• Del Potro takes on Simon in Marseille, Tsonga looks for semifinal

    2/22/13 3:05 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Del Potro takes on Simon in Marseille, Tsonga looks for semifinal Gilles Simon and Juan Martin Del Potro are poised to extend their rivalry on Simon's home soil in Marseille.

    Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Gilles Simon

    Defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro has a tricky quarterfinal against Frenchman Gilles Simon. Del Potro has difficulty with Simon, but he holds a scant 3-2 head-to-head edge over the Frenchman.

    Simon troubles Del Potro with his patient baseline game, and his fine return game. In addition, Del Potro doesn't have a good enough return to consistently take advantage of Simon's sometimes mediocre serving.

    Del Potro won their last encounter, a three set affair at the London Olympics last year, but Simon won their last big match, a highly entertaining four-set affair at the 2011 US Open. None of their matches were decided in straight sets. Expect this one to be another entertaining three-setter, with Simon just edging out the Argentine to the delight of the French crowd.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Bernard Tomic

    World No. 46 Bernard Tomic lost the only other time he played Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a hard-court encounter in Montreal that was over in straight sets. Tomic was not the player then that he is now, but Tsonga also has the advantage of playing on home soil.

    The Frenchman will go in as the heavy favorite, but Tomic has an unconventional game and if he frustrates Tsonga, he could lure the No. 3 seed into errors and make a serious match of it.

    Prediction - Tsonga in two sets.

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