Rogers Cup Montreal Preview – Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

After a very comfortable 6-3 6-2 win against Gilles Muller in the third round Andy Murray will now face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the semi-finals. Murray dominates the head to head against Tsonga at 10-2 with Murray winning their last two meetings at last years US Open and recently in Davis Cup however Murray will be after a big of revenge as last year in the Rogers Cup Murray was 7-6 3-1 up and lost the match against Tsonga who went on to win the title.

Including his three wins so far this week Tsonga’s win/loss record for the year is 16/8 which isn’t very good and is currently ranked outside the top 20 in the world. Outside of Roland Garros where he had his best tournament this year his record is 11/8… Consistency and injuries have been a bit of a problem for Tsonga this year and he hasn’t been able to get a run of form going so getting to the quarter finals with wins against Coric, Agut and Tomic. I watched the last set of Coric/Tsonga, I was a little bit disappointed by the Croatian player who didn’t really ask many questions of Tsonga during the match at and he was quite comfortable on the baseline. I thought he would have attacked the backhand corner with a bit more pace but it was a very slow shot he played which rarely asked questions of Tsonga who waited for the errors from Coric.

Murray performed to the high level against Muller to beat him quite comfortably. Murray served well, the forehand and backhand were both solid and the drop shot as well. When a player has these qualities and variation on these shots then it is difficult to break his game down. Murray is one of the best at covering the court.

I do think this will be a tight match between Murray and Tsonga but I am going for a victory for Murray who could become the first player to beat Jo at Rogers Cup since 2012 when he lost to Jeremy Chardy having missed the tournament in 2013.

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