8/12/11 2:18 PM | Cheryl Murray
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who took out Roger Federer late Thursday night, will face Spaniard Nicolas Almagro for the Montreal semifinals.
Prospects don’t look good for Nicolas Almagro in this match. The Spanish world No. 10 has been playing well in Montreal, taking out Richard Gasquet and Sergiy Stakhovsky, but his record against quarterfinal opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won’t be encouraging to Almagro.
Tsonga would be a daunting opponent anyway. The Frenchman played sublime tennis to take out Roger Federer in the third round and he appears to be playing at least as well as he did when he made the semifinals at Wimbledon.
But to compound the problem for Almagro, Tsonga has beaten him all 4 times that the men have met on the ATP tour. Even worse news for the Spaniard is that 3 of those matches came on clay, which is Almagro’s preferred surface and Tsonga’s worst.
Besides their last encounter this year in Madrid, where Tsonga won 6-1, 6-3, all of their matches were hard-fought.
Prediction – Almagro might make a match of it, but expect Tsonga to find his way to the Montreal semifinals.
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