Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Player Bio) will look to continue his winning ways in Vienna tomorrow afternoon as he prepares to meet Austria’s own Dominic Thiem (Player Bio), who is on an impressive run on home soil. It is their first ever encounter on the professional tour and is set to be an entertaining one.
The World No. 8 returns to the Erste Bank Open for the first time since his debut appearance in 2011 – one which resulted in the Frenchman winning the ATP 250 tournament. He is coming off a semi-final exit last week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He has since recovered and returned to his winning ways as he defeated Germany’s Daniel Brands in three sets to reach the quarter-finals. Tsonga, who lost the second set 1-6, had clearly lost concentration but was able to regain focus and finish the match in 1 hour and 33 minutes.
Tsonga is now 8th in the world rankings and 9th in the Emirates ATP Race to London,where he trails 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer by 135 points. He will be vying for one of the four remaining qualifying spots in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and will be looking to string together a streak of wins in Vienna.
Austrian wild card Dominic Thiem advanced to the quarter-finals in Vienna with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Czech lucky loser Jaroslav Pospisil. Prior to that he had rallied to defeat Gimeno-Traver in the opening round of the tournament. Thiem reached his only other tour-level quarter-final this past July in Kitzbuhel (where he beat Jurgen Melzer in the second round) and will be looking to best that performance by toppling the French No. 1 tomorrow afternoon. The World No. 149 is 4-1 this year in professional competition.
This is the first time these two competitors will meet on the tour yet it is clear who will enter as the heavy favourite in this contest. Tsonga is far more experienced in ATP level tournaments, particularly in their later stages and will be looking for a quick victory to save his energy for the semi-finals.