Wednesday, June 29, 2011
So about that 'no coach' thing. After Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's defeat of Rafael Nadal at Queen's Club I may have said this: "I guess this win will make him think this whole coachless thing is working. Don't believe the hype, Jo-Willy. Not just yet." Fine. You can hit the hype button.
After going down two sets to none, the Frenchie broke out his full arsenal on Centre Court today and shocked 6-time champ Roger Federer 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. The 12th seed served big and only gave up a single break point on his serve the entire match (which Fed converted). He summed it up beautifully in his post-match presser saying, "I felt so good on the court. I was quick. I was just perfect today." No kidding.
And now he gets Novak Djokovic who he leads in the H2H 5-2 though they've never met on the slick stuff. Jo-Willy will need to serve like he did against Fed or he'll be on his adidas heels all day long against the Serb's return. But that's for another day.
You know, I'm psyched to see him finally build momentum in a season and earn some big wins against the game's elite. He's always had a monstrous game but it never came together for him due to injuries and inconsistency. And now, with brother Enzo in the baller box, he's showing his true grit. Allez!
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