Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Benoit Paire
|Date & Time||Sunday September 6, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Benoit Paire and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the fourth round of the 2015 US Open.
Benoit Paire is coming off a straight sets win over Tommy Robredo and has played 12 sets so far this tournament. Paire is winning at least 75 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Paire has combined for 158 winners, 43 aces and 132 unforced errors in his first three matches. Paire has been the surprise so far this tournament with two victories over ranked opponents, which includes a first round defeat of Kei Nishikori. Now it’s just a question of how long Paire’s magical run is going to continue. Paire has never reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam in his career. This fourth round appearance will be a first for Paire at 26 years old.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a straight sets win over Sergiy Stakhovsky and has played just nine sets this tournament. Tsonga is winning at least 81 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Tsonga has combined for 35 aces, 127 winners and 63 unforced errors in his first three matches. Tsonga looks to be in great form, is doing a great job of hitting his spots and is simply dominating with his service game. Tsonga is playing as well as he’s played the past couple of years. Tsonga has reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam three times since 2013. Tsonga has made the quarterfinals of the US Open once in his career.
These two have met twice in the past, and Tsonga has won both meetings. The most recent match was in the 2012 Shanghai Masters, a match Tsonga won in straight sets. Paire has never won a set against Tsonga, and this will be the third time they meet on hard court.
Paire certainly deserves to be here and has proven he’s more than capable of knocking off some of the big fish. However, this run has to come to an end eventually. Also, Tsonga is playing lights out right now. Look for Tsonga to reach a grand slam quarterfinal for the second time this season.