Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Roger Federer
|Date & Time||Thursday June 20, 2019, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
Gerry Weber Stadion
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Halle Open.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a straight sets win over Benoit Paire that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Tsonga won 86 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Tsonga won 78 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his three break points. Tsonga got 61 percent of his first serves in play and saved his only break point. Tsonga still has to find that consistency, but he’s serving a lot better as of late and is quietly taking the proper steps to returning to the player he was before his injury. Tsonga hopes to win at least two matches for the fourth time in his last eight tournaments. Tsonga has won four of his last six matches on grass court.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over John Millman that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 90 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Federer won 78 percent of his total service points and converted on one of his two break points. Federer got 67 percent of his first serves in play and saved his only break point. Federer won 38 of 42 first serve points and had nine aces, a formal that will take him a long way in this tournament if he can repeat it. Federer hopes to win at least two matches for the 17th straight tournament. Federer has won nine of his last 11 matches on grass court.
These two have played 17 times and Federer has won 11 of those matches. The most recent meeting was 2016 Monte Carlo, a match Tsonga won in three sets. Tsonga has won the last two meetings against Federer and won the only meeting on grass in 2011 Wimbledon. Nine of the matches were decided in straight sets.
Tsonga is slowly working his way back and will have a chance to win this match if he continues to serve at a high level. We’ve hit a few times this year with Tsonga in the underdog role. The problem is Tsonga is still inconsistent and has these games that remind you he’s still a player working his way back from injury. Those hiccups is all Federer needs to prevail.
Federer rolls to the quarterfinals.