Joao Sousa

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  1. MLB_MOB

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    So I had the pleasure of watching this guy at the US Open play an amazing match against Dimitrov at the US Open. He won another 5 setter after that before getting dominated by Djokovic, but overall I would say this guy has a tremendous game and is very enjoyable. I was just curious if anyone else watches him.
     
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  2. helterskelter

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    I have never seen him play but I've noticed some good recent results. It seems as though he has a tendency to give up, though. Having beaten Stakhovsky and Tursunov back-to-back last week, he should have done better against Garcia-Lopez than 1-6 1-6. Was he injured?
     
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  3. He just took down a certain Ferrer. Well done! He has a good game!
     
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  4. THESEXPISTOL

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    The man knows his tennis... Told ya! ;)
     
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    He's one of Rafa's usual practice partners.
     
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    Remember him from USO qualies a couple years ago, was the one player I thought would possibly break through on tour. He had a little bit of a temper and wore his hat backwards. Pretty sure this is the guy you're talking about.
     
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  7. Unfortunately he has no weapons when compared to the big guys.
    He reminds me of Juan Monaco. Can see him getting crushed by Djokovic and Nadal and the likes for bagels and breadsticks in slams and yet he could also make top 20 in his career! :)
     
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    And some people here were making jokes about him during his match vs Djokovic on USO.
    Decent player and would look much better against anyone else but the current #1.

    Not to mention that he is much much better than similarly ranked players like Dutra Silva or Ryan Harrison.
     
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    Didn't know that but I can understand why, I think this guy is going to make his way up the rankings quick next year. He has some insane spin and tremendous feel around the court, surprisingly at net as well. I think he could be a top 20 player for sure.

    Yeah I dont get that. He played 2 amazing 5 set matches, beating Dimitrov in one, before getting Djokovic. He was tired but played some fantastic tennis the rounds before.
     
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    Congratulations to Sousa on beating Ferrer :shock: and Melzer onn his way to the Malaysian Open final, and hopefully the title.

    Have to repeat my surprise at some people who were laughing at him when he was playing Djokovic on US Open.

    Sousa is clearly much better and tougher opponent than Harrison, Dutra Silva or Dodig.
     
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    On another note told everyone lol. Congrats to Sousa on afantastic tournament he is probably done for the year because he won't have the energy after this mentally and emotionally. Look forward to more Joao
     
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    Good win for Soussa, but I really feel sorry for poor old Bennetau.
    Soussa takes the trophy on his very first chance against a Bennetau who went for his 9th try, ouch!

    Seen him play against Djokovic at the USopen, and although the scoreline was very one-sided, you could definitely tell Soussa had a pretty solid baseline game, much better than what Granollers displayed against Djokovic.
     
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    Sousa!!!!

    I guess most people posting here have very little understanding of tennis' relevance as a sport in Portugal. What Sousa has been doing on the tour has to be taken as a massive achievement specially if taken into consideration we're talking about an athlete that has no financial support from any entities or sponsors. As stated in one of latest interviews with the Portuguese press, he relies on his parents and his own savings to compete on the atp tour. Sometimes he can´t even afford to have is coach by his side at every tournament he plays.
    He has developed substantially in the last few years when it comes to mental strength and attitude on court and now it's proven he can play at a quite high level. His base line game is very solid and he´s got a sweet sweet forehand. His serve is consistent and he´s a good athlete.
    I mean, give this young man the same conditions Harrison has and you´ll see him the top 20 for sure.
    Nothing against Harrison, just comparing different realities.
    I´m Portuguese and play tennis since I was 8 (now 33) and to be honest, never thought a Portuguese player could dream of having such a promising future ahead.
    Well done Sousa!
     
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    It''s gotta be his racket. what kind of racket is he using ?
     
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    I saw that match too (awful performance by Dimitrov who, I thought, had the momentum after with 4th but then just went away in the 5th) and the subsequent match against Jarkko. Also saw him practice with Haas before the Djoker match.

    Nice looking game but I agree with MurrayMyInspiration, I saw no weapons other than great enthusiasm which won't hurt a top 20 player.
     
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    stay on topic, plz.
     
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    I saw Joao last week and all I could say was wow. Then, I saw him today and while I was sad for Benneteau, I couldn't believe his inner strength. His composure during that final was definitely noteworthy.

    I'm keeping my eye on him, for sure.
     
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    If you're going to magically disappear posts you might mention it. As it reads, it looks like you're replying to me because of the order. I'm pretty certain that was not your intent.
     
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    You're right, I should have specified :oops:

    In my defense, moderating is the biggest PITA on a phone. :evil:
     
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  20. Lovely_Bone

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    I was a ball kid for one of his matches. I believe he was straight-setted by Kevin Anderson.
     
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    Yes, I'm watching him.
    I met him last year at a challenger in Alphen. My trainer, who is Portugese, has known Joao for a long time. Joao was playing Thiemo de Bakker there and barely lost. If Joao had won that match, he would have broken into the top 100 right there, he eventually broke through the top 100 a few weeks later.

    He's a very nice guy with a solid game, although he can on occasion have a bit of a temper on court. If he can get a grip on that, he can go places.
    Great to see him take a title and race up the ladder to 51. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

    He's been fighting the odds for a long time and it's very cool to see the hard work pay off.
     
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  22. Topslice

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    How good will this guy be? Can he make top 30 next year?
     
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