Shanghai Rolex Masters R2
Grandstand Court, 2:00pm
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Player Profile) hopes to improve this week after a disappointing early round exit in Tokyo. The draw has been kind this time round with opponent Pablo Andujar (Player Profile) 4-10 on the year on hard courts. Check out the Tsonga vs Andujar Head to Head.
In Tokyo, Tsonga lost in straight sets against an inspired Ivan Dodig, The Croatian served 9 aces and saved three break points while taking his only chance in the 6-4 7-6 victory but it seems reasonable to suggest that Tsonga is still rusty after missing three months over the summer thanks to the injury picked up at Wimbledon.
Andujar advanced to the second round and picked up his fourth ‘win’ on the surface this year with a 5-2 ret. victory over Mikhail Youzhny. Youzhny retired with a stomach issue and clearly wasn’t at his best dropping serve twice in the before his retirement.
This is just the kind of draw against a battling but far inferior player that should see Tsonga make his way through with little trouble but tougher tests lay ahead with Jurgen Melzer awaiting in round three for the winner.
Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets