Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Rob Young, Wikimedia Commons)
I think there is no question now that France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s play making is significantly puzzling the great Roger Federer.
Last night in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Tsonga defeated Federer 7-6, 4-6, 6-1, having defeated Federer for the third time in two years.
Two years ago in Montreal, in one of the greatest comebacks in tennis of all-time, Tsonga defeated Federer in the quarterfinals, 7-6,1-6,7-6 after being down 5-1 to Federer in the third and final set. Then at Wimbledon this year, he came back from being down two sets, to defeat Federer again, 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
On Thursday, Federer struggled significantly with his return game in the third and final set, only winning three times on nineteen chances when he wasn’t serving. Tsonga, meanwhile won points on 11 times of 21 chances when he was returning.
Today, the men’s quarterfinals in Montreal will see Djokovic play the fifth seed, Gael Monfils of France. Tsonga will play the eighth seed, Nicolas Almagro of Spain. In the other quarterfinals, Mardy Fish, the sixth seeded American, will play Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, the fourteenth seed and Tomas Berdych, the seventh seed of the Czech Republic will play Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.