A highly intriguing quarter-final match-up is scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon in Metz, France, as rising Belgian star David Goffin and top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet for a spot in the final four of the tournament. This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and the second time this season. Tsonga leads the head-to-head series 2-0.
Hometown favourite Jo-Wiflried Tsonga kick started his 2014 campaign in metz with a surprisingly stern challenge against Gilles Muller, who played two tight sets against the Frenchan before he lost the encounter 7-6(7), 6-4. Tsonga withstood 15 aces from the Luxembourg native and played the better tennis on the crtucial points to secure the victory in front of his adoring fans.
Goffin, seeded eighth at this event, reached the quarter-final round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Tobias Kamke. Goffin was riding a 25-match winning streak in July that included his maiden ATP World Tour title in Kitzbuhel, where he defeated fellow rising star Dominic Thiem.
This is just the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and the first time on a hard court surface. Tsonga won botht heir previous meetings on grass, including an encounter at the Queen’s Club tune-up event ahead of the Wimbledon Championships. This will likely mark their most competitive meeting yet but should still be Tsonga’s match to win.
Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Three Sets