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Roland Garros 2013: Jo Wilfried Tsonga Vs Viktor Troicki Round 4 Preview

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Roland Garros 2013: Jo Wilfried Tsonga Vs Viktor Troicki Round 4 Preview
Yet to drop a set at his home Grand Slam, French No.1 Jo Wilfried Tsonga looks to seal a spot in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros when he takes on an unlikely opponent Fourth Round opponent in the form of Viktor Troicki of Serbia. Troicki comes into this match after ousting Croat Marin Cilic in straight sets and poses a serious threat to the Frenchman too.

The nation’s biggest hope and one of the three remaining Frenchmen in the draw Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has displayed some really high quality tennis coming into the Fourth Round of Roland Garros. The French No.1 is yet to drop a set in Paris and would be looking to keep his impressive form going when he squares off against Serb Viktor Troicki for a place in the last 8 of the Second Grand Slam of the year.

A constant threat to the Big 4, former World No.5 Tsonga is a very unpredictable player on tour and possesses the ability to beat the top notches on any surface if he is on song. His game style is more suited for the faster surface but the Frenchman has adapted well to the red clay too reaching the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters followed by a quarterfinal appearance at the Madrid Masters.

Having already lifted a title on home ground at Open 13 this year, Tsonga comes into the French Open with a 21-8 win-loss record this year. He lost an electrifying five set thriller last year to Novak Djokovic in the quarters and would be gunning to at least reach the same stage like 2012. With big serves and blazing forehands, Tsonga loves playing in front of a packed crowd and thrives on the their support to at times get himself out of tough situations.

On the other hand, Troicki has comes into this match with dominating victories in his previous three rounds, indicating how well he has adjusted to this surface. Presently ranked just outside the Top-50 at No.57 on the ATP Charts, the Serb has struggled this season and his 12-14 win-loss record justifies his struggle.

The Serb has been playing fairly well on clay and his quarterfinal stints at the Power Horse Cup, BMW Open and the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy sights his comfort level on the red dirt. Ranked as high as No.12 in the World, Troicki is an unpredictable player who has the ability to test the high quality players.

Head-to-head: The players have met 6 times before with their head-to-head split even at 3 matches a piece. The two have played twice on clay with Tsonga winning both of them rather easily.

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