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It appears that Tsonga likes to catch HIGH balls (he sends them in a downward sloping path), and that's exactly what Rafa gives him on a plate by his crazy topspin (that was the main reason why he was so helpless in the AO Semis). And since it doesn't look like that topspin is ever gonna go away, I'd be praying for Tsonga to be as far as possible from myself in any draw, if I were in Nadal's shoes.

But on the other hand, Tsonga's coming might be an alert call for Nadal - to finally find a good coach who'll sort out his fastcourt game.
 

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Tsonga plays the higher balls a lot better than those that are around waist height.

Maybe Nadal's game suits Tsonga's game.
 

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But on the other hand, Tsonga's coming might be an alert call for Nadal - to finally find a good coach who'll sort out his fastcourt game.
:lol:

You clearly haven't followed Nadal's career very closely.

Seriously, Tsonga will be dangerous, but until he does more than one good run in a Slam, I'd put my money on Rafa.
 

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You clearly haven't followed Nadal's career very closely.
From what I've seen of him on fastcourts, he's more of a tough opponent (doesn't give up, always keeps trying, runs for every ball etc. etc.) than a truly competent fastcourt player. For an opponent who knows how to exploit his weaknesses (and who's not intimidated by the "Nadal" brand), he's not so tough a nut.
 

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Time will tell. Tsonga loves to neutralize Nadal's moonballs with a volley.
 

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Just because Rafa played this guy one way, doesn't mean he is going to play him the same way next time. I will admit though I've never seen Nadal get just so beat down like that. He looked like a guy not even ranked in the top 50. All the kudos to Tsonga for that, but you have to know Nadal will review the tape and make adjustments before they meet up again.

Looking forward to another matchup to see the adjustments both make. Hopefully it is sooner rather than later.
 

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I'm pretty sure Nadal will find a way to grind out wins if they meet regularly in the future. Not really much he could do against an inspired Tsonga in this tournament, but it's pure speculation whether Tsonga will be able to keep up this form for the foreseeable future.
 

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Just a few months ago, Nadal destroyed him in the US Open. Sure he has the weapons to beat Nadal on a non-clay surface but only time will tell if he sustains this level.
Gonzo beat Nadal comprehensively last AO but if they meet again now, who will you put your money on?
 

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not on clay

2005 - French Open - First Round - Andy Roddick Beat. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-2 6-4

That was the last match he played on clay, obviously hes alot better now. But i dont think tsonga is a very good clay player
 

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Tsonga was in the zone that day he is not gonna play like that everytime they meet. So. no I do not think he will kill him everytime. Maybe on hardcourt he will have the upper hand. Clay i see Nadal as the clear winner and grass i also see Nadal as winner.
 

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Tsonga was in the zone that day he is not gonna play like that everytime they meet. So. no I do not think he will kill him everytime. Maybe on hardcourt he will have the upper hand. Clay i see Nadal as the clear winner and grass i also see Nadal as winner.
Tsonga has been quoted that his best surface is grass
 

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He will always have the capacity to beat him but he is a hit and miss player, Nadal will beat him when he has an average day which will doubtlessly happen.
 
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