Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looks to extend his winning record over Fernando Verdasco to 4-1 when the pair meet on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Check out the Tsonga vs Verdasco Head to Head matches.
Verdasco is in the midst of a four match losing streak beginning from Wimbledon but losses to Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios and Nicolas Almagro suggest bad luck just as much as they do a bad run of form for the 31 year-old. Verdasco holds a 7-6 record on the year on hard courts but four of those losses were to players in the top 10 at the time.
Since returning from injury in March, Tsonga has had a solid year at 16-9. He had a solid run to the quarter finals in Montreal, including a tough comeback victory over Roberto Bautista Agut, before losing to eventual champion Andy Murray for the second time in two meetings.
It seems likely that Verdasco’s losing streak will move to five in a row but he still will remain solid inside the top 50. However, if Verdasco wants to jump into the seeded spots at the US Open he will need a good run here to do given that he is currently 180 points off 32 ranked Fabio Fognini. A similar jump will be needed for Tsonga to move into the top 16 spots for the tournament.
Prediction – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets