Closing out the Rod Laver Arena night session on Day 4 at the Australian Open will be a repeat of the 2008 men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic was victorious on that day, picking up the first grand slam of his career with a win from a set down. It was also Tsonga’s coming out tournament, where he proved he could be a threat to the top guys for years to come. Check out the Djokovic vs Tsonga H2H matches.
It was a dominant performance from Tsonga in the opening round, beating Martin Klizan 6-4 6-4 7-6. While his conversion rate on break points was not the best, he made up for it with some stunning serving figures. He hit 23 aces in the win and dropped just 3 points on first serve, ensuring his opponent would never get the chance to come close in the match. The Frenchman can be pleased with his start to 2019, having made the semi final in Brisbane.
Djokovic eased past qualifier Mitchell Krueger as expected, beating the American in straight sets. After two disappointing years, he will be hoping to take back the title and was pleased with his opening round run out. “It feels great to be healthy and back on this court again.” he said. “Hopefully I can follow up on this victory tonight with a good performance. Hopefully another good match in a few days.”
Tsonga has historically found success against all the top stars and his record against Djokovic is no different. He has beaten the World No.1 six times, including once at this tournament. His peak level contains some of the best attacking tennis on tour and it almost comes as a surprise that he has failed to make another final since 2008. “He’s another great player, champion, someone that has been very successful in the past, established top-10 player, played Grand Slam final. Just very powerful, serve, forehand, big weapons.” Djokovic said on the Frenchman.
Glimpses of the old Tsonga are appearing after his recovery from injury but it should prove far too early for him to outlast Djokovic in five sets. The six-time champion is playing at an incredibly high level right now and it would still be very surprising to see him not lifting the trophy at the end of next weekend.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets