Monaco vs. Tsonga
|Date & Time||Thursday June 30, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Monaco square off early in the second round of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a straight sets win over Inigo Cervantes that took two hours to finish. In the victory, Tsonga won 54 of 91 first serve points and racked up 41 winners and 27 unforced errors. Tsonga won three competitive sets and was able to make all the shots when he needed most, including winning a two set tiebreak. When Tsonga is moving his feet and hitting his winners, he’s capable of making a deep tournament run. After previous stinkers in the Wimbledon, Tsonga needs to repeat his first round performance. Tsonga hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the 10th straight appearance. Tsonga won six of his last eight matches on grass.
Juan Monaco is coming off a four set win over Taro Daniel that took almost four hours to finish. In the victory, Monaco won 104 of 148 first serve points and racked up 42 winners and 75 unforced errors. Monaco managed to win a sloppy match overall and lost just five games in the final two sets. While the 32-year-old has to be happy he made it out of the first round in his fourth straight grand slam appearance, he knows he can’t have so many errors if he hopes to advance yet again. Monaco needs to clean his game up or this match could get very ugly. Monaco has not made the third round of a grand slam since the 2013 Wimbledon. Monaco has split his last 10 matches on grass.
These two have played five times in the past and Tsonga won all five meetings. The most recent match was in the 2014 US Open, a match Tsonga won in four sets. This will be the first time these two meet on grass.
The only reason Monaco was able to win his first round match is because his opponent had 18 winners and 51 unforced errors. Tsonga has had his way with Monaco in the past and I’m not sure how this match is any different.
Give me Tsonga in straight sets.