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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Mikhail Youzhny: Cincinnati Masters Round 1 Preview

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Mikhail Youzhny: Cincinnati Masters Round 1 Preview
Back to the top-10 of the rankings and a second Masters-1000 crown under his best, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will look to remain in the zone as he will begin his Western & Southern Open mission with a round 1 encounter with the former top-tenner Mikhail Youzhny here in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Will the powerful Frenchman be able to register his seventh successive victory on the North American hard courts on the day?

Former World No.5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was very much on top of the world last week in Toronto as he ended his fairytale run with his 11th career crown. The man from Le Mans who was struggling to even reach the latter stages of the tournaments turned around his fortunes quite spectacularly as he began a stunning run of victories  over four top-10 players to clinch his maiden trophy in 2014.

After dismissing his compatriots Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Jeremy Chardy, Jo-Wily kick-started his magical run that saw him overturning a 11 match winning losing streak to the top seed Novak Djokovic, followed it by snapping a run of 8 consecutive losses to Super Scot Andy Murray, subsequently outplayed rising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and then, upset the apple-cart once again by beating the living legend Roger Federer in straight sets in the title clash on Sunday.

On the other hand, if Mikhail Youzhny’s recent form is taken as an indicator for what is to be expected from him in this contest, then it can be easily made out that his chances of even taking a set off from Tsonga are really weak. He has won back-to-back matches in only three tournaments in the current year; reaching the last 8 in Dubai, round 3 of the Rome Masters and the round of 4 in Stuttgart. His campaign in Ontario got over as soon as it began with a 4-6, 3-6 loss to the Italian Fabio Fognini.

Head-to-Head: The pair has won three matches each against one another with Tsonga coming out on top of the Russian in their last match played in Beijing in 2012. Yet again, he will come to the court as the crushing favorite as he is playing some mind-boggling tennis at the moment.

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