World No.1 Novak Djokovic can move one step closer to his thirteenth grand slam on Tuesday with a victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. By winning his fourth round match, Tsonga joined the big four as being the only active players to have made three quarter-finals or better at each grand slam.
Tsonga was impressive on Sunday, taking out the remaining male American hope Jack Sock in four sets. Tsonga will have been disappointed not to have closed it out in the third but was all over the Sock serve in the fourth, breaking twice to close out the 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-2 win.
“For me it’s to always play the right shot, don’t give him too much free point. I will play my game. I will be aggressive, as always.” Tsonga said when asked how he would approach the match with Djokovic. It’s a match-up that Tsonga previously had found quite favourable but he has won just one of the twelve matches they have played since the start of 2012. That was on the hard courts in Canada where the Frenchman won easily in straight sets in 2014.
Djokovic finally completed a full match in round four after a second round walk over and a first set retirement in his previous two matches. Aside from a mid third-set blip, Djokovic put in a solid performance to win in straights against Kyle Edmund. The young Brit didn’t embarrass himself and will be disappointed to have failed to hold on to the break lead he held in the third.
Having come into the tournament with question marks over his fitness, Djokovic is far less worried now. “Considering I had some struggles before the tournament, you know, I feel great at this moment physically; mentally as well I’m motivated.” he said.
It seems worries have been alleviated about the World No.1’s ability to last the tournament and the status quo should continue with Djokovic picking up yet another win over Tsonga. The Frenchman will need to do a lot to even win a set – he has not done so in any of his losses since the French Open in 2012.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets