis il revenait à fond, il se reblessait et ainsi de suite. Tout marchait à l’adrénaline, explique son coach, Éric Winogradsky. Cette année, il n’a pas été blessé. Or, on ne tient pas sur l’adrénaline du 1er janvier au 31 décembre. Jo devait s’adapter. Contre Gulbis, il n’a jamais montré à l’autre qu’il était fatigué ou frustré. C’était un mur. » Un mur de patience, surtout. Tsonga n’a vu la queue de sa première balle de break qu’à la toute fin du deuxième set. C’était tellement la fin que c’était une balle de set. Soudain, le fauve sortit de la cage. En deux minutes, Tsonga avait changé le match. Son troisième set allait être royal. « Stoïque plutôt », corrigeat-il. « Quand on a peu de punch, il faut savoir l’utiliser juste au bon moment, quand ça compte, complimentait “Wino”. Et ça, c’est difficile. » Gulbis, quatre-vingt-dix-huitième mondial, trouva dès lors moins difficile d’arroser dans tous les coins. Et si possible de toutes ses forces.

Pendant que Tsonga ne pensait qu’au stoïcisme, Monfils, lui, discutait tactico-tactique. (...)
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:38 AM   #63
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Thanks so much for this article, Truc. Very interesting.

Long time no see in this part of the board

At least we won't have any crisis between Jojotards and Monfiltards ( ? ).

I'll be happy with whoever won that match
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:41 AM   #64
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S and V Gael is coming to us
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:50 AM   #65
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Judging from this beginning, I think it's going to be tough for Gael. Jo is doing a great job at cutting Gael from his time.
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Very impressive first set from Jo, he's neutralised quite a lot of Gael's options
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First set Jo, 6/3.

Frankly, it's a matter of second shots, the first shot after the serve. Jo is very agressive on that one and cuts Gael the time he needs to counter him. Gael needs to step up a lot in agressivity if he wants to stand a chance. He needs to get a hang on serve Jo too obviously.
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Here's the "translation" of the article - I hope Bernès will cover Shanghai too, his articles are so funny and spot on at the same time:

This week, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looks less like Cassius Clay than he usually does. More like "Grasshopper", the Shaolin monk, and a big Buddha. Zen, just be zen. The giant has expended a lot of energy since the American summer. When he arrived in Tokyo, he first turned into Hibernatus. "I spent the first 3 days in bed. I was sleeping, woke up to watch an episode of Prison Break and got back to sleep. The jetlag (trips to Asia are the trickiest ones), the adrenalin, the pressure." Tsonga's tongue is hanging out, but he's still alive. Tsonga has also reduced to a minimum his routine of stretching exercises and injury prevention. It means a lot, given his history. He replaced it by something more spiritual. "Against Gasquet, there was the typhoon. Against Gulbis, the first serves at 210 km/h. In both matches I lost the first set. My problem often is that I think it's not normal to lag behind and I get all worked up then. I fight with two guys: the opponent and myself. And I usually end up losing. This time, I kept quiet, I had my nerves under control. Zen." As everybody knows, his game is living on energy. His greatest wins have grown on volcanos. He needs to sprint, to scream, to jump. But that's not compulsory. "Jo had a certain pattern until this season, Wino explains. He was injured, then came back at 100%, then got injured again, etc. Everything was based on adrenalin. This year he hasn't been injured. And it's not possible to rely on adrenalin from the 1st of January to the 31st of December. Jo had to adjust. He never signalled against Gulbis that he was tired or frustrated. He was like a wall." A wall of patience. He had to wait for the very end of the 2nd set to see his first BP. It was so late in the set that the BP also was a SP. The wildcat pounced on his prey all of a sudden. Two minutes later, Tsonga had turned around the match. The 3rd set was kingly. "More stoic", he says. "When you don't have a lot of energy/punch, you have to use it when it matters", Wino praises him. "And that's not easy." Gulbis found it easier to spray UE all over the court from then on. As hard as he could.

While Tsonga was talking about stoicism, Monfils was discussing tactics. (...)

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Wow

Tough one for Gael, 6/3, 6/3 in 55 minutes. Poor one.


On the other hand, Jo was very, very impressive today.
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Great Job! I thought this would take 3 sets as well, but he seems to have found a quicker way. Thanks for the zen article. The jetlag must be hard on him.
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Great job. Now get the title please
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Did you all watch Youzhny today? He was on FIRE save for a couple of games in the 2nd set. I hope Jo has it in him to patiently go for his shots.

Also, Shaghai draw is out. I don't feel good about this at all. He's in the bottom quarter of the top half. The big name in the other quarter is Rafa.


(From the ATP bracket challenge page with my predictions.)
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This article is priceless Thanks a lot !

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Jo just won the first set 6-3 ^_^
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