Joachim Johansson changes his mind!!!!!!

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  1. Bogie

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    according to his statement about a month ago, Joachim "PimPim" Johansson said that it was 99.5% likely that he would not play this year US Open. Well, apparently that 0.5% was more than enough to change his mind. PimPim is going to use his "protected ranking" to enter this year's US Open. I don't know about you guys, but i can't wait to see what happens.

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    Good luck for him because hes going to need it.
     
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    Yeah!!!!!!:D
    That's great news!
    I thought after the Instabul Open he wouldn't play in the USO..
     
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  4. Bogie

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    ya, that guy is a beast. i doubt even he's thinking of making a big impression in the draw but he is just trying to get as much big match play in as possible and is definitely capable of knocking off several big players, even so soon after his comeback.
     
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    yeah i hope that he does well. i liked him
     
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  6. edberg505

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    Please, please, please, let him draw Nadal in the first round.
     
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    he just played a challenger and lost to Wang Yeu Tzuoo of Taipei. 7-5 6-4.
     
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    Yes, please, please, please, let him draw Nadal in the first round.
     
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    Tell me. Who is Joachim Johansson? He doesn't seem all that good to me. Why is he so respected?

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    Yeah, let Nadal play Pim Pim in the first round and then put James Blake on his side of the draw. Hehe. I'd like to see Mr. Nadal sweat. Chances are neither him nor Nalbandian will be on his side of the draw. Nadal must have some serious luck on his side if that happens.
     
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    He was/is a rising talent - MASSIVE serve, explosive forehand and solid backhand with decent volleys. Roddick with slightly less oomph on the serve but superior pretty much everywhere else.
     
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    Wow. I'll look out for him when I'm watching the USO on TV.
     
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    Record for most aces served in one match as he aced Andre Agassi 51 times.
    But he first became known when he took out the defending champ Roddick in the quarters of the 04 US Open.
     
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    Is he in any way related to Thomas Johansson?
     
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    Nope, not at all. They just happen to be from the same country with the same last name.
     
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    Much like Na Li and Ting Li of China, or Albert Costa or Carlos Costa of Spain.
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    I'm also very glad to see Pim Pim come back. This guy has the BIGGEST game I've seen ever. MASSIVE everything!

    I guess after he lost in the 1st round to recent Stanford grad Sam Warburg at the SAP Open in February he decided he wasn't quite ready to come back so he aborted it. Hopefully, he's fully healthy now and can make a full comeback.
     
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    He'll have to lose to Hewitt anyway, or he'll lose his girlfriend. He better choose one. :rolleyes:
     
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    They already played in the 2004 US Open, Hewitt won. There goes that punchline.
     
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    Rafa doesn't need a lot of luck. He sets his goals and goes after them. I think Pim Pim, Nalby and even Blake will need the luck.
     
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    well they were engaged in 04 so im figuring that theyre married by now. so its basically her scrawny, annoying brother or her 6'6 monstrous husband. who's conrner do you think she'd be in?
     
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    Well, Blake must be very lucky since he leads the 2-0 H2H. Gooooooo Blake!!!
     
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    not to bash your nadal love affair or anything, but as of now, nadal will need all the luck he can get vs. blake, b/c blake has his # as of now indefinitely. vs. PimPim(assuming that he regains his form and plays as he did at the start of last year), Rafa would more than likely need quite some luck in that one as well for 3 reasons in my opinion. 1. PimPim is pretty much the bigger, stronger, and more explosive off every wing version of james blake(VERY similar game styles) who's game matches up very well with nadal's. 2. PimPim is 6'6 so its going to take much more than Nadal's spin to frustrate him, as oppose someone like fed where the ball gets up on him and causes him a lot of problems...add another half a foot to that and some of the most powerful groundies in tennis. If blake can crush nadal's spin, imagine what pimpim can do. and 3. PimPim has nothing to lose right now, as someone like rafa for instance, if he was to go out to pimpim, hypothetically speaking, that can definitely hurt his self-esteem. to loose to a guy whos been out for over a year.

    but against nalbandian, that would be interesting. could go either way there. all depends on what surface and if nalbandian brings his tennis masters cup game or his wimby loss to verdasco game.
     
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    Blake's ranking is much higher now, so they won't meet until later in the event, assuming they get through. And Rafa's confidence is higher now, given his Wimbly final.

    That's not to say that Rafa would beat Blake if they meet -- but it probably would be a heck of a show.

    At this point, I wouldn't expect that type of a show against Pim Pim. And we have yet to see if Nalby can keep up with Rafa, mentally as well as physically.

    I mean, look at what Rafa has done to date in his career, and what they have done. In fact, if you take what Pim Pim, Nalby and Blake have done COLLECTIVELY in their careers, it still falls short of what Rafa has done, when you look at overall slam and Masters titles.

    Bogie, not to bash your Nadal hate affair or anything, but at this point Federer is 2-6 against Nadal, and many consider Fed the best player ever. In no way do I think that Rafa is going to continue to beat Fed every time they meet. He will at times, but he'll lose, too.

    Rafa has played Blake twice, and Blake has won. Both times Blake was playing his best tennis. In no way do I think Blake is going to beat Rafa every time they play. James is good, but if he was THAT good, he'd have a major title by now, or even a Masters shield.

    Rafa is young and is still learning, and it may take him a bit to figure out Blake's game on faster surfaces. But all James has to do is have a day where his forehand isn't firing, and Rafa will be all over him like a cheap suit.

    James doesn't have the consistency that Rafa and Roger have, so I don't see James winning every time they meet.

    I could be wrong, but I think Rafa has made a lot of strides lately in terms of dealing with aggressive attacking players. And I think he'll continue to improve that aspect of this game.
     
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    Blake takes the ball a lot earlier than Joachim Johansson - that makes all the difference in terms of how much time the opponent has to react.
     
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    You've got that right! :D Pim Pim back in '04 was BETTER than Blake. I saw him at the '04 Siebel Open absolutely destroy Blake like 6-2, 6-3 or something. He literally made Blake look like a NTRP 4.0 player. His forehand, backhand, serve, volleys, everything was just BIGGER than Blake's. Blake would crush a ball, and then Pim Pim would crush that ball back even harder. Until I saw Pim Pim play for the first time that year, I never thought anyone could hit the ball that hard and still keep it in the court! And he did it consistently! :eek:
     
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    true, but i think its just as hard to react when ur up against a bomb of a forehand like pimpim's as it is against blake's even though he does in fact take it much earlier. put quite simply, either way your in deep sh*t
     
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    I personally think you're overrating him - I watched his match against Feliciano Lopez in the 2005 Aussie Open and except for his serve he was hardly blowing Lopez off the court. He can definitely rip a massive forehand, but he didn't do it as often as Blake appears to nowadays (having watched Blake vs Andreev in Sydney at the start of this year).

    I also think Blake returns significantly better than Johansson, though that would obviously be offset by his weaker serve.
     
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    just fyi, that was definitely not one of JJ's better matches. i mean we all saw blake get pounded by mirnyi 6-1, 6-0 in the 4th and 5th sets in wimbledon. doesn't mean that james plays that way all the time. if you want to see a very exciting and intriuging match watch JJ vs. Roddick during the US Open quarters in 04. if you want to see JJ just go absolutely insane and try to rip every single ball he got, watch JJ vs. Agassi at the aussie open in 05. but as for the feliciano lopez match, that was just not one of his better playing days. even someone as great as fed has them (vs. nadal at french last year + this year).
     
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    I don't think it's just me. Even the tournament organizers thought Pim Pim was the most impressive player in that year's tournament. BTW, I think his shots are even bigger indoors.
     
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    not only you bring everything back to your topspinmonkey obsession but you're also so much pretentious ! :-?
     
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    How is he supposed to do that when Nadal is winning all the clay masters and Federer is winning all the hard. I say he should come to Canada. That would be a nice and easy Masters shield for him, with Federer and Nadal out of the way. :D
     
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    James Blake may not have as many titles as Nadal or master's shields, but he sure has a 2-0 H2H lead. At the beginning of last year James was playing challenger events and wasn't even on the grid until his run in the DC tournament last year. Almost kinda like where Pim Pim is this year except he's playing challengers later in the year. And what did James Blake do last year? I'm sure no one expected James to despense of the #2 seed in the US Open and yet, he did. I don't see why Pim Pim can't do the same. Just because a player doesn't have a crap load of titles and won 2 slams doesn't mean they will have people pulling their hair out when they play them. So, like I said give Pim Pim enough matches under his belt and he could be just asdangerous as Blake was last year. Oh and as far as Nalbandian goes last time I checked he is the only active player besides Roger Federer to have been in the semi's of every major. Not too shaby eh?
     
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    No..first round Pim Pim..second round Safin..third round Blake!;)
    Just to make up for his lucky draw in Wimby!!:mrgreen:
     
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    Her name is Li Na...
    If her name is really Na Li which means "where" in chinese, her mum or dad must be stupid giving a name like this.
     
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    I did watch him against Agassi, live. I chose the Lopez example because... he actually won that match. The match against Agassi showed that yes, he can unload on every ball he gets but that doesn't mean he'll win. It's actually a poor example on your part - he blasts down 51 aces and still managed to lose? That speaks far less to his ability than playing smart tennis and grinding out a victory 13-11 in the fifth set.

    What I'm trying to get at is that I am of the opinion that Blake plays high risk tennis better than Johansson, that he goes for the high risk shots more often and more consistently. My observation is that Johansson tends to prefer a point that is nicely set up with a big shot and then finish with a big forehand. Blake's game is built more around taking the ball early and bullying his opponents around until he can hit a winner or his opponent makes the error.
     
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    the thing is i chose that example because that is the match that, to me, most resembles the high risk style of play that james blake uses as well. only problem is that against agassi, especially before this year, there was only so much you could do against him and if you didnt do what JJ did that match and actually get into a rally with him its very likely that you are going to loose just about every point....playing agassi's game b/c he's one of the greatest dictators of play that ever lived. blake used the same strategy vs. agassi and he's 1-4 vs. AA...............
     
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    Johansson is no longer with Jaslyn, I believe they broke up sometime after he had his surgery which was quite a while ago.

    Apparently his new girlfriend is Jenny Kallur who is a Swedish Hurdler, there was quite a bit of talk about it on his site at the start of the year and there have been pictures of them together out and about.

    Great to have him back though! Is he just going to play Challengers until the US Open or will he play the US Open Series? If he feels he can play the US Open then I can't see why he wouldn't play the warm ups, especially the Masters Series.
     
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    First of all, it could be because the US Open is over a month away, while the warmups are less than a month away. If it'll take him another month to be ready for tour-level tennis, then he can't play the warmups, it's pretty simple.

    And as for the Masters Series - I'm not even sure whether his protected ranking is high enough to get him into the TMS events... anyone know what exactly it will be?
     
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    As my youngest son would say, *meeoowwww*
     
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    I think his protected ranking would be around #10-15. He reached the top ten after Wimbleson last year then got shoulder surgery right afterwards.
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    Nice to see him back. I hope his shoulder can hold up. He's going to need his serve
     
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    6'6??? he doesn't come off that tall on tv
     
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    Based on what I remember of how protected rankings work, I think it would end up being a bunch lower than his last ranking before the injury... but yeah, based on that, it would definitely be high enough to enter the TMS events. So I suppose it's up to him, whether he can or wants to.
     
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    how does protected ranking work anyway cuz ive never really heard the term used until now?
     
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    I think his serve is bigger than roddick's... at least, he gets better angles. When you can slice it out way wide or nail it down the t... scary.
     
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  49. VamosRafa

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    That's probably because you haven't followed tennis the way we do.

    Others have posted info on it, but the bottom line is that if a fairly high-ranked player goes out with an injury, and doesn't come back again for a while they protect his ranking, so he doesn't have to start again at the bottom.
     
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    So what is his protective ranking??
     
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