Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play against Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Western & Southern Open the coming Tuesday.
These two players have met as many as four times on the tour to date and out of those meetings; Tsonga has finished on the wrong side just once.
He would be looking for another win against his Spanish opponent who has not had the best of times lately.
Verdasco has lost his last four games on the trot and he would not want this run to extend any further.
When you lose games in succession, it automatically puts question marks over your form and it’s no different in Verdasco’s case, but, he has also had to face some very tough opponents in the recent tournaments. So, one can consider him a bit unlucky as well. You don’t want to face guys like Wawrinka and Nadal in the opening round of tournaments.
As far as Tsonga is concerned, he missed the first couple of months of the season being injured, but, after coming back, he has shown good rhythm.
The Frenchman had a good Rogers Cup. He was very impressive there and put on some fluent shows, but, in the Round of 8, he went down to Andy Murray who became the Champion at the end.
This match seems to be a walk in the park for Tsonga. There is a good chance that he wraps it up even in the straight sets, but, he must make sure he doesn’t have a sluggish approach; otherwise, it might cost him as Verdasco is a wily customer.
The two players are not separated by much in the ATP rankings. There is a difference of 16 positions only, but, skill wise, Tsonga is much better.