After meeting in the second round of the French Open less than a month ago, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jurgen Melzer will cross paths once again this season at another Grand Slam tournament, as they collide in the opening round of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. This marks the sixth time they met, with Tsonga leading the head-to-head series 4-1.
France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is still desperately looking to regain his top form ahead of the season’s third Grand Slam event. After significant inconsistencies on clay this season, where he lost in the second round in Madrid to Santiago Giraldo and followed up with a third round showing in Rome, where he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov and Kevin Anderson before losing to Milos Raonic. He arrived in Paris in slightly better form and managed to reach the fourth round before succumbing to Novak Djokovic at that stage of the event.
He would begin his grass court season at the Aegon Championships in London, where he defeated David Goffin in the opening round before losing to Australia’s Marinko Matosevic in his second match on court. While it shortened his preparation for Wimbledon, it is not a truly alarming loss, as many of the top competitors and high seeded players lose early in the grass season due to the quick transition on the surfaces.
Across the net from Tsonga is Jurgen Melzer, who, since his loss to Tsonga at the French Open, has played two grass court tournaments, one in London and the other at the s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Tsonga leading the series 4-1. His most recent win was just a month ago but on an entirely different surface. The Frenchman has historically done well at the All-England Club, but it will be interesting to see him perform with his usual momentum.
Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Four Sets