He's Baaaaaaack!!!

Andres

G.O.A.T.
Thomas Johansson, Joachim Johansson, Robin Soderling and Jonas Bjorkman. A team to be feared

Good to see PIM PIM back :D
 
Top 10 by next year!???!!? hahahahaha


god I hope you're right, but that's just ridiculous


he'll be hurt again in no time. I hate to say it but he's done.
 

psamp14

Hall of Fame
i wouldnt be surprised if JJ pulls off an upset on the first day, but it would probably happen against blake...roddick has a very good davis cup record
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
I'd like to see him in the top 10 by next year.
Joachim's career high was #9, and that was when he was relatively healthy. If he makes it into the top 50 again, that would be a huge accomplishment... and is a more realistic goal.

Given that Pim-Pim hasn't played any matches since January, I would be surprised if Wilander actually played him in the matches. It seems to me that Bjorkman would be a better singles choice. However, the Swedes have nothing to lose since they are underdogs and playing at home... so who knows...

Either way, if Joachim is truly injury free again, that is good news.
 

illkhiboy

Hall of Fame
Why does he get injured again and again? It's his shoulder right? Is that because his serve is not biomechanically sound, or what? I do hope he comes back, he can beat most players on a good day.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Why does he get injured again and again? It's his shoulder right? Is that because his serve is not biomechanically sound, or what? I do hope he comes back, he can beat most players on a good day.
It might be because he hits the ball so darn hard - on serves and groundies.
 

edberg505

Legend
Joachim's career high was #9, and that was when he was relatively healthy. If he makes it into the top 50 again, that would be a huge accomplishment... and is a more realistic goal.

Given that Pim-Pim hasn't played any matches since January, I would be surprised if Wilander actually played him in the matches. It seems to me that Bjorkman would be a better singles choice. However, the Swedes have nothing to lose since they are underdogs and playing at home... so who knows...

Either way, if Joachim is truly injury free again, that is good news.
If he is healthy, then top ten is doable. He can beat anyone on any given day. Let's look at it this way. When was the last time Andy Roddick beat anyone in the top 5? Joachim beat 2 people in the top 5 within two weeks. He straight setted Nadal (which is no easy task) and he beat Davydenko in Madrid before having to pull out in the next match. I don't see one person in the top 10 that he couldn't beat, minus Roger Federer.
 

Fee

Legend
I hope that Pim Pim can come back and stay healthy, he is an enjoyable player to watch and seems to be a genuinely decent guy. But he's coming back from shoulder surgery (did he have 2?) and a very long layoff, and Davis Cup may not be the place to do it. He will have the home crowd on his side and Swedish tennis fans seem to be some of the most enthusiastic, most knowledgable and well behaved fans around, but this is still a big thing to ask of him. This is going to be a very interesting tie, and with so many variables it could go either way.

If Pim Pim can stay healthy, he can definitely work his way into the Top 20, but an injury like that might not ever really go away, unfortunately.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
If he is healthy, then top ten is doable. He can beat anyone on any given day. Let's look at it this way. When was the last time Andy Roddick beat anyone in the top 5? Joachim beat 2 people in the top 5 within two weeks. He straight setted Nadal (which is no easy task) and he beat Davydenko in Madrid before having to pull out in the next match. I don't see one person in the top 10 that he couldn't beat, minus Roger Federer.
To be in the top 10, you have to be very consistant with your results and be healthy enough to play a full season. For as many knocks as there are on Roddick, the guy manages to stay healthy, usually goes deep into most tournaments, and wins a few titles every year... which is why he is a perennial top 10 ranked player.

Pim-Pim is certainly capable of beating top 10 opponents, but what I question is whether he will ever be able to play a full schedule again without being hurt, or have any consistant stretches of high level play. To note, from January of '04 until July of '05 (which was the best stretch of his career, and where he very briefly cracked the top 10), he only won 3 titles and got past the 4th round of a major once... all the while losing in the 1st round 15 times. (By contrast, Roddick has only lost in the 1st round 29 times in his entire career, going back to 1999, and he has only had 8 1st round losses since the beginning of 2005.)
 

edberg505

Legend
To be in the top 10, you have to be very consistant with your results and be healthy enough to play a full season. For as many knocks as there are on Roddick, the guy manages to stay healthy, usually goes deep into most tournaments, and wins a few titles every year... which is why he is a perennial top 10 ranked player.

Pim-Pim is certainly capable of beating top 10 opponents, but what I question is whether he will ever be able to play a full schedule again without being hurt, or have any consistant stretches of high level play. To note, from January of '04 until July of '05 (which was the best stretch of his career, and where he very briefly cracked the top 10), he only won 3 titles and got past the 4th round of a major once... all the while losing in the 1st round 15 times. (By contrast, Roddick has only lost in the 1st round 29 times in his entire career, going back to 1999, and he has only had 8 1st round losses since the beginning of 2005.)
Which is why I said if he is healthy. The top ten is doable. And given the choice of having Roddick's game or Pim-Pim's game. I would take Pim-Pim in a heart beat. I just think it's more explosive. And for all the attention Roddick's serve gets. I would sure take Pim-Pim's over Roddick's as well.
 

Phil

Hall of Fame
I think he's basically done-stick a fork in him. A totally one-dimensional player. Makes Roddick look like an all-courter.
 
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