It's funny to think that Tsonga could have won that title given that he had just crushed Nadal in the semis 2,3 & 2 and took the 1st set against Djokovic in the final.
Both he and Djokovic were playing for their 1st Slam title although, unlike Tsonga, Djokovic had already played his 1st Slam final just 4 months earlier at the USO. Had he pulled it off, Tsonga would have been the first unseeded player to win a Slam since Gaudio at the 2004 FO.
In the end, I guess Djokovic just wanted it that little bit more. He was ready for it. Tsonga maybe not as much.
Interesting though that it would be more than 2 and a half years before Djokovic reached another Slam final (2010 USO) whereas Tsonga has yet to reach another! Evidently that 2008 AO final must have been a bit of a draining experience for them both!
“Other than when Andy lost to Novak in 2011 he has always played the No.1 player in the world in the finals, those are difficult to win." (I. Lendl).
Last edited by Mainad : 12-03-2012 at 07:19 AM.