Quotable Quotes: According to Tsonga, Novak Djokovic is just a Jack Of All Trades
August 14, 2011
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After his questionable retirement to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of Montreal while trailing 4-6 0-3, Jo Wilfried Tsonga had some, well, interesting things to say about his opponent afterwards:
“He plays incredible tennis but he’s not an alien. In fact, what he does is doing everything better than the others … He doesn’t hit harder, he doesn’t hit the ball earlier. But he’s always there.
“He does not have the best return on the tour, but on every return, he returns well, and he’s always there. So what does it is his consistency, and he has no weaknesses.”
Needless to say, that is complete rubbish. Sour grapes? I don’t know, but you just don’t achieve what Djokovic has achieved over the last year by simply being consistent player. And if it was actually true, it would be embarrassing for Tsonga and co to let an apparent jack of all trades dominate the tour as he has in 2011 with a 52-1 W-L record and two Grand Slams in tow.
In reality Djokovic is by far the best returner in the world, and he is also armed with the best backhand, best defence, sturdiest mental strength and he is the best at redirecting his opponents pace against them. If Tsonga truly believes what he said, it would do him a world of good to open his eyes and stop underestimating the Serb, or else Djokovic will simply continue to toy with him in future meetings and Tsonga will have no idea why.