Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Player Bio) takes to court tomorrow afternoon for his opening match against Germany’s Daniel Brands (Player Bio), who reached the second round here in Vienna with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) win over 2010 finalist Andreas Haider-Maurer. Check out the Tsonga vs Brands Head to Head.
Tsonga is returning to the Erse Bank Open for the first time since his debut apperance in 2011, an apperance that resulted in the Frenchman winning the title. He is coming off a semi-final exit last week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. 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 the win over Brands would certainly benefit his quest. The Frenchman is now 21-8 on hard courts heading into his opening round contest against Brands.
Daniel Brands managed a break of serve in the opening set and held serve during the second to secure his spot in the second round of the tournament. It was his sixth career match in Vienna after reaching the semis two years ago as a qualifier. The German is best known for his shocking upset win over Roger Federer on the former champion’s home soil is Gstaad back in July. Yet since that historic win, Brands has been incapable of securing back-to-back victories on the tour and holds a 22-21 overall record. His opening round performance was one of his strongest recent showings on the tour, as he was able to break in the opening set despite the Austrian serving 16 aces in that set alone.
Tsonga has defeated the German in both of their previous meetings, including a semi-final here in Vienna back in 2011. Their first encounter back in the 2010 French Open was the more competitve of the two affairs, as it went five sets, with Tsonga edging out a victory with a 7-5 in the final set.