Tsonga vs Fognini by Tennisguy
Tsonga is ranked at nr.12 and Fognini at 13. They have met 2 times so far with both matches being won be Tsonga. One of those matches was on clay at the French Open in 2012 which the frenchman won 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.
Tsonga played in the previous tour here against Philipp Kohlschreiber and won 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. It was a hard match for him but to be fair the german player played some very good tennis so the win was well deserved by Tsonga. He is the better server than Fognini without a doubt and his shots are much more powerful so I think he is going to control the majority of the points.
I really taught Fognini wouldn't make it to this stage do to his very bad performance against Sousa in the first round, but he proved me wrong. He won against Bautista-Agut 7-6(6), 6-4 after being down 5-3 in the first set so he did a good job. That being said he was really fluctuating from point to point and not in a good way so I really can't see anything good coming from that if it happens in a match against Tsonga.
Both these player playing today managed to get to the semifinal stage last year and both lost so they play well in this tournament it seems. Fognini is a good clay court player but he lost to Tsonga in his previous meetings and from the way he looked so far in this tournament I really don't see him going through to the next round. I believe Tsonga is the one to back in this match.
|Tsonga to win||Pinnacle||2.23||8||2-0 WON (+9.84 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.