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The Contender
L. Jon Wertheim
January 28, 2008
Even as he cracked the ATP's top 40 this year, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was known mostly for his remarkable likeness to the young Muhammad Ali. So remarkable that other players would joke, "What's up, champ?" Tsonga might soon earn that honorific for his tennis. The 22-year-old Frenchman cruised into the quarterfinals with a string of impressive victories. In the fourth round, Tsonga beat Richard Gasquet, his wildly talented, wildly erratic countryman who has often overshadowed Tsonga. In this, Tsonga's fourth full year on the circuit, his gifts have coalesced nicely. The former junior champion hits the ball with enough power to be a force on fast surfaces, but he is sufficiently patient and speedy to make inroads on clay. As he says, "I just try to be—I don't know ... complete, no?" Yes.
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January 28, 2008

The Contender

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Even as he cracked the ATP's top 40 this year, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was known mostly for his remarkable likeness to the young Muhammad Ali. So remarkable that other players would joke, "What's up, champ?" Tsonga might soon earn that honorific for his tennis. The 22-year-old Frenchman cruised into the quarterfinals with a string of impressive victories. In the fourth round, Tsonga beat Richard Gasquet, his wildly talented, wildly erratic countryman who has often overshadowed Tsonga. In this, Tsonga's fourth full year on the circuit, his gifts have coalesced nicely. The former junior champion hits the ball with enough power to be a force on fast surfaces, but he is sufficiently patient and speedy to make inroads on clay. As he says, "I just try to be—I don't know ... complete, no?" Yes.

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