Ricardas Berankis vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
|Date & Time||Thursday July 4, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Ricardas Berankis and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Ricardas Berankis is coming off a straight sets win over Denis Shapovalov that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Berankis won 74 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Berankis won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his five break points. Berankis got 60 percent of his first serves in play and saved all five of his break points. Berankis has had very little to no recent success on the main tour, so beating a top-30 player and rising Canadian star in straight sets should have earned some attention, as it’s one of the bigger first round upsets on the mens side. Berankis hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the third time in his career and the first time outside of the Australian Open. Berankis has split his last four matches on grass court.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a straight sets win over Bernard Tomic that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Tsonga won 85 percent of his first serve points and 81 percent of his second serve points. Tsonga won 84 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his nine break points. Tsonga got 72 percent of his first serves in play, didn’t face a single break point and hit 21 aces in a win that took just 59 minutes. Considering Tsonga is still trying to find himself and has been a bit inconsistent, that quick of a victory is extremely impressive. Tsonga now hopes to win back-to-back matches for the first time since Lyon. Tsonga looks to make the third round of a grand slam for the fourth time since 2017. Tsonga has won three of his last five matches on grass court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
While he beat a player barely inside the top-100, Tsonga is coming off a serving clinic and won a three sets match in under an hour. That’s some incredible stuff no matter the circumstances. If Tsonga can come anywhere close to repeating that serving effort moving forward, he becomes somebody who can make a deep tournament run and pull off a few upsets along the way. Berankis doesn’t have enough recent reps on the main tour for me to take him seriously against a red hot Tsonga who is hitting bombs at the moment.
Tsonga rolls likely in straight sets.