Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili - 9/20/19 Metz Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili - 9/20/19 Metz Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 12:30 PM (Arènes de Metz)

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nikoloz Basilashvili meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Metz.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a straight sets win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Tsonga won 82 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Tsonga won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his six break points. Tsonga got 66 percent of his first serves in play, saved all three break points and hit eight aces. As long as Tsonga is getting his first serve in play and avoiding the long rallies, he has to like his chances to continue marching forward in this tournament. Tsonga looks to win three straight matches on the main tour for the first time since Marrakech back in April. Tsonga has won seven straight matches on hard court.

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Nikoloz Basilashvili is coming off a straight sets win over Yannick Maden that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Basilashvili won 85 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Basilashvili won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his nine break points. Basilashvili got 57 percent of his first serves in play, faced one break point and hit 14 aces. Basilashvili can improve that first serve percentage, but it was a solid performance overall given that it was his first match since the third round of the US Open. Basilashvili looks to win at least two matches for the fourth time in his last five tournaments. Basilashvili has split his last six matches on hard court.

These two have split the previous two meetings, as Tsonga won 2017 Lyon and won this year Lyon. This will obviously be the first meeting on hard court.

Basilashvili is probably the safer bet in this match, but Tsonga has the momentum after winning a challenger title and his serve seems to be more consistent lately. We’ve seen a much more confident Tsonga through two matches this tournament. I also favor Tsonga on hard court over Basilashvili, as he controls the pace better and can pile up the free points.

This could be a tight match that goes the distance, but I give Tsonga the slight edge on this surface

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