Second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and sixth seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin will meet in the quarter-final stage of the Open 13 tomorrow afternoon, as they contend for a spot in the final four of the tournament. This marks the fourth time the two competitors will meet on the ATP tour, with Tsonga leading the head-to-head series 3-0.
French No. 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earned a tight straight sets victory over former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko to reach the quarter-final stage in Marseille. The second seed hit 19 aces and saved 3/4 break points he faced to boost his lead in their head-to-head series to 4-2. Following a second-round loss to Marin Cilic last week in Rotterdam, the world No. 10 needs to put a stamp on his season by retaining his Marseille title. The 28 year old has a 16-4 event record, after lifting the trophy both in 2009 as well as last year, when he beat Tomas Berdych.
World No. 36 Edouard Roger-Vasselin earned his second straight victory in Marseille, as he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky in straight sets to reach the quarter-final round. He hit three aces, served at 78% and saved 2/3 break points against him to earn the 7-6(2), 6-4 victory. The Frenchman began his season in remarkable fashion, reaching the finals in Chennai, before losing to soon-to-be Grand Slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka. Since then, he has reached the third round in Melbourne and the quarter-finals in Montpellier before exiting early to Andy Murray in Rotterdam. He will be looking for another strong showing this week and an upset victory over Tsonga will surely give him that status.
This marks the fourth time the two competitors will meet on the ATP tour, with Tsonga leading the head-to-head series 3-0. Tsonga’s victory date back to their first encounter in 2012, which also took place in the quarter-final stage in Marseille similar to this one. Roger-Vasselin only managed a single set in all three encounters combined, which came in the 2013 Queen’s Club tournament on grass. This match will likely be similar to their previous meetings, with Tsonga winning in straight sets to get one step closer to defending his title.
Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Straight Sets
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