Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the quarterfinal of the 2015 French Open.
Kei Nishikori has yet to drop a set in this tournament and is coming off a win over Teymuraz Gabashvili. Nishikori has played 32 or less games in all of his matches and has played just nine sets. Nishikori has hit 79 winners in his last two matches and has won 79 percent or higher of his first serve points. Nishikori heads into this match super fresh considering he didn’t have a third round opponent due to Benjamin Becker retiring. The one concern with Nishikori heading into this match is that he’s had 30 or more unforced errors through his first three matches. Nishikori also has eight double faults in his last two matches. Nishikori has reached just one major semifinal of his career, which was the 2014 US Open.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a fourth set victory over Tomas Berdych and has dropped just one set in this tournament. Tsonga has won at least 74 percent of his first serve points and has hit 84 winners in his last two matches. Tsonga has 24 aces in his last two matches and has played no more than 39 games in this tournament. Tsonga has his confidence back and looks to make an honest major run for the first time since 2013. Tsonga has 80 unforced errors and eight double faults in his last two matches. Tsonga looks to reach his fifth major semifinal of his career. Tsonga has made at least the quarterfinals of the French Open in three of his last four appearances.
These two have played each other five times, and Nishikori has won four of those meetings. Nishikori has won the last two meetings, which includes the most recent which was the 2014 Paris Masters. Tsonga’s only victory over Nishikori came in the 2013 Shanghai Masters. This will be their first meeting on clay.
While I love Nishikori’s game and he’s going to be the fresher player considering he’s played just nine sets so far, Tsonga is starting to look like his old self and is really playing his best tennis probably in two years. This should be a great match, but I give Tsonga the edge.