Del Potro wins Vienna Final against Zemlja | Berdych defeats Tsonga in Stockholm Final

ATP Vienna

Juan Martin del Potro defeated the qualifier Grega Zemlja to win the 2012 Vienna title with a score of 7-5, 6-2. Del Potro seized his 12th career title, and this match also aided him to get one step closer to the end-of-the-year Barclay finals. But don’t be so sure yet. He still has to gain more points to completely secure his spot. The Vienna finalist Grega Zemlja was definitely a player on a roll. He defeated Xavier Malisse, Matthew Ebden, Tommy Haas, and Janko Tipsarevic throughout the tournament. Tommy Haas is ranked number 20 in the ATP world rankings and was also the number 3 seed in the tournament. Tommy Haas is a player who defeated Roger Federer in the 2012 Gerry Weber finals, and he has caused many other upsets this year, such as defeating Gilles Simon at the German Tennis Championships, and also defeating Nicolas Almagro in Shanghai. Grega Zemlja also defeated Janko Tipsarevic with a score of 6-2, 4-2 (Ret.) in the semi-finals at Vienna.

I think Grega played extremely well throughout the tournament. All of his opponents which he faced in the tournament are very strong and well known. I’m really impressed of how he caused many upsets, and it’s a little unfortunate that he couldn’t win his first ATP title in his career. I hope to see him at Paris or some other tournament, because I can’t wait for him to cause another stunning upset. Tennis isn’t really fun without any upsets. Don’t you think so too?

ATP Stockholm

Thomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga | Photo by AFP/Getty Images

In other news, Thomas Berdych defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Stockholm finals with a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. I had a feeling that Tsonga couldn’t win against Berdych before the match, and I was right. I came up with my hypothesis judging by Tsonga’s performance in the Beijing finals against Djokovic. Tsonga played well on the first set, but things didn’t go his way in the second set. The last point is what shocked me the most. Djokovic hit a let shot, and the ball turned out to be a short lob. All Tsonga had to do was smash or volley the ball at an angle, but instead he hit the ball as hard as he could and the ball went out, resulting in the loss of the match. I was pretty disappointed from what I saw there.

Thomas Berdych is now a step closer in entering the Barclays finals fora a third time in a row. The rest depends on his next tournament, which will most likely be the ATP Masters 1000 event, the Paris Open. I’m happy with Berdych’s win in Stockholm, partly because I’m his fan, but even though Berdych is somewhat hated by a proportion of tennis fans, I still like his play style and form. Especially his forehand.

The reason why Berdych is disliked from part of the tennis community is because of his actions during tennis matches.

This video shows Berdych refusing to shake hands with Almagro, because of the shot shown in the video. Berdych later told the media he was not happy with Almagro’s shot choice, and so he denied shaking hand with him. Personally, I think Berdych should of shaken hands with him. Berdych won the match anyways, so why not just forget about it? Well, either way it’s Berdych’s choice, so I’m not going to talk about this any more.

There is another main reason why Berdych is not favored by the tennis community, but I’m not here to talk about that today so I won’t be posting about it.

Anyways, congratulations to Berdych and Del Potro, and hopefully we will be seeing them in the World Tour finals.

(Roger Federer has already booked his appearance in Barclay this year.)

That concludes today’s post. See you guys around!

~Jin

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