Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is back in Marseille to begin his campaign to a second consecutive title win at the Open 13. His first opponent in the second round is Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko, who Tsonga leads 4-2 in the head-to-head series. Considering the world No. 63 is coming off a strong victory in the opening round, this should be an entertaining contest.
World No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is yet to make an emphatic statement this season, having exited the Australian Open in the fourth round and in the second round in Rotterdam to Marin Cilic. He will be looking to defend his ranking points against the tough draw that includes Richard Gasquet, Ernests Gulbis and Andreas Seppi. His first obstacle will be Nikolay Davedenko, who he holds four consecutive wins over, dating back to 2012.
Nikolay Davydenko, the oldest player in the Marseille field, played a fantastic opening round contest, defeating Igor Sijsling in straight sets to set up a second round encounter with the defending champion. Davydenko hit 12 aces in his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sijsling, which lasted 82 minutes. It was an impressive victory considering Sijsling is at a career-high No. 52 in the ATP Rankings after reaching the semi-finals at last week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, before losing to Marin Cilic.
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Tsonga leading the head-to-head series 4-2. Davydenko won the first two encounters, but surrendered the following four to the French No. 2. He has not defeated Tsonga since 2008, and it is unlikely he will manage to snatch the victory from the motivated Tsonga tomorrow afternoon. This match should end in a straight sets victory for the defending champion, to set up a potential clash with sixth seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
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