Posts Tagged ‘Nieminen’

TSONGA, TSONGA, TSONGA!

January 22, 2008

Did you see him play?! I underestimated him big BIG time. Youzhny had gone through 4 matches in an impressive way and therefore thought that Tsonga would be tough, yes, but should be a close match where the Russian prevails. No WAY! Tsonga just played better than ever! He did not miss too many shots and those that were unforced, were not in decisive rallies or points.

I just cannot find anything I would give him a B+ for. Forehand was cool and precise. Backhand reminded a lot of Safin, with the angles with the precision, with the pace. Serve was rock solid and looked pretty heavy. Volley, probably to an A+. Considering that he is like 200lbs, 90 kg, being an effective serve-volley player…. well it ain’t that easy damn it!

And that’s another thing that amazed me. His movement and court coverage was beyond impressive. I’ve seen him in action before, but never this effective on every single aspect of his game. If this guy can move like that, I think players like Safin, Roddick, Berdych…etc. should have a look and learn.

Now it’s Nadal! Can he create some history and go all the way? I still think Youzhny and his game, would do more damage to Nadal. Tsonga’s game might be the offensive type that Nadal likes to play against. Nadal adores passing shots and there should be plenty of them when they meet. But that’s over a day away.

Nadal got through his match against Nieminen with ease. Nieminen didn’t seem to interested after that first set. It’s like players lose motivation when they see that they don’t get anywhere against Rafa. Oh well, that made Nadal’s road to a HC slam a little shorter.

Tomorrow Djokovic will try to beat another speedy gonzalez. But Ferrer should be tougher than Hewitt. It really depends on Djoko. If he has some of those periods where he makes numerous errors, this match could go long. And if Ferrer hits those groundstrokes like in TMC, well the match could be a short one in his favor. Unpredictable. 51-49 to Djoko.

Federer vs Blake. 7-0. Will it be 8? I want to believe it will not, but Blake just does not have that extra something to distroy Federer. Maybe he watched the tape of the Tipsy-match and stole some ideas… Federer will have to make 100 errors for Blake to win. It may happen….

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QF are ready to roll

January 21, 2008

… and I think the last 8 players are 8 best right now.

No big surprises in today’s 4th round. Djokovic beat a willing, but tired Hewitt. Ferrer beat his friend Ferrero as expected. Federer did not need 5 sets to send big serving Berdych home.

Tomorrow’s matches are the bottom two. First up in the mid-day heat, Nadal will have to overcome Nieminen. I think it’s comparable to Federer-Berdych. Nadal will take it in three but with some problems on the road. It seems like Nadal has been able to play better for every match and should be headed for his first hard court SF.

Now Youzhny vs Tsonga is a different story. Youzhny seems to handle defensive players quite well, but I don’t know if Tsonga will allow Youzhny to hit his backhand to often. Some people think Tsonga will get an easier match this time, compared to Gasquet. I think it depends on how well Tsonga is able to serve. If he can serve and be effective on the net, like against Murray, then he will be in a good position to take it. If Tsonga plays well enough in his own serve, he should be in a good, confident position to hunt for a break of serve. I would have liked to see these two in separate matches because I want them both to win. But as Youzhny has tried longer and is somewhat older I will probably want to see him in a potential SF against Nadal.  He also stands a better chance against Nadal than what Tsonga does. But that’s far in the future and just silly predictions.

“New” names emerge.

January 20, 2008

I try to be as neutral as possible. But I’m not! Why would I want to see Davydenko in a QF or SF, when I can get Youzhny up there? Even with Youzhny having the potential to beat most players on the tour, there was probably not much doubt that Davydenko would take the match. With some struggle, with some sweat and maybe even tears…

Instead, Youzhny played like a champ and took the match in 3 straight forward sets, playing better and better for each one.

Another one of my favorites is mr. Tsonga. I remember wanting to see him beat Gasquet at Wimbledon. Gasquet took that one. So who should naturally take this one? YUP, Tsonga! 6-2, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3

Awesome display (reliable sources say) about this late bloomer. Now it’s going to be a late bloomer show as he will take on Youzhny in the QF. What is a little fun, is that if Nadal advances, I really think any of these two can beat Nadal in the SF. We know Youzhny could, and Tsonga’s play is quite well suited for a Nadal semi final.

As I really did excpect, Kohlscheiber ran out of fuel and was nowhere near the play he showed against Roddick. Serve was back to normal or even worse. Still became a close battle as Nieminen isn’t the most reliable player either. Best man won either way and will wait for Mathieu or Nadal in the QF.

Speaking of which… Does the horrible record against Nadal mean anything to him? I have seen some of his time on court here and he seems to be playing his best tennis. Last meeting went to 3 sets on the hard courts in Canada. This could easily go to 5 sets if Mathieu is his regular self, but I won’t rule him out just yet. If Gilles Simon can make Nadal sweat and almost take a set, the more talented and experienced Mahtieu will dig deeper.

WOW! Tsonga just kicked Hewitt’s a..

January 4, 2008
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Remember this guy? Remarkable rise in 07 and is predicted as one of the big names of 08. Tsonga needed 80 minutes to take down the local Aussie 6-4, 6-2. He had a good run at Wimbledon and is clearly filled with potential before heading to Melbourne. As if this upset wasn’t enough, Aussie wild card Sirianni managed to defeat Mathieu from a set down 1-6, 6-1, 7-6. SF for tomorrow are Tsonga-Nieminen, Llodra-Sirianni.

As of this moment, Moya has clinched his SF spot and is awaiting Nadal who is in action against Garcia-Lopez.

Ferrer qualifies

October 28, 2007

leaving two open spots. These are up for grabs at Paris and there are still several players who are in reach. I think Gonzalez might hold on to at LEAST 8th spot.

Today’s finals:
Federer-Nieminen
Murray-Verdasco
Grosjean-Giquel

I’m gonna watch Mr. Federer play