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Brawny Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had four match points against Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros quarterfinals last month, but he failed to convert even one and lost the battle in five sets. Over the years, Tsonga has emerged as a highly talented yet enigmatic contender on tour, who can be devastating on one fine day and an easy loser on another. Inconsistency has always remained a big concern for the Frenchman throughout his career so far. But, now it seems that he is ready to script a new success story by not choking or fumbling under the most trying circumstances on-court. Well, Tsonga faces next big challenge at the Wimbledon on Wednesday in the form of tricky German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who has some fine weapons in his arsenal to startle his opponents – especially on a grass-court.
Currently ranked as World No. 6 in the ATP Rankings, Tsonga has won 8 career titles so far – which does not justify his raw talent and power. The Frenchman has a good 32-12 win-loss record for the season so far and has also claimed an ATP World Tour title this year. Tsonga caught the attention of everyone when he reached the final of the Aussie Open in 2008 as an unseeded player. His best showing at Wimbledon was his semi-final appearance in the last season. The Frenchman must be looking forward to better that record here at the prestigious All England Club. Tsonga defied the stiff challenge of Mardy Fish in four sets in the last round here to secure his berth in the quarterfinals.
Tsonga’s opponent is 28 years old Philipp Kohlschreiber, who turned professional in 2001 and has won four career titles so far. The German has a decent 31-14 win-loss record for the season and he has also won an ATP World Tour title in 2012. The German has not lost a single set to come this far – here at Wimbledon. But, now he faces a big challenge.
In head-to-head, Tsonga apparently leads with 5-1 against the German. Last time they took on each other in Monte Carlo Masters this year, where Tsonga topped Kohlschreiber in straight sets. Well, the Frenchman must be looking forward to earn a straight sets victory here.
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