Jo Wilfried Tsonga
September 6, 2011 by staff
But when the French 26 years old, walked in the fifth set against American Mardy Fish on Monday – a place in the quarterfinals of U.S. Open at stake – he was confident. Maybe it was because he spent some time in front of their deficiencies in the hills of Las Vegas before the summer on hard court season.
These days with Gil Reyes, Andre Agassi legendary coach, paid off with a 6-4 in the wind, 6-7 (5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Tsonga had followed two sets to one in a match that lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes.
“He said, ‘Trust your legs, make it burn,’” said Tsonga. “I am very happy.”
Tsonga, who had never played the fish, which now meets the winner of the match on Monday night between Roger Federer and Juan Monaco.
For fish, that was the end of an amazing summer in which he won 17 of 21 games and the U.S. Open crown series. Fish, ranked world number eight, is having the best season of his career at age 29. His best effort in a Grand Slam event was reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
“I thought, obviously, this was my best chance of [great] so far,” said Fish. “I made three quarter-finals and I’ve played [Rafael] Nadal, Nadal and [Andy] Roddick Watch., I had to go through Tsonga, [Roger] Federer, [Novak] Djokovic, Nadal, who is on the other hand, only to win the tournament. That’s a lot of guys. ”
Tsonga, meanwhile, has impressed, especially at Wimbledon where he defeated Roger Federer in the quarterfinals before losing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The key, he said, have a clear head.
“My game is very good when I have nothing in my head when I just play my game,” said Tsonga. “When they think about other things like the wind, people in the box, all the photographers. Sometimes it’s hard for me, [photographer] click. Now relax and enjoy my game.”
Known quantity: Djokovic is not the only player from Serbia in the quarterfinals. Davis Cup teammate Janko Tipsarevic through after a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2 Juan Carlos Ferrero.
“We practice very often, very often,” said Djokovic Tipsarevic. “As in Montreal and Cincinnati, about every two days. We know very well. We played doubles together in Montreal.
“In some ways it may be easier than we perhaps knowing that the other will serve as important. But those things are two percent of the overall outcome of the match. Who plays tennis better will win. It’s that simple like that. ”
Time Trial: Who is the only woman to reach the quarterfinals of the three Grand Slam events?
That would be Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, who dispatched Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-4. Then one of the most astute players in the game offers a tutorial on confidence.
“First,” said Petkovic, “I think after last year’s progress here when I reached the fourth round, my confidence completely changed. I just started believing in myself that I could reach the second week of Grand Slam . Before, I was just playing and see what happens. And now, after we really started believing in me and began to concentrate well and put my plan like I’m going to play for two weeks. That has changed.
“And certainly the experience of last year. I lost a lot of tough matches that should not have lost. I lost a lot of possible outcomes. I crumbled under the pressure. I broke down at key moments. And this has not happened to me much more this year. ”
Time stops: Monday 16-14 tiebreaker, which Djokovic won by Alexandr Dolgopolov, was a marathon session, but it was two points below the incredible 17-15 Sam Stosur and switch between Maria Kirilenko, Sunday night.
Kirilenko won the overtime – the longest story in a game of women’s Grand Slam – but lost the match 6-2, 6-7 (15), 6-3. Three times in the tiebreaker Stosur appeared to have won, but three challenges Kirilenko play led to three reversals.
“I lost track of the score,” Stosur said later. “I knew that at any given time if I was to serve or receive, or when we have to keep changing the ends, what was happening. Could not really hear myself sometimes because it was so strong there. Obviously, ended up being a record, so I have another record here in the U.S. Open, which is great. ”
Junior Achievement: No. 1 seed Jiri Vesely Junior Boys in the Czech Republic began their journey into the tie with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ukraine Vladyslav Manafov. Kids’ Champion last year, Jack lost sock in the second round of main draw his compatriot Andy Roddick. Madison Keys, U.S. 16-year-old, who won her first round match in the main draw, only to lose Lucie Safarova in the second, struggled in her first game junior. No. 12 seed prevailed 6-1, 6-7 (1), Emily Fanning 6-3 win over New Zealand.
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