taufik won asian badminton champs with a 15-12, 7-15, 15-6 win over compatriot sony dwi kuncoro. this is an excellent result for taufik, and it proves that my belief in taufik's ability is not misplaced. my opinion of taufik is that he's the best player in the world technically (his skills, style and ability to read the game) and he can beat anyone in the world provided he is motivated and up for it. i just thought that for the ABC that he probably felt he had something to prove to the world, and he played very well for the whole tournament. taufik's road to the final: beat PANERU Pashepati 15-2, 15-4 beat KANETKAR Nikhil 17-15, 15-7 beat LEE Chong Wei 15-2, 15-9 beat NG Wei 15-5, 15-10 beat SHON Sheung Mo 15-9, 15-6 as you can see, all straight sets, just like when he won indo open last year, he beat people like wong choong hann etc in straight sets on the way to the final. seems that when he beats everyone in straight games, he's on form and would probably win the tourney. i'd stick my head out here but i think he has a good chance of grabbing the gold in athens. anyone wanna bet?