World No. 1 Novak Djokovic booked his place in the third round of the Rogers Cup following an entertaining contest against swashbuckling Frenchman Gael Monfils on Stadium Court. The win earned him a second French export in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whom he has crossed paths with 18 times on the professional tour. The Djokovic vs Tsonga Head to Head stands at 13-5, with 11 consecutive wins dating back to the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.
Top seed Novak Djokovic cruised through the opening set 6-2 in 42 minutes against Gael Monfils but began to feel slightly more resistance in the second frame when Monfils held serve and defended more effectively. The two competitors remained on serve until the tiebreaker, which was where Monfils pounced to force a decider.
The Serb faced real trouble in the final set, as he dropped his second service game to go 1-3 down to the Frenchman. The crowd threw their weight behind Monfils for his efforts, but Djokovic immediately found his way back to level the match at 3-3. The battle ensued until 5-5, where the Serb saw his first match point wasted on a forehand error. Two match points later Djokovic roared in victory.
His opponent, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, also faced a tough second round match on Wednesday, as he played long first set tiebreak against Jeremy Chardy before moving onto a more straightforward second frame. The 13th seed struck an extraordinary 23 aces and won 76% of his first service points to secure the 7-6(6), 6-4 win in 1 hour and 37 minutes.
This marks the 19th time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Djokovic leading the series with a dominant 13-5 record. As the gap between the two competitors continues to grow, so does Djokovic’s confindence against the Frenchman. He holds nine consecutive victories against Tsonga and if he had not withdrawn from the Masters 1000 event in Paris, he would have an 11 match winning streak against the Frenchman.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets