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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Is Pleased With The Man In The Mirror

What he said:

"Tonight I can see myself in the mirror and say, Yeah, you fight enough."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is satisfied with his level of play despite losing his third successive Sunday match to Roger Federer in 15 days. (via

The Frenchman succumbed to the Swiss master at the World Tour Finals in London.

What he really meant:

“Starting with the man in the mirror, I’m not asking him to change his ways. Just lose a little less.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Man, Roger fights more.”

Otto, the German Shepherd, analyses the US Open men’s draw

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga US Open 2009

My dog, Otto the German Shepherd, is a tennis nut.

“You haven’t analysed the men’s draw for the US Open. Today’s the 27th and the tournament begins on the 29th.” pestered Otto.

“I know. I’ve just been a little wrapped up in other things.” I reply, tiredly.

“But you have to do the men’s draw. That’s like manna for tennis followers.” insists Otto.

“Oh, I’m sure, they are multiple draw analyses floating around the internet. The smart ones can visit and figure it out themselves.” I attempt to fob off my companion.

“But that’s not the point, is it? It’s good for you too. You can’t follow the US Open without delving into the draw. It’s like going into a dark night without a torch.” Otto is a member of the local debate club.

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Jo Wilfried Tsonga: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2009 Australian Open, Me...

What he said:

"He plays incredible tennis, but he’s not an alien.”

Jo Wilfried Tsonga is convinced that Novak Djokovic is not an extra-terrestrial despite playing extraordinary  tennis this year. Tsonga adds: “In fact, what he does is doing everything better than the others. He doesn’t hit harder, he doesn’t hit the ball earlier. But he’s always there. This is tiring when you play against him. He does not have the best return on the tour. But on every return, he returns well, and he’s always there. So what does it is his consistency, and he has no weaknesses."

What he really meant:

“If Novak’s an alien, then so are the rest of us. It’s just that he does it over a longer period.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Djokovic’s alienated.”

Jo Wilfried Tsonga: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 2009 Australian Open, Me...

What he said:

“"I don’t have the pretension to try to beat Novak without my arm."

Jo Wilfried Tsonga is more than realistic about his chances against Novak Djokovic without a ‘good arm’. The Frenchman conceded his semi-final at Montreal 4-6,0-3 complaining of pain in his right appendage.

What he really meant:

“I have one tennis-playing arm and one racket. I’m not ambidextrous.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“It’s not golf. We don’t play handicapped.”

Jo Wilfried Tsonga makes Roger Federer look ungainly in thrilling comeback

Let’s ask the question: Did Roger Federer lose or did Jo-Wilfried Tsonga win?

It was, perhaps, a bit of both.

For the first two sets, it seemed as though it was to be yet another cakewalk for the Swiss. The motions were smooth; the serve was chugging along like a Rolls Royce. The Frenchman was sleepwalking his way out of the tournament.

Then suddenly, something changed. It was, as though, the Ali-lookalike realised that this was his best chance—his only one. He had nothing to lose, so why not go at it full-tilt like the gladiator he is?

The first break of Roger’s sublime service fuelled this belief. That, maybe, there was something to be gainsaid from it all.

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Tennis Bytes: Nadal steals Djokovic’s thunder,Wozniacki’s nightmare continues

Rafael Nadal

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Novak Djokovic might have secured a much cherished win at the Dubai Duty Free Championships—another convincing victory over Roger Federer—but it was the World No.1 Rafael Nadal who stole the headlines over the weekend.

The Spaniard declared that the dominance Federer and he established over the majors—a stranglehold  of 21 wins since 2005—is a thing of the past.Nadal reiterated that credit for the duopoly should go to the great Swiss without whom his nine Slams would ring hollow.

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Tennis Bytes:From Melbourne Park Results To Predicting Winners … and Losers

Novak Djokovic At The 2006 U.S. Open

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Spoilsport Novak

Novak Djokovic played spoilsport at the 2011 Australian Open annexing his second major after a dry spell of three years.

Sportswriters were forced to scramble to change the headlines they had imagined citing either a Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer triumph. They had to reinvent their catch-phrases.(Damn you, Djokovic!)

The Serb’s victory was welcomed as the emergence of the Third Force.

The fallout was swift. In a rush to hail the rise of the young brigade, ‘tennis pundits’ were quick to pronounce death sentence on the Federer- Nadal rivalry.

It may soon be a case of the doomsayers having to eat their words all over again.

However, they are not totally wrong.

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