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
“Bleacher Reports picks 7 players it thinks could possibly break into the Big 4, if even for just a week, in it’s latest slide show. The players are Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic, David Ferrer, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berydich, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Juan Martin Del Potro. To see the slideshow and read more about why they think these players have the potential to make it into the Big 4 – CLICK HERE
- Tennis’s Big Four Reigns in 2011 (blogs.wsj.com)
- Milos Raonic, Alexandr Dolgopolov: Future World Number Ones? (bleacherreport.com)
He’s unseeded and he’s in the round of 16. So who is he. Here is a little background on Janko Tipsarevic. Janko started the year ranked 49th and is currently ranked 20th, although that will go up after the U.S.Open. At last year’s U.S. Open he reached the round of 32 with a win over, then #9, Andy Roddick before losing to Gael Monfils.
September 3rd, 2011 from “Tennis-X” Blog
Janko Tipsarevic: My Year-End Goal Is Top 20, Then Attack Top 10 Next Year
by Tom Gainey
Janko Tipsarevic is putting together another fine US Open run. Last year, the likeable little man with a big man’s game, upset Andy Roddick to reach the third round. Today, Janko has gone one better earning a berth into the fourth round when Tomas Berdych retired because of a shoulder injury.
Tipsarevic is currently ranked a career-high No. 20, a ranking he’s achieved with a little attitude adjustment.
“I just feel that my attitude, which is the main thing, off court and on court is different this year,” he said. “Apart from this year I was always playing the sport just to enjoy the time being on tour winning points, winning money and all that. But this year I just set up my goal to be top 20 at the end of the year. Things are starting to come around. You know, I was obviously lucky today because Tomas retired, but, you know, even if he didn’t, I still feel that I had a chance to win, you know. But, yeah, again, I’m not saying that this is my time. I’m just saying that I’m playing well. I’m fit, I’m healthy, and I’m ready too all the way.”
Read More HERE
Novak Djokovic on WhoSay
DjokerNoleNovak Djokovic – August 30th
- US Open 2011: Janko Tipsarevic through after Tomas Berdych retires (guardian.co.uk)
- Notes: Tipsarevic reaches his best Grand Slam round (cbssports.com)
- Berdych Is Added to List of Retirements (straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Novak Djokovic – Shoulder and general fatigue. Has had some issues with patella tendinitis this season
- Rafael Nadal – Large burn blisters on fingers and left foot
- Andy Murray – Sore arm
- Mardy Fish – Heel
- Tomas Berdych – Shoulder
- Robin Soderling – Wrist – he has announced he will travel to NYC
- Jo Wilfried Tsonga – Arm. Ultrasound showed no muscle tear after he withdrew in Montreal.
- Andy Roddick – Recently pulled out of Montreal with an oblique but played in Cincinnati.
- Milos Raonic – Recovering from hip surgery
- David Ferrer – Recovering from hairline fracture in left hand
- Tommy Robredo – Withdrawn – Ongoing groin issues
- Sam Querrey – Withdrawn – Recovering from elbow surgery (spurs)
- Juan Carlos Ferrero – Recovering from multiple injuries
Womens injuries so far:
- Serena Williams – Aggravation of toe injury
- Andrea Petkovic – Torn meniscus
- Kim Clijsters – Withdrawn – Abdominal muscle tear
- Venus Williams – Recovering from virus
From the Posting at “The Tennis Times”