Following impressive performances in their third round matches, world No. 4 Roger Federer and French No. 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet for the 15th time on the ATP World Tour when they clash in the Monte Carlo QFs. Of their 14 previous meetings, Federer holds a dominant 10-4 record against the Frenchman, which includes wins in two of their last three contests. Check out the Federer vs Tsonga Head to Head matches.
Fourth seed Roger Federer is through to the quarter-final round in Monte Carlo, yet he did have to recover from a slow start and a 1-3 deficit against Lukas Rosol, before ultimately snatching the victory 6-4, 6-1. The Swiss No. 2 won 90% of his points of first serve, while also managing 6 aces and 4/4 on break points to earn the victory in 57 minutes. Since arriving on clay so far this season, Federer has been alarmingly good, but is yet to face top competition on this surface and a match-up against the 9th seed would be an intriguing one to gauge his current form.
While celebrating his birthday on Wednesday afternoon, French No. 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied for a three set victory over the emotional Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini to set up a quarter-final clash with the 17-time Grand Slam champion. After dropping the opening set 7-5, Tsonga would proceed to lose only three games in the next two sets, including a clean sweep in the final set for his first bagel of the season. The ninth seed will be looking to add to his fortunes tomorrow afternoon, as he aims to reach the semi-final at Monte Carlo.
“He was playing well, coming into the net, being aggressive [in the first set],” said Tsonga. “But little by little the match became more even. In the middle of the second set, I started serving better. At the end I was able to dominate physically, and it was more difficult for him to win the long rallies that he was winning more easily in the first set.”
This marks the 15th time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Federer leading the series 10-4. They are 2-2 in their last four meetings, and 1-1 on clay courts, with Tsonga earning the most recent win on the red dust at last year’s French Open. It will be interesting to see if he can extend that lead to 2-1 on clay tomorrow afternoon.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets