A riveting contest top seed Novak Djokovic and France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is scheduled to take place on Monday afternoon in the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships. This is the 18th time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional circuit, with the Djokovic vs Tsonga Head-to-Head standing at 12-5. They are coming off a recent clash at this very stage of the French Open, which Djokovic thoroughly dominated.
The world No. 2 was faced with a slightly easier and more comfortable experience than his second round affair against Radek Stepanek several days ago. On Friday, Djokovic went up against Gilles Simon and defeated the Frenchman 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 12 minutes. While the contest was fairly uneventful in comparison to other third round contests, a daunting silence fell on Centre Court when Djokovic slipped and fell onto his left shoulder. He would require four minutes of medical treatment but ultimately regained his composure and closed out the contest shortly thereafter.
“It was a sharp pain when I fell, an awkward fall,” Djokovic told BBC television. “I was just hoping there is nothing going on with the joint, luckily there is no damage and I could play. The muscle was quite sore with the impact but I am just glad to get through. Now there are two days off and I am going to try and recover.
Djokovic, who lost in last year’s final to British No. 1 Andy Murray, hit 7 aces and 31 winners in his win in the opening match on Centre Court. He will next face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whom he is played on countless occasions on the tour.
“It’s obvious as the tournament progresses you are going to face some higher ranked players – like Tsonga – who has been a regular in the second week,” said Djokovic. “He’s a great grass-court player, he loves the energy of the big stadium and it is going to be a big challenge for both of us.”
France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated No. 147-ranked Jimmy Wang 6-2, 6-2, 7-5. He hit 15 aces and 53 winners to secure his spot in the third round of the tournament.
Next for Tsonga is a match-up against Djokovic, whom he has defeated on five occasions on the professional tour, but he has also not come close to beating the Serb since the 2011 ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris. Tsonga’s biggest win against Djokovic came at the 2010 Australian Open, where he defeated him in a thrilling five set quarter-final match-up.
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