As defending champion there is some pressure on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to perform well against in Montreal however he faces an opponent he has never played before in his 487 singles match during his career is 18 year old Borna Coric who is one of the rising stars on the tour with a lot expected of the teenager.
It’s not been a year to remember for Jo with injuries and inconsistency a problems with a win/loss record of 13/8 this season and if you take off his run at Roland Garros his win/loss is 8/7. On the other hand it’s been a good year for Coric who is still finding his feet on the tour with a win/loss of 19/19 he has shown great skill on the court with wins against Nadal and Murray in the last year. Borna can produce great power from the back of the court and is very strong off the one handed forward and will look to play with an awful lot of power just like Jo who probably one of the best on his day at producing power off the forehand.
Despite Jo having the more experience I think his best tennis in my opinion is past him. I expect three sets but I think Coric might have enough to beat him however he has to make sure he stays focused on his game plan.
Coric does produce a lot of winners but at the same time does also produce in quite a few matches more errors than winners even in matches he has won. I’ve said before this is a problem with playing a style of tennis which is based on power, it looks good when you make the shots but when you don’t your game can unravel quite quickly.
Both players are good at sticking in rallies so it will be interesting who makes the first move to win the point or mix up the rallies, Jo is an accomplished player at the net so could we see him take control?