Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Inflicts Biggest Defeat on Djokovic for Years.


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You have to go quite far back to when Djokovic suffered such a heavy defeat as he did in the last sixteen of the Rogers Cup to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

First though, let’s look at this defeat. Djokovic started out fine enough, racing through his first service game. Tsonga held comfortably, too. Then in Djokovic’s service game, two errors at 15-30 and Tsonga had the break.

Just an early bit of rust? But surely Djokovic had gotten that out in his epic match against Monfils. Fatigue from that win? This is Djokovic we are talking about, the fittest man on tour. Tsonga’s play? That was a more likely answer. Tsonga in the last sixteen is a tough ask, and the Canadian Open has been the scene of some of his best wins. He certainly had the depth and aggression to trouble Djokovic early on.

He did more than trouble though. He buried him. Another break at 2-4 and then Tsonga served out for the set and took it 6-2. Surely Djokovic would fight back, beat the man he had been dealing with so comfortably of late- 11 wins in succession since 2010.

It was not to be 12 wins in a row. Djokovic gave up another break, Tsonga convinced in his service games and kept on firing winners, 23 in all, Djokovic could not get a handle on his game, hitting errors. Just over an hour after what was predicted to be a routine match for Djokovic began, Tsonga had the upset.

As for the last time Djokovic suffered such a heavy defeat you have to go back to Cincinnati where Federer beat him in the 2012 final 6-0, 7-6. That event is where Djokovic will head next as he attempts to win the title for the first time in his career.

Tsonga meanwhile goes on to meet Andy Murray. With this victory a sign the injury-ridden Tsonga is back on the mend, his chances against Murray are better than his 1-9 head to head deficit against the Scot suggest. Tsonga has certainly shown he can turn a bad match up on its head, and if everything is clicking for him upstairs and with his racket, tomorrow he might deliver another birthday present to Roger Federer by taking out one of his biggest foes.

Commentary by Christian Deverille
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Christian Deverille

Christian Deverille is a tennis writer with a diploma in Freelance Sports Writing from the London School of Journalism. He loves all things tennis, most of all the Federer and del Potro forehands.
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