• Tokyo- Tsonga and Monfils advance to semis

    10/9/09 9:01 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Tokyo- Tsonga and Monfils advance to semis Compatriots Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils are set to meet in an all-French semifinal after securing wins on Friday. Both Frenchman rallied to beat their respective opponents in three sets.

    (2) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. (Q) Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

    Second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga extended his series lead to 3-0 over qualifier Ernests Gulbis on Friday. The Frenchman posted his second consecutive tournament-win over the Latvian, having earned a 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 win in Bangkok last week. The World No. 7, through to his fifth semifinal berth of the season, struck 19 aces en route to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory in one hour and 32 minutes. The 24-year-old, capturing 86% of the points on first-serve, did not face a break point in the deciding set.

    Tsonga looks to reach his third ATP World Tour final of the season. The Frenchman is 2-0 in championship matches this season, winning top honors in Johannesburg (def. Chardy) and Marseilles (def. Llodra).

    (4) Gael Monfils def. (7) Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

    Fourth seed Gael Monfils dug out of a set deficit to notch a three-set win against seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka. The 23-year-old earned a key break of serve in the deciding set to cap off the victory in an hour and 53 minutes. The Frenchman saved four of 8 break points and ended the match with 45 of 63 first-serve points won. With the quarterfinal-round win, the Metz champion improves his season record to 33-14.

    Monfils trails his countryman 0-1 in the head-to-head, losing their only meeting 0-6, 3-6 in the 2008 Bangkok semifinals.

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A "fire" across Oceans plus the World throughout ... I somewhat believe it is the first time the two players are to compete the wind against and each other. I suppose Monny's knee would be near healing and he found a great remedy. Joco has faced a tough year, but a wonder oppo nonetheless..... This is a legendary moment, if not the favourite, as I wondered a possible chance to see the majik. All each have the favors to be 'number one', but I haven't seen a style as such (especially Monny) since living in the South Pacific, watching a game of Volleyball practically every evening. Those 'hard' spikes. The very best of luck and to all players.

* * * I made a comment just last night on an article of 08 concerning a Dani Devine. I wonder if she too is a writer of the website but has left ?. It is called "Hooray Hollywood Part 2". I laughed at how the people would chat even then, and learnt the site actually existed before 2005. I'd like to know when they first became known. Hapy cruizin'......

Kotuomeiyn , 10/9/09 11:35 PM

Here is KDM's "report" restated (with a few comments):

1. The winners, Tsonga and Monfils, are both French.
2. Both rallied to win. (A fact deduced from the scorelines)

First match
1. (2) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat (Q) Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. Tsonga is the second seed. (REPEAT)
3. Tsongas now leads Gulbis 3-0 in their head-to-head stats.
4. Gulbis was a qualifier. (REPEAT)
5. Tsonga beat Gulbis in the second consecutive tournament.
6. They played last week in Bangkok.
7. The Bangkok scoreline was 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.
8. Tsonga is the world No. 7.
9. Tsonga is now through to his 5th semifinal this year.
10. Tsonga played 19 aces in this match. (Where's the context?)
11. Match scoreline 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. (REPEAT)
12. Match time was 92 minutes.
13. Tsonga is 24 years old.
14. Tsonga won 86% of the points on his first serve. (Where's the context?)
15. Tsonga did not face a break point in the final set.
16. Tsonga may now reach his third ATP final this year.
17. Tsonga won his two finals this year.
18. Tsonga beat Chardy in Johannesburg.
19. Tsonga beat Llodra in Marseilles.

Second match
1. (4) Gael Monfils beat (7) Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Monfils is the fourth seed. (REPEAT)
3. Monfils lost the first set. (REPEAT)
4. Monfils beat Wawrinka. (REPEAT)
5. Monfils is 23 years old.
6. Monfils earned a key break of serve in the final set. (Obviously, as it wasn't decided in a tiebreak.)
7. Match time was 113 minutes.
8. Monfils saved "four of 8" break points.
9. Monfils won 45 out of 63 first serve points. (Where's the context?)
10. Monfils is the Metz champion. (Again no context.)
11. Monfils year's record is now 33-14.
12. Monfils trails Tsonga 0-1 in the head to head.
13. Monfils lost to Tsonga 0-6, 3-6 in the 2008 Bangkok semifinals.

I've missed nothing out. DiMario's so-called "report" is merely a list of statistics dressed up in sentences. She has not expressed an opinion about either match. In fact she has not written one word about the tennis played.

I've written before about her trotting out of statistics and the exclusion of any opinion in one of her "previews". How can a few paragraphs in which no views are expressed be called a preview ?

At least she is consistent. All her "previews" and all her "reports" boil down to lists of statistics and nothing more. For all of us that follow tennis on a regular basis, her previews tell us nothing new, whilst it's quicker and better to look at the ATP stats (to get the full picture) than to look at her "reports".

I wouldn't complain if your home page had the author's name appended to each item's heading, then I would know not to bother loading in her stats extracts. However I would still prefer to see all of your previews and reviews written by people who express opinions in advance and who describe the tennis played afterwards.

lwalters , 10/10/09 12:45 AM

Lloyd - Kelli probably isn't crazy like me and didn't get up at 4 oclock in the morning to watch a 500-point tournament quarterfinal featuring none of the Top 6 players in the world.

If you had just asked nicely instead of going into that needless diatribe, there is a good chance I would have told you in great detail what happened in the Gulbis-Tsonga match.

RickyDimon , 10/10/09 1:18 AM

I watched the match myself, and agree with your comments written elsewhere.

I decided to make my blunt dissection of KDM's contribution to the Tennis Talk website because i feel she's leaving your team down.

lwalters , 10/10/09 1:25 AM

lwalters, lighten up and be more tactful. If you want an opinion about a match, you can look elsewhere. The internet is yours to look through. Just because one person doesn't do it the way you like, doesn't make her a poor reporter.

cable , 10/10/09 2:24 AM

Gulbis :(

TennisFanE , 10/11/09 4:25 AM

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