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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga awful season vs Top-10’s.

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– Throughout the course of the years, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been regarded as one of the most dangerous players for the Top-5 out there, among with Soderling, Berdych or Nalbandian & Davydenko on their prime, but he was also tagged as a player who could lose to nearly anyone on a bad day. But this changed radically this season, as he has been awful vs Top-10 players all year long ( a record of 1/15!) , but his consistency vs lesser players has made him stay in the Top-10 ( he has only been defeated 10 times by a non Top-10 player). Now we’ll some stastics from him vs Top-10’s.

Overall record by season vs Top-10’s:

2012: 1/15 [ 6,25%].
2011: 10/13 [ 43,47%].
2010: 1/5 [ 16,66%].
2009: 5/5 [ 50%].
2008: 8/5 [ 61,53%]
2007: 0/3 [ 0%].
Previously to 2007: 1/1 [ 50%].

Overall record: 26/47 [ 35,61%].

Losses not to Top-10 players this season:

1- #26 Nishikori- Australian Open R4.
2- #74 Nalbandian- Indian Wells R4.
3- #11 Isner- Davis Cup QF’s.
4- #15 Simon- Monte-Carlo QF.
5- #134 Haas- Munich R2.
6- #20 Dolgopolov- Madrid R3.
7- #69 Dodig- Queens R3.
8- #47 Chardy- Toronto R2.
9- #52 Klizan- US Open R2.
10- #58 Malisse- Valencia R1.

Losses not to Top-10 players on his Top-20 seasons:

2011: 11.
2010: 11 ( though he missed half of the season).
2009: 15.
2008: 8 ( missed again half of the season).

Top-10 players he has lost this year to:

1. Djokovic- 5 times ( Masters Cup RR, Beijing F, Olympics QF, Roland Garros QF & Rome QF).
2- Berdych- 3 times ( Masters Cup RR, Stockholm F & Shangai QF).
3- Del Potro- 2 times ( Dubai QF & Marseille SF).
4- Murray- 2 times ( Masters Cup RR & Wimbledon SF).
5- Ferrer- 1 time ( Paris QF).
6- Nadal- 1 time ( Miami QF).
7- Isner- 1 time ( Winstom Salem SF).

Took two sets off Djokovic in RG ( even had two MP’s), a set off Berdych in Stockholm, a set off Murray in Wimbledon SF, a set off Nadal in Miami & a set off Isner in Winston Salem.

Also, he had the same wins on tour this year as in 2011, 55.

Let’s see how he fares vs Top-10 players on 2013, he has got a coach after nearly two years without one ( he hired Roger Rasheed, former coach of Hewitt & Monfils), I think we all wish the frenchman gets back to his best level, in which he was a real trouble for the Top-4’s.

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Evolution of Djokovic vs Tsonga rivalry.

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– The Tsonga-Djokovic rivalry has always been an interesting one. It provided one of the few Slam finals in the last years ( in Australian Open 08′) without neither Federer or Nadal, and it all ended up with Djokovic winning in 4 tight sets to claim his first Grand Slam title.

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Jeremy Chardy: On His Way to Top-30

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– With his recent runs at North American Masters ( R3 at Toronto & QF at Cincinatti) Jeremy is knocking again the door of top-30 ( right now standing as #33, was #31 on November 2009) after a stormy 2011 in which his long time coach, Frédéric Fontang started legal actions against him, after they stopped their professional relationship, demanding Jeremy money because of a contract Chardy signed when he was 18 years old, and a year in which he went down in the rankings, dropping out of top-100. Continue reading

Toronto: The Master of Opportunities

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– Toronto seemed already like a very open Masters-1000 with the withdrawals of Federer, Nadal ( sidelined with knee injury since Wimbledon R2), Ferrer, Almagro, Verdasco, Roddick.., and with the early results of the tournament ( Tsonga, Del Potro, Simon and Nishikori were out early) the draw became very weak, and it got even worse when Murray withdrew before playing his R3 match vs Milos Raonic, seeded for the first time on a Masters 1000.
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Big John slumping

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– Suddenly everything seemed perfect for Isner after Davis Cup in MC: he was American #1, he had carried USA to Davis Cup SF winning in clay over Switzerland and France, he had broken into Top-10, and he had proven he could beat top players ( Djokovic @ Indian Wells & Federer @ Davis Cup). Continue reading

Seeds ousted in Queens

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– Queens lineup this year was pretty weak compared to other years, like the previous years where London had some stars like Djokovic or Nadal. This year the top-8 seeds where Murray, Tsonga, Tipsarevic, Simon, Lopez, Cilic, Roddick and Bennetau, seeming more like a 250 event. Let’s see how the Top-16 seeds are doing: Continue reading