Thursday, January 24, 2008

Australian Open 2008 - Tsonga vs. Nadal

Whatever happened to Nadal? Ali-lookalike Tsonga absolutely killed him out there in the court. While second-seed Nadal is drenched in sweat, complete with dripping hair, 38th-seed Tsonga only needs to dab his face with a towel here and there. The newer players are so good nowadays. I've never heard of players like Tsonga and Tipseravic before, and now they're giving the top seeds a run for their money.

Of course, you need good fundamentals, too. I also think self-confidence also counts a lot in winning a match. You can see that Tsonga is very assured. He's just like a rock, composed and unshakable. Whatever Nadal dishes out, he has no problems countering. In comparison, Nadal seems dazed and shocked. Unable to return the blistering aces and not able find his rhythm. Down 5-2 on the 3rd set, Nadal starts to smile 'coz he knows he's going down. Another ace from Tsonga and he's through to the finals. 6-2 6-3 6-2.

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