Benoit Paire vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
|Date & Time||Saturday April 13, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech
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Benoit Paire and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Grand Prix Hassan.
Benoit Paire is coming off a straight sets win over Jaume Munar that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Paire won 85 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Paire won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his eight break points. Paire has won six of his seven sets this tournament and is easily playing the most consistent tennis we’ve seen from him in quite some time. Paire hopes to make his first final appearance since the 2017 Moselle Open and the sixth final appearance of his career. Paire has won seven of his last nine matches on outdoor hard court.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a straight sets win over Lorenzo Sonego that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Tsonga won 90 percent of her first serve points and 71 percent of her second serve points. Tsonga won 84 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his six break points. Tsonga clearly has his serve back and is gaining confidence with each match under his belt. It won’t be long before Tsonga is back to being the Tsonga before the injury, so take advantage of these cheap prices you’ve been getting while you still can. Tsonga looks to make his second final appearance of the year and his 30th of his career. Tsonga has won seven of his last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Tsonga has won all three matches in straight sets. The most recent meeting was in the 2015 US Open.
I said in a previous write up that Tsonga is closer to being the player he was before his injury than most expected, and he’s so close to another final appearance. While they haven’t played in years, Tsonga has had no issues against Paire, and he’s the much better player overall. Before this tournament, Paire has done little to nothing on the main tour, so I’m still iffy about his game.
Tsonga rolles to his 30th career final appearance.