• Tsonga, Wawrinka collide in Madrid quarterfinals

    5/10/13 4:11 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Tsonga, Wawrinka collide in Madrid quarterfinals A semifinal spot will be at stake when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes up against Stanislas Wawrinka on Friday in Madrid. Both men are coming off three-set victories.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stanislas Wawrinka will be squaring off for the fifth time in their careers and for the second time during this current clay-court swing when they meet in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open on Friday night.

    They just faced each other at the same stage of last month's Monte-Carlo Masters, where Tsonga prevailed
    2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Frenchman now leads the head-to-head series 3-1, including 2-1 on the slow stuff. They have split a pair of French Open showdowns, both of which went to five sets. Wawrinka won 4-6, 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-3 in 2011 before Tsonga got revenge with a 6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 victory last season.

    Both players are in stellar form this year, especially Wawrinka at the moment. The 15th-ranked Swiss suffered a few heartbreakers earlier in 2013, but it is all coming together for him on clay. He reached the Monte-Carlo quarterfinals, won the title in Oeiras by clobbering David Ferrer, and so far this week he has taken out Marius Copil, Santiago Giraldo, and Grigor Dimitrov.

    Tsonga has improved his record for the season to 21-6 following hard-fought victories over Robin Haase and Fernando Verdasco. The eighth-ranked Frenchman beat Haase 7-6(5), 7-6(2) on Wednesday before overcoming Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in round three. Like Wawrinka, Tsonga was also a quarterfinalist in Monte-Carlo.

    Their previous clay-court encounters not entirely withstanding, this is the surface on which Wawrinka would prefer to face Tsonga. The No. 15 seed will get more good looks at returning his opponent's serve than he would on grass or a fast hard court. Look for Wawrinka to dictate rallies with his one-handed backhand and continue his hot streak with a three-set triumph.

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RickyDimon , 5/10/13 4:25 AM


danica , 5/10/13 4:58 AM

I think Wawa is going to be too tough for Tsonga. He played some great tennis to come back from one set down to beat Dimitrov. He really has raised his level of play. He always had that one-handed backhand, but now he seems to have some mental toughness and belief.

Nativenewyorker , 5/10/13 5:04 AM

Stan's my man.

deuce , 5/10/13 12:50 PM

I think Stan will be hyper-motivated now!!!!!

I've always sat on the fence regarding Tsonga. All muscle and a tennis brain which goes AWOL when he most needs it. And I am irritated by the lugubrious body language which follows after he has made stupid shot selection.

But a WaWa:Andy SF :-((((

ed251137 , 5/10/13 1:05 PM

I really hope that Tsonga wins, although Stan has to be the favourite given this is clay. Although, it must be said that he isn't THAT big of a favourite. I mean Jo just beat Stan in Monte Carlo this year(which is far slower and more clay like than Madrid, and stan was in good form in that tournament also).

tj600 , 5/10/13 1:07 PM

Allez, Swiss #1!

rafaisthebest , 5/10/13 1:31 PM

The soon-to-be-Swiss #1 in the Race to London is schooling Tsonga..........

rafaisthebest , 5/10/13 11:41 PM

No spectators at all, the scheduling is a bad joke...

textor , 5/11/13 12:10 AM

Is anybody else as irritated as I am by the mini-skirted ball girls incessantly fiddling with their hair and clothes and simpering when they think the camera might be on them :-(

ed251137 , 5/11/13 12:38 AM

WOW,thats how you save match points,LOL.

textor , 5/11/13 1:01 AM

Great win for Stan the man. I hope he gets to the final. He's got so many shots in his arsenal, but can't seem to stay consistent.

Madrid should schedule matches after siesta is over and play late into the night. Anything different, is a waste of time as it's a no-show for most of the early matches. I doubt that this tournament turns over a good profit.

scoretracker , 5/11/13 4:56 AM

very good match

RickyDimon , 5/11/13 5:13 AM


I agree. This was enjoyable to watch. Both guys had their moments. I did say that Stan should get the win in the end, but both guys played some great tennis.

It's nice to see Stan having this good result. I guess his new coach is helping him. He always had the shots, but didn't seem to have the mental belief and toughness. Now I think he is really showing some confidence.

It should be a quality match with Stan and Berdy. At least here in Madrid, Berdy seems to have found his good form again.

Nativenewyorker , 5/11/13 5:17 AM

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