MATCH OF THE DAQ previews Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Roger Federer (French Open Quarter-Final K.O 14.15, ITV 4)
Roger Federer hit the milestone of 900 career wins with a five-set win over Gilles Simon in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday, but he had to survive a scare when 2-1 down on sets.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Roger Federer
French Open Quarter-Final
K.O 14.15, ITV 4
HEAD TO HEAD
(Max last 10 only)
2013 Australian Open, Hard, Federer, Roger 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 Stats
2012 Doha, Qatar, Hard, Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried W/O
2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Great Britain, Hard, Federer, Roger 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3
2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Great Britain, Federer, Roger 6-2 2-6 6-4
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris, Hard, Federer, Roger 6-1 7-6(3)
2011 US Open, Hard, Federer, Roger 6-4 6-3 6-3
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada, Hard, Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1
2011 Wimbledon, Grass Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried 3-6 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4 6-4
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome, Clay, Federer, Roger 6-4 6-2
2011 Doha, Qatar, Hard, Federer, Roger 6-3 7-6(2)
Roger Federer hit the milestone of 900 career wins with a five-set win over Gilles Simon in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday, but he had to survive a scare when 2-1 down on sets. However, he came through well enough in the end to reach his 36th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final where he will take on the talented Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Frenchman will have the home support as he bids to beat Federer for the fourth time in his career. The sixth seed currently trails the Swiss 9-3 in the head-to-head record but has beaten Federer in a Grand Slam before, as well as the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, so he should not be taken lightly.
The leading home hope has been brilliant so far, yet to drop a set against some experienced players. Federer looked smart in his opening two matches but they were against low-ranked players and he was not impressive last time out.
At 31, the record-breaking Grand Slam champion is not getting any younger and Tsonga’s powerful play is bound to cause problems.
As expected, Federer is the favourite at around 1.6 on BETDAQ and that leaves Tsonga at an appealing 2.64 on BETDAQ for a minor upset. However, the best bet looks to be backing over 40.5 games, as this is a match likely to go the distance.
RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)
Back over 40.5 games at around 1.78 on BETDAQ: 5 points
Monday: -4.00 points
JUNE RETURN TO DATE: +4.55 points
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