Saturday, November 01, 2008

At The Net

That's where Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat James Blake today. Quite a display of all-court prowess. Can he be the first Frenchman to win in Bercy since Sebastien Grosjean in 2001 and qualify for Shanghai in the process? He'll have to topple David Nalbandian, the defending champ, who had a rough time against that pesky Nikolay Davydenko in the other semifinal.

Who you got for the title?


Michael said...


James's 2008 has just been like that: just a smidge short at crucial times. He was one match from qualifying from Shanghai. A point (thrice) from a medal at the Olympics. Twice finalist in small tournaments, losing to low ranked opponents. Only here did he make semis at Masters level or higher tournament. Maybe next year, but as Karen notes, age is creeping up on some of these guys, so maybe not.

I was hoping a win today would be a nice reversal for him, but still reaching the SF in Paris is great, even if Federer handed him a walkover.

It's hard not to pick Nalbandian, the way he's playing indoors lately, but Tsonga is no slouch. I think I'd rather see Tsonga win (and go to China) than Nalbandian, but I don't think it will happen.

totaltennis said...

I'm backing Tsonga!!