Kei Nishikori vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 29, 2019, 6:30 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Quentin Halys that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 71 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori won 63 percent of his total service points and converted on eight of his 19 break points. Nishikori got 63 percent of his first serves in play and absolutely dominated his opponents second serve. Nishikori could clean up the six double faults and be a bit sharper with his serve overall, but it was a quick straight sets match where he had just 18 unforced errors, and he’s going to be tough to beat if he keeps that number low moving forward. Nishikori hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the 12th straight appearance. Nishikori has won seven of his last 10 matches on clay court.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a four sets win over Peter Gojowczyk that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Tsonga won 76 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Tsonga won 77 percent of his total service points and converted on seven of his nine break points. Tsonga got 62 percent of his first serves in play and hit 38 winners to 22 unforced errors. Tsonga is still trying to work his way back into the swing of things, but he was sharp in his opening match and now has a shot to win at least two matches for the fourth time in his last six tries. Tsonga is slowly getting his feet under him and becoming a factor in these tournaments. Tsonga hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the third time since 2017. Tsonga has split his last six matches on clay court.
These two have played 10 times and Nishikori has won six of those matches. Tsonga won the most recent match in 2016 Paris. Tsonga also won the only match on clay in the 2015 French Open. Only three of the 10 matches were decided in straight sets.
This is a tough match to call considering Nishikori is probably the safer bet given the rest advantage and the fact he’s in better form. However, Nishikori has also fizzled out of tournaments this season that have you scratching your head, and Tsonga is the better player on clay while also having the home crowd being him. As long as Tsonga continues to hit his spots with his serve, he can outmuscle Nishikori is a physical second round match.
I’ll side with Tsonga in an upset.