Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Edouard Roger-Vasselin Preview – French Open 2014 Round 1

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Edouard Roger-Vasselin will meet for the second time in as many months in the opening round of the French Open. This marks the fifth time the two competitors will meet on the ATP tour, with the Tsonga vs Roger-Vasselin Head to Head standing at 5-0.

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is still desperately looking to regain his top form ahead of his country’s Grand Slam event. He is yet to find his footing on clay, as he has been relatively inconsistent at clay court tournaments so far. He lost in the second round in Madrid to Santiago Giraldo and followed up with a third round showing in Rome, where he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov and Kevin Anderson before losing to Milos Raonic.

Prior to he was coming off a decent week in Monte Carlo, where he reached the quarter-final round before losing to 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. It was his best performance apart from reaching the final in Marseille back in February.

World No. 45 Edouard Roger-Vasselin began his season in remarkable fashion, reaching the finals in Chennai, before losing to soon-to-be Grand Slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka. Since then, he has reached the third round in Melbourne and the quarter-finals in Montpellier before exiting early to Andy Murray in Rotterdam. Next would be a second round exit in Indian Wells, the third round in Miami, the opening round in Monte Carlo and the second in Barcelona. He has already encountered Tsonga this season, as he lost in the opening round in Madrid to his fellow Frenchman.

This marks the sixth time the two competitors will meet on the ATP tour and the third time so far this season. Tsonga’s victories date back to their first encounter in 2012. Roger-Vasselin only managed two set in all three encounters combined, which came in the 2013 Queen’s Club tournament on grass. This match will likely be similar to their previous meetings, with Tsonga winning in straight sets.

Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Straight Sets

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