Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 's biggest missed opportunity

skypadq

Semi-Pro

i rewatched this match in youtube
still pissed tsonga didn 't closing out the match
it 's 12 RG QF djokovic vs tsonga
it 's freaking chance the ended the novak djokovic 's slam run ( by the time djokovic won 11 wimbledon - 11 us open - 12 AO )
tsonga had a four match point in fourth set
why he try stupid rob
he should try passing shot

this match , i think tsonga had one point away reached the his second grand slam final and first RG final
it 's one point away to beat novak djokovic at slam
still pissed of
tsonga should have won this match
one point away win this match just one point
 

Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
Excellent match. Tsonga didn't have much chance of winning tho. Had 2 MP on Novak's serve IIRC, but Novak played them like a monster, then steamrolled Tsonga in the 5th 6-1.
 

The Guru

Semi-Pro
It's like OP discovered tennis 3 weeks ago and wants to make an incoherent thread about any mildly interesting thing that ever happened during the Big 3 era. He also loves to fantasize about ways Djokovic could've lost or won less slams for whatever reason. Thread making privileges should be revocable or at least limited to like 1 a day at most.
 

skypadq

Semi-Pro
It's like OP discovered tennis 3 weeks ago and wants to make an incoherent thread about any mildly interesting thing that ever happened during the Big 3 era. He also loves to fantasize about ways Djokovic could've lost or won less slams for whatever reason. Thread making privileges should be revocable or at least limited to like 1 a day at most.
why you stoking me huh ?
 
Thanks for sharing this. I remember this match very well, Tsonga was better in sets 2, 3 and 4.
Djokovic wasn't playing well in this tournament. Remember he was 0/2 against Seppi in the 4th round.
Ironically he played much better in RG 2011 and 2013 but he lost in SF. Reched the final in 2012 with that average tennis.
The final was also particular. I remember Djoko's 8 games in a row until the rain stopped him.
As for Tsonga, he would of lost in the final in 3 sets anyway.
IMO, Tsonga missed bigger opportunities against the same Djokovic in Wimbledon 2011 and AO 2008.
AO 2008, both players had a chance. Tsonga won the 1st set (after he destroyed Nadal in SF) but couldn't go on.
Wim 2011 SF, Tsonga lost a huge opportunity in the 1st set. He was playing fire that year. Djokovic won in 4 but Tsonga was close all along. I believe he'd of had his chance in final against Nadal (had beaten him in Queen's a couple of weeks earlier)
Tsonga would have deserved a Slam in his career, a bit like Ferrer and Berdych. Now it's too late for all of them but Tsonga had the tennis and potential to win 1 at least.
 

skypadq

Semi-Pro
Thanks for sharing this. I remember this match very well, Tsonga was better in sets 2, 3 and 4.
Djokovic wasn't playing well in this tournament. Remember he was 0/2 against Seppi in the 4th round.
Ironically he played much better in RG 2011 and 2013 but he lost in SF. Reched the final in 2012 with that average tennis.
The final was also particular. I remember Djoko's 8 games in a row until the rain stopped him.
As for Tsonga, he would of lost in the final in 3 sets anyway.
IMO, Tsonga missed bigger opportunities against the same Djokovic in Wimbledon 2011 and AO 2008.
AO 2008, both players had a chance. Tsonga won the 1st set (after he destroyed Nadal in SF) but couldn't go on.
Wim 2011 SF, Tsonga lost a huge opportunity in the 1st set. He was playing fire that year. Djokovic won in 4 but Tsonga was close all along. I believe he'd of had his chance in final against Nadal (had beaten him in Queen's a couple of weeks earlier)
Tsonga would have deserved a Slam in his career, a bit like Ferrer and Berdych. Now it's too late for all of them but Tsonga had the tennis and potential to win 1 at least.
thanks for kind reply
i always wanted these kind reply
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
I thought he had the match but when djokovic got it to 5 i was like oh no.
Gutted for him still.
He stated it ruined his career. Ripped the heart out of him. :cry: djokovic should have let him win imo.
 

Mike Sams

Legend
I thought he had the match but when djokovic got it to 5 i was like oh no.
Gutted for him still.
He stated it ruined his career. Ripped the heart out of him. :cry: djokovic should have let him win imo.
Strange. 3 years later Tsonga went on a rampage in the 2015 French Open and made the semifinals, losing to Stanimal who won the tournament.
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Strange. 3 years later Tsonga went on a rampage in the 2015 French Open and made the semifinals, losing to Stanimal who won the tournament.
It is out there what he said. You can take it however you want. Obviously he did not retire. Prob took a tad of his fire out of him. Not a happy win for me back then.
 

Mike Sams

Legend
It is out there what he said. You can take it however you want. Obviously he did not retire. Prob took a tad of his fire out of him. Not a happy win for me back then.
It was just a momentary heartbreak after coming so close. Happens to a lot of players. Djokovic also said he was ready to retire from the sport in the post match press conference after losing to Cecchinato in the French Open QF in 2018. He was completely done with tennis. A few days later he went to Queens, made the finals and then won Wimbledon.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Thanks for sharing this. I remember this match very well, Tsonga was better in sets 2, 3 and 4.
Djokovic wasn't playing well in this tournament. Remember he was 0/2 against Seppi in the 4th round.
Ironically he played much better in RG 2011 and 2013 but he lost in SF. Reched the final in 2012 with that average tennis.
The final was also particular. I remember Djoko's 8 games in a row until the rain stopped him.
As for Tsonga, he would of lost in the final in 3 sets anyway.
IMO, Tsonga missed bigger opportunities against the same Djokovic in Wimbledon 2011 and AO 2008.
AO 2008, both players had a chance. Tsonga won the 1st set (after he destroyed Nadal in SF) but couldn't go on.
Wim 2011 SF, Tsonga lost a huge opportunity in the 1st set. He was playing fire that year. Djokovic won in 4 but Tsonga was close all along. I believe he'd of had his chance in final against Nadal (had beaten him in Queen's a couple of weeks earlier)
Tsonga would have deserved a Slam in his career, a bit like Ferrer and Berdych. Now it's too late for all of them but Tsonga had the tennis and potential to win 1 at least.
2011 Wimbledon and 08 Australian are the ones for sure.
 

Ocean Drive

Hall of Fame
I think it's funny that people posting here and just assuming Tsonga would've dealt with Federer in the next round.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Probably not on it's own, but it's still the 2nd closest he got to winning a slam. The third set with Stan went into a TB, and he would've faced Novak in the final who dragged his SF with Murray across two days.
Nobody but Stan was beating Novak in that FO final.
 

guitarra

Professional
It’s 2008 AO final. Was a few points away from taking a then slamless Djoker to the 5th. Who knows what happens then...
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
It was just a momentary heartbreak after coming so close. Happens to a lot of players. Djokovic also said he was ready to retire from the sport in the post match press conference after losing to Cecchinato in the French Open QF in 2018. He was completely done with tennis. A few days later he went to Queens, made the finals and then won Wimbledon.
Very glad about that.
It hurt alot i remember seeing big Jo after the match. Always have been a fan of his. He had a really nice game. Tad weak on the bh side but he had to deal with some serious competition.
 

KINGROGER

G.O.A.T.
It's not like he had any chances to win the title. Nadal would beat him in easy straight sets. So not sure this can be called a real missed chance.
Yeah.

A real missed chance to what? 30-40% chance vs Federer then a 0.1% chance vs Nadal in the final ? (The 0.1 being Nadal breaking his leg)
 
Probably not on it's own, but it's still the 2nd closest he got to winning a slam. The third set with Stan went into a TB, and he would've faced Novak in the final who dragged his SF with Murray across two days.
Tsonga would lose RG 2015 final in straight sets. His form didn't impress at all. Wawrinka played his worst match at the tournament in that semifinal, this is why it was close.
 

ibbi

Legend
His biggest missed opportunity is obviously Australia 2008 because he didn't yet realize what a loser he was, and didn't have to overcome that issue. He was also playing Breadovic. He should have just slipped the dude a baguette for breakfast, and he'd have retired with, as someone once said, sore throat.

All his close matches to latter day Novak were kind of sad and heartbreaking and what not, but why would you expect Tsonga to ever beat that Djokovic?
 

doparrained

New User
Even if he won that match, and beat Federer in the semis, he had NO chance whatsoever vs Nadal in the final, so no absolutely not.

His biggest missed opportunity was obviously Australian Open 2008. He was a beast that whole tournament and had a pretty good record vs Djokovic in the late 2000s. Didn't quite bring his A-game for the final which might have been enough. Never really had another shot like that again. Wimbledon 2011 would probably be next biggest, but still not that big he was going to beat Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal all in a row.
 

doparrained

New User
And no French Open 2015 was not an opportunity. Even if he somehow won his semi final with Wawrinka, which he never really was close to doing, he for sure loses to Djokovic in the final.
 
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