Tag Archives: Tsonga

Switzerland powers past Italy to go into the Davis Cup final.

16 Sep

A great clip here of a jubilant Swiss Davis Cup captain, Severin Luthi and Swiss # 2 Stan Wawrinka chairing Roger Federer around the stadium following his win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini which clinched the semi-final tie for the Swiss team.

Federer has made the Davis Cup a priority this year, and has 5 singles straight set wins in a row to his credit. The Davis Cup has eluded Federer and Switzerland, and this year with a team that boasts the world # 3 (Federer) and # 4 Stanislas Wawrinka they stand just one really tough match away from adding the prized “salad bowl” to the trophy cabinet.

That one match is a tantalising Davis Cup final against France, in France, late November. The French, whilst not boasting the same firepower as the Swiss big guns, are still in with a real shot as they bat very deeply. The team could include any two or three of Tsonga, Gasquet, Monfils, Simon – and even down to Benneteau and Chardy – have all given both Swiss players trouble in the past. Should be a great final and one the Swiss and, in particular Federer, will not want to let slip away.

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Fed Express sent packing

5 Jun

One of a multitude of winners that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fired down in his straight-sets win over 2009 champion Roger Federer on Tuesday.Not this year...No hard feelingsPacking up

A rampant Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sent Swiss superstar Roger Federer on his way at the French Open

With the crowd chanting Jo-Wee Jo-Wee, French #1 and tournament 6th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga moved one step closer to a French fairy tale with a demolition job on none other than 17 time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer. It was one way traffic as Tsonga served with great accuracy, moved like the athlete he is, and generally controlled the tempo of the match against his good friend.

Tsonga was good today – so good in fact that Federer, as always generous in praise for his opponent following a defeat said that “Jo-Willy played great today – he was better than me in all areas of play”.  Tsonga’s Aussie coach Roger Rasheed could not be happier with the passion and intensity his charge is showing and there is a growing sense that Rasheed may just get Tsonga to realise his Grand Slam dream.

The win puts Tsonga through to the semi finals for the first time at Roland Garros where he will meet Spanish ball machine David Ferrer.

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China the 5th frontier.

7 Feb

Yao Ming Makes Appearance at China Open

..everything is BIG in China – even Jo-Wi Tsonga is dwarfed by NBA star Yao Ming

Boom Boom – the big servers.

27 Jan

Australia Day fireworks seen from the concourse at Melbourne Park.

Today’s tennis is increasingly becoming a power game. Racket and string technology, superb athletes and a mastery of sports sciences has led to monster forehands, killer backhands and the real weapon. The Serve.

Here is the lowdown on serve speeds from the official IBM radar at this years Australian Open. Serve speed leaders for the tournament to date in the mens draw: Milos Raonic (Canada) 228kmh, closely followed by a cluster of servers clocked at 224kmh – John Isner (USA), Andy Roddick (USA) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France). Rounding out the big servers was Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) with a 220kmh bomb.

On the womens side of the ledger no surprises for guessing the fastest server – though not by much – yes Serena Williams (USA) with a 191kmh cannon ball, closely followed by Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 190kmh, and Aussie Jarmilia Gajdosova rounded out the top 3 with a 187 kmh blast. Some very strong serving – and match this with good target areas and you have the back-bone of today’s power game.

** And what about 15 year old Aussie junior Daniel Guccione who served a 228 kmh bomb in his 1st round juniors match!

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