An interesting match-up is scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon in Madrid, as France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and red-hot Colombian Santiago Giraldo meet for a spot in the third round of the Masters 1000 event. This marks the second time they will cross paths on the professional tour, with Tsonga leading the series 1-0 with a victory in the 2010 Rome Masters.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 10 minutes to find himself in the second round of the Madrid Masters. Tsonga is now also two wins away from the 300 win milestone.
“It was a difficult match,” said Tsonga. “I played well in the second set, but I lost my concentration a bit and then it was too late to come back. But in the end I won, and that’s good.”
Giraldo defeated Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 4-6, 6-to set up a second round encounter with 11th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. While his win was a memorable one, it was his wardrobe malfunction that garnered the most attention, as Giraldo had mistakenly given his last shirt to his cousin, who was sitting courtside at the match. The Colombian would then head over and trade shirts with his cousin before continuing the match.
“My cousin is spending six weeks with us this summer and he had my other shirt,” Giraldo said. “I counted four shirts in my bag before the match, but when I went to take the last shirt I realised it was my long-sleeve and that my cousin had the short-sleeve. That’s why I had to change with him. It’s a funny thing. Now that I’ve won maybe I will do it again. I may start a trend.”
This marks the second time they will cross paths on the ATP World Tour, with Tsonga leading the series 1-0 with a victory in the 2010 Rome Masters. While Tsonga dominated the first encounter, that is not likely to be the case this time around, as Giraldo is currently riding a fantastic wave of momentum and is perfectly poised to pick up the upset victory.
Prediction: Santiago Giraldo in Three Sets