Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have successfully arrived at the end of the first week of the French Open, where they will cross paths for the ninth time on the professional circuit. Of their eighth previous meetings, Berdych has reigned victorious in six of them, including a recent win at the Madrid Masters event several weeks ago, to bring the head-to-head series to 6-2.
Seeded fourth at this year’s event, Berdych reached the final 16 in Paris with a four set win against Benoit Paire on Friday. He needed seven breaks of serve to secure the 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 win.
“I’m pleased with the way I played,” said Berdych. “He’s a very tough opponent to play, and so I’m happy with the way I handled it today. Of course there is a place and space to improve, and that’s definitely what I’ll be looking for.”
Later on in the day, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earned another big win for himself this season and added to his road to full recovery when he defeated Pablo Andujar to secure his spot in the fourth round of the tournament. He struck 41 winners to close out the match in straight sets 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-3.
“I think my level was great,” said Tsonga. “I did the job I was supposed to do. Now it’s going to be harder and harder, of course. But I know to win a few more matches I will need to be really strong.”
This marks the ninth time the two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Berdych leading the head-to-head series with six victories to Tsonga’s two. Not only does the Czech hold a dominant lead in the head-to-head series, he also won their most recent encounter earlier this season in Madrid, which should help gauge the outcome of Sunday’s contest in Paris.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Four Sets