Former top 10 player, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Open Sud de France in Montpellier. At this stage of the tournament, Tsonga is set to play against Jeremy Chardy.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga played exceptionally well in the previous round as he beat Gilles Simon in straight sets. During the win, Tsonga served exceptionally well as he won 73% of his service points which ensured he 90% of his service games. In addition to his serving, Tsonga also received the ball very well as the won 45% of his receiving points which resulted in him winning 3 return games. It has been a good start to 2019 for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he made the semifinals of the ATP Brisbane International. With form on his side, Tsonga will be very hard to beat.
On the other side of the court, Jeremy Chardy was also very good in his opening previous fixture. Chardy won in straight sets in a match that he dominated. During the win, Jeremy Chardy broke his opponent’s serve on 4 occasions while only losing 1 service game in the entire contest. Similar to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jeremy Chardy also made the semifinals of the ATP Brisbane International in January which shows he is also in very good form.
Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have played 4 times in the past. As it currently stands, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has the stronger head-to-head record of 3-1. The most recent match between these two players was in 2014 at the Canadian Masters where Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win this match. Chardy has been playing good tennis but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is much more accomplished and experienced at late stages of events as judged by his 16 ATP title wins. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the stronger player and I see him winning this match.