Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by christo, Feb 13, 2006.
Large chunks of rust falling off the big fella
Are you talking about Jonas Bjorkman? Or one of the Johanssons?
EDIT: Sam Warburg def. Joachim Johansson, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Heh. Not really too surprising... he'll get back into form eventually, probably in the summer hardcourt season.
I've seen Warburg play in an NCAA rubber. He was Stanford's best singles player last year and the coaches think he might be top-5 in the NCAA, but I didn't expect him to defeat Johansson. He's 22, which seems like a late time to enter the men's tour, and it will be interesting to see how far he goes. I wonder if Warburg played well, or Johansson was having a bad day (more likely, the latter). Did anyone see this?
I was there.
Although Johansson was a little rusty, I'd give credit to Warburg. He played really well. He hit a ton of first serves in (I think in the 70-80% range) and got a lot of balls back.
OTOH, I was amazed how hard Johannson smacks his forehand when he has it going. Especially with how small of a backswing he has. Wow.
Warburg is a really good player. I've seen him play several times while he was at Stanford. I think they said he was the #2 ranked college player in the nation last year. Anyway, he played really well.
However, the reason he won was because Johansson played terrible. He's just not ready to come back yet. His 1st serve percentage was probably like 20-30% compared to Warburg's 70-80%, his timing was off as he framed a lot of forehands and netted lots of backhands. He also seemed sluggish on the court and seemed lost at times. But the BIGGEST reason why he lost was that his serve was non-existant. This guy used to have one of the biggest serves on the tour before his shoulder surgery, but now, it's gone. I'm not sure if he was just trying to take it easy on his shoulder or if the surgery was not effective or if he was just rusty, but his first serve used to average in the 130-135 mph, but tonight, it was barely averaging in the 100-105 mph range. It was simply pitiful. He was just pushing, placing, and spinning his serves in. This is a guy that depends on his massive serve (his best shot) to set up his massive forehand for winners and that 1-2 combo was just not there tonight. Yes, he still crushed lots of forehands and a few backhands, but he also made lots of errors off of both sides.
When I saw JJ play two years ago for the first time, I thought he had the biggest and most devastating overall game I had ever witnessed. From his performance tonight, I can no longer say that's true. Really sad. I'm hoping this is just a hiccup for him on the road to recovery and that he'll soon be 100% and back to playing at the same level that he used to be capable of.
BTW, this was Warburg's first ever match win in a main draw ATP event (he had to win 3 qualifier matches over the weekend to get in to play JJ tonight). Congrats to Sam!!!! Fine effort and great match!!!
Thanks for the update guys. Looks like I should attend more matches featuring Warburg, Corkery and Co. than the couple that I went to last year. I remember coming back intimidated by their power (and also that of one player from Fresno State) and finding that I cannot put one quarter of that pace on my forehand .
Its a pity about Pim-Pim. After his 2004 US Open, I thought he might have a great 2005, but that was not to be.
I guess Warburg has improved a lot lately. He lost in the first round of the NCAA tourney last year. I watched him play WTT and he looked ok, but not like somebody who could beat Johansson.
His serve was one of the biggest in tennis. If he loses it, he' not going to do well. I'm very sad for him.
Thanks for the news, BP.
Does anyone know what racquet Pimp-Pimp uses? And what his setup may even be?
It's the same yellow Yonex paintjob as Hewitt's, except that it probably has a 18x20 pattern just like his previous RDX 500 Mid paintjob.
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