re: Tennis Discussion Thread
^ Good post. Well thought out.
I'm just going to do a post on my favourites.
Tsonga hasn't had a good year really. He won a few smaller titles, but his ranking has dropped and he almost didn't qualify for the WTF. The best result fo the eyar for Jo was the Wimbledon semi final, but he didn't have to play great tennis to get there. A Roland Garros semi final looked good when he had those match points, but Nole saved them and went on to win the match. That match seemed to destroy his confidence, and he was on and off for the rest of the year with a terrible end. I hope Jo and Roger can get to work, and start improving the weak areas of the game, and hopefully Jo will come back strong next year
Del Po has had a really good year. Olympic Bronze, and beat Federer 2x indoor. The strong end to the season gives me hope that Del Potro is back and ready to have a great 2013. His serve has improved, and he seems to be playing with more consistency than last year which is good. He could still do with being mroe consistent, especially against the top players, but he showed this year that he can hang with the best in the world. Next year should be a good year for Del Po, and i'm looking forward to it.
Shvedova has had a great year. She started the year ranked outside the top 200, and now is ranked in the seeding positions. Injury last eyar seemed to set her career back, but she's back and betetr than ever and ready to have a shot at the top 20 again. The Quarter Final at Roland Garros was great, and it signaled that she's back. Then came Wimbledon where she made history with the Golden set, and pushed Serena all the way in the 4th round. The Olympics loss to Lisicki destroyed her confidence, and then came the epic chokes to end the year. Despite that a great year for Slava.
Nishikori has had a good year. It started well with the Quarter final run at the Australian open, but his season seemed to dry up after that. He had a good Olympics run though, which seemed to re launch Kei a little. The Asian swing was great with Kei beating top players, and winning Tokyo. Shame injury ruined a potentially good end to the season, but i'm expecting big things from Samurai next year.
And ebcause i'm bored, i'm going to rank my favourites on how mcuh i like certain aspects and how good they are at certain aspects...
1. Tsonga- Got a great game, especially when on. Brings some good offensive tennis, and is a joy to watch
2. Shvedova- Brings a primarily attacking game, but has got the defense as well. One fo the better players to watch in the womens game
3. Del Potro- Not as offensive as the other two, but i like his game.
4. Nishikori- The more i watch him, the more i like his game. Generally offensive, but doesn't have the physical tool to back it up
1. Shvedova- I feel like i know Shvedova mroe thna the other players. She seems to interact a lot on social network and coems across as a really positive person
2. Del Potro- Seems like a really nice and genuine guy
3. Nishikori- kei also seems like a good guy. Posts on FB quite often
4. Tsonga- He's quite private, so don't know much about him. But seems like a cool guy
[b]On Court attitude[/B
1. Del Potro- So cool on court. But he does show positive emotion at time
2. Shvedova- Nearly always smiling. I've neevr seen her vent out in frustration, ever.
3. Tsonga- Generally positive, but does show some negative at times. But not extreme
4. Nishikori- Seems quite cool on court, but takes a lot of MTO's
1. Del Potro- The classiest guy in tennis. Alwaus humble and respectful at the net
2. Shvedova- Same as Del Potro, but not as much
3. Tsonga- Generally shows respect.
3. Nishikori- Seems respectful, but don't see enougb to judge really