After two consecutive Grand Slam meetings in 2014, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jurgen Melzer will cross paths once again this season, this time in the second round of the Paris Bercy on Wednesday afternoon. This marks the sixth time they meet on the ATP World Tour, with Tsonga leading the head-to-head series 5-0.
In a surprising outcome in Shanghai several weeks ago, World No. 142 Michal Przysiezny ousted France’s Tsonga 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(9) in two hours and 23 minutes. Tsonga had two varying match point opportunities in the final set but failed to convert on them and ultimately paid the price.
“I came here expecting to play good tennis, but I have not had much energy the past few days,” said Tsonga. “I have had a stomach virus, which has given me trouble. My body was not strong enough to compete at my best level. I tried my best on the court and gave everything.”
Having received a bye into the second round of the tournament, Tsonga will encounter Jurgen Melzer. The Austrian defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 6-1; he struck 81% of his serves and converted on 5 of 8 break point opportunities to close out the match in 65 minutes.
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Tsonga leading the series 5-0. His most recent wins took place at consecutive Grand Slam events in Paris and London, with this being their third encounter on a different surface.
Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Straight Sets