After a gruelling battle in his second round match, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is though to the third round in Monte Carlo, where he will meet top ranked Italian Fabio Fognini for a spot in the final eight. This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Tsonga holding a perfect 2-0 record in the head-to-head series. Check out the Tsonga vs Fognini H2H matches.
World No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga need to fight past Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round, finishing the match 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. The Frenchman secured the deciding break in the final game of the match to ensure the victory. He hit 19 winners to 39 unforced errors and won 76 per cent of first serve points in the 1 hour and 58 minute victory.
Tsonga admit that he was tired during the contest, which impacted his focus during the second set, where he was only able to win one game.
“I was tired so it was a bit complicated for me,” said Tsonga. “Fortunately I had an early break in the first set and I was able to hold my serve. But I knew it was going to be tough. Then I had this letdown in the second set. I was able to hang in there in the third set, and he ended up letting it go. It’s maybe because I practised too much or I didn’t manage the amount of effort I made.”
This is a crucial portion of the season for Tsonga, as he reached the semi-final here last season before losing to runner-up Rafael Nadal. He would also go on to reach the semi-finals of the French Open just over a month later. Now defending these points, Tsonga will need to find the motivation to work his way through the draw.
Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini may have struggled in his opening round contest against Joao Sousa, but he was able to see off his second round opponent Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters. The Italian is defending semi-final points from his appearance here lasts season, yet will be in a tough position to repeat the feat this time around. He has put on strong performances so far this season and holds a 23-6 record on the tour, so it will be interesting to see if his current form will allow him to topple the Frenchman.
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Tsonga holding a perfect 2-0 record in the head-to-head series.The last time they met was at the French Open in 2012, which Tsonga won in straight sets. Considering that contest was two years ago, before Fognini had his magnificent clay court streak in 2013, it will be interesting to see how he performs against the Frenchman tomorrow afternoon.
Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Three Sets