On what turned out to be an upset-filled Thursday afternoon, Britsh No. 1 Andy Murray and France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga managed to secure spots in the quarter-final round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Tsonga picked up the upset of the day to proceed in the tournament and will be brimming with confidence when he faces the Scot for the 11th time on the professional tour. The Murray vs Tsonga Head to Head series stands at 9-1, including a straight sets win for the Brit in Miami earlier in the season.
World No. 10 Andy Murray did not even make it on Stadium court before he was deemed the winner via a walkover. Richard Gasquet officially withdrew from the event shortly before the start of the match. The Briton has only played one match so far in Toronto, which was a straight sets win over Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday afternoon.
Following an 11-match losing streak to Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended his victory drought to the world No. 1 in emphatic fashion with a 6-2, 6-2 victory on Stadium court. Tsonga was in command of the match from the start and took early break leads in both sets before securing a second safety break to ensure his victory in just 63 minutes. The Frenchman hit 8 aces, won 80% of his first serve points and saved the only break point he faced in the entire match.
This was Tsonga’s third win over a current world No. 1. He defeated both Federer and Nadal when they were in those positions several years ago and has now added Djokovic to his list of top seed conquers.
This marks the 11th time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Murray holding a dominant 9-1 record against the world No 11, including a win at a Masters event in March. Tsonga’s sole victory over Murray in professional competition came at the 2008 Australian Open, which the Frenchman won in four sets. Tsonga did earn a victory over Murray this season, but it took place in an exhibition contest prior to the official start of the 2014 season, when the Scot had just returned from a back surgery layoff.
Ignoring Murray dominant record against the Tsonga, he may have his hands full on Friday afternoon when he faces the rejuvenated and confident Frenchman fresh off a victory over Djokovic. I still favour Murray but it may go Tsonga’s way in three sets.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets