A first time encounter between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Aleksandr Nedovyesov is scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the United States Open.
France’s Tsonga, the ninth seed at the tournament, needed four sets to defeat Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-1. He hit 48 winners, 20 aces and converted on four break point opportunities in the set.
“I feel good. It’s always good to win. I played a good match. Never easy against Juan. He’s a good player. Today, you know, I just did a good job. It’s good for me, because these first round is always tough to go through.”
Tsonga aware that he is yet to truly peak at the US Open and is hoping this will finally be the year to do so. His best performance is a quarter-final showing in 2011, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
“In this tournament I never played really well, never my best tennis, except when I was juniors. So, you know, I’m looking forward to play good tennis here because there is no reason to play bad tennis here. I will just continue on my way and try to play my best tennis.”
On the other side of the net, Tsonga will meet Aleksandr Nedovyesov, who played a strong opening match to defeat Ireland’s James McGee 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6. He is now one match away from the furthest he has ever been in a Grand Slam event and also as far as he has ever been at the US Open.
This is the first time that Tsonga and Nedvyesov will meet on the professional tour and will certainly be a contest that heavily favours the Frenchman and reigning Rogers Cup champion.
Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Straight Sets