A further look at the Top 50 Men according to Matt Cronin’s tennisreporters.net. The previous article featured players 1-5. Here we look at players 6-10 on the Men’s side. Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic and Richard Gasquet. Here are few excerpts from the article on players 6-10.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: I feel much the same way about Tsonga that I do about Berdych: here’s a man with a huge game, who actually moves better than the Czech and is more sure handed at the net, but who consistently comes up short against the Big 4. Look at his Slam year: a fantastic five-set win over Wawrinka at Roland Garros, flowed up by four amazing sets in front of the home crowd against Djokovic, and then a fast fade in the fifth. At Wimbledon he scored two hearty four-set wins over Fish and Kohlschreiber and then watched Murray pick him apart in the semis. And those were his two better Slams.
Big Jo has now hired a coach, Roger Rasheed, who is a serious man who will likely attempt to impose some discipline on him on court and off. Maybe that’s all Jo needs, although an improved backhand and return of serve would surely help, too.
Juan Martin Del Potro: When asked in Argentina the other day whether Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro had the goods to become No. 1, Roger Federer answered in the affirmative. But what was he supposed to say with DelPo sitting right next to him and 400 Argentine journalists in the room? ‘No at best he’ll reach No. 3?’ Frankly, trying to come back from wrist surgery on your playing arm is a frightening prospect. It also has to scare DelPo that he began to have trouble with his other wrist (left) last summer. So he scored a couple of wins over Federer in the fall, which was impressive, but he also took three straight losses to Djokovic after upsetting him for the Olympic bronze medal. Yes JMDP has a killer forehand, moves better than any 6-feet-6 player ever, has a pretty big first serve and a consistent backhand, but the man has yet to win Masters Series, or reach a Slam final since he came back in late 2010. Sure he could accomplish both those things in theory, but I want to see it happen first before I agree with Federer.
Read the whole article – HERE