Top seed Novak Djokovic will once again meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, after beating him at that stage of the French Open just last month. While the Serb is confident in his ability to defeat Tsonga – as their 12-5 head-to-head record would state – he considers him to be exceptionally tough to beat on grass, where Tsonga has thrived in the past.
“I know what threat he can cause on this surface,” Djokovic said. “I expect him to serve well. I think that’s his advantage. Obviously the serve in any corner. Coming to the net, he’s a very aggressive player. If he’s on, if he feels good on the certain day, he can beat anybody really.”
On the other hand, Tsonga intends on using this opportunity to continue to build on his Grand Slam experience against top opponents. He has also not come close to beating the Serb since the 2011 ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris. Tsonga’s biggest win against Djokovic came at the 2010 Australian Open, where he defeated him in a thrilling five set quarter-final match-up.
“It’s going to be a new opportunity for me to play against one of the best players in the world,” said Tsonga. “That’s what I’m looking for to make me a better player.”
Djokovic and Tsonga will contest their fourth round match on Monday afternoon on Centre Court.