Marseille (1st round) : Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Feliciano Lopez

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These two ATP veterans have already met 5 times. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has never lost to Feliciano Lopez.

Tournament history

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga knows this tournament in Marseille well, having already participated 9 times. He has only been eliminated twice in the first round (including his last participation in 2019). Let us note especially that he reached the 1/4 finals 7 times, and that he has already lifted the trophy 3 times.

Feliciano Lopez will play in this French ATP 250 for the seventh time in his career. He has been eliminated in the first round four times, and his best performance was a semifinal in 2005. The Spanish has not played here since 2016.

Analysis

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 35, meets Feliciano Lopez, 39. This battle of veterans looks like it will be a good one.

The Frenchman, who is returning to the competition after a long absence, has not won a match since November 19, 2019 (and has only played 4 matches since). Moreover, his comeback in Montpellier against Sebastian Korda was not extraordinary. Wouldn’t it be a good opportunity for Feliciano Lopez?

It is obvious that the Spanish has a card to play in this match. And the level of play he proposed at the Australian Open confirms that he is not playing this new season with his hands in his pockets.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is clearly not 100% and we don’t really know how high the cursor will go.

For this new match, I expect the Frenchman to offer us a better level than when he resumed in Montpellier. What is interesting is that this new match should be much less intense than against Korda. Feliciano Lopez is an excellent server obviously able to annoy the Frenchman, but he doesn’t play as fast. This should allow the Frenchman to take the time to let go of his shots.

Let’s expect a match hanging here. Feliciano Lopez doesn’t let go of his serve so easily. Nevertheless, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has for the moment always succeeded against the Spanish. He should also take advantage of these conditions to find good sensations (even without an audience). Let’s not forget that he often succeeded in this tournament in Marseille.

Finally, left-handed people don’t seem to scare in Tsonga. Since 2017, it has indeed 72% of victories against left-handed players.

A tie-break would not be surprising here.

Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins

High risk

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