Friday, July 1, 2011

Wimbledon Day 11: Tsonga

Curtain Call

Player: Jo-Wilfred Tsonga
Age: 26
Nation: France
Current Ranking: 19
Notable Conquests: Roger Federer (3rd seed, Switzerland) and David Ferrer (7th, Spain)
Today's Result: loss to Novak Djokovic (2nd, Serbia) in four sets

Photo via Tennis Ticket News

Tsonga's win over Federer in the quarters may well have been the biggest of his career, perhaps even bigger than his win over Nadal in the Aussie 2008 semis. It's too bad he couldn't follow it up with a win over Djokovic. It would be great to see Tsonga have a big summer - not that men's tennis is lacking for story lines these days!

So, Djokovic will be World #1 come Monday. Even with Nadal as current title holder at three out of four Slams, it's tough to dispute that the Djoker is the hottest player on the tour. Regardless of whomever he faces on Sunday, one expects the majority of the stadium crowd will be against him. Winning the title would sure be a great way to celebrate his ascent to the top.

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